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|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.
|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.
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