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Mikhail Tal

1936 - 1992

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Mikhail Nekhemyevich Tal (9 November 1936 – 28 June 1992) was a Soviet-Latvian chess player and the eighth World Chess Champion. He is considered a creative genius and is widely regarded as one of the most influential chess players. Tal played in an attacking and daring combinatorial style. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mikhail Tal has received more than 1,878,101 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia. Mikhail Tal is the 5th most popular chess player (down from 4th in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from Latvia (down from 3rd in 2019) and the most popular Latvian Chess Player.

Mikhail Tal is most famous for his chess playing. He was a Soviet chess grandmaster and the eighth World Chess Champion. He was also a chess writer and a chess coach.

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Among chess players, Mikhail Tal ranks 5 out of 374Before him are Bobby Fischer, Wilhelm Steinitz, José Raúl Capablanca, and Alexander Alekhine. After him are Boris Spassky, Emanuel Lasker, Mikhail Botvinnik, Nona Gaprindashvili, Max Euwe, Tigran Petrosian, and Garry Kasparov.

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Among people born in 1936, Mikhail Tal ranks 13Before him are Mario Vargas Llosa, Ursula Andress, Amancio Ortega, Ken Loach, Andrei Chikatilo, and Valery Legasov. After him are John McCain, Barry Barish, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Robert Woodrow Wilson, David Carradine, and Barack Obama Sr.. Among people deceased in 1992, Mikhail Tal ranks 11Before him are Friedrich Hayek, Grace Hopper, Astor Piazzolla, Menachem Begin, Olivier Messiaen, and John Cage. After him are Francis Bacon, Barbara McClintock, Aribert Heim, Giovanni Falcone, Benny Hill, and Li Xiannian.

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Among people born in Latvia, Mikhail Tal ranks 4 out of 284Before him are Sergei Eisenstein (1898), Wilhelm Ostwald (1853), and Mark Rothko (1903). After him are Isaiah Berlin (1909), Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly (1761), Nicolai Hartmann (1882), Mikhail Baryshnikov (1948), Mariss Jansons (1943), Kārlis Ulmanis (1877), Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga (1937), and Aron Nimzowitsch (1886).


Among chess players born in Latvia, Mikhail Tal ranks 1After him are Alexei Shirov (1972), Vladimirs Petrovs (1907), Dana Reizniece-Ozola (1981), Arkadij Naiditsch (1985), and Alexander Shabalov (1967).