Remembering Mikhail Tal

by Nagesh Havanur
11/9/2017 – November 9th is the birthday of Mikhail Tal, one of the most fascinating and adored World Champions. Tal loved to play chess, whether it was blitz, simultaneous events or games with classical time-control, and his imagination led to countless wonderful games. On the occasion of the birthday of the "Chess Magician" Prof. Nagesh Havanur shows brilliant games and a haunting elegy to pay a short tribute to Tal. | Photo: Unlikelylads / Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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Misha on a Magic Carpet

Misha Tal reveled in simultaneous displays. They gave him an opportunity to travel, see places and meet people. The public adored him and he enjoyed their adulation. In such events his play was uninhibited and he moved pieces with gay abandon. For him chess was fun. Take a look at this miniature he played when he was past his prime. A brilliant miniature!

Tal-N.N, Buenos Aires Simuls. 1987
 

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Mikhail Tal at a simultaneous event | Photo: ChessPro.ru

Often Tal inspired his opponents, who put up a spirited fight before going down in flames. The following game is special and deserves a place in anthologies.

Tal-Miller, L.A. Simuls 1988
 

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Finally, here are two glimpses of Tal:

Tal facing a young Gary Kasparov

Tal-Kasparov, Moscow Blitz 1992
 

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The second is a haunting elegy:

The maestro is gone, but the magic lingers.



Prof. Nagesh Havanur (otherwise known as chessbibliophile) is a senior academic and research scholar. He taught English in Mumbai for three decades and has now settled in Bangalore, India. His interests include chess history, biography and opening theory. He has been writing on the Royal Game for more than a decade. His articles and reviews have appeared on several web sites and magazines.
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ulyssesganesh ulyssesganesh 11/11/2017 12:12
except against korchnoi .....tal's record is brilliant .... a colourful life.....spectacular, unduplicable chess!!!!
MJFitch MJFitch 11/10/2017 10:40
R.I.P.Misha
Edward Labate Edward Labate 11/10/2017 06:34
For years, it's bothered me that this game has been listed as Los Angeles. I hosted Tal for two simuls in 1988...in Anaheim, CA. Anaheim, CA is in Orange County, not Los Angeles County
SCORP SCORP 11/10/2017 04:51
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andreadangelo andreadangelo 11/10/2017 11:14
Tal was Tal he was dying and beat the world chess champion 20 years younger we all miss The magical of Riga
Rambus Rambus 11/10/2017 01:31
Physically, he looks more like 95 than 55, with a brain aged 25! Both videos are really sad.
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