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Tal at the Reykjavik Student Olympiad 1957
Compiled by jessicafischerqueen

This collection is part of Game Collection: Tal's Tournament and Matches 1949-1973

These are all the games Mikhail Tal played at the <Reykjavik Student Olympiad 1957>, in correct round order.

(11-26 July)

Tal scored +7 -0 =3 on 1st board. According to <Olimpbase>, this gave Tal the gold medal, but according to, the medal rankings were "calculated directly from points scored and not, as usual, by percentages." In this case, Miroslav Filip, who played three more games than Tal, would have received the gold medal on 1st board.

The USSR finished 1st, over Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, USA, Romania, East Germany and Iceland.

<Tal> rested during rounds one (USSR vs Sweden), four (USSR vs Mongolia), and eleven (USSR vs Ecuador).

Thanks to User: Chessdreamer and User: Alien Math for excellent research and fact checking on this game- Tal vs F Olafsson, 1957.


Di Felice, "Chess Results 1956-1960," pp.184-185; Winter, p.153


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Game Collection: Tal at the Skopje Olympiad 1972

Round 2- USSR vs Finland
K Rannanjarvi vs Tal, 1957 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 17 moves, 0-1

Round 3- USSR vs East Germany
Tal vs S Dittmann, 1957 
(E87) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 36 moves, 1-0

Round 4- USSR vs Romania
G Mititelu vs Tal, 1957 
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 48 moves, 0-1

Round 5- USSR vs Bulgaria
Tal vs A Kolarov, 1957 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 30 moves, 1-0

Round 7- USSR vs Denmark
Tal vs Larsen, 1957 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 25 moves, 1-0

Round 8- USSR vs Czechoslovakia
Tal vs Filip, 1957
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9- USSR vs Hungary
Benko vs Tal, 1957 
(A15) English, 55 moves, 0-1

Round 10- USSR vs England
Tal vs R Persitz, 1957 
(E79) King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, Main line, 54 moves, 1-0

Round 12- USSR vs Iceland
Tal vs F Olafsson, 1957 
(C47) Four Knights, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 13- USSR vs USA
Lombardy vs Tal, 1957 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

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