A Memorable Game
By Michael Goeller
I was visiting with FM Steve Stoyko, looking through some books, and he came upon an old yellowed scoresheet tucked away among his chess materials. Steve was very pleased to find it and told me it was an interesting game. "I sacced a piece against Tal," he said as he handed it to me. It is a good game, and an impressive performance by both players.
GM Mikhail Tal - FM Steve Stoyko [E60]
Simultaneous Exhibition/Allied Chemical, NJ USA 1990
32. g4! Qa1+ 33. Kh2 Ng7 (33... Nxh4? 34. Nxh4 Be5+ 35. Kh3) (33... Nh6 34. Nxd4 cxd4) 34. Nxd4 Qxd4 35. Qxd4 cxd4 36. Rd2 e5 37. dxe6 Nxe6 38. Bxb7 Nc5 39. Bc6 Rc8 40. Bd5 Nxb3 41. Rd3 Rb8 42. g5 should favor White.
Not many players can say they once sacced a piece against Tal. In exchange for the Bishop, Black gets all of his pieces active, exposes the White king, and will likely end up winning three full pawns for it.
Tal plays for the attack in a difficult ending. But this allows Black to get his pawns rolling. It appears best to try to eliminate the Rookswith 50. Rf3.
Suddenly Black 's pawns are looking quite menacing, supported as they are by the King and Rook. White has to play for the draw.
White likely must play instead 64. Rb1=
Game in PGNJuly 15, 2008