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The Magic Of Mikhail Tal
Compiled by Benzol
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This collection is based on Joe Gallagher's book which was published by Everyman Publishers plc in 2000. ISBN 1 85744 266 0.

1. Four Pawns For A Piece
A Butnorius vs Tal, 1975 
(B06) Robatsch, 38 moves, 0-1

2. Tal Beats The Tarrasch
Tal vs M Stean, 1975 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 31 moves, 1-0

3. Losing His Sense Of Danger
Doroshkievich vs Tal, 1975 
(E77) King's Indian, 28 moves, 0-1

4. Sosonko Sinks
Tal vs Sosonko, 1976 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 40 moves, 1-0

5. Andersson's Agony
Tal vs Ulf Andersson, 1976 
(B83) Sicilian, 34 moves, 1-0

6.The Queen Is Boss
Huebner vs Tal, 1976 
(A17) English, 41 moves, 0-1

7. Larsen's Lament
Tal vs Larsen, 1977 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 36 moves, 1-0

8. The Marshall's In Town
Tal vs I D Dorfman, 1978 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 47 moves, 1-0

9. Sax's Knight Off
Sax vs Tal, 1979 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 52 moves, 0-1

10. Rantanen Doesn't Resign
Tal vs Y Rantanen, 1979 
(B30) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

11. Beating The Sicilian
Tal vs Larsen, 1979 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

12. Magic In Montreal
Spassky vs Tal, 1979 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 22 moves, 0-1

13. Murder In Montreal
Tal vs Huebner, 1979 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

14. An Impression Of Smyslov?
Tal vs Velimirovic, 1979 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 30 moves, 1-0

15. A Rare Victory
Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1979 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 28 moves, 0-1

16. An Interesting Opening And A Long Ending
Tal vs Gheorghiu, 1979 
(B50) Sicilian, 64 moves, 1-0

17. Hobson's Choice For Spassky
Tal vs Spassky, 1980 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 44 moves, 1-0

18. Vintage Tal!
Tal vs J Flesch, 1981 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 32 moves, 1-0

19. A Strange Position
Tal vs Van der Wiel, 1982 
(A13) English, 24 moves, 1-0

20. Calamity On The Dark Squares
Tal vs K Grigorian, 1982 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 29 moves, 1-0

21. In Korchnoi's Shoes
Tal vs Van der Wiel, 1982 
(A17) English, 22 moves, 1-0

In Fischer's Footsteps
Tal vs Ftacnik, 1982 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 32 moves, 1-0

23. Heavy Piece Ending
Tal vs Chandler, 1982 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

24. Just Like Petrosian
Tal vs Ulf Andersson, 1983 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

25. The King Walks Death Row
Tal vs Ftacnik, 1985 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 31 moves, 1-0

26. A Difficult Defence
Tal vs Korchnoi, 1985 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 24 moves, 1-0

27. In The Style Of Alekhine
Ribli vs Tal, 1985 
(A06) Reti Opening, 28 moves, 0-1

28. Spanish Manoeuvres
Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 43 moves, 1-0

29. Passive Specimen
Tal vs Speelman, 1987 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 28 moves, 1-0

30. Illusory Pin
Tal vs B Ivanovic, 1988 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 32 moves, 1-0

31. Bishops Of Opposite Colours
Tal vs G Zaichik, 1988 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 55 moves, 1-0

32. The Old One-Two
Tal vs Speelman, 1988 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 34 moves, 1-0

33. A Hard Ending
Tal vs Lautier, 1992 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 62 moves, 1-0

34. His Last Bow
Tal vs Akopian, 1992 
(B30) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

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