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Play Like Mikhail Tal

Play Like Mikhail Tal

Mikhail Tal was a World Champion, but is more well known as the greatest attacking wizard that the chess world has ever seen. Tal took the chess world by storm and played amazing attacking games in a style the world had never seen. See if you can keep up with this chess magician in five of his best games.

  • Play Like Mikhail Tal: Spassky vs Tal

    Boris Spassky was a World Champion in his own right, but in this game Tal made him look like an amateur. See if you can figure out how Tal defeated a former World Champion in only 22 moves with the Black pieces!

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  • Play Like Mikhail Tal: Tal vs Sviridov

    When Tal played against non-world class opposition he often won quickly and brilliantly. See if you can find his amazing combination to sacrifice and win against the sharp Sicilian Dragon!

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  • Play Like Mikhail Tal: Tal vs Smyslov

    Tal and Smyslov are two World Champions who took the title from Mikhail Botvinnik and then lost a rematch. Despite having relatively short reigns at the top, both were amazing players who stayed competitive long after their times as champions. Smyslov was a much quieter player, so Tal vs Smyslov was always a great clash of styles. This time Tal came out on top!

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  • Play Like Mikhail Tal: Tal vs Unzicker

    Wolfgang Unzicker was a strong Grandmaster, but in this game he couldn't keep up with Tal's magic. Unzicker played a solid Spanish Game to defend against Tal's e4 and tried his best to keep the game quiet. See if you can find how Tal broke open the position and won with one of his classic sacrifices.

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  • Play Like Mikhail Tal: Tal vs Uhlmann

    Wolfgang Uhlmann, not to be confused with Wolfgang Unzicker from our last game, is a strong German Grandmaster. He played a sharp French Defense against Tal and had a solid position early on. However, Uhlmann grabbed a poisoned pawn and Tal showed no mercy. See if you can find Tal's path to the win.

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