Team Tal: An Inside Story
157 Seiten, kartoniert, Elk and Ruby, 1. Auflage 2017
First published in Russian in 2016, this book of memoirs describes key events from Tal’s life, portrays his mentors and opponents, and reveals previously unknown facts and funny stories about the Magician of Riga.
A real collectors’ item for all true Tal fans, it provides color on Janis Kruzkops, who was Tal’s first coach and who died tragically young, Tal’s mentor Alexander Koblencs, and the chess masters to whom Tal was close, including Genna Sosonko, Aivars Gipslis, Janis Klovans, Alvis Vitolins, the young Alexei Shirov, and Kirillov himself, as well as the mysterious doctor Joseph Geikhman. It also traces the efforts of the Latvian chess community to preserve and build on Tal’s memory after his death, in particular with the attempt to establish a Tal museum and hold regular tournaments in his honour.
With a foreword to the English edition by Alexei Shirov.
007 Chapter 1
009 Blessed is he, who in youth was young
012 The Tale of the Young Fellow and Four Horses
035 Chapter 2
050 Romanticism in Crisis
058 That's a Wrap!
059 Bronstein-Tal 0:1
061 Shirts, Flasks, and the Will to Win
084 Chapter 3
093 The Restless Maestro
095 Not by Chess Alone
101 A Sublime Illness
108 Candid talk with a pro
115 Alvis' Goals (Telegraf, 1998)
119 "Greetings, young and unknown tribe!"
122 Chapter 4
126 Not even Sherlock Holmes Could Help
130 The Black and White Chronicles
131 Dashed Hopes
137 Chapter 5
146 He Was Back
149 "The point of life isn't what life contains; it's your faith about what life should contain"