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ccmcacollister 109 ( +1 | -1 )
The Chess of GM Mikhail Tal This thread is for the dicussion of this great player. Anything you wish to contribute about him, his play, style, acheivements, actual games, Annotated game by you-Great. His sayings, remarks, etc. Life and Times. Books. Even your own best effort to play by the Tal influence. My start on it will concern mostly my own stylistic assessment and characteristic of his play, according to my decade ago study of his 200 Games book. A fascinating contrast to the play teachings of many others, I feel. Highly recommend study of his play/that book. But especially to one who has learned the theories of others, Nimzovich, Steinitz, Tarrasch, Capa, etc.; had some success with those, but wishing to add a new insight to your game. IMO if you have not studied Tal, after basic success following others, then to understand his play should easily be enough to increase you to the next rating class. Back later. Anyone in the meantime, Please feel free to jump in now.
Regards, Craig A.C.
PS...Allowed just one comment about his play I would discribe it thusly; ..... "Grandmaster of the Open Line."
brobishkin 208 ( +1 | -1 )
Mikhail Tal... After the death of Alexander Alekhine (1946) there were no tactical wizards known in the chess world ready to take his place... The science of pure chess took center stage, and the chief of this scientific era was a Grandmaster of the same first name "Mikhail Brtovinnik"... After his reigned performance from 1948 to 1960, with one year off after his loss to Vasily Symslov, it seemed to indicate that all future World Champions would be positional players... Little did the world know that another firebrand would appear and take the chess world by storm... In 1960 the world of chess came to a rude awakening...

Mikhail Tal was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1936... During his professional career, his style was characterized by risk and daring, and he reveled in tactical duels and very complex combinations... His unbelievable tactical vision never brought a dull moment to the tournaments he participated in... It was said he could calculate long complicated variations after merely glancing at the position... Consider by some to be an unsound player, he nevertheless confounded most of his critics by constantly winning tournament after tournament...

In 1960, at the age of 24, Tall achived the unthinkable... Knocking Botvinnik from his throne and claiming the World Championship title as his own... Botvinnik said: "I was surprised by his ability to figure out complex variations. Then the way he sats out the game; he was not interested in the objectivity of the position, weather it's better or worse, he only needed room for his pieces. All you do then is figure out variations which are extremely difficult. He was tactically outplaying me and I made mistakes."...

Tal changed the world of chess back then... Many players thought a new era of attacking play was at hand, and some chess coaches went so far as to insist that their students play aggressively and sacrificewhenever possible... But as Tal put it: "These poor young students must have breathed a sigh of relief when I lost the title back to Botvinnik (in 1961)... Now they could go back to learning to play calm positional chess again"...

bluebabygirl 70 ( +1 | -1 )
About Tal Tal, the second chess GOD ,,being that Robert James Fischer is the first chess GOD!!!!! IMO ,Nobody and I mean nobody played aggressive tactical chess better than TAL!!! Not even Fischer but Fischer had the advantage of being the better postional/strategic player over Tal ,IMO. As an attacking player Tal dwarfed Alekhine ,Spielman and Geller. Just imagine what even greater fame/glory Tal would have had if not for his love of strong drink(vodka). Still he was a behemoth in the chess world and rightly so. I have viewed many of his famous games and they are combinational masterpieces. Chess art in the form of grand magical achievement!!
Tal and Fischer-- only Rubinstein do I love more!!!!!--BBG
ketchuplover 10 ( +1 | -1 )
I have "The Life & Games of Mikhail Tal" I might start reading it :)

ps. the key word being "might" lol
takemitsu27 76 ( +1 | -1 )
quotes: here is some quotes i find interresting (compiled by Joe Gallager in his excellent "the magic of Mikhail Tal"


The Yugoslav Grandmaster Boris Ivkov, when asked to compare the respective merits of Tal, Fisher, Korchnoi ans Spassky: "The greatest genius is Tal, the most talented is Tal, the wittiest and most cheerful is Tal, the most comprehensive in style is Tal."

Mikhail Botvinnik: "I couldn't make myself dislike him" and " If only Tal could program himself he would be impossible to beat" and " If Tal sacrifice a piece, take it. If Petrosian sacrifice a piece, decline it"

Bobby Fisher (after defeating Tal for the first time in Bled 1961) "Finally, he has not escaped me!" Tal's response..."It's difficult to play against Einstein's theory"

Tal himself " There are two types of sacrifices in chess: Tal ones and sound ones"




sr_ajedrez 20 ( +1 | -1 )
Tal makes a game become life
as human genius does to all things

love his games. I have to say that they look pretty positional to me :)
just more fun :) than usual
sea_dragon 35 ( +1 | -1 )
future Tals do you think that there will be anyone in the future who can play as Tal? people seems to be very stingy these days. is it because of computers? maybe how Tal played was unique because of its trend-breaking style as one mentioned above. so the obvious followed-up question would be: what is (or going to be) trend-breaking style for current chess?
blindio 37 ( +1 | -1 )
There are often . . . . . . young players who tend to a swashbucking style. It's something that seems to fade as the player gets older (yes - even Tal became less spectacular eventually.) Kasparov was quite bold and exciting when he was younger. One player who might repay watching is Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu - he's a daring player who is building a reputation as an over-the-board firebrand.