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|Nov-09-12|| ||MountainMatt: Boy, he was somethin' wasn't he? Happy b-day and R.I.P. Mr. Tal.|
|Nov-09-12|| ||TheFocus: Happy Birthday, Mikhail Tal!|
|Nov-09-12|| ||kudubux: R.I.P. and Happy Birthday "Magician"!|
|Nov-09-12|| ||juan31: Rest In Peace Master Tal|
|Nov-22-12|| ||Cemoblanca: If Joe "The Gentleman" Perry http://www.wt-s.co.uk/#/joe-perry/4... were a actor he would be a possible candidate for the role of Misha Tal! :)|
Misha Tal: http://www.chess-poster.com/english...
Joe Perry: http://www2.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/...
P.S. ...but definitely not "The Rocket"!!! :D http://www.snookerbacker.com/wp-con...
|Nov-22-12|| ||Cemoblanca: This 1 fits more with the Perry photo! ;)
By the way: Here is a book list about Keres & Tal!
|Nov-23-12|| ||perfidious: < Reisswolf: ....Are you referring to his chain smoking? Or did he do other things as well, such as drugs or alcohol?|
I was under the impression that Tal was just a smoker, but otherwise a teetotaller....>
The day we met, there was no evidence that this was the case: during play, Tal kept a vodka bottle near to hand throughout the games.
|Nov-24-12|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: @<perfidious>
Hort on his DVD for Chessbase recounts a game against Tal in Moscow. The game had started but there was no Tal. The Soviets rushed and got Tal who was in a drunk stupor from the night before. They even had to put a fully clothed Tal under a shower to wake him! Sadly, Tal didn't pull off the miracle feat and defeat Hort.
|Nov-24-12|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: ps. the Hort v. Tal game in question with the (correct) account is here
Hort vs Tal, 1963|
|Nov-26-12|| ||Gottschalk: Players die, the tournaments are forgotten,
but the games of the great artists of the board
remain for posterity,
making eternal remembrance of their creators.
|Dec-14-12|| ||The Rocket: Does somebody know a list of famous(and controversial) Tal sacrifice games?|
|Dec-14-12|| ||TheFocus: <The Rocket>< Does somebody know a list of famous(and controversial) Tal sacrifice games?>|
Yes, here it is:
1. The first game he ever played.
2. The last he ever played.
3. Every game in between.
|Dec-28-12|| ||Njcleri: The first time that I had ever heard of Tal was in an analysis video on YouTube. As I watched, there was an incredible series of sacrifices, which shows just how creative he was, and still hugely successful. He has to be one of my favorite players in history. His name belongs in the same standing as those of Fischer, Kasparov, Morphy, and Petrosian.|
|Dec-28-12|| ||RookFile: I would put this game right at the top of the list:
Tal vs Larsen, 1965
Here is Tal, in a tense match in the world championship cycle, the fate very much in doubt. We come to the key game, and he throws a knight out the window for a speculative attack. There are very few people who would have done such a thing.
<The auditorium went still: what was this - ultra-boldness, recklessness? No one found an answer to these questions, it was simply not possible. The sacrifice provoked numerous arguments, whole forests of variations... At any event, Tal's boldness in such an important game is a unique phenomenon in the praxis of leading grandmasters!>
|Mar-18-13|| ||John Abraham: Does anyone think a young Tal resembles Fez from That 70s Show? :o|
|Mar-18-13|| ||Jim Bartle: Which 70s show? You need to be more specific.|
|Mar-18-13|| ||parisattack: It was called 'That 70s Show' actually...|
|Mar-18-13|| ||FSR: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/That_'... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0165598/|
|Mar-18-13|| ||Jim Bartle: Oh right, that show with those cute teenagers Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher. I wonder whatever happened to them.|
|Mar-25-13|| ||Sho: Quote from Tal (also posted on Fischer), "When I asked Fischer why he had not played a certain move in our game, he replied: 'Well, you laughed when I wrote it down.'"|
So, which game?
|Mar-25-13|| ||cro777: <Which Game?>
Robert Fischer - Mikhail Tal
Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)
Position after 21...Qxb8
click for larger view
"Every player has his own habit: one will first make his move and then write it down, while another will do things the other way around...In our game Fischer first wrote down the move <22.Rae1!>, without a doubt the strongest, and wrote it not in his usual English notation but in European, almost Russian!
Then he not very deftly pushed the scoresheet towards me. 'He's asking for an endorsement', I thought to myself, but how was I to react? To frown was impossible, if I smiled he would suspect 'trickery', so I did the natural thing. I got up and began to calmly walk up and down the stage. I met Petrosian, made some joke to him, and he replied. The 15-year-old Fischer, who was essentially still only a large child, sat with a confused expression on his face, looking first at the front row of spectators where his second was sitting, and then at me.
Then he wrote down another move. <22.Qc6?>, and after 22...Rd7 23.Rae1+ Be7 24.Rxf7 Kxf7 25.Qe6+ Kf8! 26.Qxd7 Qd6 I held on to my extra piece and adjourned the game in a won position.
When I later asked Fischer why he hadn't played 22.Rae1, he replied: 'Well, you laughed when I wrote it down!'" (Mikhail Tal)
|Apr-03-13|| ||Marmot PFL: If wikipedia is correct, Tal did not have an especially good record against the world elite players-|
Mikhail Botvinnik: +12 −12 =20
David Bronstein: +8 −5 =18
Viktor Korchnoi: +7 −11 =5
Bent Larsen: +12 −7 =18
Bobby Fischer: +4 −2 =5 (all Tal wins happened when Fischer was 15 or 16)
Paul Keres: +4 −8 =20
Efim Geller: +6 −6 =23
Lev Polugaevsky: +2 −8 =25
Boris Spassky: +6 −9 =25
Anatoly Karpov: +0 −1 =19
Vasily Smyslov: +3 −4 =21
Tigran Petrosian: +6 −9 =27
Leonid Stein: +0 −3 =15
Lajos Portisch: +9 −5 =18
A losing score against 8 out of 14. Probably he could have improved with a more conservative style but would have given up some wins against weaker players.
|Apr-03-13|| ||RookFile: Well, that is career wise, of course. Around 1960 Tal kept it simple and beat just about everybody, Keres excepted.|
|Apr-03-13|| ||Novirasputin: Here is the difference. Tal was unquestionably the best in his prime (and at other times too). The thing is he never let his health act as a crutch even though it was a logical reason for some of his subpar performance. That is admirable and showed he just loved the game. The hospital escape to defeat Kasparov was the icing.|
|Apr-28-13|| ||Tal7777777: <Marmot PFL>
Watch it, that's my hero you're talking about...besides...when he did win, he did it in style!
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