The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal (Chess Games Collection) Paperback – 5 Jul 1997
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From the Back Cover
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
About the Author
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
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Top Customer Reviews
I remember that when my rating was 1500 USCF I got a book which had some games by Tal that were not analyzed and I couldn't understand a thing. It was funny, because with other players I could find some sense in the games, but with Tal, half the moves were unexplainable to me. This book helped me understand some of his games, and when you see the reason behind some of his moves explained and the analysis to support it, you will be awed! Although now I am a player rated 1800, there are still some sacrifices that are very tough to swallow, like the masterpiece in which Tal sacrifices his queen for a knight without any immediate compensation.
This book will fascinate you, I guarantee it! And you will open your mind to new tactical combinations and sacrifices that you had not considered in your wildest dreams!
1) The didactic value of the games and their annotations is incredible. Tal's lucid explanations are just marvelous.
2) Tal is completely sincere and shares with with the reader all his thoughts (literally - all his thoughts!!) during the game.
3) It is amazing to see how today's chess engines cannot find Tal's moves. Just let them calculate for a lot of time (not just a few seconds) and see for yourself what a genius Tal was.
4) I read in some reviews that the binding of the book is bad (Cadogan edition). Well this is an Everyman edition and the binding is just superb.
I recommend it without any hesitation to any chess lover.
A lof of care and time has been taken with the annotation and presentation of the games in the book. In-depth analysis is presented in an easy to understand manner and is accompanied by background information on opponents, why particular openings or variations were chosen and the thought processes going through Tal's mind during the games.
This is one of my favourite chess books. I must thank Ole for recommending it to me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must have. Great attacking thinking explained by its thinker. It's even funny at times.Published 4 months ago by Giovanni Merola
Would recommend this to a chess enthusiast, bought it for my brothers birthday and he thoroughly enjoyed it so far, still reading it!Published on 4 July 2013 by Ruth O'F