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|Aug-09-16|| ||TheFocus: You might be interested in <jessicafischerqueen>'s excellent Tal collection:|
Game Collection: Tal's Tournament and Matches 1949-1973
|Aug-09-16|| ||Olavi: He lost 12 games in 1973, the 13th is a clock simultaneous. The streaks fit easily in his record. The Leningrad Interzonal and the USSR ch were not among his best.|
|Aug-09-16|| ||offramp: <Olavi: He lost 12 games in 1973, the 13th is a clock simultaneous.>|
Thanks, <Olavi>. I missed one.
|Aug-09-16|| ||perfidious: <Olavi....The first (undefeated run) ended in the Moscow 1973 team tournament, the second one started at the 1973 USSR championship and ended in the last or penultimate round of the 1974 championship....>|
The latter unbeaten string actually ended with Tal vs N K Ivanov, 1974, played in an event which began the second week of October. The 1974 Soviet championship started the last day of November.
|Aug-25-16|| ||seeminor: The man himself talking about his life, taking audience questions. A remarkable find from 1988.|
|Aug-25-16|| ||Bruce Graham: <seeminor> Thanks so much. A <remarkable find> indeed.|
|Sep-23-16|| ||brankat: Not necessarily the best, but certainly the most likable character in Chess. Ever.|
|Oct-07-16|| ||offramp: Tal said, <"The time that we don't have is more precious than the piece we do have.">|
I think that would be a perfect epitaph for a man who lived life at a constant 90mph.
|Nov-09-16|| ||tjipa: Regards from Riga on Tal's 80th anniversary. Here we even have a brand new luxurious chess themed apartment building in the very centre of Riga, surrounded by its famous art nouveau architecture. Tal Residence it is called - so, if you have a spare million to spend, apartments are still available! It is also the place where Karpov and Sveshnikov played their rapid match in July, 2015. Karpov-Sveshnikov Rapid Match (2015)|
|Nov-09-16|| ||keypusher: <tjipa> Cool! Here's a link to the Tal Apartments website.|
|Nov-09-16|| ||WorstPlayerEver: Happy birthday!|
|Nov-09-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Mikhail Tal!!
Player of the Day.
|Nov-09-16|| ||thegoodanarchist: Sorely missed. A great chess ambassador if there ever was one|
|Feb-20-17|| ||drnooo: There is a picture on the Net in a slew of Tal photos which is NOT he. It is of Stanley Kubrick. Nobody has ever taken it down and corrected it, continues to float around after likely 10 years, showing you how little people really notice things.|
|Mar-07-17|| ||ketchuplover: We the living apologize for the disrespect of your memory recently displayed at the Tal Memorial. Please forgive us. We accept whatever punishment you deem appropriate.|
|Mar-08-17|| ||Dionysius1: Thank you sincerely <seeminor>|
<The man himself talking about his life, taking audience questions. A remarkable find from 1988 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bb...>
The show is riveting, cultured and so watchable the 75 minutes or so flew by.
|Jun-16-17|| ||Johnnysaysthankyou: Chess is chess Ketchup. I'm sure Tal wouldn't mind :)|
|Jun-19-17|| ||HeMateMe: This is a pretty good book that kind of disappeared, <Attack with Tal>|
I found it at a used book store, years ago. Tal takes a long look at 15 or so games, zooms in on the attacking parts of the positions, second guesses the players, where needed. I remember playing through about half of the book, years ago. If you have time, Tal's stuff is always entertaining.
|Jul-30-17|| ||Roman Petrakov: In March of this year I was in Riga.
Of course, visited him in the central park and put a white rose)
|Aug-02-17|| ||ChessHigherCat: I really enjoyed the video in Dionysus1's post above. For anybody interested in a biography of Tal and other Soviet GMs that goes beyond chess games and strategy, I highly recommend Russian Silhouettes, which I bought online tonight and can't put down: https://www.amazon.com/Russian-Silh... It's the best book I've read in a long time on any subject.
The author (Genna Sosonko) has 3 other e-books on amazon, one of them with a foreword by Kasparov, and I'm sure I'll end up reading all four.|
|Aug-31-17|| ||catlover: <ChessHigherCat> Did you ever read Tal's autobiography? You commented once that you had bought it, and I was just curious what you thought of it.|
|Aug-31-17|| ||ChessHigherCat: Hi <Catlover: Did you ever read Tal's autobiography? You commented once that you had bought it, and I was just curious what you thought of it.>|
I did buy it and started reading it, and Tal struck me as having a good sense of humor but it was really focused on tournaments and that's the competitive side I find least attractive about the game (the spider monkeys climbing up to the top of the post). Anyway, I'm sure I'll finish it reading it sometime, I almost always do.
I found "Russian Silhouettes" to be much more interesting. I downloaded Nabokov's "Luzhin Defense" last night and it seems like a great book, too.
|Aug-31-17|| ||perfidious: <CHC>, have just read <Smart Chip> and begun <The World Champions I Knew>--in time, I will likely read the other works by Sosonko as well.|
It has been many years since I read Tal's autobiography--probably even before meeting him in 1988--but it was a pleasure to read.
|Aug-31-17|| ||ChessHigherCat: <perfidious> Thanks for reminding me about those other books. I tend to be skeptical of autobiographies and biographies written by ex-wives/family members/enemies because they're all too subjective, and on the other hand you can't believe anything by an author who just goes by hear-say, but Sosonko is just right because he knew everybody personally without being too emotionally involved to give an objective picture.|
|Sep-01-17|| ||catlover: <CHC> What I liked about Tal's autobiography was how transparent he was at times. Sometimes when he miscalculated or just plain blundered and lost a game, he said that it would greatly affect his play in subsequent games. He might have a string of lost games against players he usually beat until he regained his confidence. |
He described some wins that were revenge-driven, but also described a few situations in which he offered draws to people in games he thought he considered winnable because it felt like the right thing to do. In short, he came across as a passionate but surprisingly humble person.
Thanks for the recommendation of the Sosonko books.
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