Tal – Botvinnik (Moscow 1960)
World champion Mikhail Botvinnik failed to cope with the unrelenting tactical problems posed by Mikhail Tal during their 1960 title match but Botvinnik managed to curb Tal’s attacking skills in the 1961 return match and regain the title. Here Tal playing the White pieces has sacrificed a couple of pawns for an attacking initiative against the Black king. How did he conclude the assault?
1, Rxa6+! Kb8(1…Kxa6; 2, Qb6 mate or 1…bxa6; 2, Qb6+ Ka8; 3, Qxa6+ Ra7; 4, Qxc8 mate); 2, Qa4, and Black had no defence against the threat 3, Ra8+ Kc7; 4, Qa5+ and mates.