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Mikhail Nekhemievich Tal

  • Birth 9 Nov 1936 Riga, Riga, Riga, Latvia
  • Death 27 Jun 1992
  • Burial Riga, Riga, Riga, Latvia
  • Memorial ID 13559402

Chess Player. Born in Riga, Latvia, he became interested in chess when he saw the game played in his physician father's waiting room. He soon became obsessed with the game, playing with anyone as often as he could. Known as an attacking genius at the board, he defeated Mikhail Botvinnik in 1960, at the age of 24 to become the youngest grandmaster to hold the world champion title of that time. Suffering from poor health, he lost the rematch the next year and never qualified for a world title match again. However, he was still able to achieve world-class success by adding four more Soviet Championship victories in (1967, 1972, 1974, and 1978). He died of renal failure at the age of 55.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Kathleen Smith
  • Added: 7 Mar 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13559402
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mikhail Nekhemievich Tal (9 Nov 1936–27 Jun 1992), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13559402, citing Jaunie ebreju kapi, Riga, Riga, Riga, Latvia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .