In 1938, Grandmaster Rudolf Spielmann reached this position as Black and played 1...Re2, which threatens mate with 2...Qxf2+ and 3...Qg2 mate. Was that a good idea?
As you can quickly tell from looking at the diagram, this was one wild game between Spassky and Polugaevsky in Moscow, 1960. My friend,and former US Corresponence Champion, Jon Edwards dug this one up for an article in Chess Life for Kids. How did Boris continue here?
This is from a game Znosko-Borovsky vs. Salwe. White was a young master playing the veteran. Z-B would end up becoming a popular chess author. One of his books, The Art of Chess Combinations, would become a popular classic work that generations of chess players would learn how to attack and mate. Here, he found himself in dire circumstances and saved himself. How?
A nice Monday problem for you. White is to play. What is his best move here?
We will finish off our remembrance of Tal with a nice kingside attack. See if you can plan it out the way he did.
In our retrospective on Tal, we continue with a nice finish against Sveshnikov at Moscow in 1990.