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Mikhail Botvinnik vs Mark Taimanov
USSR Championship (1952), Moscow URS, rd 4, Dec-03
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal. Taimanov Variation (E40)  ·  0-1


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  Marmot PFL: This may be the game where Botvinnik was rumored to have offered a draw on move 22 and Taimanov supposedly agreed. According to the rules though they had to play to move 30, and by then Taimanov preferred his position (obviously) and decided to play on.
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  Marmot PFL: I thought only beginners played moves like 45.Bxh7...
Jun-23-08  Albertan: <Marmot PFL: I thought only beginners played moves like 45.Bxh7...>

Fischer played a similar move to this against Spassky in their 1972 WC match game one. Some "experts" (in chess or psychology?) suggested that Fischer deliberately lost the first game because Spassky was someone who liked to come from behind in matches. See Spassky vs Fischer, 1972

However, I don't see how Fischer could just give a game away to Spassky. The game Fischer lost to Spassky did cause Spassky to change psychologically in the match. One expert said Spassky believed after game one that Spassky began to believe that he didn't have to take Fischer seriously as a threat to his WC crown. Little did he know what was in for him...especially relating to being given the forfeit win, and then facing the Benoni Defense.

Jun-21-15  zydeco: It seems like Botvinnik overlooked 26.Bxe4 Qxe4 27.axb5 Bd5.
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