## Tal vs 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`

Roll over to show the solution:`1.Rh8+ Bxh8 2.Nh7#`

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`

Roll over to show the solution:`1.Rh8+ Bxh8 2.Nh7#`

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. Ng5-h7 Kf8-g8

2. Re1xe7 Qd5-d4

3. Qg6-f7 Kg8-h8

4. Nh7-g5 Bg7xh6

5. Qf7-h7

Not bad, but try to do it in just TWO moves!

1. Rh6-h8 Bg7xh8

2. Ng5-h7

This is a great matting pattern.

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

COOL!!!!!!!!

1. Ng5-h7 Kf8-g8

2. Re1xe7 Qd5-d4

3. Qg6-f7 Kg8-h8

4. Nh7-g5 Bg7xh6

5. Qf7-h7

1. Rh6-h8 Bg7xh8

2. Ng5-h7

Took me 100 tries.

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

1. Ng5-h7 Kf8-g8

2. Nh7-g5 Ba4-e8

3. Rh6-h8 Kg8xh8

4. Qg6-h7

1. Rh6-h8 Bg7xh8

2. Ng5-h7

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!