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    As long as my opponent has not yet castled, on each move I seek a pretext for an offensive. Even when I realize that the king is not in danger.
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: danger 
     
    I like to grasp the initiative and not give my opponent peace of mind.
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: peace  mind 
     
    It is difficult to play against Einstein's theory -on his first loss to Fischer
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: loss 
     
    Some sacrifices are sound; the rest are mine
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: sacrifice 
     
    Fischer is the greatest genius to descend from the chess heavens.
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: genius  chess  heaven 
     
    Without technique it is impossible to reach the top in chess, and therefore we all try to borrow from Capablanca his wonderful, subtle technique.
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: impossible  chess 
     
    I'd like to always be romantic in chess. Sadly, this doesn't always work like that.
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: work  romantic  chess 
     
    The cherished dream of every chessplayer is to play a match with the World Champion. But here is the paradox: the closer you come to the realization of this goal, the less you think about it.
    — Mikhail Tal
    I will not hide the fact that I love to hear the spectators react after a sacrifice of a piece or pawn. I don't think that there is anything bad in such a feeling; no artist or musician is indifferent to the reactions of the public.
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: sacrifice  bad  facts  artist 
     
    Fischer is Fischer, but a knight is a knight!
    — Mikhail Tal
    Many Chess players were surprised when after the game, Fischer quietly explained: 'I had already analyzed this possibility' in a position which I thought was not possible to foresee from the opening
    — Mikhail Tal
    First, how to sac my queen, then rook, then bishop, then knight, then pawns.
    — Mikhail Tal
    Quiet moves often make a stronger impression than a wild combination with heavy sacrifices.
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: sacrifice  wild 
     
    Of course, errors are not good for a chess game, but errors are unavoidable and in any case, a game without ant errors, or as they say 'flawless game' is colorless.
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: chess  games 
     
    Botvinnik's right! When he says such things, then he's right. Usually, I prefer not to study chess but to play it. For me chess is more an art than a science. It's been said that Alekhine and I played similar chess, except that he studied more. Yes, perhaps, but I have to say that he played, too.
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: right  chess 
     
    To play for a draw (at any rate with White) is to some degree a crime against chess.
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: crimes  chess 
     
    Later, I began to succeed in decisive games. Perhaps because I realized a very simple truth: not only was I worried, but also my opponent
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: games 
     
    There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones and mine
    — Mikhail Tal
    It's funny, but many people don't understand why I draw so many games nowadays. They think my style must have changed but this is not the case at all. The answer to this drawing disease is that my favorite squares are e6, f7, g7 and h7 and everyone now knows this. They protect these squares not once but four times!
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: people  funny  games 
     
    Just as one's imagination is stirred by a girl's smile, so is one's imagination stirred by the possibilities of chess.
    — Mikhail Tal
    If you wait for luck to turn up, life becomes very boring.
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: luck 
     
    In my games I have sometimes found a combination intuitively simply feeling that it must be there. Yet I was not able to translate my thought processes into normal human language.
    — Mikhail Tal
    You must take your opponent into a deep dark forest where 2+2=5, and the path leading out is only wide enough for one
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: dark  path 
     
    I can take care of myself! But the "external barriers", my opponents, do indeed concern me.
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: care 
     
    I have always thought it a matter of honour for every chess player to deserve the smile of fortune.
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: thoughts  smile  chess 
     
    Chess isn't football or hockey.
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: chess  football 
     
    Naturally, the psychological susceptibility of a match participant is significantly higher than a participant in a tournament, since each game substantially changes the over-all position.
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: games 
     
    Playing in your home city is very special. You feel the support and attention. When everything goes well, it's very great, but when it doesn't, you might as well turn off your phone: the advices seem endless.
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: advice  attention 
     
    I go over many games collections and pick up something from the style of each player.
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: games 
     
    You can't avoid mistakes and bad luck.
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: mistakes  luck  bad 
     
    I believe most definitely that one must not only grapple with the problems on the board, one must also make every effort to combat the thoughts and will of the opponent.
    — Mikhail Tal
    Planning anything is hopeless.
    — Mikhail Tal
    I think that the FIDE leaders have to reconsider the current drawing rules - their advantages aren't very clear, but their shortcomings are obvious. Artificial drawing of the lots is detrimental for everyone.
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: rules  leader  advantage 
     
    For pleasure you can read the games collections of Andersson and Chigorin, but for benefit you should study Tarrasch, Keres and Bronstein.
    — Mikhail Tal
    tags: pleasure  read  games 
     
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