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    • The King of Draws gives a fight

      Salo (Salomon Mikhailovich) Flohr was born on 21st November 1908 in Horodenka, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Ukraine). He first gained chess prominence while playing in the Prague chess cafes, and in 1930s quickly became Czechoslovakia's leading pl... | Read More

    • Mikhail Tal. "When Pieces Come Alive", part 5 (last)

      5. Believe until the end   In the winter of 1979, the world champion Anatoly Karpov and the author were invited to a tournament in Canada called The Tournament of Stars. Long before its beginning, it excited the chess world: the organizers prom... | Read More

    • An interview with Angelina Tal

      By Dmitry Komarov. Source in Russian: http://facts.kiev.ua/archive/2009-11-20/101796/index.html "It's hard to remain silent when my husband's biography gets perverted so often". Angelina Tal is indignant. "They even said that Misha's own fathe... | Read More

    • Mikhail Tal. "When Pieces Come Alive", part 4

      4. Match of the Century   The history of Soviet chess remembers two outstanding team matches. One took place in autumn 1945, the other a quarter of century later, in 1970. These are the dates of the famous USSR – USA radio match and the mat... | Read More

    • Mikhail Tal. "When Pieces Come Alive", part 3

      3. Stellar hour   A chess player’s life is like running up the stairs. He’s constantly going up the qualification steps. He wins a Zonal tournament, and then there’s Interzonal. Then you make the top three and become a Candidate. And then... | Read More

    • Astrology and chess (preview)

      I came across a funny article on astrology and chess. It deals with the Zodiac signs of famous players. As a preview, I'll post twelve "Zodiacal Olympic" teams the author lined up. It was written several years ago, possible in 2004-2005.   Arie... | Read More

    • Mikhail Tal. "When Pieces Come Alive", part 2

      2. Tournaments, meetings, memories…   In 1980, at the Tilburg tournament, all players received a questionnaire, and one of the questions was, “What competition do you remember the most?” Not all grandmasters answered immediately – the... | Read More

    • Mikhail Tal, "When Pieces Come Alive"

      The Ogonyok Library, #9, 1983. 1. Is it easy to play chess?  I often ask myself a sad question: for how long I'll still be able to play in tournaments? They say that chess can be played at any age. But alas, this is only a half-truth... Ye... | Read More

    • Mikhail Tal. "Knowledge? Intuition? Risk?", part 3

      Epilogue I don't want this article to look like epitaph, so I'll risk to offer you my only win in that ill-fated match. This game's character fits the general theme of our discussion. The fifth game began with Larsen leading 3:1. Considering... | Read More

    • 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