Tal-Botvinnik 1960: Match for the World Chess Championship

Tal-Botvinnik 1960: Match for the World Chess Championship


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Tal-Botvinnik 1960: Match for the World Chess Championship by Mikhail Tal


“Mikhail Tal’s splendid account of his world championship match victory is one of the masterpieces of the golden age of annotation – before insights and feelings and flashes of genius were reduced to mere moves and Informant symbols. This is simply the best book written about a world championship match by a contestant. That shouldn’t be a surprise because Tal was the finest writer to become world champion.”

– International Grandmaster and popular chess columnist Andy Soltis.

In 1960 Mikhail Botvinnik was the pillar of “scientific” chess and the iron-willed champion of the world. The young attacking genius Mikhail Tal, the “Wizard of Riga,” put the magic back into the game by defeating Botvinnik with spectacular tactics in one of the most dramatic and celebrated world championship matches of all time.

This is Tal’s own classic work on the contest. In it he sets the stage and explains every one of the 21 games, telling both the on- and off-the-board story of this titanic clash of styles and thought.

This seventh edition is supplemented by German grandmaster Karsten Müller’s new Foreword and a moving essay by former USCF Executive Director Al Lawrence.

Find out why this book is widely regarded as one of the best chess books every written…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941270424
Publisher: Russell Enterprises, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/23/2016
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,209,144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mikhail Tal was one of the greatest tactical geniuses ever to play the royal game. A Latvian by birth, he rocketed to the top of the chess world in the late 1950s and wrested the title from the patriarch of Soviet chess, Mikhail Botvinnik in a spectacular title match.

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