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Mikhail Tal - Underrated Endgame Artist
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Mikhail Tal was such a sacrificial and attacking genius that his endgame skills are often overlooked. These games illustrate his prowess in the endgame.

Tal vs Lisitsin, 1956 
(B71) Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation, 54 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Krogius, 1956 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 62 moves, 1-0

Tal vs B Djurasevic, 1958 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 41 moves, 1-0

Smyslov vs Tal, 1964 
(A36) English, 72 moves, 0-1

Tal vs I Radulov, 1972 
(B61) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2, 73 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Tal, 1965 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 40 moves, 0-1

Tal vs J Klavins, 1955 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 49 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Furman, 1955 
(B67) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7, 36 moves, 1-0

Tal vs J Yuchtman, 1956 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 43 moves, 1-0

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

Teschner vs Tal, 1957 
(B58) Sicilian, 37 moves, 0-1

G Ferrantes vs Tal, 1957 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 41 moves, 0-1

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

Nikitin vs Tal, 1959 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 44 moves, 0-1

Tal vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 64 moves, 1-0

Blau vs Tal, 1959 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 0-1

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

Tal vs F Olafsson, 1959 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 42 moves, 1-0

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

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

Tal vs Botvinnik, 1961 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Tal vs R Fuchs, 1964 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 43 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Krogius, 1965 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 48 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Vasiukov, 1964 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 58 moves, 1-0

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

Tal vs Bronstein, 1967 
(B01) Scandinavian, 45 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Gufeld, 1968 
(B07) Pirc, 44 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Robert E Byrne, 1971 
(B30) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1-0

E Mukhin vs Tal, 1972 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 29 moves, 0-1

H Liebert vs Tal, 1972 
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 40 moves, 0-1

Alburt vs Tal, 1972 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 0-1

Tal vs A Menvielle Laccourreye, 1966
(C41) Philidor Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

Tal vs S Giterman, 1951 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 63 moves, 1-0

Tal vs I Radulov, 1977
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 46 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Sosonko, 1976 
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 40 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Larsen, 1977 
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 36 moves, 1-0

Tal vs I D Dorfman, 1978 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 47 moves, 1-0

Sax vs Tal, 1979 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 52 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Gheorghiu, 1979 
(B50) Sicilian, 64 moves, 1-0

Suba vs Tal, 1983 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 85 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Ulf Andersson, 1983 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Timman, 1985 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 44 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Korchnoi, 1985 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 24 moves, 1-0

Tal vs G Zaichik, 1988 
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 55 moves, 1-0

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

Tal vs Lautier, 1992 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 62 moves, 1-0

Lipnitsky vs Tal, 1955 
(E65) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav, 7.O-O, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs Straume, 1953 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 58 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Averbakh, 1954 
(C47) Four Knights, 40 moves, 1-0

Tal vs E E Book, 1961 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 48 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 52 moves, 1-0

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

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