Master Chess Game: Holding Bobby Fischer in Zugzwang

Mikhail Tal the Genius

How does it sound to know that a Grandmaster held the legendary World Chess Champion Bobby Fischer in zugzwang before wiping him out with White? Mikhail Tal did just that in 1959. A queen sacrifice and rooks doubled on the back rank with a helpless Black… a game not to be forgotten easily! You can find more such great master chess games in GigaKing.




Tal Mikhail N (LAT) (2520) – Fischer Robert J (USA) (2780)

Result: 1-0
Site: Bled (Slovenia)
Date: 1959

[…] 1.d4 ¤f6 2.c4 g6 3.¤c3 ¥g7 4.e4 d6 5.¥e2 O-O 6.¤f3 e5 7.d5 ¤bd7 8.¥g5 h6 9.¥h4 a6 10.O-O £e8 11.¤d2 ¤h7 12.b4 ¥f6 13.¥xf6 ¤hxf6 14.¤b3 £e7 15.£d2 ¢h7 16.£e3 ¤g8 17.c5 f5 18.exf5 gxf5 19.f4 exf4 20.£xf4! (20.£xe7+ ¤xe7 21.¦xf4 ¤g6²) 20…dxc5 21.¥d3! cxb4 22.¦ae1! (22.¥xf5+ ¢h8 23.¦ae1 £d6 24.£d4+ ¤df6!²) 22…£f6 23.¦e6! £xc3 24.¥xf5+ ¦xf5

(24…¢g7 25.¦g6+ ¢h8
(25…¢f7 26.¥xd7+ ¢xg6 27.£g4+ ¢h7 28.¦xf8 £e3+ 29.¢f1 £d3+ 30.¢e1 £e3+ 31.¢d1 £d3+ 32.¤d2ќ)

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25.£xf5+ ¢h8 26.¦f3! £b2 27.¦e8 ¤df6 28.£xf6+ £xf6 29.¦xf6 ¢g7 30.¦ff8 ¤e7 31.¤a5 h5 32.h4 ¦b8 33.¤c4 b5 34.¤e5

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