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<ughaibu: As far as I know Capablanca only played in two major events between Saint Petersburg 1914 where he lost to Lasker and Tarrasch and New York 1924 where he lost to Reti. Those events were the match with Lasker, who was hospitalised for several months after resigning the match so presumably was not at his best and London 1922 which did feature a lot of strong players as well as the locals. Viewed like this it's perhaps not such an impressive unbeaten run, in effect one top rank tournament and one match.>
<ughaibu> That's an interesting assessment. To help compare Capablanca's and Tal's streaks, here is a complete list of events Tal played between the <Ilmar Raud Memorial 1972> and the <Moscow Match Tournament 1973>
<Sukhumi International 1972> Game Collection: Sukhumi 1972 (16 Aug - 5 Sept) 1st over Savon, Taimanov, M. Mukhin, Beliavsky, Liberzon, Kholmov, Murey, Espig, Huebner, Honfi, Gufeld, Suttles, Ree, Kirov and Jansa, with +7 -0 =8. Awarded a special prize for K Honfi vs Tal, 1972
["Mikhail Tal - 8th World Champion" (PC-CD) Event Index, p.10; "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal," pp.11, 403-404; http://al20102007.narod.ru/it/1972/...; Complete Games of Mikhail Tal 1967-1973," pp.116-120 ]
<Skopje Olympiad 1972> Game Collection: Tal at the Skopje Olympiad 1972 (18 Oct - 13 Nov) Gold medal on 4th board, with +12 -0 =4. The USSR 1st over Hungary, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, West Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Netherlands, East Germany, USA and Spain.
["Mikhail Tal - 8th World Champion" (PC-CD) Event Index, p.10; "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal," p.11; Olimpbase http://www.olimpbase.org/1972/1972i...; http://www.olimpbase.org/1972/1972e...; http://www.olimpbase.org/1972/1972f...; http://www.olimpbase.org/1972/1972u... ]
USSR Championship (1972) <40th USSR Championship> In Baku (16 Nov - 25 Dec) 1st over Tukmakov, Kuzmin, Savon, M. Mukhin, Vasiukov, Balashov, Bagirov, Furman, Kholmov, Lein and others, with +9 -0 =12.
[Cafferty and Taimanov, pp.157-159; http://al20102007.narod.ru/ch_urs/1... ]
<Wijk aan Zee 1973> (13 Jan - 3 Feb) 1st over Balashov, Vasukiov, Hort, Planinc, Andersson, Enklaar, Ribli, Ljubojevic, Najdorf and Szabo, with +6 -0 =9.
[Winter, p.154; "Mikhail Tal - 8th World Champion" (PC-CD) Event Index, p.10; http://www.tatasteelchess.com/histo...; http://www.tatasteelchess.com/histo... ]
Tallinn (1973) (19 Feb - 15 March) 1st over Polugaevsky, Balashov, Bronstein, Spassky, Keres, Andersson, Nei, Timman and others, with +9 -0 =6. Spassky vs Tal, 1973
<Moscow Pioneer's Tournament 1973> Game Collection: Tal at the Moscow Pioneer's Tournament 1973 Six city teams competed, each team consisting of one grandmaster with 6 pioneers from their respective cities. Each grandmaster played a clock simul against the pioneers from each of the opposing 5 teams. Tal's Riga team finished 3d, behind Moscow (Smyslov), Leningrad (Spassky), ahead of Kiev (Bronstein), Cheliabinsk (Karpov) and Tbilisi (Petrosian).
["Complete Games of Mikhail Tal 1967-1973," pp.148-149 ]