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Mikhail Tal is the Worlds 8th Chess Champion who earned that title in 1960 thus becoming the youngest Chess Champion in the history.
The Genius mind of Tal was noticed still at his young age. He learned to read at the age of 3, at 5 five he already could multiple three-digit numbers and went to school from the third grade.
Tal's genius consists of posing his opponents with tempting ways to go wrong. – Larry Evans
Analyzing his chess games is tantamount to discussing what God looks like. - Vladimir Kramnik
It's funny, but many people don't understand why I draw so many games nowadays. They think my style must have changed but this is not the case at all. The answer to this drawing disease is that my favorite squares are e6, f7, g7 and h7 and everyone now knows this. They protect these squares not once but four times! – Mikhail Tal
Later, I began to succeed in decisive games. Perhaps because I realized a very simple truth: not only was I worried, but also my opponent. – Mikhail Tal
Some sacrifices are sound; the rest are mine. – Mikhail Tal
The chess story of Mikhail Tal is about the act itself of straining against the leash of limited human imagination to create mammoth combinations on the chessboard. During his games, Tal wished to go where no chess player had ever gone before, choosing the middlegame as his métier for creative expression. He burned energy profligately. A chain-smoker and a heavy drinker, Tal pulsated nervous energy, pacing like a caged tiger in between moves. And as a young man with those famous fierce, hooded eyes and that imposing hooked nose, he bulldozed all before him. – Larry Parr
Tal played chess till his last breath. Though at classic chess he didn’t have serious winnings he never lost his genius mind in Blitz. He became the first Champion of fast chess in 1988(only the tournament wasn’t an official one).
Chess Paganini’s genius mind reflects in his games. We’ve collected Mikhail Tal’s best games. Enjoy them!
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