The legendary Mikhail Tal was the finest ever exponent of attacking chess. His all-out sacrificial style took him all the way to the World Championship title. Dogged by ill-health, Tal's reign was a short one, and he was never able to regain his crown, but Tal remained an outstanding player right up to his death in 1992. His departure has taken away one of the chess world's most charismatic figures; a player who excited chess passions wherever he went
The Life and Games of Mikhail Talby Mikhail Tal
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Mikhail Tal, the 'magician from Riga,' was the greatest attacking World Champion of them all, and this enchanting autobiography chronicles his extraordinary career with charm and humor. Dazzling games are interspersed throughout with anecdotes and witty self-interviews, and in typically objective fashion he related both the downs and ups of his encounters. An inveterate smoker and drinker, Tal's life on the circuit was punctuated by bouts in the hospital with kidney problems, but nothing could dull his love for chess and his sheer genius on the chessboard. His illustrious tournament record, up to his death in 1992, is included here in full, along with 100 complete games and nearly as many positions. Tal's annotations in this book are a world apart from ordinary games collections. No reader could fail to be swept along by his passion and vitality as he sets the scene for an encounter and then recounts every psychological twist and turn.
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This book is not only an easy read from a historical stance, but it is full of Wisdom and bits of witt from the World Champion. The best part of the book is that he is telling his story from self-interviewed point of view. If you play out the games in this book over the board, you will definitely learn from them.
Michael Tal was known as The Wizard From Riga. He earned that nickname because of his brilliant tactical play. This was the Soviet answer to Bobby Fischer. Unfortunately, they never played for the world's championship. But Tal's tournament record against Fischer was a good one. He beat Rapid Robert about 80% of the time! Tal won the world's championship in 1960 only to lose in in a rematch a year later. He played that second game while in poor health. Had he been healthy there is little doubt he would have held the title for many years. Within this book you will find some of the most exciting games ever played! Essentil for all serious players but the casual palyer will enjoy this one, too!