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 one of the best players of all time. Tal played in attacking and daring combinatorial style. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mikhail Tal has received more than 1,266,397 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.

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 4 out of 376Before 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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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 242Before 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 born in Latvia, Mikhail Tal ranks 1After him are Alexei Shirov (1972), Dana Reizniece-Ozola (1981), Arkadij Naiditsch (1985), and Alexander Shabalov (1967).