One of the greatest books ever written about a world championship match. In 1960 Mikhail Botvinnik was the pillar of "scientific " chess and the ironwilled champion of the world. The young attacking genius Mihail Tal, the "Wizard of Riga," put the magic back into the game by defeating Botvinnik with spectacular tactics in one of the most dramatic and celebrated world championship matches of all time.This is Tal's own classic work on the contest. In it he sets the stage and explains every one of the 21 games, telling both the on- and off-the-board story of this tatanic clash of styles and thought. Take a trip with the Magician from Riga as he invites you to share his thoughts and feelings as he does battle for the world title."Mikhail Tal's splendid account of his world championship match victory is one of the masterpieces of the golden age of annotation before insights and feelings and flashes of genius were reduced to mere moves and Informant symbols. This is simply the best book written about a world championship match by a contestant. That shouldn't be a surprise because Tal was the finest writer to become world champion." From the Foreword by International Grandmaster Andy Soltis
Mikhail Tal became the eighth and youngest world chess champion when he defeated Mikhail Botvinnik in 1960. In 1957 he was the youngest Soviet champion and World Chess Federation international grandmaster. He died in 1982.