On New Year's Eve: fireworks on the board

12/31/2010 – ... on the board the late 8th World Champion Mikhail Tal used to attract the admiration of chess enthusiasts all over the world, as well as the reverent title "chess magician from Riga". In this game, however, his opponent showed no fear and took with the bishop on b2. What do you think? This... A)... gives Black the advantage; B)... results in perpetual check; C)... leads to victory for White. The solution is here, but first ponder over it with a larger version of the diagram.

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Fireworks on the board the late 8th World Champion Mikhail Tal used to create what was to give him the sympathies of chess enthusiasts all over the world as well as the reverent title "chess magician from Riga". In this game, however, his opponent showed no fear and took with the bishop on b2. What do you think? This...

A)... gives Black the advantage;
B)... results in perpetual check;
C)... leads to victory for White.

ChessBase wishes you a happy new year and many fireworks in your own games!

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