In this, the second of three volumes, award- winning author Tibor Károlyi continues his groundbreaking exploration of Tal’ s sparkling career. Mikhail Tal is one of the most celebrated chess players of all time, and in 1960 he demolished Botvinnik to become World Champion at the age of twenty- three, the youngest ever at the time.
This book examines some of the golden years of Tal’ s career, from 1960 to 1971. Despite losing his world title in a return match against Botvinnik, Tal remained one of the strongest, not to mention most popular and entertaining, players in the world. As in the first volume, cutting- edge chess analysis is complemented by the engaging story of Tal’ s life and career. The book also contains numerous anecdotes from famous players who share their memories of the ” Magician from Riga ” .
International Master Tibor Károlyi was Hungarian Open Champion in 1984 and is renowned as both an author and a trainer. He won the Guardian Book of the Year prize in 2007.