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|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.|
|Dec-25-14|| ||TheFocus: Tal's Final Interview:
|Dec-25-14|| ||john barleycorn: <TheFocus> nice find. thanks for the link.|
|Dec-26-14|| ||TheFocus: <The first essential for an attack is the will to attack> - Tartakower.|
|Jan-04-15|| ||offramp: Does anyone else think that Tal looks as if he could be a sixth Marx brother? I think he looks a bit like a cross between Harpo and Chico.|
<Check It Out: I've been pouring through The Life & Games of Mikhail Tal....>
Did you mean "tearing through"? As in reading quickly?
|Feb-10-15|| ||HeMateMe: chess wives, very nice stuff
|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.|
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