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|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.|
|May-26-15|| ||TheFocus: <It's funny, but many people don't understand why I draw so many games nowadays. They think my style must have changed but this is not the case at all. The answer to this drawing disease is that my favorite squares are e6, f7, g7 and h7 and everyone now knows this. They protect these squares not once but four times!> - Mikhail Tal.|
|May-28-15|| ||john barleycorn: <They compare me with Lasker, which is an exaggerated honour. Lasker made mistakes in every game and I only in every second one!> - Mikhail Tal|
One must love this guy Tal.
|Jun-01-15|| ||TheFocus: <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> - Mikhail Tal.|
|Jun-01-15|| ||TheFocus: <Modern chess has attained such a high standard that knowledge of a single skill turns out to be insufficient> - Mikhail Tal in “Tal v. Botvinnik”.|
|Jun-14-15|| ||cro777: Computers have rehabilitated Tal.
"Mikhail Tal was perhaps the most popular Chess World Champion, but he still has a reputation for brilliant but unsound sacrifices that succeeded only because his opponents couldn’t handle them. In a new interview, though, Vladimir Tukmakov explains that computers have "rehabilitated" Tal, showing his combinations usually worked."
|Jun-14-15|| ||docbenway: 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. This is an amazing, poetic quote, like something from Knut Hamsun. Thank you for posting it.|
|Jun-14-15|| ||perfidious: It was a distinct pleasure to enjoy Tal's company for a morning and play some quick games.|
|Jun-14-15|| ||nimh: What Tukmakov actually has claimed was that Tal's sacrifices at least guaranteed a draw. So for example when he had positionally outplayed his opponent, and it was a high time to take a decisive action, his sac actually lowered the evaluation from 0.90 to -0.20, it would be considered still 'correct' according to Tukmakov. I wouldn't say such moves are correct.
It's just playing around with definitions or labels. It seems to me that it doesn't change much anything. There's no implication of fischeresque accuracy in Tal's sacrifical play by the article.|
|Jun-14-15|| ||1d410: The whole point of the article is that one can play like Tal and not trust the evaluation.|
|Jun-14-15|| ||1d410: at least if you are talented|
|Jun-30-15|| ||Bruce Graham: Nice Tal tribute at Chessbase- including a simultaneous gem which should be at Chessgames as well: http://en.chessbase.com/post/tal-in...|
|Jul-18-15|| ||HeMateMe: There's a Latvian in the newspapers almost every day, these days, in New York City:|
|Jan-23-16|| ||Mikhail12: Wondering if anyone still gets as big a kick as I do out of Tal's hippo game story.|
|Apr-25-16|| ||lazerus: Right now I am reading The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal in which he related an anecdote that he participated in a bull fight against a calf during a tournament in Spain. Tal goes on to say that a picture of him turn up in the paper the next fighting the calf. Does anyone have this picture?|
|Apr-28-16|| ||ketchuplover: Carlsen succumbs to Aronian today. The unbeaten streak lives on!|
|Apr-28-16|| ||ketchuplover: I hope Tal is riding that hippo in the sky|
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