### (5) Tal,Mihail (2625) - Jakobsen,Ole (2440) [B53]

Skopje ol (Men) qual-A Skopje (2), 20.09.1972

* [Llewellyn,Alan Mansel]*

**
**Mihail Tal was one of the most exciting Soviet players of all time, nicknamed 'The Magician from Riga', ie his home town in Latvia, he was probably amongst the best players of all time known for his sacrificies which were extremely long term and so complicated that he beat many strong players in comprehensive fasion. The Soviet Union once dominated Chess and he was among a number of a continuous stream of players from there that became World Champion, though he was the shortest reigning Champion in history with only about a year due to internal Soviet politics and a physical illness.

1.e4
this game is from a prelimanry section of an Olympiad [where players play in teams for their individual nations] in Skopje.

1...c5
2.Nf3
d6
3.d4
cxd4
4.Qxd4
an unusual Sicilian defence line - here 4.Nxd4 is much more normal but Mihail often avoided known theory so he could out think his opponents over the board.

4...Bd7
5.c4
Nc6
6.Qd2
Nf6
7.Nc3
g6
8.b3
Bg7
9.Bb2
0-0
10.Be2
Qa5
10...Nxe4 is threatened.

11.Rb1
a6
12.a3
Rfc8
13.0-0
Bg4
i think concentrating on a minority attack was probably better here for Ole, a minority attack is where a defender counters in an area of the board where he has a minority of pawns facing one another, so getting in b5 was key to this position and Ole moving the Bishop away from d7 where it defended b5 indirectly wasn't the best idea.

14.Rfe1
Bxf3
15.Bxf3
Rab8
16.Be2
Ne5
17.f4
Qb6+
18.Kh1
Neg4
19.Bxg4
Nxg4
20.h3
[20.Nd5
Nf2+
21.Kg1
Nh3+
22.Kh1
Nf2+
23.Kg1
Nh3+=
drawn position.; 20.Qd5??
Nf2+
21.Kg1
Nh3+
22.Kh1
Qg1+!!
23.Rxg1
Nf2#
]

20...Nf6
21.Nd5
Nxd5
22.exd5
Bxb2
23.Rxb2
Qc7
24.f5
b5
25.fxg6
hxg6
26.Qg5
bxc4?!
[26...Qd8=
]

27.Rxe7
Qc5
28.Qf6
Qxd5
[28...Rf8
29.Re4!!
heading for h8 when its mate. 29...Qa5!
* (29...Rxb3??
30.Rh4
Re8
31.Rh8#
) *30.bxc4
* (30.b4
Qd8
31.Qd4
Qg5
32.Rh4
f6
) *]

29.bxc4
Qxc4
30.Rf2
Rf8
31.Rf4
Qc1+
32.Kh2
Qb2
33.Rxf7
Qxf6
34.R7xf6
Rxf6
35.Rxf6
Kg7?
The strong Danish player makes a mistake not spotting Tals advantage and defending the wrong pawn. [35...Rd8
36.Rxg6+
Kf7
37.Rg4
d5
38.Kg3
Kf6
39.Kf4
Rc8
this is pretty even though Mihail has all the winning chances.]

36.Rxd6
a5
37.Rd5!?
keeping the pressure on the a-pawn.

37...Ra8
38.a4
Ra6
39.Kg3
Kf6
40.Kf4
Ke6
41.Rb5
Kf6
42.Rc5
Rb6
43.Rxa5
if Ole could have defended the a-pawn without becoming so passive, a pawn down would probably have been a draw, but white was threatening to advance his pawns on the Kingside and get a pawn in a queening position thus diverting the rook from the vital defence of the a pawn and winning, still I think Ole capitulates a little under the intense pressure and makes the win an easy task.

43...Rb4+
44.Kg3
Rb3+
1-0