Originally posted by Taargus
is this a Tal game? looks familiar.
yes this is Tal alright. An inspiring game of chess.
The theme has since become a standard idea in the KID, Pirc and Dragon.
The Queen often goes to a5 v a White 0-0-0.
The White Queen is often on d2 backing up a Bh6.
So Nd5 by White gives Black the option of saccing his Queen
for a few bits - usually a Knight and a Rook - and an attack.
I've played it twice OTB (one win and one loss). I had seen the idea
in games by Tal (this one) and Larsen.
All the sacs and traps I play I have seen before played
by someone else. This is why it's important to play over games
from players of all levels. You get ideas.
Larsen played it in the 60's and I think he mentions the Tal game.
(I'm not sure because I've just sent away the Larsen book as a Christmas present).
Here is another example of the same sac from a Dragon.
Remember, three pieces always mate.
F.Frilling - J. Watson, Lincoln 1969