Mikhail Tal [Biography and Attacking Chess Games]

Do you know the nickname of Mikhail Tal? His nickname was ” Magician from Riga “. If someone says Mikhail Tal,  What will be the first thing that comes into your mind? The Attacker, Creative, and Genius.

Biography of Mikhail Tal

He became world champion by crushing Mikhail Botvinnik and in that tournament, he also crushed young Bobby Fisher, the result of that tournament was 4/4 (Clean Sweep).

Tal’s health was the main factor of his life and therefore he didn’t get the world champion’s title again. Because of his attacking style and creative mind, he was the toughest player to beat, and he holds a record of unbeatable 86 games and then 95 games in the early 1970s.

His Records

Mikhail Tal's records
Record Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikhail_Tal


Mikhail Tal’s Books

  • Life & Games of Mikhail Tal (1976)
  • Attack with Mikhail
  • Tal – Botvinnik 1960
  • Study Chess with Tal: Chess Tactics from the Grandmaster
  • Montreal 1979, Tournament of Stars
  • Tal’s Winning Chess Combinations: The Secrets of Winning Chess Combinations Described and Explained by the Russian Grandmaster Mikhail Tal
  • World Chess Championship Petrosian Vs Spassky 1966
  • Complete Games of Mikhail Tal, 1936-1959

Mikhail Tal’s Famous Quotes

“You must take your opponent into a deep dark forest where 2+2=5, and the path leading out is only wide enough for one.” (Mikhail Tal)

“There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones, and mine.” (Mikhail Tal) Click To Tweet “To play for a draw, at any rate with white, is to some degree a crime against chess.” (Mikhail Tal) Click To Tweet

” It’s funny, but many people don’t understand why I draw so many games nowadays. They think my style must have changed but this is not the case at all. The answer to this drawing disease is that my favorite squares are e6, f7, g7 and h7 and everyone now knows this. They protect these squares not once but four times! “(Mikhail Tal)

“Later, I began to succeed in decisive games. Perhaps because I realized a very simple truth: not only was I worried, but also my opponent ” (Mikhail Tal )

“When I asked Fischer why he had not played a certain move in our game, he replied: ‘Well, you laughed when I wrote it down!’ (Mikhail Tal)

“Fischer is the greatest genius to descend from the chess heavens.” (Mikhail Tal)

“I like to grasp the initiative and not give my opponent peace of mind.” (Mikhail Tal)


Best Chess Games of Mikhail Tal

There are many games of Mikhail Tal on the internet. But we have selected some of his attacking games. Let’s watch his attacking chess games.

Mikhail Tal’s Game 1

Game Mikhail Tal vs Robert James Fischer

Mikhail Tal’s Game 2

Game Mikhail Tal vs Bent Larsen

Mikhail Tal’s Game 3

Game Mikhail Tal vs Pal Benko

Mikhail Tal’s Game 4

Game Mikhail Tal vs Lev Polugaevsky

Mikhail Tal’s Game 5

Game Mikhail Tal vs Efim Geller

Mikhail Tal’s Game 6

Game Mikhail Tal vs David Bronstein

Mikhail Tal’s Game 7

Game Mikhail Tal vs Mikhail Botvinnik


So I hope you enjoyed these games, if you want to improve your calculation skills in chess, then you must watch Mikhail Tal’s chess games. These games are full of tactis and sharp openings.

Helpful Link:

How to play Attacking Chess [Short Guide]

Chess Strategies for Beginners [Helping Guide]

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