Mikhail Tal is one of the most celebrated chess players of all time. The eighth World Champion not only won the title at a record young age, but did so using a ferocious, high-risk attacking style. Tal’s spectacular games, along with his charming personality and witty sense of humour, endeared him to the chess public like no other player.
Award-winning author Tibor Károlyi has written the definitive guide to Tal’s sparkling career. Cutting-edge chess analysis is complemented by the engaging story of Tal’s career and other life events. The book also contains numerous anecdotes from famous players who share their memories of Tal.
In this, the first of three volumes, Károlyi explores Tal’s early life and career up to the end of 1959, including his victory in the formidable Candidates tournament where he earned the right to challenge Botvinnik for the world title.
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: 978-1-907982-77-4 – 448 pages – Published 30 April 2014
„Karolyi’s approach to his subject is very appealing. He writes in an open, straightforward style and his analysis is precise and to the point. His research method is extremely thorough and betrays a profound interest the topic at hand…
22 years after the man’s death, the genius of Mikhail Tal lives on and his games continue to shine. Perhaps you think that’s a terrible cliche, but then you clearly haven’t read Tibor Karolyi’s Mikhail Tal’s Best Games 1- The Magic of Youth yet.”
Arne Moll, ChessVibes (full review)
„Karolyi tells a lot about the life of the young Tal with numerous anecdotes and brilliant analysis.”
Bab Wilders, Nederlands Dagblad