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|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.
|May-08-15|| ||TheFocus: <To play for a draw, at any rate with white, is to some degree a crime against chess> - Mikhail Tal.|
|May-10-15|| ||TheFocus: <For pleasure you can read the games collections of Andersson and Chigorin, but for benefit you should study Tarrasch, Keres and Bronstein> - Mikhail Tal.|
|May-12-15|| ||TheFocus: <... Tal accepted absolutely all the world champion's conditions with a smile, taking away a very important psychological trump card from him - the harsh, prickly relations with his opponent that were characteristic of all Botvinnik's matches> - Genna Sosonko.|
|May-14-15|| ||TheFocus: <I believe most definitely that one must not only grapple with the problems on the board, one must also make every effort to combat the thoughts and will of the opponent> - Mikhail Tal.|
|May-14-15|| ||TheFocus: <Naturally, the psychological susceptibility of a match participant is significantly higher than a participant in a tournament, since each game substantially changes the over-all position> - Mikhail Tal.|
|May-14-15|| ||TheFocus: <Quiet moves often make a stronger impression than a wild combination with heavy sacrifices> - Mikhail Tal.|
|May-14-15|| ||TheFocus: <There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones, and mine> - Mikhail Tal.|
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <I will not hide the fact that I love to hear the spectators react after a sacrifice of a piece or pawn. I don't think that there is anything bad in such a feeling; no artist or musician is indifferent to the reactions of the public> - Mikhail Tal.|
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <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> - Mikhail Tal.|
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <I go over many games collections and pick up something from the style of each player> - Mikhail Tal.|
|May-17-15|| ||TheFocus: <The cherished dream of every chess player is to play a match with the World Champion. But here is the paradox: the closer you come to the realization of this goal, the less you think about it> - Mikhail Tal.|
|May-22-15|| ||TheFocus: <A lot of people have said that if Tal had looked after his health, if he hadn’t led such a dissolute life... and so forth. But with people like Tal, the idea of “if only” is just absurd. He wouldn’t have been Tal then. I can’t imagine him without a cigarette in his mouth—he’d smoke five packs a game! He never needed a lighter—he’d finish one, and light the next one from it. |
Most of his illnesses were inherited. When it came time for us to marry, a doctor from the Riga Special Clinic, where Dr. Nehemiah Tal once worked, told me that I shouldn’t marry a man with that kind of health. He was always ill. And in the last years of his life, all his illnesses got worse. There were three whole years in which his temperature simply never went down. I have no idea how a man playing with a constant temperature of 38-39 degrees could become World Blitz Champion in 1988!
And on May 28, 1992, at the Moscow blitz tournament, he became the only player to defeat Kasparov. I’m told he even left the hospital to play. The strongest chess-player in the world still lost to a dying Tal> - Sally Tal, wife.
|May-23-15|| ||TheFocus: <And we can learn more from the games of Tal's later period than from the early Tal. But when they say "played in Tal style", they don't mean the Tal with the very long undeafeated series, wise, understanding everything and capable of everything, but the boy with the burning stare, hanging his knights on d5 and e6 in the Sicilian to the "oohs" and "ahs" of his rapturous fans> - Gennady Sosonko.|
|May-23-15|| ||TheFocus: <In one of his games he was in a must-win situation and played Black. He chose the Caro-Kann defense but could achieve only a draw. When a reporter asked about the choice of such a quiet opening and something sharp like the Sicilian defense Tal responded: ‘I play the Sicilian Defense when I need a draw, but when I want to win, I play the Caro-Kann defense!> - Gregory Serper, Chess Life, September 2007, page 33.|
|May-23-15|| ||TheFocus: <He led a very unusual life. He didn't think of anything. He lived here and now, and this enormous energy was always around him. The positive energy. Tal was one of the few completely positive people I knew, he wasn't contentious. Chess is very contentious game by its nature, and he wasn't> - Garry Kasparov.|
|May-23-15|| ||TheFocus: <We calculate: he does this then I do that. And Tal, through all the thick layers of variants, saw that around the 8th move, it will be so and so. Some people can see the mathematical formula, they can imagine the whole picture instantly. An ordinary man has to calculate, to think this through, but they just see it all. It occurs in great musicians, great scientists. Tal was absolutely unique. His playing style was of course unrepeatable. I calculated the variants quickly enough, but these Tal insights were unique. He was a man in whose presence others sensed their mediocrity> - Garry Kasparov.|
|May-23-15|| ||TheFocus: <The difference between an IM and GM varies with each individual. One IM can be great tactically while another may excel in positional areas. For example, yesterday I played a simultaneous which had, among others, six national masters. One swindled me beautifully and others find nice tactical ideas. Clearly these masters were not weak tactically! There is no general difference. Grandmaster openings tend to be better, but overall the differences vary from player to player> - Mikhail Tal.|
|May-25-15|| ||TheFocus: <I shall observe for the thousand and first time: years of analysis and
minutes of play are not quite the same thing> - Mikhail Tal.|
|May-25-15|| ||TheFocus: <If you wait for your luck to turn up, life becomes very boring> - Mikhail Tal.|
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