Tal's Labyrinth

by Milica Knezevic on January 19, 2022

The Chess Game: Tal vs. Miller, Anaheim 1988

  • This game was part of a simultaneous exhibition. 
  • We notice: Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Open Variation
  • Observe the game carefully and disover why and how Tal earned his nickname: "The magician from Riga". 
  • There is very little data on Jack Miller, so in this game you can try and take his place against one of the world's best chess players. 

Who Was Mikhail Tal

  • Mikhail Nekhemyevich Tal (9 November 1936 – 28 June 1992)was a Soviet Latvian chess player and the eighth World Chess Champion. He is considered a creative genius and one of the best players of all time. 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".[4] He was often called "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.
Mikhail Tal
  • He also held the record for the longest unbeaten streak in competitive chess history with 95 games (46 wins, 49 draws) between 23 October 1973 and 16 October 1974, until Ding Liren's streak of 100 games (29 wins, 71 draws) between 9 August 2017 and 11 November 2018.
  • In addition, Tal was a highly regarded chess writer.

Learn more about Mikhail Tal: 

Study Games And Players

  • Hopefullly, you could find a lot of insperation in this game by Tal and Miller. In case that is true feel free to chesck out more exciting chess games that have happend over the long course of chess history! 

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by Luciana on May 24, 2022

Tal – Larsen Candidates Semifinal. This one of my favorite immortal game of Tal. Check it out and You’ll see.

by Arthuro on May 24, 2022

“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


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