The Life and Times of Mikhail Tal

Mikhail Tal is one of the greats that I actually had the privilege of meeting and playing against.

Tal was a really wonderful and funny person who loved to play blitz. His bohemian lifestyle did nothing for his health and he spent much of his life in and out of hospital. What he saw during his games was simply amazing, fantastic calculating ability linked to tremendous imagination.

Here’s a short pictorial video:


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: