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Bobby Fischer vs Mikhail Tal 1960

Robert James “Bobby” Fischer is considered by many as one of the greatest chess players of all time. His name is synonymous with chess in the USA. Bobby Fischer was born in 1943. At the age of 13 he earned the brilliancy price in the Rosenwald Memorial Tournament against Donald Byrne, the game is known as “The Game of the Century”. Fischer participated in eight US Chess Championships, winning each one of them. In 1971 he became the first official number one rated chess player of FIDE. In 1972 he won the World Chess Championship from Boris Spassky. Bobby Fischer died in 2008



Mikhail Tal was a Latvian Grandmaster born in 1936. He won 2 USSR Championships including his first win in 1957 as the youngest player ever. Known for his tactical and sacrificial style, he clinched the rights to play Mikhail Botvinnik for the 1960 World-championship. He won that encounter with brilliant aggressive games and was the youngest World Champion, lost the rematch 1 year later though clearly.

As late as 1979 he was ranked number 2 of the world.


The two played 6 games prior with Tal winning 4 and 2 draws.


The saw the notorious Poisend Pawn variation of the French Winawer. In a wild and extremely sharp position both sides have attacking chances. This is one of the most complicated games ever played, a great game to thoroughly study.

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