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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman Chess; 2nd Revised edition edition (5 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857442024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857442021
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This book has it all, Tal's autobiography told as a fictional interview, key positions of some games that are interesting to analyze and complete games with a thorough analysis.
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!
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Mikhail Tal's entertaining writing is almost comparable to his games and his excellent commentary. It seems that Tal was one of the chess players who had a well rounded personality, besides being a great chessplayer. In his book you can follow the life of the person Tal besides his chess. It can be seen that he is a good natured and warm person. It is a pity that he had to pass away so early. The games are a joy to follow. Recommended without reservation.
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This book is a marvel, a delight. It will blow your mind with the incredible tactics ! I have read some thirty chess books but this is in a class of its own. You will be filled with awe and wonder at the genius of Tal! There are some annotational errors and other mistakes but this is minimal. What you will find annoying though is that THIS BOOK FALLS APART...
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This is an excellent book, a class of its own.

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.
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This is an absolutely splendid book. I have many books of games by Tal and this is the best. Written in an entertaining style with many games annotated by Tal himself without the plethora of computerised variations which normally accompany modern collections of chess games. Other reviewers have said that it is the best chess book ever written and I'm inclined to go along with this but with my personal reservation that it is ONE of the best chess books ever written and can be placed comfortably in the company of Kasparov's best work, Chernev's Golden Dozen and Bronstein's coverage of the Zurich Interzonal Tournament of 1953. Worth every penny or cent of the price and a definite for inclusion in the desert island allocation!
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Working through this book you can't help but love and admire Mikhael Tal the person and Mikhael Tal the chess player. His style is a personal one that draws you in making the experience of working through the book a rich and enjoyable one. It is apparent he is objective and fair in the analysis of his games and judgement of opponents.

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.
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Mikhail Tal's game collection is one of the best books ever written by a world champion, but I cannot recommend this edition and here's why: Cadogan Books always fall apart! Regardless of the size of the book, I cannot get through a Cadogan book without half the pages falling out. The pages started falling out before page 80 of this 496-page book. Tal is probably the best writer of all the world champions, but do you really want to pay twenty-five bucks or so for a book that falls apart while you're reading it and has little or no resale value? Despite all that, if you don't mind reading your books in pieces, by all means buy this book. For you, I give this book 5 stars. Cadogan has several other great chess books and will surely publish more great ones in the future; but I won't be qualified to review them, because I will NEVER buy another Cadogan book again.
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Having lived through Tal's chess career, I found this combination of biography and his annotated chess games to be irresistible. The book is extremely well written and very readable. Presumably this is due to Tal's training in journalism, but credit must also go to the translator. The games are highly entertaining and the annotations are objective. Together, they convey to the reader Tal's love for the game and especially the surprises it can contain. The only drawback is that very few people in the world could try to copy Tal's style of play with the same success.
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