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Checkmate! by Sally Landau

Checkmate!

The Love Story of Mikhail Tal and Sally Landau

Sally Landau

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Imprint: Limited Liability Company Elk and Ruby Publishing House
Publisher: Limited Liability Company Elk and Ruby Publishing House
Publication date: 31 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9785604176962

Sally’s breathtaking story, first published in Russia in 1998 and which has been reprinted multiple times, is a memoir of her time with Tal, with whom she remained friends long after they divorced right up until his death in 1992.

4 stars out of 5
Dominic Lawson
9 May 2019

"Sally’s breathtaking story, first published in Russia in 1998 and which has been reprinted multiple times, is a memoir of her time with Tal, with whom she remained friends long after they divorced right up until his death in 1992."

According to Sally's compelling account, Tal saw all this as just an extension of his chessboard battles: 'He made no distinction between life and chess . . . the people around him were chess pieces who could be sacrificed, and who were meant to lead him to victory, because nothing else was possible.'

Therefore, any human 'chess piece' suddenly displaying its independence genuinely astonished Misha. 'When I told him that he had betrayed me and exchanged me, he simply smiled and said: 'Saska! You are my main and most wonderful piece. It's wrong to exchange such pieces!'

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