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Combinations of Mikhail Tal

Combinations of Mikhail Tal

The 8th World Champion Mikhail Tal was one of the most brilliant chess players of all time. His games inspired not only the spectators, but his opponents as well. Sharp sacrifices were his trademark, often played by instinct rather than by calculating concrete variations.

  • Tal-Tringov, Munich Olympiad 1958

    Here we see a young Tal playing in his first chess Olympiad. Known as "The Magician from Riga", Tal had an extremely imaginative style of play. His sacrifices were often very intuitive, creating vast complications which his opponents were unable to solve....

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  • Tal- Skuja, Latvia ch 1958

    Mikhail Tal's amazing imagination and willingness to go on sacrificial adventures made him one of the most beloved chess players. Off the board he was very charming and friendly. He made frequent appearances before the chess-loving public in Moscow soon...

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  • Tal-Perez, Havana 1963

    Here we see Tal finishing up one of his many checkmating attacks. Gary Kasparov had this to say about Tal: We calculate: he does this then I do that. And Tal, through all the thick layers of variants, saw that around the 8th move, it will be so and so....

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  • Tal-Averkin, USSR 1973

    In the lesson you will try to find a simple but elegant tactic played by Tal. Mikhail Tal, considered by many to be the greatest attacking player ever, was born in Riga, Latvia in 1936. He learned chess at the age of 8 by watching his father play. He...

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  • Tal-Portisch, Bled 1965

    Genna Sosonko wrote this about Tal in his book Russian Silhouettes: In the mid-50s a young man, practically a boy, with fiery black eyes and a manner of playing that surprised everyone, burst into the world of strictly positional chess. His manner of...

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  • Tal-Teschner, Vienna 1957

    "Misha did not like and did not drink wine, preferring something stronger: vodka, cognac or rum-cola, for example. To avoid any misunderstanding, I must say immediately that this was no slow sipping through a straw. To this day I remember the face of...

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  • Tal-Quinteros, Brazil 1987

    Tal is quote as saying "They compare me to Lasker, which is an exaggerated honor. He made mistakes in every game and I only in every second one!" Nevertheless, when asked about his opinion on who was the greatest player of all time, he answered: "Lasker,...

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  • Tal-Timman, Reykjavik 1988

    Here we see the great Mikhail Tal winning material by making use of a pin. Tal was not only a brilliant player, but very well liked. Gary Kasparov wrote of him: He led a very unusual life. He didn't think of anything. He lived here and now, and this...

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  • Maus-Tal, Tyskland 1991

    This is how Grandmaster Sosonko described training with Tal for the candidates matches in 1967: I would arrive at about eleven at his big flat in the centre of Riga, and within half an hour we would be sitting at the chess board. Now a quarter of a century...

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  • Tal-Ballon, Berlin 1986

    Referring to his piece sacrifices, Mikhail Tal said "They can only take them one at a time!"

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  • Spassky-Tal, Montreal 1979

    Genna Sosonko writes of Mikhail Tal in his book Russian Silhouettes: "Why did he play like he did, and why did he win? Of course, it is easy to hide behind the words of talent or genius. Tolush, after losing the game of his life in his best tournament...

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  • Walther-Tal, Havana 1966

    As Black, Tal has a strong attack on the Queenside. Even though the White King appears to be safe, Black finds a way to win. Immediately after he lost his title back to Botvinnik in 1961, Tal won a very strong tournament in Bled, Yugoslavia, ahead of...

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  • Medina-Tal, Palma de Mallorca 1979

    Despite the simplified nature of the position, Tal finds a way to quickly force his opponent to resign. Bobby Fischer said this about Mikhail Tal: "He is not so much interested in who has the better game, or in the essential soundness of his own game,...

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  • Szukszta - Tal, Uppsala 1956

    Here we see a combination played by Tal before he was TAL and had become world famous. Tal loved the game and considered that "Chess, first of all, is Art." He would play countless blitz games against unknown or relatively weak players purely for the...

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  • Tal-Rantanen, Tallin 1979

    Tal has a strong attack on the Black King, but finding the right move here will make the difference. Despite having serious health problems in his later years, Tal remained one of the world's strongest players. For example, he won the 1979 Riga Interzonal...

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  • Tal-Tringov, Amersterdam 1964

    Having your King vulnerable in the center against Tal, as is the case in this position, is a recipe for disaster. After winning the World Championship in 1960, Tal would suffer from serious health problems that would affect his results. However, he made...

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  • Tal-Dvoryetsky, Leningrad 1972

    Despite a physical defect - from birth Tal had only 3 fingers on his right hand - he played the piano very well. Grandmaster Genna Sosonko writes of Tal: He never enjoyed good health. At that time (1967), both in Riga and at the seaside, he suffered kidney...

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  • Tal-Wade, Tallinn 1971

    Here we see another example of Tal brilliant attacking the opponent's King. Beginning in 1957, Mikhail rapidly rose the chess heights. That year he became the youngest player to win the Soviet championship. In 1960, at the age of 23, Tal became the youngest-ever...

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  • Tal-Botvinnik, Moscow 1960

    Here we see Tal on the hunt for Mikhail Botvinnik's King from the 1960 World Championship match. How does White make the breakthrough? After Tal won the world championship in 1960, he started having serious health problems. He would never again play in...

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  • Tal-Holmov, USSR Ch 1969

    "He showed little interest in his health or appearance, or in what others thought of him. He was from another planet, and there was only one thing that really excited and interested him: chess" Genna Sosonko on Mikhail Tal.

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  • Tal-Botvinnik, World Championship 1961

    This game is from the World Championship in 1961, in which Botvinnik won the title back from Tal. Tal was starting to have serious health problems at this point. However, he was able to still play sparkling combinations, as in this game.

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  • Tal-Platonov, Dubna 1974

    White's pieces are pointing at the Black King, but you need to find the correct moves to keep Black from escaping. Tal was an exceptional blitz player. In 1970 he took second place to Bobby Fischer in a very strong blitz tournament in Yugolslavia. In...

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  • Tal-Tolush, Russian Championship 1958

    Black's Kingside has been weakened. Not something that you want to see happen when you're playing Tal! Mikhail Tal was a member of eight gold medal winning Soviet teams in Olympiad play from 1958 to1982 He scored 81.2 percent and lost only 2 games. He...

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  • Tal-Gedevanishvili, Poti 1970

    Mikhail Tal was born in Riga, Latvia, on November 9, 1936. He was known as "The Magician from Riga" for his amazing tactical feats on the chessboard, often sacrificing material in search for the initiative. Mikhail Tal was ahead of his time - he made...

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