(1) Tal,M - Stephenson,F.N [C63]
simul by Tal, Redcar, Cleveland UK, 1974
[Norman Stephenson]

Who could ever be a greater chess-hero than this magician from Riga?

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f5 4.d4
A couple of moves earlier than my first attempt against him.

4...fxe4 5.Bxc6 bxc6 6.Nxe5 Nf6 7.0-0 Be7 8.Bg5 0-0 9.Nc3 Qe8
I always thought this plan was better than the more popular line arising from 5...dxc6. Black could also have considered putting his bishop on d6.

10.Qe2 a5
White has to be careful now.

Which he isnt.

11...gxf6 12.Ng4 Ba6

13.Nh6+ Kh8 14.Qxe4 Bxf1 15.Rxf1 Bb4 16.Qf3 Bxc3 17.bxc3 Qe6 18.Nf5
And now the simple 18...Qxa2 followed by bringing the queen back to the kings-side and then a4-a3 etc would be good and winning for Black. White has no attack at this point but you see "lots of ghosts" when you play this man!

And now we see how much better is a knight in the maestro's hands than a rook in a mere amateur's.

19.Ne3 Rg6 20.c4 Rb8 21.d5 cxd5 22.cxd5 Qd6 23.g3 Qa3 24.h4 Qc3 25.Kg2 Rb4 26.d6 cxd6 27.Rd1 Qe5 28.c4 Ra4 29.Rd5 Qe6 30.Rf5 Ra3 31.h5 Rg8 32.Rxf6 Qe5 33.Rf8 Rxa2 34.Ng4 Qg7 35.Rf7
White has woven a beautiful mating-net.

35...Qg5 36.Qc3+ 1-0