Mikhail Tal vs. Pal Benko

Mikhail Tal vs. Pal Benko, Bled, 1959
White moves and wins in 2.

FEN: 1r3k2/2n1p1b1/3p2QR/p1pq1pN1/bp6/7P/2P2PP1/4RBK1 w - - 0 1

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1.Rh8+ Bxh8 2.Nh7#

About the players

Mikhail TalMikhail Tal (1936-1992) was a Soviet chess Grandmaster and World Chess Champion. He was very creative and one of the best attacking players. His stye was daring and unpredictable. His peak rating was 2705.
Pal BenkoPal Benko (1928-) is a Hungarian–American chess Grandmaster and author of chess problems with a peak rating of 2530.
 

12 Responses

  1. Asmath at

    . Ng5-h7 Kf8-g8
    2. Re1xe7 Qd5-d4
    3. Qg6-f7 Kg8-h8
    4. Nh7-g5 Bg7xh6
    5. Qf7-h7

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  2. Garry Dorman at

    This is a great matting pattern.

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  3. Nathan Dickison at

    1. Ng5-h7 Kf8-g8
    2. Re1xe7 Qd5-d4
    3. Re7xc7 Ba4xc2
    4. Nh7-f6 Qd4xf6
    5. Qg6-h7 Kg8-f8
    6. Rh6xf6 Kf8-e8
    7. Qh7xg7 Rb8-d8
    8. Rc7-e7

    Checkmate

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    1. GOCHI at

      COOL!!!!!!!!

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  4. E.venkat at

    1. Ng5-h7 Kf8-g8
    2. Re1xe7 Qd5-d4
    3. Qg6-f7 Kg8-h8
    4. Nh7-g5 Bg7xh6
    5. Qf7-h7

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  5. Maverick at

    1. Rh6-h8 Bg7xh8
    2. Ng5-h7

    Took me 100 tries.

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  6. Humza Mazhar at

    anyone can defeat it! I did it like several times! So eeaaaassssy!

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  7. laxman goswami at

    1. Ng5-h7 Kf8-g8
    2. Nh7-g5 Ba4-e8
    3. Rh6-h8 Kg8xh8
    4. Qg6-h7

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  8. Santosh Gulivindala at

    1. Rh6-h8 Bg7xh8
    2. Ng5-h7

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  9. John Tsamis at

    My analysis is:

    1. Rh8+!! There is no sufficient response to that, because:

    A) 1…. Bxg8 2. Nh7#
    B1) 1…. Qg8 2. Qf7# (the Black Q is pinned!) or
    B2) 1… Qg8 2. Nh7#

    The first line is more obvious, the second one is a bit cunning (and more flashy following the B1 variant, due to the pin), but I am pretty sure that the great Tal had foreseen them both.
    Another enchanting checkmate by M. Tal!

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