DEVELOPING A FORMAT
CHESS GAME ANALYSIS
by Steve Stepak
St. John, New Brunswick, "World Chess Festival",
World Blitz Chess Championship, 1988.
Raphael Vaganian(2670) vs Mikhail Tal(2705), Round 5
(Tal easily drew Round 6 and won the title
ahead of Kasparov, Karpov and Vaganian.
He claimed the prize too: $37,500!)
Sky-view of the opening position.
Vaganian is slightly better, here.
Tal casts his spell.
Vaganian immerses himself in Tal's king position.
Tal silently provokes Vaganian's kingside assault.
Maestro Tal calmly considers his options.
Vaganian noticing Tal's a-pawn (in disbelief!) . . .
Note: Man behind Vaganian writing down the moves on a pad.
After thorough consideration of the position, Vaganian realizes
that he cannot stop Tal's a-pawn from queening. So he
offered his hand in resignation.
Photo: Steve Stepak
Grandmaster Mikhail Tal, World Blitz Chess Champion, 1988,
at the Boylston Chess Club, Boston for 30 Board Simul.
(Boston is Tal's first US city visited in his entire life!)