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Mikhail Tal: The Street-Fighting Years

173 pages, paperback, Elk and Ruby, 1. edition 2021

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In Mikhail Tal: The Street-Fighting Years, Tal’s long-term coach and second Alexander Koblenz takes the reader through the first 12 years of Tal’s chess career, from promising junior to world champion in 1960 and encompassing his return world championship match against Mikhail Botvinnik in 1961.

This classic book, first published in the Soviet Union in 1963, contains 77 games and fragments annotated by the author who provides ring-side commentary and unique inside knowledge, as well as background information to the games and anecdotes.

Five of the games are taken from Tal’s 1960 world title match and seven from his 1961 world title match. Aside from Botvinnik, opponents include Bobby Fischer, Vasily Smyslov, Tigran Petrosian, Boris Spassky, David Bronstein, Viktor Korchnoi, Paul Keres, Efim Geller, Yuri Averbakh and many other stars of chess during the 1950s and early 1960s.

The analysis has been updated using the latest computer technology by International Master Valeri Bronznik. Bronznik delivers a masterclass in modern analysis of classical games while allowing Koblenz full scope to demonstrate how Tal destroyed his opponents with the best attacking chess known at the time. Indeed, Bronznik makes many new and exciting discoveries in Tal’s games and this work serves as an instruction manual for playing practical, street-fighting chess.

As Alexei Shirov writes in his foreword, “I am very happy that this old but highly instructive book is finally out in English. The old Russian edition has always been a special treasure for me and I truly enjoyed reading it through again.&rdquo

About the author:

Alexander Koblenz (1916-1993) was chess champion of Latvia four times in the 1940s, competed in the final of the Soviet championships in 1945, won a number of Latvian and international tournaments, and qualified for the USSR Master of Sports title, also in 1945. According to Chessmetrics he was the world number 43 in July 1945. He coached Mikhail Tal permanently over 16 years and seconded him in his two world title matches against Mikhail Botvinnik (1960 and 1961). Koblenz wrote 20 books on chess in his lifetime. He was also a leading chess organizer and journalist in Latvia.

More Information
Weight 290 g
Manufacturer Elk and Ruby
Width 15,5 cm
Height 23,5 cm
Medium Book
Year of Publication 2021
Author Alexander Koblenz
Language English
Edition 1
ISBN-13 978-5-6041770-5-1
Pages 173
Binding paperback

004 Index of Games

006 Foreword to the English Edition

008 Introduction

009 Twelve Years Ago

012 Years of Trials

035 The First Final

039 Soviet Champion

071 A Ticket to the Interzonal

084 Not Fearsome to his Friends

086 On the Adriatic Sea

099 The Absolutely Best Result

104 Petrosian’s Victory

108 It’s Good That You Weren’t There!

113 The Yugoslav Marathon

124 Reactions after the Candidates Tournament

129 Only Fourth Place

134 The Draw is Made!

152 Gens Una Sumus

157 Botvinnik’s Revenge

172 Afterword

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