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Favorite Tal
Compiled by Shadout Mapes
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This might be my favorite.
Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

Tal isn't interested in a draw.
R Toran Albero vs Tal, 1961 
(A21) English, 25 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Gulko, 1969 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 26 moves, 1-0

Not bad for a dead man
Tal vs Suetin, 1969 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 21 moves, 1-0

A great win against very tough competition
Tal vs Karpov, 1987 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 30 moves, 1-0

6..h6? "Oll picked the wrong guy to mix it up with." -Defirmian
Tal vs Oll, 1986 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 22 moves, 1-0

Promises
Tal vs Najdorf, 1960 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 26 moves, 1-0

Tal's play leads to positions only he can understand.
Tal vs Panno, 1958 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 57 moves, 1-0

The Dead Rook
Tal vs K Klaman, 1957 
(B61) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2, 34 moves, 1-0

30.e5!! clearance sacrifice
Tal vs Tolush, 1957 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

An incredible combination
Tal vs Speelman, 1988 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 34 moves, 1-0

An entertaining slug-fest
Tal vs Koblents, 1957 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

Classic Tal
Tal vs Simagin, 1956 
(B07) Pirc, 45 moves, 1-0

A queen down and a bishop hanging, 21.Bf5!! is amazing
Tal vs Hecht, 1962 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1-0

36.Rc5! A thunderbolt in the clear, blue sky.
Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 43 moves, 1-0

Tal massacres Fischer 4-0 in this event
Tal vs Fischer, 1959 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 34 moves, 1-0

Create a weakness and exploit it
Spassky vs Tal, 1973 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 38 moves, 0-1

21...Nf4!
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 47 moves, 0-1

This game is like a dream
Tal vs Spassky, 1980 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 44 moves, 1-0

A fun attack
Tal vs NN, 1963 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 19 moves, 1-0

Gurgenidze asks for it with 14.h3
Gurgenidze vs Tal, 1957 
(A78) Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6, 27 moves, 0-1

Knight sac for two center pawns
Averbakh vs Tal, 1958 
(A76) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 35 moves, 0-1

A vicious attack
Tal vs Portisch, 1965 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 27 moves, 1-0

Tal salvages a draw from a loss by attacking
Portisch vs Tal, 1964 
(A04) Reti Opening, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Strange, Yet Pleasing
Tal vs Van der Wiel, 1982 
(A13) English, 24 moves, 1-0

Blitz Magic
J Szukszta vs Tal, 1956 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 20 moves, 0-1

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