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"Mikhail Tal - Tactical Genius": Endgame Magic
Compiled by Pyke

From the book with the same title as the game collection; by Alexander Raetsky and Maxim Chetverik.

Introduction to chapter: "Endgame Magic":

"In the previous chapters we have seen Tal sacrifice almost every piece in every way ever invented. The Latvian wizard was known for his artistic and chaotic style, which produced all of these wonderful pieces of chess art. But what about his technical abilities? How did he play in the endgame?"

Feel free to contact me for analysis and annotations on games given here. All games below include pawns, but for the sake of simplicity I am only listing the pieces involved.

Rook and Bishop Endgame
Tal vs Smirin, 1990 
(E92) King's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

Rook and two Knights against Rook, Knight and Bishop
T Oim vs Tal, 1971
(A56) Benoni Defense, 51 moves, 0-1

Rook and Knight against Rook and Bishop
Tal vs M Brakmanis, 1959 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 39 moves, 1-0

Rook Endgame
K Khanov vs Tal, 1955 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 61 moves, 0-1

Rook and Knight Endgame
Tal vs Averkin, 1973 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 70 moves, 1-0

Rook and Bishop against Rook and Knight
Tal vs K Pytel, 1974 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 36 moves, 1-0

Queen and Bishop
Tal vs P Dely, 1963
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 46 moves, 1-0

Two Rooks and Bishop against two Rooks and Knight
Tal vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 43 moves, 1-0

Queen and Bishop against Queen and Knight
A Medina Garcia vs Tal, 1966 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 38 moves, 0-1

Two Rooks Endgame
N Rashkovsky vs Tal, 1973 
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 38 moves, 0-1

Bishop against Knight
Tal vs Antoshin, 1967 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 68 moves, 1-0

Bishop (same colour) Endgame
Pinter vs Tal, 1985 
(E94) King's Indian, Orthodox, 71 moves, 0-1

Rook, Bishop and two Knights against Rook, two Bishops and Knig
J Krimer vs Tal, 1955 
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 40 moves, 0-1

Rook and Bishop pair Endgame
Tal vs Pribyl, 1973 
(A15) English, 52 moves, 1-0

Two Rooks, Bishop and Knight Endgame
Tal vs M Sisniega, 1985 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

Rook and Bishop Endgame
Tal vs P Trifunovic, 1966 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 57 moves, 1-0

Two Rooks, Knight and Bishop Endgame
Tal vs Bronstein, 1959 
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 43 moves, 1-0

Rook Endgame
Gipslis vs Tal, 1955 
(B30) Sicilian, 57 moves, 0-1

Two Rooks against Rook and Knight
Tal vs R Etruk, 1954 
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 40 moves, 1-0

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