Home Preparation Allows Mikhail Tal To Win A Brilliant Game

After Mikhail Tal had won this brilliant game at Hastings, 1973/4 various spectators and participants in the tournament including his opponent, hastened to offer their congratulations, but Tal modestly disclaimed any credit for the victory. The reason is that an identical idea had been employed in the USSR a couple of weeks before the Hastings event, and Tal knew of that while Stean not. The whole line up to move 18 (of course including the exchange sacrifice) had been seen in a game played between Alvis Vitolinš and Yuri Anikaev and as Tal’s sharp eye had spotted that game, played by his Latvian college, employed that secret weapon in this game and won without much efforts! In the end of the video as usual you can solve the daily puzzle!
Mikhail Tal vs Michael Francis Stean
Hastings (1973/74), Hastings ENG, rd 12, Jan-09
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96) ·
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4
Nbd7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.O-O-O b5 10.Bxb5 axb5 11.Ndxb5 Qb8 12.e5 Bb7
13.Qe2 dxe5 14.Qc4 Bc5 15.Bxf6 gxf6 16.Rxd7 Be3+ 17.Kb1 Kxd7
18.Rd1+ Bd4 19.fxe5 fxe5 20.Nxd4 exd4 21.Qxd4+ Ke7 22.Qc5+ Kf6 23.Rf1+ Kg6 24.Qe7 f5 25.Qxe6+ Kg7 26.Qe7+ Kg6 27.h4 Ra5
28.h5+ Kxh5 29.Qf7+ Kh4 30.Qf6+ Kg3 31.Qg5+ Kh2 32.Qh4+ Kxg2
33.Rf2+ Kg1 34.Ne2#
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