Mikhail Tal

1936 - 1992

Mikhail Tal

Mikhail Nekhemyevich Tal (Latvian: Mihails Tāls; Russian: Михаил Нехемьевич Таль, Mikhail Nekhem'evich Tal, pronounced [mʲɪxɐˈiɫ nʲɪˈxʲemʲɪvʲɪtɕ ˈtalʲ]; sometimes transliterated Mihails Tals or Mihail Tal; 9 November 1936 – 28 June 1992) was a Soviet Latvian chess player and the eighth World Chess Champion. Widely regarded as a creative genius and one of the best attacking players of all time, Tal played in a daring, combinatorial style. His play was known above all for improvisation and unpredictability. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mikhail Tal has received more than 913,631 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 7th most popular chess player.

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Among chess players, Mikhail Tal ranks 7 out of 256Before him are Wilhelm Steinitz, Bobby Fischer, Boris Spassky, Alexander Alekhine, José Raúl Capablanca, and Emanuel Lasker. After him are Tigran Petrosian, Mikhail Botvinnik, Max Euwe, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, and François-André Danican Philidor.

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Among people born in 1936, Mikhail Tal ranks 12Before him are Robert Redford, Valery Legasov, Mario Vargas Llosa, Andrei Chikatilo, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and Amancio Ortega. After him are Robert Woodrow Wilson, Ken Loach, Dennis Hopper, Richard Bach, F. W. de Klerk, and Glen Campbell. Among people deceased in 1992, Mikhail Tal ranks 12Before him are Grace Hopper, Menachem Begin, Astor Piazzolla, Francis Bacon, John Cage, and Olivier Messiaen. After him are Benny Hill, Anthony Perkins, Giovanni Falcone, Barbara McClintock, Jan Oort, and Aribert Heim.

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In Latvia

Among people born in Latvia, Mikhail Tal ranks 3 out of 161Before him are Sergei Eisenstein (1898) and Wilhelm Ostwald (1853). After him are Isaiah Berlin (1909), Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly (1761), Kārlis Ulmanis (1877), Nicolai Hartmann (1882), Mikhail Baryshnikov (1948), Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga (1937), Ernst Gideon von Laudon (1717), Aron Nimzowitsch (1886), and Jacob Kettler (1610).


Among chess players born in Latvia, Mikhail Tal ranks 1After him are Alexei Shirov (1972), Arkadij Naiditsch (1985), and Dana Reizniece-Ozola (1981).

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