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Mikhail Tal's best games 1956-1961
Compiled by whatthefat
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Tal's early career is one of the true phenomena of chess history. From modest beginnings, Tal suddenly set the chess world alight in the late 50s with his own brand of super-combinational chess. His frenzied style was to take him all the way to victory in the 1960 world championship. In 1961 however, his health began to decline. The return match for the world championship was lost, and he spent the next decade battling against himself. This collection is a celebration of the brilliance of the young Tal, covering what I consider his 30 best games from this period. This collection is still being constructed.

1.
Tal vs Fischer, 1959 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 34 moves, 1-0

2.
Tal vs Panno, 1958 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 57 moves, 1-0

3.
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(C18) French, Winawer, 32 moves, 1-0

4.
Tal vs Simagin, 1956 
(B07) Pirc, 45 moves, 1-0

5.
Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 26 moves, 1-0

6.
Gurgenidze vs Tal, 1957 
(A78) Benoni, Classical with ...Re8 and ...Na6, 27 moves, 0-1

7.
Fischer vs Tal, 1960 
(C18) French, Winawer, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

8.
Tal vs Koblents, 1957 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

9.
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 47 moves, 0-1

10.
Fischer vs Tal, 1959 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 33 moves, 0-1

11.
Koblents vs Tal, 1957 
(A97) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

12.
Averbakh vs Tal, 1958 
(A76) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 35 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Tolush, 1958 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 28 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Najdorf, 1960 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 26 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Geller, 1958 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 33 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Tal, 1957 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 44 moves, 0-1

Ivkov vs Tal, 1961 
(E92) King's Indian, 68 moves, 0-1

Geller vs Tal, 1959 
(A71) Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5, 42 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Bronstein, 1959 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 43 moves, 1-0

R Toran Albero vs Tal, 1961 
(A21) English, 25 moves, 0-1

Tal vs F Olafsson, 1961 
(B48) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 38 moves, 1-0

M Bobotsov vs Tal, 1958 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

Chukaev vs Tal, 1956 
(E75) King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line, 27 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Polugaevsky, 1959 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Gligoric, 1959 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 64 moves, 1-0

Tal vs S Johannessen, 1959 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 27 moves, 1-0

Tal vs K Darga, 1960 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 27 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Unzicker, 1960 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 25 moves, 1-0

J H Donner vs Tal, 1961 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 56 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Parma, 1961 
(B36) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 29 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Aronin, 1957 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Laco vs Tal, 1958 
(A22) English, 41 moves, 0-1

Tal vs A Kolarov, 1957 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 30 moves, 1-0

Tal vs D Keller, 1959 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Tolush, 1957 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

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