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Road to the Championship - Mik Tal
Compiled by Fischer of Men
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This is the road taken by Tal during his title run. One game decided by forfeit is not included (round #15 of the Zonal). During this period a total of four tournament wins and a score of 13.5/15 at the 13th Olympiad were recorded.

Zonal Tournament Game #1
Tal vs Tolush, 1958 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 28 moves, 1-0

Zonal Tournament Game #2
Bronstein vs Tal, 1958 
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zonal Tournament Game #3
Tal vs Boleslavsky, 1958 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 51 moves, 0-1

Zonal Tournament Game #4
Averbakh vs Tal, 1958 
(A76) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 35 moves, 0-1

Zonal Tournament Game #5
Tal vs Suetin, 1958 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zonal Tournament Game #6
Gurgenidze vs Tal, 1958 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 59 moves, 0-1

Zonal Tournament Game #7
Tal vs Petrosian, 1958 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zonal Tournament Game #8
A Bannik vs Tal, 1958 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 52 moves, 1-0

Zonal Tournament Game #9
Tal vs Korchnoi, 1958 
(C18) French, Winawer, 35 moves, 0-1

Zonal Tournament Game #10
Kotov vs Tal, 1958 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 48 moves, 0-1

Zonal Tournament Game #11
Tal vs Taimanov, 1958 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 62 moves, 1-0

Zonal Tournament Game #12
Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1958 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zonal Tournament Game #13
Tal vs Geller, 1958 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 33 moves, 1-0

Zonal Tournament Game #14
Tal vs Furman, 1958 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Zonal Tournament Game #15
Krogius vs Tal, 1958
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zonal Tournament Game #16
Tal vs Gipslis, 1958 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 26 moves, 1-0

Zonal Tournament Game #17
Spassky vs Tal, 1958 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 73 moves, 0-1

Interzonal Tournament Game #1
Tal vs B De Greiff, 1958 
(A17) English, 29 moves, 1-0

Interzonal Tournament Game #2
Szabo vs Tal, 1958 
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 49 moves, 0-1

Interzonal Tournament Game #3
Tal vs Pachman, 1958 
(C11) French, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #4
A Matanovic vs Tal, 1958 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 57 moves, 1-0

Interzonal Tournament Game #5
Tal vs Filip, 1958 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 38 moves, 1-0

Interzonal Tournament Game #6
Rodolfo Cardoso vs Tal, 1958 
(B36) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #7
Tal vs Gligoric, 1958 
(E88) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #8
O Neikirch vs Tal, 1958 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #9
Tal vs G Fuster, 1958 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 27 moves, 1-0

Interzonal Tournament Game #10
H Rossetto vs Tal, 1958 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 39 moves, 0-1

Interzonal Tournament Game #11
Tal vs Benko, 1958 
(B32) Sicilian, 50 moves, 1-0

Interzonal Tournament Game #12
Fischer vs Tal, 1958 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #13
Tal vs Bronstein, 1958
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #14
Averbakh vs Tal, 1958
(A71) Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #15
Tal vs Larsen, 1958 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 24 moves, 1-0

Interzonal Tournament Game #16
R Sanguineti vs Tal, 1958
(B40) Sicilian, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #17
Tal vs Panno, 1958 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 57 moves, 1-0

Interzonal Tournament Game #18
F Olafsson vs Tal, 1958 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #19
Tal vs Petrosian, 1958
(E79) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #20
J Sherwin vs Tal, 1958 
(E95) King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #1
Smyslov vs Tal, 1959 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 65 moves, 1-0

Candidates Tournament Game #2
Tal vs Gligoric, 1959 
(E89) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line, 47 moves, 1-0

Candidates Tournament Game #3
Keres vs Tal, 1959 
(A16) English, 64 moves, 1-0

Candidates Tournament Game #4
Tal vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 43 moves, 1-0

Candidates Tournament Game #5
Petrosian vs Tal, 1959 
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #6
Tal vs Fischer, 1959 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 41 moves, 1-0

Candidates Tournament Game #7
Benko vs Tal, 1959 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 29 moves, 0-1

Candidates Tournament Game #8
Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 26 moves, 1-0

Candidates Tournament Game #9
Gligoric vs Tal, 1959 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #10
Tal vs Keres, 1959 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 40 moves, 0-1

Candidates Tournament Game #11
F Olafsson vs Tal, 1959 
(B41) Sicilian, Kan, 71 moves, 0-1

Candidates Tournament Game #12
Tal vs Petrosian, 1959
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #13
Fischer vs Tal, 1959 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 33 moves, 0-1

Candidates Tournament Game #14
Tal vs Benko, 1959 
(B27) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

Candidates Tournament Game #15
Smyslov vs Tal, 1959 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #16
Tal vs Gligoric, 1959 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 64 moves, 1-0

Candidates Tournament Game #17
Keres vs Tal, 1959 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 40 moves, 0-1

Candidates Tournament Game #18
Tal vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 42 moves, 1-0

Candidates Tournament Game #19
Petrosian vs Tal, 1959 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #20
Tal vs Fischer, 1959 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 34 moves, 1-0

Candidates Tournament Game #21
Benko vs Tal, 1959 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 33 moves, 0-1

Candidates Tournament Game #22
Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 41 moves, 1-0

Candidates Tournament Game #23
Gligoric vs Tal, 1959 
(A78) Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6, 46 moves, 0-1

Candidates Tournament Game #24
Tal vs Keres, 1959 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 79 moves, 0-1

Candidates Tournament Game #25
F Olafsson vs Tal, 1959
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #26
Tal vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B56) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #27
Fischer vs Tal, 1959 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 52 moves, 0-1

Candidates Tournament Game #28
Tal vs Benko, 1959 
(B27) Sicilian, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #1
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(C18) French, Winawer, 32 moves, 1-0

World Championship Game #2
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(A61) Benoni, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #3
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #4
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(E27) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #5
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #6
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 47 moves, 0-1

World Championship Game #7
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 52 moves, 1-0

World Championship Game #8
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 41 moves, 1-0

World Championship Game #9
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 58 moves, 0-1

World Championship Game #10
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(E88) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #11
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(A05) Reti Opening, 72 moves, 1-0

World Championship Game #12
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 72 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #13
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #14
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #15
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #16
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #17
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

World Championship Game #19
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(A87) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

World Championship Game #20
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(E24) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #21
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

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