What you are going to see in this video isabsolutely stunning, unbelievable and mind blowing.
I will show you an incredible game of chessplayed by the magician, Mikhail Tal.
If you are a Chess Lover, then sit back, relaxand do watch the full video.
I am sure you will enjoy it.
Mikhail Tal is playing as white & AlexanderKoblents, who used to be Tal's trainer, is playing with the black pieces.
This was a training game and Tal started withE4, then comes c5, the Sicilian Defense.
Then knight f3, d6 and d4.
Then Pawn takes on d4, knight takes on d4, knight f6, knight c3, and then a6.
We've reached the Sicilian Najdorf position, which is quite a standard opening.
After this, Tal played bishop g5.
Koblents went for e6.
Then pawn to f4.
Bishop e7, queen to f3 and queen to c7.
Then Tal castles queenside and Koblents developshis knight.
Usually, the main move in this position isG4.
But in this game, Tal goes for bishop to e2.
Then Black attacks this bishop and white retreatsit.
Now Koblents went for b5, opening up thisdiagonal.
Tal immediately played e5, attacking the rookand at the same time, attacking this knight.
Black was ready for this and he respondedwith bishop to b7, attacking the queen.
We have reached a critical point in the gameand Here's where the fun begins.
In this position, any normal player wouldsave his queen.
But Tal had other ideas, Instead of movingaway his queen, he captured the knight on f6.
And That's the first sacrifice by MikhailTal.
Koblents obviously took the queen and Talcaptured the bishop.
Now as you can see, both the rook and bishopare under attack so black went for d5, saving his rook.
Okay, now how does white proceed from here? If he takes the bishop, then black can givethis check with the queen.
And after king b1, queen takes the bishopand black ends up with a huge material advantage.
Therefore, in this position, Tal did not takethe bishop.
Another good move could be f takes g7 threateningthe rook, but white did not go for that either.
What Mikhail Tal played in the game was anotherbrilliant sacrifice.
He took the pawn on e6, giving away his knight.
What a fantastic move.
He is attacking the queen and at the sametime, defending this pawn.
So black is left with no option and he hasto take this knight.
Now what this does is that it exposes theking along this dangerous diagonal so Tal immediately goes for bishop h5 check.
Black wants to connect his rooks so he decidesto free up this g7 square for the king to escape this way.
Again, Bishop takes with a check.
Then king f8.
Then f takes e7 check.
Then king g7, attacking this bishop.
After which, Tal plays bishop to g3.
Remember, black cannot take this bishop becauseafter pawn to f5 check, it's a discovered attack and the black queen will be gone.
Going back, after bishop g3, a good strategycould be to move away this queen from this dangerous diagonal.
But instead, we see knight to f6.
Black is now attacking this pawn with thequeen.
Then comes rook to e1, attacking the pawnon e6.
Black goes for b4, attacking this knight.
And guess what Tal plays here? He does not care about this knight one bitand goes for rook e6.
This is his third sacrifice of the game.
Black, as usual, accepts it and takes theknight.
Then Tal plays f5 throwing a discovered attackon the queen.
Black moves his queen away to b7, threateninga mate on the next move.
That's why Tal plays pawn to b3, blockingthis checkmate threat.
Black goes for queen D7 trying to get it closerto his king, then bishop e5, pinning the knight.
By now, Koblents realises that his positionis crumbling, so he decides to give up his queen.
Queen takes rook, white takes with the pawnand then king takes the bishop.
Right now, Tal is a rook down but he has these2 powerful pawns on the e file.
Anyway, Tal turns on the heat by playing rookto f1 attacking the knight.
Black will lose this knight for free sincethere is no way to defend it.
Therefore, Koblents goes for knight h7 andtrades off his rook for a bishop.
Okay, It's time for the magical move, whichsealed the game for Mikhail Tal.
If you want, you can pause the video hereand try to find the winning move continuation for white.
Well, Tal found the best move in this positionwhich is rook to f8.
The idea, is that if knight takes, then pawnto e8 and white simply promotes to a queen and wins the game.
Therefore, in this position, black had totake with his rook.
Then e takes f8, promotes to a queen.
Black takes back with his knight.
Then comes e7, attacking the knight.
Now If black moves his knight, then whitecan simply promote to a queen and it will be game over.
Therefore, Koblents goes for king f7.
Now White takes the knight and black recaptureswith the king.
After all this, Tal played king d1 and AlexanderKoblents resigned.
The idea, is that white will soon be ableto take this pawn and ultimately, win this game easily because of this massive pawn advantage.
Okay, so it's puzzle time.
In this position, It's your turn and you needto find the Best Move continuation for White.
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