Amazing Blitz Chess Game: Mikhail Tal vs Bobby Fischer – Herceg Novi 5-min 1970 – Sicilian Defence

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Chess GM Tal vs GM Fischer – Herceg Novi, 1970 – Sicilian Defence

[Event “Herceg Novi blitz”]
[Site “Herceg Novi blitz”]
[Date “1970.??.??”]
[Round “?”]
[White “Mikhail Tal”]
[Black “Robert James Fischer”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B30”]
[Annotator “Tryfon”]
[PlyCount “102”]
[EventDate “1970.??.??”]

Who is Fischer?

Robert James Fischer (March 9, 1943 – January 17, 2008) was an American chess grandmaster and the eleventh World Chess Champion. Many consider him to be the greatest chess player of all time.[2][3]

Fischer showed great skill in chess from an early age; at 13, he won a brilliancy known as “The Game of the Century”. At age 14, he became the US Chess Champion, and at 15, he became both the youngest grandmaster (GM) up to that time and the youngest candidate for the World Championship. At age 20, Fischer won the 1963/64 US Championship with 11 wins in 11 games, the only perfect score in the history of the tournament. His book My 60 Memorable Games, published in 1969, is regarded as essential reading.
Fischer won the World Chess Championship in 1972, defeating Boris Spassky of the USSR, in a match held in Reykjavík, Iceland. Publicized as a Cold War confrontation between the US and USSR, it attracted more worldwide interest than any chess championship before or since. After forfeiting his title as World Champion, Fischer became reclusive and sometimes erratic, disappearing from both competitive chess and the public eye. In 1992, he reemerged to win an unofficial rematch against Spassky. It was held in Yugoslavia, which was under a United Nations embargo at the time. His participation led to a conflict with the US government, which warned Fischer that his participation in the match would violate an executive order imposing US sanctions on Yugoslavia. The US government ultimately issued a warrant for his arrest. After that, Fischer lived his life as an émigré. …

Who is Tal ?

Mikhail Nekhemyevich Tal (Latvian: Mihails Tāls; Russian: Михаил Нехемьевич Таль, Mikhail Nekhem’evich Tal, pronounced [mʲɪxɐˈiɫ nʲɪˈxʲemʲɪvʲɪtɕ ˈtalʲ]; sometimes transliterated Mihails Tals or Mihail Tal; 9 November 1936 – 28 June 1992)[1] was a Soviet chess Grandmaster and the eighth World Chess Champion (from 1960 to 1961).

Widely regarded as a creative genius and one of the best attacking players of all time, Tal played in a daring, combinatorial style.[2][3] His play was known above all for improvisation and unpredictability. It has been said that “Every game for him was as inimitable and invaluable as a poem”.[4] He was often called “Misha”, a diminutive for Mikhail, and “The magician from Riga”. Both The Mammoth Book of the World’s Greatest Chess Games[5] and Modern Chess Brilliancies[6] include more games by Tal than any other player. In addition, Tal was a highly regarded chess writer.The Mikhail Tal Memorial has been held in Moscow annually since 2006 to honour Tal’s memory.

What is Herceg Novi 5-min ?

Herceg Novi Blitz Tournament of 1970
On 8 April 1970, following the USSR vs. Rest of the World ‘Match of the Century’ hosted in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, a blitz tournament was held in Herceg Novi, featuring many of the same participants from the match. The event was a 12-player double round-robin, with no tiebreaks and five minutes per player. Featuring four World Champions, the field was considered the strongest of any blitz tournament in modern history. Heading into the event, two-time World Champion Tigran Petrosian was considered the favorite to win the event, with Mikhail Tal and Viktor Korchnoi also enjoying favorable chances.[20]

It was American grandmaster Bobby Fischer, however, who put up a dominant performance, scoring 19/22 to win the tournament by 4½ points. Fischer scored a staggering 8½/10 against the five Soviet grandmasters in attendance, dropping only one game in the entire tournament and frequently gaining huge time advantages in each game. According to one report, Fischer spent no more than 2.5 minutes on any game.[21] At the end of the tournament, Tal – who had been whitewashed by Fischer – gave his thoughts on the American’s performance.
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  1. Please add this video to your Favourites if you like it – this will encourage me to try and cover all 22 games from this event before the end of this year 🙂

  2. 6:23 Addendum important note (ooops) :- Qxb2 when I mentioned is really bad NOT for Rxb7 but actually Rb3 nearly trapping the queen if it is not for Nxe4 saccing a piece, to exchange rooks and play Qa1. This would be +2 for White at least.

  3. I updated my Fischer Videos page – check link in the description with the latest two Fischer videos from this blitz tournament.

  4. I love any Fischer video. Always fascinated by him.

  5. In the Grand Prix Attack I prefer to play a4 rather than a3, because it's a dual purpose move (allows the bishop to go back and prevents b5

  6. Wow, great game, innacuracies aside, considering it's 5 min, That is some pretty technical play from both Fischer and Tal. True masters.

    Look forward to more of these.

  7. Just do the ones where either Fischer or Tal plays 😉

  8. Great idea to com ment this 5 min tournament. Another example of how great Fischer really was. Tks

  9. This may be a dumb question, but after 47…a2, could Tal have played 48.Ra4? with the threat of mate? I think 48…Kc8 is forced and then 49. Ra8+ might be good…I'm probably missing sth though…Thanks a lot for the video…Cheers!

  10. Interesting position, like a scooted over Dutch Stonewall pawn structure.

  11. Im a big fan… your teachings are simply elegant and informative. Thank you! Don

  12. In the endgame where Tal played d6 instead of suggested move Kd6. If Kd6 surely black can take pawn on d5 & if King takes Rook, black plays a7 and white can't stop black Queening a Pawn.

  13. Never seen these blitz matches. Good stuff.

  14. Wow, i'd be thrilled if i could play as good a game as this in five HOURS, let alone five minutes!

  15. Young players take note this game was played with no increment. 5 minutes each total. So when playing this time control you have to make your decisions taking this into consideration.

  16. after the age of 15 bobby never lost to tal. whooped  him in blitz games as well.

  17. bobby was the best blitz player ever.check him out.


  19. after 15 years old bobby blanked TAL 2-0 and 2-0 in blitz. bobby was much better than TAL an was only a kid playing world champ a few months in bobby got older he crushed almost all Russians an chess GM's from different countries,winning an astonishing 72% of his games -NOT including blitz games which he was the Best ever as Kingcrusher said.

  20. in Blitz games BOBBY moved an estounding 2 1/2 mins per move, which was unbelievaly quick. in fact many of his opponents too too long to play and had to resign!!

  21. Fischer and Talk should be considered as eqyals

  22. If I've heard correctly, Fischer hardly ever needed more than half his time, whereas his opponents were near flagging w/no increments back then.

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