Mikhail Tal

Mikhail Nekhemyevich Tal was a Soviet Latvian chess player and the eighth World Chess Champion. He is considered a creative genius within the game of chess and one of its best ever players. Tal played in an attacking and daring combinatorial style. His play was known above all for improvisation and unpredictability. It has been said that "Every game for him was as inimitable and invaluable as a poem". His nickname was "Misha", a diminutive for Mikhail, and he earned the nickname "The Magician from Riga". Both The Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games and Modern Chess Brilliancies include more games by Tal than any other player. He also held the record for the longest unbeaten streak in competitive chess history with 95 games between 23 October 1973 and 16 October 1974, until Ding Liren's streak of 100 games between 9 August 2017 and 11 November 2018. In addition, Tal was a highly regarded chess writer.

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Mikhail Tal

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Mikhail Tal - Karen Grigorian
39th URS-ch, Leningrad URS
1971.10.10
Mikhail Tal - Nikolai V Krogius
URS-ch sf, Tbilisi
1956
Mikhail Tal - Dragoljub Velimirovic
YUG-URS, Teslic
1979
Isaak UZB Birbrager - Mikhail Tal
4th Soviet TCh final, Voroshilovgrad URS
1955
Alexander UKR Beliavsky - Mikhail Tal
15th Soviet TCh final, Moscow URS
1981
Mikhail Tal - Vladimir Antoshin
24th URS-ch, Moscow URS
1957
Rafael Vaganian - Mikhail Tal
44th URS-ch, Moscow URS
1976.12.05
Larry Melvyn Evans - Mikhail Tal
Amsterdam Interzonal, Amsterdam
1964
Josef Lokvenc - Mikhail Tal
Asztalos Memorial 6th, Miskolc
1963
Mikhail Tal - Jan Timman
Reykjavik
1987
Mikhail Tal - Ivan Radulov
October Revolution 60, Leningrad
1977
Boris Spassky - Mikhail Tal
Candidats final, Tbilisi
1965
Mikhail Tal - Karen Grigorian
39th URS-ch, Leningrad URS
1971.10.10
Mikhail Tal - Viktor SPET Korchnoi
4th Soviet TCh final, Voroshilovgrad URS
1955
Mikhail Tal - Ivan Radulov
October Revolution 60, Leningrad
1977
Mikhail Tal - Ivan Radulov
October Revolution 60, Leningrad
1977
Mikhail Tal - Borislav Ivkov
Bugojno
1978
Garry Kasparov - Mikhail Tal
SWIFT-Chess World Championship, Brussels
1987