Mikhail Tal’s Pac-Man Pawn

This is a short and sweet game by Mikhail Tal from a chess simul played in 1969. Tal’s opponent, Sviridov, makes a poor decision on move 11 in the Dragon variation of the Sicilian by playing h6 in an attempt to secure the king knight. This quickly backfires since it only expedites the creation of an open file on the kingside. Once the kingside is opened, Tal’s better developed side soon tells thanks to one Pac-Man pawn.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3
Nc6 8.Qd2 Bd7 9.O-O-O Qa5 10.Kb1 Rc8 11.g4 h6 12.h4 a6 13.Be2
Ne5 14.g5 hxg5 15.hxg5 Rxh1 16.gxf6 Rxd1+ 17.Nxd1 Qxd2 18.fxg7

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