Mikhail Tal

Threech
my best chess player ever
chessrengu
Maybe not better than Fischer
gingerninja2003
chessrengu wrote:
Maybe not better than Fischer

although that is probably true, Tal does have a positive record vs Fischer.

jbilodeau33
Interesting
mickynj
gingerninja2003 wrote:
chessrengu wrote:
Maybe not better than Fischer

although that is probably true, Tal does have a positive record vs Fischer.

Tal swept his 4 games against Fischer at the Candidate's Tournament in 1959, when Tal was en route to winning the world championship in 1960, and Fischer was just starting his international career. He never won another game against Fischer

blueemu

When they encountered each other in 1959, Fischer was not yet Fischer. When they played again, years later, Tal was no longer Tal.

mickynj

Not precisely true. Fischer defeated Tal at Bled in 1961, but Tal (still Tal!) won the Tournament. Fischer was second, ahead of Keres , Petrosian, Geller, and Gligorich among others. And this lovely game was played at the Leipzig Olympiad in 1960