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TAL: Wizard? Hypnotist? Speculator? BEST!
Compiled by sushijunkie

TAL = Da BEST. You know it. I know it. Hell, DOGS even know it.

Psychological Sacrifice.
M Bobotsov vs Tal, 1958 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

That was when TAL was TAL, but Fischer was not yet Fischer.
Fischer vs Tal, 1959 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 52 moves, 0-1

I love seeing Karpov get eviscerated, even if it is blitz.
Tal vs Karpov, 1987 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 30 moves, 1-0

You need many eyes to see what's coming with TAL.
Tal vs Springall, 1964 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 25 moves, 1-0

I get the feeling that all pieces held the same value for TAL
Tal vs Saidy, 1971 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 1-0

It takes a full night of partying to make TAL draw...w/Black!
Hort vs Tal, 1963 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Another game ending with equal or less material...and WON.
Spassky vs Tal, 1973 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 38 moves, 0-1

I play Pirc. Worried until I saw TP's arrangement. TAL punishes
Tal vs Petrosian, 1974 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 23 moves, 1-0

If this isn't your kind of Chess, I don't want to know you.
Tal vs Lutikov, 1964 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

A dismantling of a World Champ and the stodgy Caro-Kann
Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 26 moves, 1-0

The Master of piece mobility combos fora quick win.
Tal vs G Barcza, 1962 
(C11) French, 25 moves, 1-0

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