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Mark Taimanov vs David Bronstein
USSR Championship (1952), Moscow URS, rd 10, Dec-12
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Neo-Classsical Line (E99)  ·  1-0


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Dec-06-04  Knight13: What's with 35... Nxd5 ?
Feb-16-11  CKT73: I like this game from an aesthetic point of view. I admire the way that the players maneuver and duke it out, without (generally) having the center available.
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  HeMateMe: Pin power! Nice ideas here on how to open up blacks Q-side in the KID.
Aug-17-13  parisattack: The first Mar del Plata variation, according to Gligoric and after a suggestion by Aronin.
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  zydeco: This is the flanking maneuver that (for a short time) threatened to put the King's Indian Defence out of business.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Taimanov was very strong in the white side of the KID, with his Q-side attacks. Taimanov even had Fischer in trouble when he had white in the King's Indian, despite eventual losses.

Back in 1946, Bronstein had revitalized the KID for black in stunning victories Pachman vs Bronstein, 1946 and F Zita vs Bronstein, 1946. A few years later, Bronstein was strong enough to draw a match for the world championship. But one year after that, Taimanov destroyed him in this game by blocking the centre and going through the Q-side. Bronstein's plan of 13...Rf6 and 14 ... Rh6 was a failure. Taimanov gained total control of an open file, a feature of some of his best games, such Stahlberg vs Taimanov, 1953 and Taimanov vs Geller, 1953.

It took the then young Gligorić to demonstrate in 1953 the correct plan of ...Rf7 and ...Bf8 to defend the c7 and d6 points, then launch a devastating K-side attack against experienced veterans E Eliskases vs Gligoric, 1953 and Najdorf vs Gligoric, 1953. Later that year, Najdorf showed that he had learned from his defeat by using this same plan to win brilliantly against Taimanov himself at the grand Zurich Candidates Tournament (chess news evidently didn't travel fast enough back then) Taimanov vs Najdorf, 1953.

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