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    • The Scourge of Mighty Champions, part 2

      Makogonov defeats a reigning USSR champion GM Levenfish And then utterly devastates Keres, who made it a point to get revenge against Makogonov after losing to him in 1939. In the 1940 championship, Makogonov managed to beat Keres, Botvinnik a... | Read More

    • The Scourge of Mighty Champions, part 1

      Vladimir Makogonov was born in Nakhichevan in 1904. During the 1930s and 1940s, he was one of the strongest players in USSR, with best results being 3rd in Leningrad-Moscow 1939 and 2nd in Sverdlovsk 1943. After the end of practical career, he bec... | Read More

    • "A Non-Inside look", games mentioned by Tal

      Last ever game between Kasparov and Smyslov. | Read More

    • "A Non-Inside Look" by Mikhail Tal, last part

      Concerning home preparation... For example, Karpov reaches some position and evaluates it: "White is better." It's enough for him. Kasparov begins his analysis from this position. He finishes his analysis only when it's clear that White wins! Let'... | Read More

    • "A Non-Inside Look" by Mikhail Tal, continued

      At first I thought that the tradition veni, vidi, vici would be upheld. In the first three rounds, the world champion led the way. Two of his victories were very spectacular and instructive. One of them, over Ivanchuk, had a very interesting ps... | Read More

    • "A Non-Inside Look" by Mikhail Tal

      64, #18, 1988 In his closing speech after the 55th USSR Championship, Mikhail Moiseevich Botvinnik (the arbiter, and that's quite fascinating in itself!) said that we didn't have such a strong tournament since 1973. We can agree with him. But als... | Read More

    • Mikhail Tal's last ever interview

      Ogonyok, #34-35, 1992 Vitaly Melik-Karamov "Against medicine, Tal played only Black"   That's the last interview of Mikhail Tal. He suffered from a serious illness for a long time and looked horribly for many years. Tal was the second of eig... | Read More

    • The Tallinn Navigator

      Mikhail Tal's article commemorating the 75th birthday of Paul Keres. Nedelya, 1991   On a winter evening in 1954 I, then a member of Riga chess team, went to the neighbouring Tallinn. In the train I couldn't get any sleep: two games against K... | Read More

    • Tal's 1987 TV interview, last part

      What do you think about the qualifying system in our country? Do we need any changes, or it's all right already? The words "all right", it seems to me, are now heard only in the song "It's all right, pretty marquise". The international tournamen... | Read More

    • Tal's 1987 TV interview, continued

      Do you have a coach? What's your favourite chess piece? Coaches and seconds are a rare commodity these days. You know, the best ones are already taken. Either by Kasparov or Karpov, there's no room for anybody else on this "market". And favourit... | Read More