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Caro-Kann Def. Exchange (B13) 1-0 Tal @13 uses Alekhine's Block
Tal vs Leonov, 1949 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 25 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Rubinstein (C10)0-1 N fork w/a discovered attk
J Klavins vs Tal, 1949 
(C10) French, 18 moves, 0-1

French Tarrasch. Chistyakov (C07) 1-0 Spearhead hits ugly def
Tal vs J I Zilber, 1949 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 1-0

Semi-Slav Def. Botvinnik (D44) 0-1 Bravo! 12 yr old simul win!
Kholmov vs Tal, 1949 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 21 moves, 0-1

Spanish Game: Open. St. Petersburg Var (C82) 1-0 Master of sacs
Tal vs Miglan, 1950 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 21 moves, 1-0

Four Knights Game: Scotch (C47) 1-0 Pin & royal fork
Tal vs A Darznieks, 1952 
(C47) Four Knights, 20 moves, 1-0

QGD Three Knights (D37) 1-0 Discovery; the White N is immune
Tal vs Birjanis, 1952 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 24 moves, 1-0

NID Saemisch (E27) 1-0 Impressive Philidor's Legacy 3 vs 2 attk
Tal vs Zwaigzne, 1952 
(E27) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

Mikhail Tal's Best Games of Chess (1961) by P. H. Clarke
Tal vs M Pasman, 1953 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 40 moves, 1-0

Game 5: The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal
Tal vs Straume, 1953 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 58 moves, 1-0

East Indian Def/Tarrasch (E00) 0-1 Q sac for passer & pieces
Udris vs Tal, 1953 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 0-1

Tal sacs two Ns, pawn wedge supports penetration, discovered+
Niebult vs Tal, 1954 
(E92) King's Indian, 29 moves, 0-1

King's Indian Attack Copycat (A07) 0-1 Get the Q in close
A Bannik vs Tal, 1954 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 25 moves, 0-1

R wins over B due to mate threats; King in wrong corner
Lisitsin vs Tal, 1954 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 73 moves, 1-0

Game 7 in 'The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal' by Mikhail Tal.
Tal vs Averbakh, 1954 
(C47) Four Knights, 40 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Chekhover Var (B53) 1-0 Overworked Rook
Lutikov vs Tal, 1955 
(B53) Sicilian, 25 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Dragon. Levenfish (B71) 1-0 The K is a strong piece.
Tal vs Lisitsin, 1956 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

Czech Def (B06) 1-0 Nxf7 starts a rumble about the countryside
Tal vs Simagin, 1956 
(B06) Robatsch, 45 moves, 1-0

King's Indian Def. Saemisch (E86) 0-1 Tal offers 5 sacrifices!!
J Szukszta vs Tal, 1956 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 20 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Najdorf Poisoned P Accepted (B97) 1-0Examine last move
Tal vs Tolush, 1956 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 31 moves, 1-0

KID Averbakh. Benoni Def Advance (E75) 0-1 Tal punishes 0-0-0?
Chukaev vs Tal, 1956 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 27 moves, 0-1

Dutch Def. Classical. Ilyin-Zhenevsky (A97) 1-0 Spearhead
L Aronson vs Tal, 1957 
(A97) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky, 36 moves, 0-1

There mere IDEA of castling opposite sides against TAL!
Tal vs Koblents, 1957 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Richter-Rauzer. Modern Var (B61) 1-0 Sac your way in
Tal vs K Klaman, 1957 
(B61) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2, 34 moves, 1-0

John Emms' Ultimate Chess Puzzle Book Set 3: 27...?
A Bannik vs Tal, 1957 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 45 moves, 0-1

The greatest draw ever made??? (Soltis thinks so.)
Tal vs Aronin, 1957 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal with BOLD queen sac....that was unsound but wins the game!
M Bobotsov vs Tal, 1958 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

French Winawer. Poisoned P (C18) 0-1 Heavy handed punches hurt!
Tal vs Korchnoi, 1958 
(C18) French, Winawer, 35 moves, 0-1

Tal's 17th move... Chess doesn't get any better than that.
G Mititelu vs Tal, 1958 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 37 moves, 0-1

French Winawer. Positional Var (C19) 1-0 White owns e5 square
A Bannik vs Tal, 1958 
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 52 moves, 1-0

