His book, My 60 Memorable Games, was one
of the first adult books on chess I bought, and while it was far
too hard for me at the time (and still is, I fear) there is much to
be mined in its pages. Each time I come back to it I learn
something new, and I have selected some positions below which have
taught me something in each phase of the game.
So many words have been written about Tal that my own observations
are perhaps rather superfluous. The brilliance of his play and the
dramatic way his wins are often achieved are apparent to all.
For tonight's session, and with their instructional
content in mind, I would just like to add that it was interesting
to me how some of his most striking wins are introduced by
apprently simple means - not striving for complications but
building up with classically good moves. This may be partly a
reflection of how familiar the GM play of the 1950s is to a club
"All openings offer good winning chances in amateur play"
I used to know a Henry who was known as H4 Stewart
because of his inclination to 1.h4 as an opening move, and I'm sure
it saved him a lot of time sweating over the latest line in the
Sicilian Dragon. How should you reply to openings like this? If
faced with 1.h4, or anything else unusual, just keep playing good
chess - keep calm, keep developing, keep your eye on the centre,
and keep your wits about you.