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Robert James Fischer vs Mark Taimanov
"Fischer Scientific" (game of the day Feb-12-2007)
Fischer - Taimanov Candidates Quarterfinal (1971), Vancouver CAN, rd 4, May-25
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B47)  ·  1-0


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Feb-22-03  skakmiv: 56..Ka7?
May-26-03  EachPawnIsScared: if 56.. Ka7 then Bc6
Nov-24-03  Master of Sacrifice: uhhh.... 71...Ka8?
Nov-24-03  Kenkaku: 71...Ka8 72. b7+ Kb8 (72...Ka7 73. Kc7) 73. a6
May-15-04  LIFE Master AJ: If you look on one of my web sites,( ---> See the Bishop End-Game School); this game is annotated. I would be curious to see what anyone thought of this.
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  Calli: Wonderful Capablanca-like endgame from Fischer. He starts with very little advantage after 23 moves and gradually gains space, square by square.
Jun-03-04  drukenknight: it looks like as late as move 69 he can still save it, try this line:

70. Kc5 Ne4+
71. Kd5 Kc7
72. Ke5 Nxg3
73. Kf6 Ne2
74. b6+ Kc6
75. Kxf5 Nd4+
76. Kg6 Nb3
77. f5 Nxa5
78. f6 Nc4
79. f7 Ne5+
80. Kg7 Nd7
81. f8=Q Nxf8
82. Kxf8 Kxb6
83. Kg7 Kc5
84. Kg6 Kd6
85. Kxh5 Ke7
86. Kg6 Kf8
87. Kh7 Kf7
88. h5 Kf8
89. h6 Kf7

Jun-03-04  drukenknight: AJ: what do I think? Would you still award all those ! and !! if Taimanov had played 69...Nd6?
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  Calli: <DK> Its the nice point that 69...Nd6 70.a6! Nc8+ 71.Kc5 and White mops up the kingside.
Jun-04-04  drukenknight: Calli: here is a draw w/ 68...Nb7+ but obviously you are stronger than my computer:

68. ... Nb7+
69. Kd5 Nxa5
70. Ke5 Nb3
71. Kxf5 Nd4+
72. Kg6 Nxb5
73. Kxh5 Nd4
74. Kg6 Nc6
75. f5 Ne7+
76. Kg5 Nd5
77. h5 Ke8
78. h6 Kf7
79. g4 Kg8
80. f6 Ne3
81. Kf4 Ng2+
82. Ke5 Nh4
83. g5 Ng6+
84. Kf5 Kf7
85. Kg4 Ke6
86. h7 Kf7
87. Kf5 Nh8
88. Ke5 Kg6
89. Ke6 Kxh7

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  Calli: Stronger? I can out benchpress your computer anyday :-). Keep the king in front! For instance, 76.Kf6 and if needed Kg7. An easy win.
Jun-04-04  drukenknight: So then absolutely, positively: 58...Nd6! to keep the B from getting through was the last chance.
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  Calli: <DK> That's where the tempo move 59.b3 comes in. Black can play 59...Ne4 60.Bf7 Nxg3 61.Bxg6 but can't allow Bxh5 because the outside paasser is too strong, A lot of nice variations there.
Jun-04-04  drukenknight: umm, okay so you agree??? please say you agree because I will be upset if I have to look at this one more time.
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  Calli: I would agree that Black is lost from move 24 on. A stellar endgame from RJF.
Jun-06-04  drukenknight: you are not helping my mental health, Calli.
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  Calli: <DK> some things are beyond modern medicine and even the Calliman. :->
Jun-20-04  LIFE Master AJ: No one "losing move" here, just a better plan, and tremendous play by Bobby Fischer - in his prime.
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  Calli: The only equalizing line I have ever seen occurs way back at move 24. It goes 24...Kd6! 25.a4! a5 26.b3 b6 [Radulescu] The point being that Black has enough time to play Re8. This line appears to be his only opportunity the whole endgame.
Jan-29-05  aw1988: <Calli> Nah, you have to take into account psychology, for example any drawing line by Taimanov Fischer will refute... :)
Feb-22-05  raydot: Not that I didn't believe it before, but moves 61-63 show Fischer's true brilliance, as is the cat-and-mouse game he plays between the bishop and knight beforehand. The analysis is great, but can you imagine having to figure this out under time pressure against Bobby Fischer?!
Jul-27-05  AdrianP: Taimanov comments upon move 25 "In what followed I felt like Dr Watson, who could only play along and watch the resourcefulness and imagination of the great Sherlock Holmes.". (Game from move 25 on is analysed by Aagaard in Excelling at Positional Chess).
Aug-25-05  sitzkrieg: Ok so can u tell me; (i wanna help Taimanov here:P) what does white after 25..Ng4? I was thinking it attacks the rook so it has to move and when it stays on the e file black maybe can play Re8 (when exchanged on e8 the black king covers pawn f7 when white refuses to trade black can play Re7).
Aug-25-05  sitzkrieg: Hmm im not sure if Fischer, as I did, would have missed Bb5 ch winning the rook in that variation..:P
Aug-25-05  RookFile: So, is this right? If black plays
sitzkrieg's suggested 25.. Ng4, white
plays 26. Bh3. Now, the only move
I can see is 26..... h5, but then
White cooly plays 27. Rxh5 anyway,
inviting 27.... Rxh5 28. Bxg4+.

Did I get it right, or are you just testing us?

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