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The Magic of Mikhail Tal
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Mikhail Tal is definitely the greatest chess player of all time, his excellent attacking style and sacrifices are creations of a genius. However, poor health stopped him from bringing out the very best in him and he was not able to regain the World championship title because of this. Had he been healthier, undoubtly, he could reach an elo rating of 3000 and retain the title for decades. This is a collection of Mikhail Tal's amazing games.

An amazing attack!
Tal vs NN, 1973 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 16 moves, 1-0

the advantage of open g-files
Kholmov vs Tal, 1949 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 21 moves, 0-1

who needs a queen anyway?!
Udris vs Tal, 1953 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 34 moves, 0-1

you take my queen, i take your knight and who wins?
Tal vs Koblents, 1961 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 32 moves, 1-0

His majesty has no where to run.
Tal vs Gulko, 1969 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 26 moves, 1-0

the monarch is trapped by his own pawns!
Tal vs S Holm Petersen, 1970 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 28 moves, 1-0

An inspiring game!
J Szukszta vs Tal, 1956 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 20 moves, 0-1

Excellent strategy ends in beautiful combinations!
Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 43 moves, 1-0

Sacrifice after sacrifice.. then checkmate!
Tal vs NN, 1963 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 19 moves, 1-0

This is how to play against the french defense!
Tal vs Salnikov, 1970 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 16 moves, 1-0

A typical Tal game with a queen sacrifice.
Tal vs NN, 1973 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 26 moves, 1-0

Take my Queen, i take your king.
Tal vs NN, 1973 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 24 moves, 1-0

Go for the king!
Tal vs NN, 1973 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 20 moves, 1-0

Tal exchanges queens with good reason!!!
Tal vs NN, 1975 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 20 moves, 1-0

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