The Magician from Riga
October 9, 2009 12:11 PM Subscribe
To play for a draw, at any rate with White, is to some degree a crime against chess.
posted by Joe Beese (14 comments total)
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A Latvian Jew with ectrodactyly
and lifelong kidney ailments, Mikhail Tal
is considered one of the most audacious attacking players
in the game's history. For a quarter century, he held the record of being the youngest man to win the World Championship. And his streak of 95 consecutive games without a loss is unmatched to this day.
Tal first came to international attention at age 19 with this jaw-dropping (Google cache)
performance in his first USSR Championship - which he would win the following year.
This post is dedicated to one of Tal's legions of admirers - Father Beese, who would have been 75 today.