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Mikhail Tal's Best Games 2 - The World Champion by Tibor Karolyi


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In this, the second of three volumes, award-winning author Tibor Károlyi continues his groundbreaking exploration of Tal’s sparkling career. Mikhail Tal is one of the most celebrated chess players of all time, and in 1960 he demolished Botvinnik to become the youngest ever World Champion at the time, at the age of twenty-three.

This book examines some of the golden years of Tal’s career, from 1960 to 1971. Despite losing his world title in a return match against Botvinnik, Tal remained one of the strongest, not to mention most popular and entertaining, players in the world. As in the first volume, cutting-edge chess analysis is complemented by the engaging story of Tal’s life and career. The book also contains numerous anecdotes from famous players who share their memories of the Magician from Riga.

International Master Tibor Károlyi was Hungarian Champion in 1984 and is renowned as both an author and a trainer. He won the Guardian Book of the Year prize in 2007.

ISBN: 978-1-907982-79-8 - 360 pages - Published 22 July 2015


"Five recent offerings from Quality Chess confirm that it is the unquestioned leader when it comes to consistently publishing chess books of the highest quality...

The notes to the games in the present volume, which traces Tal’s journey from winning the World Championship to 1971 when he was still among the world’s elite, are first rate. Readable, yet with plenty of concrete variations when needed, Karolyi’s annotations are insightful... No chess player can fail to love Mikhail Tal’s Best Game 2: 1960-1971"

IM John Donaldson, Chess Today

"Tibor Karolyi and his three-volume series leaves no questions unanswered. I can warmly recommend this book to lovers of beautiful, sacrificial games."

IM Dirk Schuh, Rochade Europa

"While Karolyi includes many of Tal’s most famous sacrificial efforts, he also analyses more ‘workman-like’ games, including no small number of his endgames... The image of Tal we get through these books is of a much more well-rounded player than commonly thought.

Karolyi also spends a lot of time, and obviously spent a lot of effort, contextualizing each game. In some cases he sheds light on the identity of Tal’s opponent, while in others he sketches the situation Tal found himself in while playing the game. Many personal anecdotes are relayed, and the book is much richer for it."

John Hartmann (full review)

"In the period covered by the book, Tal played many great sacrificial games... As in part one of the trilogy, Karolyi provides wonderful anecdotes alongside in-depth analysis of the games."

Bab Wilders, Nederlands Dagblad

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