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The Brilliant Attack of Tal
Compiled by Gbness
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These are just a few of the beauties of the "magician from Riga". Tal could attack like no other player, he was a sacrificial genius, and he was even a great positional player! He was quite worthy of the world champion title in the early 1960s, and is definitely in my top #5 favorite players of all time.

A little piece of beauty
Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

Poor former world champion...
Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 26 moves, 1-0

Even Fischer can't quite crush Tal.
Fischer vs Tal, 1959 
(B87) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5, 52 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Karpov, 1987 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 30 moves, 1-0

Tal destroys Botvinnik in queen vs. queen endgame
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(A05) Reti Opening, 72 moves, 1-0

Wonderful attack with two pawns, knight, and rook
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1961 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Double bishop endgame destruction
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1961 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 83 moves, 0-1

Early attacking beauty
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1966 
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 45 moves, 1-0

Early queen and knight destruction
Tal vs Salnikov, 1970 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 16 moves, 1-0

Never underestimate even a pawn
Tal vs Sviridov, 1969 
(B75) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 18 moves, 1-0

Passed Pawn Wonder
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(C18) French, Winawer, 32 moves, 1-0

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