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|Nov-09-14|| ||juan31: Maestro M. Tal another inmortal thanks to his brillant work in the field of chess|
|Dec-12-14|| ||isemeria: Last weekend we were on holiday in Riga. So I took the opportunity to visit the cemetery where Tal is buried. It's called Jaunie ebreju kapi (New Jewish Cemetery), and it's located about 9 km northeast from the Old Town. The grave itself is not marked in any special way. Luckily we found it rather quickly behind the main building at the entrance. |
It was nice to notice that someone had brought flowers to the grave not so long ago. Actually it seemed that there were flowers by more than one person. So he's really not forgotten by any means.
The text in the gravestone is in Russian and says simply: "Grandmaster, world champion of chess". See for example the image in Wikipedia:
Tal is pictured as an old man, with casual shirt and jacket, and a cigarette in his mouth. I think it's great that picture shows the man he was, and not some idolising image.
|Dec-15-14|| ||offramp: In the 1970s Tal figured out a clever efficient of playing chess.|
As white against a weak opponent he would play for a win.
As white against a strong opponent he would see what happened on the board. His reputation and his title of ex-world-champion tended to insure him against defeat, especially as his rating grew: if his position looked bad he would offer a draw.
As black he would simply play a few moves and offer a draw.
Using this method he racked up huge non-losing streaks and his rating skyrocketed!
|Dec-15-14|| ||1d410: Tal was a visionary, basically smarter than every opponent he faced anyways.|
|Dec-15-14|| ||chancho: <As long as my opponent has not yet castled, on each move I seek a pretext for an offensive. |
Even when I realize that the king is not in danger.
|Dec-16-14|| ||offramp: <isemeria: Last weekend we were on holiday in Riga. So I took the opportunity to visit the cemetery where Tal is buried. ...
The text in the gravestone is in Russian and says simply: "Grandmaster, world champion of chess". See for example the image in Wikipedia...>|
I am glad you found it quickly; graves can be very hard to locate, sometimes.
Tal's memorial is tastefully done. Unlike poor Johannes Zukertort whose restored gravestone I rightly lambasted at this Johannes Zukertort page.
|Dec-17-14|| ||Check It Out: I've been pouring through The Life & Games of Mikhail Tal. What a treasure trove of great anecdotes and great games.|
|Dec-25-14|| ||TheFocus: Tal's Final Interview:
|Dec-25-14|| ||john barleycorn: <TheFocus> nice find. thanks for the link.|
|Dec-26-14|| ||TheFocus: <The first essential for an attack is the will to attack> - Tartakower.|
|Jan-04-15|| ||offramp: Does anyone else think that Tal looks as if he could be a sixth Marx brother? I think he looks a bit like a cross between Harpo and Chico.|
<Check It Out: I've been pouring through The Life & Games of Mikhail Tal....>
Did you mean "tearing through"? As in reading quickly?
|Feb-10-15|| ||HeMateMe: chess wives, very nice stuff
|Feb-11-15|| ||OhioChessFan: Spassky looks quite like Michael Landon in the pic signing the registry.|
|Feb-11-15|| ||MissScarlett: I never want to see another picture of Karpov kissing.|
|Feb-11-15|| ||HeMateMe: One of the readers was commenting that it COULDN'T have been Spassky in that photo; it was another time journey by Doctor Who:|
|Feb-11-15|| ||OhioChessFan: Spassky:
|Feb-20-15|| ||Oliveira: From the interview link provided by <TheFocus>:|
<Interviewer: Mikhail Nekhemievich, one of the most mysterious World Champions is Robert Fischer. We don’t get much information about him, and when we get some information, it’s very contradictory. How do you remember him? Some people say that now he looks more like a “local idiot”.
