Mikhail Tal was often described as a
sorcerer, calculating machine, “The Magician of Riga.” He could
conjure up fantastic combinations in the most placid of
positions, find a sacrifice where none imagine possible, produce
activity in the most complex collection of pieces. “It was scarcely
credible; here was the mighty, impassive Vasily V. Smyslov, ex-champion of the world, torn to pieces in just 26 moves.” This game is stunning, magnificent, full of the most incredible complications and sacrifices.