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Mikhail Tal's Best Games of Chess: The Rise of Mikhail Tal 1951-1960 (Hardinge Simpole Chess Classics) Paperback – 20 Apr 2002


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hardinge Simpole Limited; New edition edition (20 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843820013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843820017
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,459,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 July 2002
Format: Paperback
mikhail tal took the chess world by storm in the late 1950's when he defeated titans like keres smyslov fischer and bronstein to qualify for a world championship match against botvinnik. tal won this too in whirlwind style in 1960.
this book by peter clarke tells the tal story up to and including his becoming world champion. the games are well chosen and deeply explained. the print is clear and there are diagrams for all the key moments.
i would rate this as one of the ten chess books i would take on a desert island.the style of writing is lively and informative and there is also useful biographical material to back up the games and commentary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 July 2002
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Peter Clarke examines the games that eventually led the Latvian born Mikhail Tal to World Champion status, revealing how tactics can triumph on the chess board in place of strategy. Tal's ruthlessness is evident in these games. For Tal, chess was a fight. Moreover, it was a fight that he would win. Clarke provides essential understanding to the game of a genius.
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By Hugh Davies on 6 July 2007
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Mikhail Tal took the chess world by storm when he blasted a path through the titans of the global chess board - Fischer, Smyslov, Keres, Petrosian - and seized the crown of the mighty Botvinnik. Tal sacrificed as if there were no tomorrow and the very greatest were humbled and smashed by his whirlwind tactics. In this book British chess master Peter Clarke takes the Tal story up to his victory in the 1960 world championship, a victory which seemed to herald the death of strategy and the triumph of tactics on the chess board.
Peter Clarke won numerous silver medals in the British Championships, he represented England in the World Championship cycle and he played top board for England in the Chess Olympiad at Havana 1966. He is a fluent Russian reader and his notes access the very best of contemporary Soviet commentary.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
chess magician 8 July 2002
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this book covers mikhail tals career up to the match in 1960 against botvinnik when he became world champion. there are wins in it against botvinnik smyslov fischer and keres-the notes are very full and read really well-the author has carefully researched russian sources and if tal misses a trick clarke spots it. the games- being tals- are mainly very brilliant-he was the supreme magician of the chess board and liable to crush even the greatest of opponents with his amazing tactics. the print is very clear and the diagrams are well chosen -in fact this is one of the books i wd definitely take with me on a desert island.
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Synopsis 9 July 2007
By Hugh Davies - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mikhail Tal took the chess world by storm when he blasted a path through the titans of the global chess board - Fischer, Smyslov, Keres, Petrosian - and seized the crown of the mighty Botvinnik. Tal sacrificed as if there were no tomorrow and the very greatest were humbled and smashed by his whirlwind tactics. In this book British chess master Peter Clarke takes the Tal story up to his victory in the 1960 world championship, a victory which seemed to herald the death of strategy and the triumph of tactics on the chess board.
Peter Clarke won numerous silver medals in the British Championships, he represented England in the World Championship cycle and he played top board for England in the Chess Olympiad at Havana 1966. He is a fluent Russian reader and his notes access the very best of contemporary Soviet commentary.
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Tal's Rise 31 July 2002
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A great book - I really liked it. These books publsihed by Hardinge and Simpole on how the great chess players Tal, Botvinnik etc. rose to take the chess crown, are wonderful for understanding the various tactics of the masters of chess. What makes it more interesting is the preface and foreword which provide great background info., bringing the games to life.
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