A Tal masterpiece

One thing I have noticed nowadays is the lack of interest in the classics. The more (new) books I read the more I value the games from the past, previous the computer boom that has turned chess (for some) into +2 / -1 / = evaluations. It’s a pity because there is a considerable amount of great games that I’m sure new generations have not seen and probably won’t see at all.

Fortunately, the legacy of the legends is available for anyone interested in chess history. Looking back in the past is  like breathing fresh air to me; it reminds me that chess can be played in a simple, logical way without worrying about Mr. Komodo and Mr. Houdini saying: 0.20 / -0.18 etc.

Here is one example – one of my favorite games by Mikhail Tal. When I analyzed it with my computer, the engines weren’t so thrilled about Tal’s play. However, after some deep “thinking”, they finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and “understand” the point behind Tal’s moves.


Komodo engine not too impressed with Tal’s 22.Rf1!

This impressed me even more about Tal’s strength of play and chess instinct. Even though his reign as World Champion was brief (1960-1961), he was probably one of the best chess players in history. I rank him in my top favorite 5 players of all time, along with Fischer, Kasparov, Smyslov and Karpov.


Tal in action


Renier Castellanos, #TS

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