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Mikhail Tal

Years covered: 1949 to 1992
Highest rating achieved in database: 2645
Overall record: +1117 -298 =1303 (65.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      88 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

 

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (339) 
    B46 B43 B82 B32 B40
 Ruy Lopez (254) 
    C92 C95 C93 C96 C84
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (163) 
    C92 C95 C93 C96 C84
 Caro-Kann (102) 
    B14 B17 B18 B12 B10
 French Defense (95) 
    C07 C18 C09 C05 C16
 English (91) 
    A15 A14 A13 A17 A16
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (340) 
    B43 B40 B46 B22 B52
 King's Indian (113) 
    E94 E92 E98 E69 E62
 Queen's Pawn Game (82) 
    E10 A46 E00 A40 A41
 English (79) 
    A15 A14 A10 A13 A17
 Nimzo Indian (79) 
    E48 E52 E53 E46 E56
 Modern Benoni (74) 
    A56 A64 A61 A62 A65

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Tal vs Larsen, 1965 1-0
   Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 1-0
   Tal vs Karpov, 1987 1-0
   Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 1-0
   Tal vs Miller, 1988 1-0
   Tal vs Hecht, 1962 1-0
   Tal vs Koblents, 1957 1-0
   M Bobotsov vs Tal, 1958 0-1
   Tal vs Sviridov, 1969 1-0
   Fischer vs Tal, 1959 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Tal-Botvinnik World Championship Match (1960)
   Tal-Botvinnik World Championship Return Match (1961)

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