A game from a Mikhail Tal Simul 1974

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    A game from a Mikhail Tal Simul 1974

    January 11, 2021

    On January 18, 1974, Mikhail Tal played a simul of 27 games at Knotty Ash, Liverpool. He scored +23, =2, -2. A game he lost against F. Parsonage has just come to light.

    Here is the whole of the column CHESS by Julian Simpole:

    Simultaneous displays are more serious affairs than they used to be when the expert could face almost any group of amateurs without fear of losing, for with the advance of chess knowledge, the general standard of play has risen to the point where no master is safe.

    When Karpov arrived at Oxford to give a simultaneous, he refused to accept such players as Nunn and Moberly, and only engaged with students under a certain grade. It would seem that the man regarded by many as the future world champion did not want to risk a bad result by playing those who would have extended him in a proper match game, and that he views the successful outcome of these occasions as important to his reputation.

    Past world title-holder Mikhail Tal lost at least one battle in a display held in Liverpool this year, and Keith Homeyard contacted the happy winner to obtain the following hitherto unpublished game for this column.


    Knotty Ash, Liverpool
    Simultaneous Game
    January 18, 1974
    Tal, Mikhail – Parsonage, Griffith
    C78 Ruy Lopez

    1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O b5 6.Bb3 Be7 7.d4 d6 8.c3 O-O 9.h3 exd4 10.cxd4 Na5 11.Bc2 c5 12.dxc5 dxc5 13.Qe2 Qc7 14.e5 Nh5 15.g4 Nc6 16.gxh5 Bxh3 17.Re1 f5 18.Bf4 Bg4 19.Qe3 Nb4 20.Bd1 Rad8 21.a3 Rd3 22.axb4 Rxe3 23.Rxe3 cxb4 24.Nbd2 Rd8 25.Bb3+ Kh8 26.Rxa6 Bxh5 27.Nf1 Bxf3 28.Rd6 Bxd6 29.exd6 Qc6 30.Re7 Bd5 31.Rc7 Qa8 32.Bc2 Be6 33.Ne3 Qa1+ 34.Kg2 Qxb2 35.Re7 Qf6 36.Nd1 Qg6+ 37.Kf1 Bc4+ 38.Ke1 Re8 39.Bxf5 Rxe7+ 40.dxe7 Qe8 41.Bd6 b3 42.Kd2 Bf7 43.Nc3 Qc6 44.Ba3 Qc4 45.Ne2 b4 46.Bb2 Qc7 47.Nd4 Qxe7 48.Bd3 Qg5+ 49.Ke1 Bh5 50.Nxb3 Qd5 51.Nd4 Qa2 52.Bc1 b3 53.Bc4 b2 0-1

    Position after Black’s 26….Bxh5

    White replied 27.Nf1? Better is 27.Bg5 with equality. Parsonage thought that 27.Ra1 was the best move here.


    24 of the 27 games are now available on Britbase:


    In spite of the narrative above, it appears that the game score was generally available in 1974.

  • #2
    Always nice to to see Tal games, even from simuls.