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|Oct-31-14|| ||Zonszein: Can anybody ask <keypusher> to unblock me and that I apologise if I said something wrong in the past? Thank you|
|Oct-31-14|| ||Petrosianic: In the absence of a rating system in those days, I don't see how Korchnoi can say he was entitled to the spot. Unless he means that the team spots go to the highest finishers in the last Candidates cycle. In that case, the top 6 Soviets would have been:|
|Oct-31-14|| ||Zonszein: I don't remember which tournament he was referring to and the year, a reason to read the book again.|
|Oct-31-14|| ||chancho: It's either Havana 1963, or the 31st USSR Championship 1963.
From the book mentioned by <zonszein>:|
<Korchnoi: After the championship, a special zonal tournament was arranged as a qualifying event for the interzonal.
It was to be made of the six highest placed in the championship, plus two personally invited players (on the basis of previous successes).
The seventh participant named was Smyslov, who had not taken part in the championship (it was for his sake that this whole system had been thought up), and for the eighth the chess federation nominated me.
Literally a few days before the start of the tournament there was a surprising turn of events.
Smyslov put in an application to the federation, requesting that he allowed to have one of the four USSR qualifying places and go directly into the interzonal. The federation rejected his claim.
He then turned to his friends with access to the government and leading party organs.
From there - from above came an order which was unconditionally accepted by the USSR Sports Committee, and the head of the Chess Federation (at that time Rodionov) was reprimanded.
From this incident the reader can gain an idea of the bureaucratic hierarchy of the heads of sport, in particular of Chess.>
|Oct-31-14|| ||ughaibu: But that's about a place in the interzonal, not on the Olympiad team.|
|Nov-01-14|| ||keypusher: <Zonszein: Can anybody ask <keypusher> to unblock me and that I apologise if I said something wrong in the past? Thank you>|
You are not blocked -- I apologize for whatever I did that made you think you were! I enjoy your posts.
|Nov-01-14|| ||Zonszein: You're right
I wasn't sure
And. <chancho> : thank you for your post
|Nov-06-14|| ||Owl: I'm Looking for Tal game
where Tal queen takes his opponent a8 rook but the opponent a8 rook is protected and the opponent takes back but Tal then uses his Bishop to check the opponent king.
|Nov-07-14|| ||moronovich: Tal vs B Brinck-Claussen 1-0 45 1966 Havana
<Owl> Perhaps it is this game you had in mind.
|Nov-09-14|| ||andrewjsacks: Happy birthday to the hero and idol of my youth.|
|Nov-09-14|| ||TheFocus: Happy Birthday to one of my heroes!|
|Nov-09-14|| ||crazyim5: Happy birthday to one of the greatest of all time!|
|Nov-09-14|| ||ketchuplover: I second that emotion :)|
|Nov-09-14|| ||alfiepa: Thank you for ever Misha !|
|Nov-09-14|| ||Rookiepawn: Simply the best.|
|Nov-09-14|| ||Domdaniel: Hard to believe that Tal has been dead for over 22 years. My battered copy of his best games is forever near to hand.|
|Nov-09-14|| ||Rookiepawn: A guy with aesthetics and sportsmanship in his mind. Not hating opponents, taking things personal, mixing chess with things that have nothing to do with it, whining all the time, changing rules, and all the neurothic, nerdy circus unfortunately so typical of many chess players.|
Tal never needed to add extra chess aspects to his chess career, he could be repectful of any rival while crushing them OTB. Compare that with the chessplayers that try every trick to get their rivals off balance, mix politics with pieces and boo-hoo every second.
|Nov-09-14|| ||Owl: Yes That's it Thx.
There was Steinitz game very similar to that I am looking for. Wondering anyone got it too. Its similar to that in the Diagonal
|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.|
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