“They can only take them one at a time” — Mikhail Tal

This is a game from several years ago that I played against local NM Franklin Chen. From the black side, I got myself into a cramped and delicate position. At one point, I had to find a defensive move that left 3 of my own pieces en prise, which solves all the problems I’d otherwise be facing on the board. It felt like the defensive flip side to Tal’s quip when launching attacks that involved offering multiple piece sacrifices, “They can only take them one at a time.”

After that point in the game, the tables turned a bit, and I was likely winning eventually. But I didn’t make the most of my chances, and things reached a peaceful end.

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