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Tal vs Tolush 1957
Mikhail Tal vs Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush
"It's OK Tolush" (Chessgames.com game of the day Nov-12-10)
Moscow URS ch 1957 · King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E80) · 1-0
[Event "Moscow URS ch"]
[White "Mikhail Tal"]
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.e4 d6 4.d4 Bg7 5.f3 e5 6.Nge2 Nbd7 7.Bg5
c6 8.Qd2 O-O 9.d5 c5 10.g4 a6 11.Ng3 Re8 12.h4 Qa5 13.Bh6 Nf8
14.h5 Qc7 15.Bd3 b5 16.O-O-O bxc4 17.Bb1 Bh8 18.Rdg1 Rb8
19.Nf5 N6d7 20.Bg5 Bg7 21.Nxg7 Kxg7 22.Bh6+ Kg8 23.f4 exf4
24.Qxf4 Qd8 25.hxg6 Nxg6 26.Qh2 Nde5 27.Bf4 Nf8 28.Qh6 Neg6
29.Bg5 f6 30.e5 Rxe5 31.Bxg6 Rb7 32.Ne4 fxg5 33.Rf1 Rxe4
34.Bxe4 Rg7 35.Rf6 Bxg4 36.Rhf1 Nd7 37.Rxd6 Qe7 38.Rxa6 Kh8
39.Bxh7 Nb8 40.Bf5 Kg8 41.Be6+ Bxe6 42.Rxe6 1-0
Who is Tal?
Mikhail Nekhemyevich Tal (Latvian: Mihails Tāls; Russian: Михаил Нехемьевич Таль, Mikhail Nekhem'evich Tal, pronounced [mʲɪxɐˈiɫ nʲɪˈxʲemʲɪvʲɪtɕ ˈtalʲ]; sometimes transliterated Mihails Tals or Mihail Tal; 9 November 1936 – 28 June 1992) was a Soviet chess Grandmaster and the eighth World Chess Champion (from 1960 to 1961).
Widely regarded as a creative genius and one of the best attacking players of all time, Tal played in a 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". He was often called "Misha", a diminutive for Mikhail, and "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. In addition, Tal was a highly regarded chess writer. He also previously held the record for the longest unbeaten streak (95 games) in competitive chess history, until Ding Liren's 100-game streak from 9 August 2017 to 11 November 2018. 
The Mikhail Tal Memorial has been held in Moscow annually since 2006 to honour Tal's memory.
Tal was born in Riga, Republic of Latvia, into a Jewish family. According to his friend Gennadi Sosonko, his true father was a family friend identified only as "Uncle Robert"; however, this was vehemently denied by Tal's third wife Angelina.
From the very beginning of his life, Tal suffered from ill health. He learned to read at the age of three, and was allowed to start university studies while only fifteen. At the age of eight, he learned to play chess while watching his father, a doctor and medical researcher.
Shortly thereafter Tal joined the Riga Palace of Young Pioneers chess club. His play was not exceptional at first, but he worked hard to improve. Alexander Koblents began tutoring him in 1949, after which Tal's game rapidly improved, and by 1951 he had qualified for the Latvian Championship. In the 1952 Latvian Championship, Tal finished ahead of his trainer. Tal won his first Latvian title in 1953, and was awarded the title of Candidate Master. He became a Soviet Master in 1954 by defeating Vladimir Saigin in a qualifying match. That same year he also scored his first win over a Grandmaster when Yuri Averbakh lost on time in a drawn position. Tal graduated in Literature from the University of Latvia, writing a thesis on the satirical works of Ilf and Petrov, and taught school in Riga for a time in his early twenties. He was a member of the Daugava Sports Society, and represented Latvia in internal Soviet team competitions.
In 1959 he married 19-year-old Salli Landau, an actress with the Riga Youth Theatre; they divorced in 1970. In 2003, Landau published a biography in Russia of her late ex-husband.
His first wife, Salli Landau, described Mikhail's personality:
Misha was so ill-equipped for living... When he travelled to a tournament, he couldn't even pack his own suitcase... He didn't even know how to turn on the gas for cooking. If I had a headache, and there happened to be no one home but him, he would fall into a panic: "How do I make a hot-water bottle?" And when I got behind the wheel of a car, he would look at me as though I were a visitor from another planet. Of course, if he had made some effort, he could have learned all of this. But it was all boring to him. He just didn't need to. A lot of people have said that if Tal had looked after his health, if he hadn't led such a dissolute life... and so forth. But with people like Tal, the idea of "if only" is just absurd. He wouldn't have been Tal then.
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