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The Magician from Riga
Compiled by adelicategenius

12 yr old Tal miniature at simul. 18..Rxf3!
Kholmov vs Tal, 1949 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 21 moves, 0-1

Amazing game! 16.Nd5!! Positional Knight sac, nice finish.
Tal vs Larsen, 1965  
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 37 moves, 1-0

Attacking masterpiece: Bd3, 0-0-0, Bb1! 30.e5!
Tal vs Tolush, 1957 
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 42 moves, 1-0

Rapid development, sacs Bishop for Qh4-g5 maneuver
Tal vs Smyslov, 1959 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 26 moves, 1-0

Queen sac for 2 pieces and an exchange
Bobotsov vs Tal, 1958 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 30 moves, 0-1

Crazy French Defense draw against Fischer 1960 Olympiad
Fischer vs Tal, 1960 
(C18) French, Winawer, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal plays the KID; 18...Nxg3! Double Knight sac for wedge pawn.
M Neibults vs Tal, 1954 
(E92) King's Indian, 29 moves, 0-1

Tal's worst game is better than my best game
Tal vs I Zilber, 1949 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 33 moves, 1-0

Tal plays aggresive Tarrasch French. Very nice game
D Rovner vs Tal, 1955 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 26 moves, 0-1

Dutch-like Queen's Indian. Aggressive K-side attack!
Leonov vs Tal, 1950 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 34 moves, 0-1

Tal schools young Bobby on how to properly attack.
Tal vs Fischer, 1959 
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 34 moves, 1-0

"How to attack on opposite sides" by Mikhail Tal
Tal vs Koblents, 1957 
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 37 moves, 1-0

Tal crushes the Iron Tiger in 23 moves; 19.Ng5! 22.Rxd7!!
Tal vs Petrosian, 1974 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 23 moves, 1-0

Tal breaks through Black's fortress. 23.Bxf5! 24.Rxe7! 28.Nb3!
Tal vs K Klaman, 1957 
(B61) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2, 34 moves, 1-0

Symmetrical English. Is the Pawn poisoned? 17.Ncd6! 21.Bg5!
Tal vs B Ivanovic, 1988 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 32 moves, 1-0

36.Rc6!! Tal just puts Rook there and says, "Take it."
Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 43 moves, 1-0

Tal play classical Dutch in rd 1! Very nice game 26...Bb1!
L Aronson vs Tal, 1957 
(A97) Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky, 36 moves, 0-1

Crushing combination after 19.b5 Bh3! 24.Nd4!!
Taimanov vs Tal, 1957 
(E56) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6, 31 moves, 0-1

Tal doesn't miss tactics; 27...Nxe2! 29...Bxc3!
A Bannik vs Tal, 1957 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 45 moves, 0-1

Tal's active King allows stunning endgame sacrifice 39...Bxf3!
Keres vs Tal, 1957 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 44 moves, 0-1

19.Would you take on a7?
Tal vs Bronstein, 1957 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 46 moves, 1-0

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

Tal thrives in complicated positions; 25.Nc6!!
Tal vs Tolush, 1958 
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 28 moves, 1-0

30.Nxb6!; Exchange sac for 3 passed pawns
Tal vs Furman, 1958 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

Nice game all around by Tal; 18. Ng4!, 30.Bd4!, 47.Re1!
Kotov vs Tal, 1958 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 48 moves, 0-1

Tal crushes Fisher's "Sozin"
Fischer vs Tal, 1959 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 33 moves, 0-1

Great Leningrad Dutch. Nice Q-side play with Na5,c5,a6,rb8,b5!
Benko vs Tal, 1959 
(A89) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6, 29 moves, 0-1

Tal sacs all his pieces for passed pawns. Great game!
Tal vs M Pasman, 1953 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 40 moves, 1-0

Legendary Game 6: 21..Nf4!! One of Tal's greatest moves.
Botvinnik vs Tal, 1960 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 47 moves, 0-1

How Tal plays the endgame!
Tal vs Polugaevsky, 1959 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1-0

Game 7: Tal's amazing endgame, 23.Rd6! 26. Rxd7!!
Tal vs Botvinnik, 1960 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 52 moves, 1-0

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