No Way! Mikhail Tal Goes For A Sacrifice Without Any Calculations

Josef Kupper vs Mikhail Tal
Zurich (1959), Zurich SUI, rd 2, May-20
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Polugayevsky Variation (B96)
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4
b5 8.Qf3 Bb7 9.Bd3 Be7 10.O-O-O Qb6 11.Rhe1 Nbd7 12.Nce2 Nc5
13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.g4 Na4 15.c3 b4 16.Bc2 Nxb2 17.Kxb2 bxc3
18.Kxc3 O-O 19.Rb1 Qa5+ 20.Kd3 Rac8 21.Qf2 Ba8 22.Rb3 e5 23.g5 exd4 24.Nxd4 Bxd4
Playing Sicilian defense against Mikhail Tal usually turns out to be a very dangerous undertaking because Tal himself played Sicilian, knew all odds and ends of the opening, and was especially dangerous when playing against Sicilian with the white pieces! But in this game Tal is on the black side, and he chooses Najdorf variation where in the main line once the players castle opposite sides Tal is getting great attacking chances! After Josef Kupper’s 12th move, which looks a bit passive Tal’s attack gradually gets scarier and under the pressing white finally makes a mistake and his position goes down very quickly! A sharp game where Tal even sacrifices a piece without calculations!
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