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Anatoly Karpov vs Mark Taimanov
"Taimanov to Checkmate" (game of the day Dec-15-2013)
October Revolution 60th Anniversary (1977), Leningrad URS, rd 1, Jun-25
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  0-1


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  FSR: <TheTamale> Time enough to checkmate.
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  FSR: This is the 15th pun of mine has used this year, and 58th in toto. Game Collection: Puns I submitted It had been almost three months since the most recent one. This could be the last of 2013.
Dec-15-13  TheTamale: <FSR>: Thank you. Now my brain, recalibrated, can proceed its merry way.
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  FSR: Shortly after this game was played I gave a simultaneous exhibition at my college. Emulating Taimanov, one of my opponents, Bill Weihmiller, played the same line against me. I played 6.Nf5! (instead of Karpov's 6.Nb3) and won handily.
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  Domdaniel: <FSR> 58 puns? That's an incredible record. How many have you submitted?

This is a deep combination and a very nice finish by Taimanov ... who was a very strong and imaginative player, despite his result against Fischer.

Dec-15-13  Cheapo by the Dozen: The obvious one, for those who read Heinlein, would be Taimanov for Love. But I don't know whether any games such as Taimanov vs L Janse, 2002 have much merit.
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  catlover: "Time Enough to Checkmate." Made me think of a James Bond movie title. Maybe the next movie can have Daniel Craig playing Bond, assuming the role of a grandmaster in a tournament in order to catch an international terrorist.

<FSR> Great job with the puns! Keep them coming.

Dec-15-13  BOSTER: Maybe many games are unrepeatable, but
Ideas. Here Karpov pushed 36.b6 and lost the game. In 2004 Kramnik played 25.bxa6 vs Leko , creating the pass pawn and the game was lost.
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  FSR: <catlover> Thanks!
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  FSR: <Domdaniel> I have 206 on my Pun Submission List at the moment. I assume there are others of mine that has already rejected. One of my recent submissions that I like is <Orang Is the New Black> for Chekhov vs Spassky, 1990.
Dec-15-13  Refused: <perfidious: <newzild> This game was from Leningrad 1977, as stated in the DB, which was a regular invitational. This game was played at a time when Karpov was virtually invincible and won nearly every event he played, yet lost two games in the tourney (the other to Belyavsky) and if memory serves, finished =3rd.>

Shared fourth, according to the database.
Romanishin and Tal finished shared first. Smyslov finished clear third half a point ahead of Karpov and Vaganian.

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  FSR: Strange. I would have bet anything that I had read about this tournament in the <Players Chess News> at the time. However, it seems that PCN did not yet exist. See This result was a huge sensation: as <perfidious> said, Karpov was winning everything in sight at the time, so it was shocking to see him lose two games, "only" finish with +3 (terrible by his lights), and tie for fourth. October Revolution 60th Anniversary (1977) OTOH, a great result by Romanishin, who tied for first with Tal, but unfortunately turned out to be a bit of a flash in the pan.
Dec-16-13  Granny O Doul: The event was reported in CL&R, in David Levy's "Letter from Europe". Levy also forecast big things for Romanishin in the future.
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  kevin86: Maximum's the word! The black rook goes from a1 to h8 in two moves to checkmate!

Henry Bemis (twilight zone) must have liked this finish...if only he had "Time Enough" to play it.

Dec-16-13  Tigranny: Correct me if I'm wrong, but did Karpov play somewhat passively to let Taimanov gain space and eventually open up the h file to mate his king?
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  JG27Pyth: Talk about your 'puzzle-like' finishes.
Apr-28-15  m.okun: This game Taimanov considers one of two his best games (the second - a victory over Lutikov, 1969).
May-07-15  Cactusjuice: Legendery tactics
Nov-29-16  NightKnight: Wow, what a gem of beauty! First I could only see that after Qxg3, yeah black is better, but what about hxg3? Could not figure it out, but a minute or so after it hit. Would call that a lesson in backward geometry. Naturally the title certainly gave something away. ;-)
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  izimbra: This is an amazing game. Karpov was leading most of the way, but by move 37 his advantage had dissipated. <36...Qd4> puts White in a position where only 2 moves save the game: <37.Rb1> or <37.Rc3> both of which block <37...Ra1>. Everyone else loses, Karpov doesn't see it, and Taimanov wins brilliantly.
Nov-29-16  Howard: Regarding the comment from about 7-8 postings above this one, David Levy actually wrote in CL&R that at the rate that Romanishin was improving, one could "fully expect" to see him in the Candidates finals come 1980...

....didn't actually work out that way, as I recall. Romanishin didn't even get past the 1979 interzonals.

Nov-29-16  PJs Studio: 38...Ng3+ fa fa faa fa fa fa fa faa faa
Psycho killer. RIP GM Taimanov. Loved your games.
Feb-15-17  shameer832: watch the history of mark taimanov
loved ur games.good agressive player died at age of 90.he had four wives in that he is the father of twins
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  diagonal: <shameer832> What a beauty, thanks for that new link to an animated puzzle with the knight sacrifice, the final move in this famous game from Mark Taimanov against the then reigning World Champion.

Taimanov was a regular top fifty player of the world (today regarded as super grandmaster) from the late 1940s to the early 1980s, and a frequent top ten player in the 1950s.

Best world ranking: 5th in January 1957 with 2742 (prior to FIDE in historical ELO by SONAS); =10th with Smyslov and Stein in January 1971 FIDE list with 2620 ELO (also best FIDE rating).

Jun-06-18  Toribio3: Power chess by Taimanov!
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