CHESS PLAYER

Mikhail Tal

1936 - 1992

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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 968,609 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Mikhail Tal is the 4th most popular chess player (up from 7th in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from Latvia and the most popular Latvian Chess Player.

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Among CHESS PLAYERS

Among chess players, Mikhail Tal ranks 4 out of 376. Before him are Bobby Fischer, Wilhelm Steinitz, and Boris Spassky. After him are Alexander Alekhine, José Raúl Capablanca, Mikhail Botvinnik, Emanuel Lasker, Tigran Petrosian, Max Euwe, Anatoly Karpov, and Garry Kasparov.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1936, Mikhail Tal ranks 13Before him are Mario Vargas Llosa, Ken Loach, Andrei Chikatilo, Valery Legasov, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and Amancio Ortega. After him are Wilt Chamberlain, David Carradine, Barack Obama Sr., Richard Bach, John McCain, and F. W. de Klerk. Among people deceased in 1992, Mikhail Tal ranks 11Before him are Grace Hopper, Willy Brandt, Menachem Begin, John Cage, Astor Piazzolla, and Francis Bacon. After him are Olivier Messiaen, Anthony Perkins, Giovanni Falcone, Barbara McClintock, Benny Hill, and Jan Oort.

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In Latvia

Among people born in Latvia, Mikhail Tal ranks 3 out of 242. Before him are Sergei Eisenstein (1898) and Wilhelm Ostwald (1853). After him are Mark Rothko (1903), Isaiah Berlin (1909), Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly (1761), Jānis Lūsis (1939), Nicolai Hartmann (1882), Mariss Jansons (1943), Kārlis Ulmanis (1877), Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga (1937), and Mikhail Baryshnikov (1948).

Among CHESS PLAYERS In Latvia

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

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