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Some sacrifices are sound; the rest are mine
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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

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

Some sacrifices are sound; the rest are mine

— Mikhail Tal

To play for a draw (at any rate with White) is to some degree a crime against chess.

— Mikhail Tal

If you wait for luck to turn up, life becomes very boring.

— Mikhail Tal

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

Quiet moves often make a stronger impression than a wild combination with heavy sacrifices.

— Mikhail Tal

It is difficult to play against Einstein's theory -on his first loss to Fischer

— 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.

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I go over many games collections and pick up something from the style of each player.

— Mikhail Tal

First, how to sac my queen, then rook, then bishop, then knight, then pawns.

— Mikhail Tal

I like to grasp the initiative and not give my opponent peace of mind.

— Mikhail Tal

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

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

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