Game 155 in Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy by John Watson
Tal vs Petrosian, 1958 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

English, Anglo-Indian Def. Q's Knt Var (A16) 1-0Had it, lost it
Keres vs Tal, 1959 
(A16) English, 64 moves, 1-0

Evans Gambit. Anderssen(C51)1-0Passer; Pseudo Hook Mate in 1
Tal vs M Brakmanis, 1959 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 39 moves, 1-0

The game that Tal himself would not annotate
Tal vs D Keller, 1959 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

(A43) Old Benoni, 45 moves, 0-1 Tal's attack is beaten back
Tal vs E Bhend, 1959 
(A43) Old Benoni, 45 moves, 0-1

Tal does what he pleases! Here - take this, or not.
Tal vs E Nievergelt, 1959 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

Game 28 in The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal
Tal vs Fischer, 1959 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 41 moves, 1-0

Spanish, Morphy Def. Modern Steinitz Def (C74) 0-1 Careful Def
Tal vs Gligoric, 1959 
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 42 moves, 0-1

C-K, Breyer Variation (B10) 1-0 Like a KIA; Each Q is sacked
Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 26 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Najdorf (B90) 0-1
Fischer vs Tal, 1959 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 33 moves, 0-1

Game 41: Mammoth Book-Greatest Games (Nunn/Burgess/Emms)
Tal vs Fischer, 1959 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 34 moves, 1-0

Benoni Def. Classical. Czerniak Def. (A78) 0-1 Two Rs best Q
Gligoric vs Tal, 1959 
(A78) Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6, 46 moves, 0-1

World Championship Game #11; Dbl Fio, Q v Q EG
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(A05) Reti Opening, 72 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann Def. Classical (B18) 1-0 Dbl Sac exchange decoy N+
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 52 moves, 1-0

KIA/English Botvk vs Dbl Fio (A07) 1-0 White perm penetration
Tal vs Teschner, 1960 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 46 moves, 1-0

"Some sacrifices are sound; the rest are mine" - Tal
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 47 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Najdorf. Main Line (B99) 1/2-1/2 Q sacs, N perpetual
Euwe vs Tal, 1960 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Scandinavian Defense: Marshall Variation (B01) 1/2-1/2
Tal vs Korchnoi, 1961 
(B01) Scandinavian, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

C-K Advance. Botvinnik-Carls Def (C12) 1-0 Can U proove W wins?
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1961 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

12th game of 1961 WC Match; No castle varation rematch
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1961 
(C18) French, Winawer, 41 moves, 1-0

King's English. Two Knights' Keres Var (A23) 1-0 Piece action
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1961 
(A23) English, Bremen System, Keres Variation, 73 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann Defense: Classical (B18) 1-0Prudent promotion tactics
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1961 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 45 moves, 1-0

Phenomenal attack!
Nezhmetdinov vs Tal, 1961 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 29 moves, 1-0

King's English. Reversed Sicil (A21) 0-1 Q sac avoids perpetual
R Toran Albero vs Tal, 1961 
(A21) English, 25 moves, 0-1

KID Saemisch (E80) 0-1 Knight vs 2 Bishops ending
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1961 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 83 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Najdorf. Main Line (B99) 1-0 Combinational promotion
Tal vs Koblents, 1961 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 32 moves, 1-0

Like a moth drawn to the fire...tactical slugfest w/Tal
Tal vs Hecht, 1962 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 1-0

Old Sicilian. Open (B32) 1-0 Photo; classic ending
Fischer vs Tal, 1962 
(B32) Sicilian, 63 moves, 1-0

Sic Najdorf Polugayevsky Var Simagin Line (B96) 1-0 Cntr smash!
Tal vs NN, 1963 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 19 moves, 1-0

English Opening: Symmetrical (A36) 0-1Bad Knight vs Good Bishop
Smyslov vs Tal, 1964 
(A36) English, 72 moves, 0-1

Zukertort Opening: Symmetrical (A04) 1/2-1/2 Bamboozling
Portisch vs Tal, 1964 
(A04) Reti Opening, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 63: The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal
Tal vs Tringov, 1964 
(B06) Robatsch, 17 moves, 1-0

Game 54 in The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal
Tal vs Gligoric, 1964 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 40 moves, 1-0

Elephant Gambit: Paulsen CG (C40) 1-0 Iffy sacs, N on rim trap
Tal vs Lutikov, 1964 
(C40) King's Knight Opening, 31 moves, 1-0

