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Book Title: Tal-Botvinnik 1960|
The author of the book: Mikhail Tal
Edition: Russell Enterprises
Date of issue: July 3rd 2001
ISBN 13: 9781888690088
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.15 MB
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Reader ratings: 7.5
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This book has a mythic reputation in the chess community. The level of details, personal, and humorous, the truths and lies, in the notes to the games in this historic match are unparalleled in chess writing. Written by Tal himself in what turned out to be not the best year of preparation for a rematch. I can't imagine being world champion in your country's national game at 23. The parties must have been epic. What he left us by his winning the world championship playing "his way", and this book describing what he was thinking, what wouldn't work and what might have been, cannot be praised too much.
I was one of those low rated tournament chess players who thought Tal was really beyond understanding. I don't know how to sacrifice pieces unless it is a forced checkmate and could not really give anyone a good definition of "compensation". To my delight, this book is not filled with insane sacrifices (there are some really insane moves and even crazier variations), but generally the whole thing makes sense and there is more "simple and strong" chess here than I would have thought.
I was aided in my study by Jesse Kraai who re-sparked my interest in this book by including references, and (take note all you other David Foster Wallace fans) gasp footnotes which give moves from some of the games in his book: Lisa: A Chess Novel. If you are a chess player and haven't made time for Jesse's book you should.
Then the instigator became the instructor when I found that GM Kraai had produced a set of video lectures that viewed the games from the perspective of a modern Grandmaster 50 years later. The videos can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/50-Years-Tal-B...
I found the experience of playing through all the games and listening to and watching the ideas of a modern player who has a thorough grasp of the Tal book to be very fun and instructional. Tal's notes are terrific and so GM Kraai saying things like "I don't think I really believe Tal here, he's probably playing a joke on us." made me feel like I was in on the joke.
I would recommend this book over all the other world championship books I have ever seen (and many other chess books in general). And, as a bonus, if you want inspiration and/or instruction it's also out there for you.
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