chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing


register now - it's free!
Robert James Fischer vs Mark Taimanov
"Fischer Scientific" (game of the day Feb-12-07)
Fischer - Taimanov Candidates Quarterfinal (1971)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  1-0
To move:
Last move:

Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 239 times; par: 126 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 7 more Fischer/Taimanov games
sac: 62.Bxg6 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: Click on the e8 square to see a computer engine analysis of the position.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with the default chess viewer, please see the Pgn4web Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 9 OF 9 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Sep-22-12  Tigranny: Probably my favorite Fischer game other than his Game 6 win against Spassky.
Sep-22-12  SChesshevsky: This was an excellent game by Fischer.

I would have thought that Taimanov would've been ready for g3 & Bf4 attacking the Qc7 given Fischer vs Tal, 1961

Also Fischer's endgame skill was probably a lot better than believed. While most likely not better than Karpov technically Fischer was maybe the best at seeing a small advantage and exploiting it for the win. This game and Fischer vs Tal, 1962 are good examples I think.

Mar-16-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  hoodrobin: As usual, awful bishop and ending experience.
Jul-17-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: GAME OVER 1-0
You scored a total of 139 points
(par is 127 points)
I'm happy w/ how I did!
Jul-18-14  solskytz: 152 points, for what it's worth...
Jul-19-14  e4 resigns: I scored 126. So close!
Jul-19-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: Got 144 I think (score got removed). Lost several points late by not finding the best finishing moves, a problem I have in online games as well recently.
Jul-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Ke2: great instructive endgame
Jul-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Ke2: also the sac takes a while for the engine to appreciate
Aug-13-14  Jacob Arnold: 149 :o)
Aug-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  BishopofBlunder: 131, which is only slightly above par, but can't be too disappointed because my endgame stinks.

I missed the bishop sac, which was brilliant.

Aug-18-14  Eduardo Leon: 187, but I had analyzed this endgame previously from Polugaevsky's excellent book The Sicilian Labyrinth (2nd volume), so I already knew the main ideas.
Aug-18-14  SamAtoms1980: They kept giving me full credit for moves that RJF didn't actually play. When it was over, I had 152 points.

During the game it seemed like Taimanov was just sitting there as Fischer rolled up the board and ran him into oblivion. And yes, I saw 62.Bxg6, the winning balance that would ensue. On the other hand, I bit on 21.Qxd5+ <*cough*>.

Aug-18-14  Howard: Marin's excellent book Learn From the Legends analyzes this endgame quite thoroughly.

Would it be accurate to say that once the rooks were exchanged off at the 44th move, that the game was a forced win for White ? Or could Uncle Fritz find a way for Black to hold the draw ?

Jan-27-15  thegoodanarchist: <thejack: Fischer at his endgame best, of course. Still, to this day I find it rather ridiculous to claim him to be "the greatest endgame player ever"!>

Who is the greatest endgame player ever? I know several of the Soviets spoke highly of Rubinstein.

My money is on Carlsen becoming known as the greatest endgame player ever, in a few more years from now.

May-16-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  julillo: Fischer usually speak in Mohamed Ali style :)
Endgame players clearly greater than Fischer are Capablanca, Lasker, Rubinstein, Karpov and now Carlsen
May-16-15  RookFile: Rubinstein
May-16-15  Karposian: <julillo> Don't forget Smyslov. He's arguably the greatest endgame player of them all. Apart from that, I agree with your picks. Fischer belongs to be mentioned amongst the best also, though.
May-16-15  TheFocus: Y'all ever heard of an endgame expert by the name of Botvinnik?
May-16-15  Karposian: <TheFocus: Y'all ever heard of an endgame expert by the name of Botvinnik?>

Of course Botvinnik, like all the World Champions, mastered the endgame better than most players. But he is not generally regarded to be among the absolute best endgame players.

In my opinion Botvinnik's greatest strength was in his opening play. His meticulous opening preparation is legendary. He is surely one of the greatest opening players of all time.

May-17-15  RookFile: I think Karposian said it perfectly. By definition, you don't get to be champ without being terrific in the endgame.
May-30-15  ndg2: A knight is the only piece that is absolutely pinned when defending a pawn (other pieces still can move at least in some direction). This makes the knight vs. bishop endgame especially prone to zugzwang situations.

Fischer converts this positional advantage with super-exacting precision.

May-30-15  RookFile: I'm not a fan of these defenses where black gives up the f8 bishop. A lot of times he loses on the dark squares. More often than not, I think black should put it on e7 and leave it there.
May-30-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <SChesshevsky....Also Fischer's endgame skill was probably a lot better than believed....>

What, exactly, does this mean?

Even before Fischer wrested the title from Boris Spassky's grasp at Reykjavik, authors such as David Levy wrote of Fischer's endgame virtuosity.

May-31-15  TheFocus: Lasker was the greatest endgame player ever. Absolutely no one else is in his league.

Rubinstein, Fischer, Smyslov, Botvinnik, Petrosian, Capablanca, Karpov fill out the top eight.

Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 9)
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 9 OF 9 ·  Later Kibitzing>

Now on DVD
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. Don't post personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.


NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
Fischer Scientifically Grinds Down Taimanov
from Fischer Favorites by Micah Tuhy by micahtuhy
#6: Fischer-Taimanov
from Seven Wonders of the Chess World by nosuchdude
05-25-1971
from Fischer's Record 20 Straight Wins 1970-1971 by mikevg
Book of Five Rings' favorite games 2
by Book of Five Rings
The fischer ending
from Greatest endgames ever by timothee3331
Fischer Favorites
by atrifix
OneArmedScissor's favorite games
by OneArmedScissor
Bobby Fischer: My 30 Memorable Games 1968-1972
by Runemaster
fischer 1
from great endings by emilio martinez
40. ...g6
from Endgames for Pure Pleasure by Timothy Glenn Forney
Positional Chess Handbook
by JohnReid
The greatest master of minor pieces ending!
from endgame madness by tacticalmonster
Instructive Endgames
by ALL
Studies
by Phaedrus25
Using his powerful bishop to smash Taimanov's measly knight.
from The 10 Greatest Games Of Bobby Fischer by FischerSpasskyGuy
One of the classic Fischer vs Taimanov; BishopvsKnight matches
from Fischer's Finest by morphyvsfischer
Mikhail Shereshevsky's Endgame Strategy
by Inlandmoon
I walked around in a daze when I first played this game.
from Excellent Endgames by ChessPraxis
!
from fischer best games by brager
Round 4
from WCC Index [Fischer-Taimanov 1971] by Hesam7
plus 91 more collections (not shown)


home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | advertising | contact us
Copyright 2001-2015, Chessgames Services LLC
Web design & database development by 20/20 Technologies