Tal Mikhail Nekhemievich (11/9/1936 - 06/28/1992) eighth world champion (1960 - 1961), international grandmaster (1957). Latvian Champion 1953, 1965 USSR Champion 1957, 1958, 1967, 1972, 1974, 1978 Eight-time winner of the World Chess Olympiads as part of the USSR team, six-time European champion and three-time world champion among students in the team competition. Winner of the first unofficial World Blitz Championship (1988). Winner of interzonal tournaments 1958, 1964, 1979, Candidates Tournament 1959, participant of two matches for the world championship and seven matches of candidates. He won 44 international tournaments.
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