Tal's invisible barrier piece sacrifice.
Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Scheveningen. Tal Variation (B82) 1-0 Wolf whistle!!
Tal vs Koblents, 1965 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 22 moves, 1-0

Game 34: Move by Move - Tal (Lakdawala)
Tal vs Larsen, 1965 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 34 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann: Two Knights Attack (B10)It's all in the continuation
Tal vs Portisch, 1965 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 27 moves, 1-0

C-K Panov Attack. Fianchetto Def (B14) 1-0 5...g6 is questioned
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1966 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 45 moves, 1-0

Game 69 in The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal
E Kristiansen vs Tal, 1966 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 35 moves, 0-1

Philidor Def: Hanham. Schlechter Var (C41) 1-0 Outside passer
Tal vs A Menvielle Laccourreye, 1966
(C41) Philidor Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

"Batsford Book of Chess Records", Yakov Damsky, Batsford, 2005
Tal vs D Ciric, 1966 
(B30) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1-0

Game 158 in 'Soviet Chess 1917-1991' by Andrew Soltis.
Hort vs Tal, 1966 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 40 moves, 0-1

Sic Najdorf12. Poisoned Pawn Accepted (B97) 0-1 Greedy Gobbling
Tal vs R Bogdanovic, 1967 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 30 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann Def Gurgenidze Counterattack (B15) 1-0 Kside assault!
Tal vs Gurgenidze, 1968 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 34 moves, 1-0

Spanish, Closed. Smyslov Def (C93) 0-1 Smokin' and Sippin'
Tal vs Gligoric, 1968 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 46 moves, 0-1

Game 4 in Power Chess by Paul Keres
Bronstein vs Tal, 1968 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 43 moves, 1-0

Gligoric-Tal Candidates Quarterfinal Match 1968 (E11) 0-1
Gligoric vs Tal, 1968 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 34 moves, 0-1

Pretty. Several motifs, all wrapped up in one combination.
Tal vs Sviridov, 1969 
(B75) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 18 moves, 1-0

KID Orthodox. Classical System Misc. Lines (E98) 0-1 Pin POWER
Larsen vs Tal, 1969 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 40 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Kan. Modern Var (B42) 1-0 Q sac removes defender, P+
Tal vs Suetin, 1969 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 21 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann Defense: Gurgenidze System (B15) 1-0 Exchange sac
Tal vs A Kolarov, 1970 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 35 moves, 1-0

Victor Henkin's "1000 Checkmate Combinations."
Tal vs S Holm Petersen, 1970 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 28 moves, 1-0

Tal's tactical vision isn't even fair.
Reshevsky vs Tal, 1970 
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 34 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def: Saemisch Attk (B02) 1-0 Minors followed by Majors
Tal vs D Gedevanishvili, 1970 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 22 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Paulsen. Bastrikov (B48) 1-0 Tal's tactical show
Tal vs A Vooremaa, 1971 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 29 moves, 1-0

FR Tarrasch Open System Euwe-Keres Line (C07) 1-0 Raiding Qs
Tal vs Uhlmann, 1971 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 19 moves, 1-0

Pirc Defense: Classical. Two Knights(B08) 1-0 A pawn is a pawn
B Simon vs Tal, 1972 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 19 moves, 0-1

Philidor Defense: Exchange Var (C41) 1-0Threats on open e-file
Tal vs Antoshin, 1972 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 30 moves, 1-0

NID, Leningrad, Averbakh G (E30) 0-1 Exhange sac, B pair rules
Spassky vs Tal, 1973 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 38 moves, 0-1

Alekhine Def: 4Pawns Attack (B03) Tal blows the center to bits
Tal vs NN, 1973 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 16 moves, 1-0

FR Tarrasch, Guimard Def (C04) 1-0 White threatens # & LPDO N
Tal vs Vaganian, 1973 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 12 moves, 1-0

Pirc Def. Austrian Attack. Weiss Var (B09) 0-1 A pawn, another
K U Mueller vs Tal, 1974
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 49 moves, 0-1

The great attacker clobbers the best defender!
Tal vs Petrosian, 1974 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 23 moves, 1-0

Game 39 in Tal: Move by Move by Cyrus Lakdawala
Tal vs M Stean, 1974 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1-0

