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    • Mikhail Tal. "Knowledge? Intuition? Risk?", part 2

      When intuition fails In my game against I. Platonov (Alma-Ata, 1968/69, 36th USSR Championship) I got this position after Black's 19th move. Though I think that the next example is even more instructive. Misfortunes never come alone. The wors... | Read More

    • Mikhail Tal. "Knowledge? Intuition? Risk?", part 1

      Mikhail Tal's article in 64, issues 34-36, 1969. "All happy families are alike, all unhappy families are unhappy in their own way." Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina The components of success When I'm in form, I'm happy. I can do anything. That's wh... | Read More

    • The Scourge of Mighty Champions, part 4

      Makogonov's performances started to decline after he turned 40, but he could still pack a good punch, and he showed that against the emerging new generation. In Kiev 1944, he defeated a young David Bronstein in a complicated game under time press... | Read More

    • The Scourge of Mighty Champions, part 3

      Sverdlovsk 1943 was a stellar performance by Makogonov: 8.5 out of 12, second only to Botvinnik (Chessmetrics gives this performance a historical rating of 2726).   | Read More

    • The Scourge of Mighty Champions, part 2

      Makogonov defeats a reigning USSR champion GM Levenfish And then utterly devastates Keres, who made it a point to get revenge against Makogonov after losing to him in 1939. In the 1940 championship, Makogonov managed to beat Keres, Botvinnik a... | Read More

    • The Scourge of Mighty Champions, part 1

      Vladimir Makogonov was born in Nakhichevan in 1904. During the 1930s and 1940s, he was one of the strongest players in USSR, with best results being 3rd in Leningrad-Moscow 1939 and 2nd in Sverdlovsk 1943. After the end of practical career, he bec... | Read More

    • "A Non-Inside look", games mentioned by Tal

      Last ever game between Kasparov and Smyslov. | Read More

    • "A Non-Inside Look" by Mikhail Tal, last part

      Concerning home preparation... For example, Karpov reaches some position and evaluates it: "White is better." It's enough for him. Kasparov begins his analysis from this position. He finishes his analysis only when it's clear that White wins! Let'... | Read More

    • "A Non-Inside Look" by Mikhail Tal, continued

      At first I thought that the tradition veni, vidi, vici would be upheld. In the first three rounds, the world champion led the way. Two of his victories were very spectacular and instructive. One of them, over Ivanchuk, had a very interesting ps... | Read More

    • "A Non-Inside Look" by Mikhail Tal

      64, #18, 1988 In his closing speech after the 55th USSR Championship, Mikhail Moiseevich Botvinnik (the arbiter, and that's quite fascinating in itself!) said that we didn't have such a strong tournament since 1973. We can agree with him. But als... | Read More