Tal: It’s hard to call any famous chess player a perfectly rational man with impeccable logic. There are many different people among us. But concerning Fischer, I can’t agree that I’ve been always provoking Fischer, and he always resented me for that. When I fell ill at Curacao, he visited me in the hospital. We did chaff each other, of course. He’s a very interesting man. But there was one thing that made Fischer very difficult to understand – his peculiar sense of humour. At the Varna Olympics in 1962 after one round we went out of the tournament hall together. At the time, they said that Fischer asks for money for every autograph, let alone an interview. “A chess journal editor from Riga called me”, I told Fischer, “and asked me to interview you.” It wasn’t a complete lie – this editor was me! Bobby gladly agreed to talk, and we strolled along the seafront. My first question was, “Who do you think is the strongest chess player?” He stared at me, puzzled. I immediately corrected myself: “Except for yourself, of course.” He again stared at me and said, “Well, you’re also a good player.” I immediately understood that such an interview won’t ever be published. But still asked questions, just for myself. I learned that he never tasted champagne, neither French nor Soviet, but for some reason prefers French. I asked him various questions, and when we came to the hotel, I asked the last question: “You turn nineteen soon, have you thought of marriage?” He looked at me gullibly and said, “I’m thinking over this problem, I don’t know what to do. Should I get a used car, or should I marry?”
I doubted my English knowledge and asked him again, and he confirmed his words. He’s going to marry, but not an American woman (they spend all their time at the hairdresser’s he said). Girls from Taiwan or Hong Kong attracted him more, he liked exotic things. A used car costed $700 or so then, and the costs to bring a girl from Taiwan to USA were almost the same, and if anything happens, it’s easy to send her back home! How could I publish something like that? And many newspapers did publish such materials. So I understand Fischer’s bitterness towards press. He has all the reasons for it.>
Amazing sense of humor, Mr. Tal, and such rare sensibility.
|Feb-24-15|| ||WannaBe: Bring back the old picture of Tal at the board with cigarette smoke wafting!! =))|
|Mar-24-15|| ||TheFocus: <Tal's combinations often exert a sort of paralysing influence on the opponent's play. It would seem that the element of surprise plays a big part in this> - Mark Taimanov.|
|Mar-24-15|| ||TheFocus: <In my games I have sometimes found a combination intuitively simply feeling that it must be there. Yet I was not able to translate my thought processes into normal human language> - Mikhail Tal.|
|Mar-25-15|| ||TheFocus: <To play for a draw, at any rate with white, is to some degree a crime against chess> - Mikhail Tal.|
|Mar-30-15|| ||TheFocus: <I am both sad and pleased that in his last tournament, Rashid Gibiatovich came to my home in Latvia. He did not take first place, but the prize for beauty, as always, he took with him. Players die, tournaments are forgotten, but the works of great artists are left behind them to live on forever. (on Nezhmetdinov)> - Mikhail Tal.|
|Mar-30-15|| ||jessicafischerqueen: |
Thanks for posting that selection of <Tal> quotes.
The quote on <Nezhmetdinov> is a Google translation, adjusted for idiom, that comes from the Russian edition of a biography on <Nezhmetdinov>. <Tal> is speaking about the the <1973 Latvian Open in Daugavpils>- Nezh's last international event.
The anecdote is described from 9:12 to 10:57 of this <Nezhmetdinov> documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo8...
Here is the brilliancy prize game in question:
Karasev vs Nezhmetdinov, 1973
|Apr-05-15|| ||TheFocus: <Jessica>Thank you for that information!|
|Apr-05-15|| ||Sally Simpson: I know that Karasev vs Nezhmetdinov, 1973 game. It's the last one in the Russian version of his best games. |
I chased the Russian copy because I could not wait till the English press got around to doing a translation, or indeed if they ever would. They are only interested in what sells (opening books) not what entertains.
I'm off to have a look at it again and listen to it's music. Some of 'Nez's' games are better than the Beatles.
And you only hear the music if you play it out on an instrument and that my dear friends is your full sized chess set.
OK Nez my old chum...take me on the Magical Mystery Tour. We are off to tread the board together.
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