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|Jul-11-11|| ||wordfunph: from the book The Magic of Mikhail Tal by Joe Gallagher..|
Mikhail Tal visited Steve Doyle (a U.S. Chess Federation official) at a New Jersey chess club to give a simultaneous exhibition. Later he went to the casino in Atlantic City, but only after Doyle had persuaded Tal to lock up the cash and cheques he was carrying in a safety deposit box. He cajoled Tal into limiting his travelling stash to $500. Once at the casino, Tal went straight to the roulette wheel and put the entire $500 on black. He won. Doyle
suggested dinner. Tal left the $1,000 on black. He won again. After winning four in a row on black, he switched to red, but despite Doyle's pleadings to leave he kept betting the house.
Two more spins and Tal had amassed $32,000. Tal let it ride again. He lost. Without changing his demeanour, he stood up and quietly headed to dinner with Doyle.
|Jul-12-11|| ||kellmano: Nice story.
He should have asked taken Ivanchuk along. He claims his intuition helps him win at roulette.
|Jul-12-11|| ||perfidious: <wordfunph> Great story!|
<kellmano> Almost busted a gut a while back when reading Ivanchuk's thoughts on that........believe I posted a time or three back then......
|Jul-12-11|| ||drnooo: right if they were going to use the photo of the decrepit Tal then to be fair they should also use the one of Fischer being arrested both fairly shocking even
arresting shots of the them long past their prime|
|Jul-12-11|| ||Petrosianic: Maybe, but Tal was still one of the world's best players when he looked like that, while Fischer was long since retired.|
Lasker is another player where you seem to see a lot more photos of him in his later years than in his younger ones.
|Jul-12-11|| ||kingfu: From the movie , "Hard Times" .
James Coburn: "The only thing better than playing and winning is playing and losing."
Tal is one of my favorite Champions of all time.
|Jul-20-11|| ||Albertan: The Last Days of Tal (in Russian):
|Aug-20-11|| ||tpstar: "Staring at your opponent is an unpleasant - though regrettably fairly common - dirty tactic. One of the most celebrated offenders was Mikhail Tal, who was World Champion in 1963 at the age of only twenty-three. His gaze was so strong and powerful that it was said he could will his opponents into making mistakes. One Grandmaster even wore sunglasses to 'protect' himself. It is true that Tal's concentration at the board was particularly intense but, unlike others, he would never have done it on purpose and in any case he was capable of such strong moves that he did not need to resort to such behaviour. Be warned and try not to let anyone distract you from your game."|
Nigel Short, "Chess Basics." Sterling Publishing CO, INC, New York, 1994
Short and Tal have a nine game series in the database, but I am unaware of any specific incident between them. Yet the above snippet is from a beginner's book and comes across as unusually snarky, even for Short. Did they have bad blood?
|Aug-20-11|| ||I play the Fred: <Staring at your opponent is an unpleasant - though regrettably fairly common - dirty tactic. One of the most celebrated offenders was Mikhail Tal, who was World Champion in 1963 at the age of only twenty-three.>|
1) If Mikhail Tal was 23 years old in 1963, that would place his year of birth in 1939 or 1940, birthday depending. But Tal was born in 1960
2) In 1963, Tal was an <ex>-World Champion. He defeated Botvinnik in 1960 and lost the return match in 1961.
Beside the point, but those inaccuracies are too big to ignore.
|Aug-20-11|| ||OhioChessFan: <But Tal was born in 1960>|
Huh? The fact there's no period at the end of that sentence tells me you were doing some editing and missed part of it. Still sort of amusing.
|Aug-20-11|| ||I play the Fred: My point still stands. There's no way Tal was 23 in 1963 if he was born in 1960. :p|
It <is> funny to make a gross blunder when pointing out inaccuracies. Physician, heal thyself, and all that. <Obviously> I meant Tal was born in 1936.
|Aug-22-11|| ||talisman: New Picture!! and one i've never seen before...anyone know the year and/or place?|
|Aug-22-11|| ||HeMateMe: Young, happy....at home? maybe in Riga? He seems to have some sort of wreath or boquet around him--congrats for winning the world championship, a reception getting off the airplane in Latvia, 1960?|
|Aug-26-11|| ||stanleys: Tal and Petrosian playing table tennis:
|Aug-26-11|| ||Petrosianic: I've seen that picture before, and never understood how anyone would play ping pong in a suit (with jacket on, no less). The best I can figure is that it was the 50's, and the male equivalent of June Cleaver doing housework in a dress and pearls.|
|Aug-27-11|| ||chessgames.com: <talisman: New Picture!! and one i've never seen before...anyone know the year and/or place?>|
In the new Bobby Fischer documentary by HBO Films, "Bobby Fischer Against the World", there is a lot of priceless chess footage. One of the clips showed Tal, presumably after winning the world championship. We had never seen such footage before, so we took a screen snapshot for this page.
We'd like to offer photo credits, a location, a year, but we have no more information except what can be inferred by the clip itself.
Incidentally, it's generally agreed that photos and videos formerly property of the Soviet Union are now in the public domain.
|Aug-30-11|| ||libertyjack: Nice photo, never saw it before. Still, to me, the real Tal is this one:|
|Aug-31-11|| ||Mr. Bojangles: <libertyjack: Nice photo, never saw it before. Still, to me, the real Tal is this one: http://www.teteghem-chess.com/share...
Tal would have given me nightmares. I hate being attacked indiscriminately. I hate players who attack me seemingly without any thought or care.
U know, the h4, h5 pawn pushers ... damn them !
|Sep-01-11|| ||Zugzwangovich: <bartonlaos: A fantastic five minute game that was played between Tal and Spassky!> Many thanks for this, man! For an encore, would you have any way of digging up the two games (both won by Tal) that these two played in the 1983 Novi Sad blitz tournament? This was quite an event; Kasparov won it and other participants included Korchnoi, Larsen and Timman.|
|Sep-04-11|| ||talisman: <chessgames.com> thank you very much for that response. i will look up the documentary and clip. looks like he may be holding his championship wreath. thanks again.|
|Sep-04-11|| ||Wild Bill: <chessgames>: Thank you for the new Tal photo. It is a very good photo (and I never had a good thing to say about that photo of a cigarette being smoked, rather than of a man smoking a cigarette, that it replaces).|
|Sep-24-11|| ||whiteshark: Quote of the Day
" Later, I began to succeed in decisive games. Perhaps because I realized a very simple truth: not only was I worried, but also my opponent. "
|Sep-24-11|| ||Ladolcevita: Yes,really thank CG for such a nice new photo!
Young and happy and with such a bright smile under the fine weather and amongst the crowd...what's the difference from a prince I could not tell:)
|Sep-24-11|| ||wordfunph: young smiling Tal photo, wowww!
|Sep-24-11|| ||ughaibu: This picture has been up for months. If you people dont visit the page often enough to notice, why should your opinion carry much weight?|
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