Pirc Def. Classical Quiet System Parma Def (B08)1-0 Ks face off
Geller vs Tal, 1975 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

Alekhine Def: 4 Pawns Attk. ML (B03) 1/2-1/2 Out of radio time?
Tal vs Timman, 1975 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Rat Defense: English Rat (A41)  1-0 Wrong exchange sequence
F Visier Segovia vs Tal, 1977 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 39 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Najdorf. Opocensky. Modern Line (B92) 0-1
Unzicker vs Tal, 1977 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 33 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Nezhmetdinov-Rossolimo Attk (B30) 1-0 Watch this!!
Tal vs Y Rantanen, 1979 
(B30) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

Richter-Rauzer (B63) todo un maestro en el calculo jeje!!!
Tal vs Larsen, 1979 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

Puzzle of the day 16 Sep 2007
Tal vs Spassky, 1980 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 44 moves, 1-0

Game 6 in Chess Duels by Yasser Seirawan
Seirawan vs Tal, 1980 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 57 moves, 1-0

C-K Karpov. Modern, Kasparov Attk (B17) 1-0 Bxh7+, RxNd7, Nxf7
Tal vs Miles, 1981 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 24 moves, 1-0

Palliser's "The Modern Benoni"
A Petrosian vs Tal, 1981 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 45 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Dragon (B70) 0-1 Tal sacs a rook, gets the upperhand
Bronstein vs Tal, 1982 
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 41 moves, 0-1

Tal opens the Queenside to beat Bronstein
Tal vs Bronstein, 1982 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 19 moves, 1-0

QGD Modern. Knight Defense (D51) 1-0 Rook is trapped
Tal vs S Saeed, 1985 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 58 moves, 1-0

Zukertort Opening: Q Pawn Def (A06) 0-1 Black attack on f2
Ribli vs Tal, 1985 
(A06) Reti Opening, 28 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Nimzowitsch Closed (B29) 1-0 R forks LPDO B and EAD a7
Tal vs E Mnatsakanian, 1986 
(B29) Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein, 23 moves, 1-0

Spanish, Closed Chigorin Def (C97) 1-0 Rc5!! looks insane
Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 43 moves, 1-0

C-K Accelerated Panov Attack. Modern (B10) 1-0 Spearhead
Tal vs Karpov, 1987 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 30 moves, 1-0

Pirc Defense: 150 Attack (B07) 0-1 Tormented Minor Piece EG
Tal vs E Torre, 1987 
(B07) Pirc, 65 moves, 0-1

French Def. Tarrasch. Closed Var (C05) 1-0 Rook forks Royalty
Tal vs Granda Zuniga, 1987 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 22 moves, 1-0

Pirc Def: Austrian Attack. Dragon Formation (B09) 1-0Dominant Q
Tal vs Spassky, 1988 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 56 moves, 1-0

Rat Defense: English Rat (A41) 0-1 Early Q exchange, R to 2nd
J C Meyer vs Tal, 1988 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 25 moves, 0-1

Game 456 in Chess Informant Best Games 401-500
Tal vs Speelman, 1988 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 34 moves, 1-0

Mikhail Tal (1936-1992)
Tal vs Jack Miller, 1988 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

2,811 games Tal Won 903 (32%), Lost 581 (21%), Draw 1,326 (47%)
Tal vs A Sokolov, 1988 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 41 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch Defense: Symmetrical (D32) 1-0 Rob the pin
Tal vs Sveshnikov, 1988 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 21 moves, 1-0

Sic Dragon. Yugoslav Attack Sosonko Var (B77) 1-0 Q sac, P&N #
Tal vs R Forbis, 1988 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

p. 85 of IM Marc Esserman's book *Mayhem in the Morra!* (2012)
Tal vs Neibult, 1991 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 24 moves, 1-0

Old Sicilian / Delayed Alapin c3 (B30) 1-0 Kside blitz!
Tal vs Dzindzichashvili, 1991 
(B30) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

Even in his last days, Tal could show to the whole world
Tal vs Akopian, 1992 
(B30) Sicilian, 38 moves, 1-0

Cologne 1992 (zugzwang GOTD)
Tal vs F Reinemer, 1992 
(A80) Dutch, 32 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Najdorf (B96) 1-0 Surprise jab
Tal vs Larsen, 1957 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 25 moves, 1-0

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