Fischer - Tal [U.S.S.R 1960]
LEIPZIG OLYMPIC 1960 - FRENCH DEFENSE
No holds barred
Their first encounter after Tal became world champion proves to be an old-fashioned slugfest. Typically aggressive, Fischer rapidly achieves a winning bind, but unwisely permits Tal to touch off "a dazzling array of fireworks" with 14...Nxe5. The struggle seesaws for seven moves before settling in a perpetual check.
The quality of this confrontation left little doubt that, in time, Fischer would yet take Tal's measure. He did just that less than a year later, after Tal had lost his return match with Botvinnik (Game 32). Reading Tal's palm, Fischer predicted: "The next world champion will be...Bobby Fischer!"
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