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|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.
|Dec-15-13|| ||FSR: <catlover> Thanks!|
|Dec-15-13|| ||FSR: <Domdaniel> I have 206 on my Pun Submission List at the moment. I assume there are others of mine that CG.com 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.
|Dec-15-13|| ||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 http://www.amazon.com/Chess-Annual-.... 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.|
|Dec-16-13|| ||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?|
|Jan-28-14|| ||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. ;-)|
|Nov-29-16|| ||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
|Feb-15-17|| ||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!|
|Jun-27-18|| ||Amarande: Am I missing anything more forcible, or is the end simply:|
39 Qxg3 (not hxg3 Ra8, with mate) Rxb1 (threatens mate) 40 Qf3 (40 h3 holds out longer, but a Rook down) e4 41 Qe2 Qd3! 42 Qxd3 (forced due to the mate threats) exd3 43 Kg1 d2 and the pawn queens?
|Jun-27-18|| ||RookFile: Karpov loses to one of Fischer's punching bags.|
|Jun-27-18|| ||ChessHigherCat: I wish people had the same attitude towards chessplayers as they do towards artists and composers. I mean how stupid would it be to slander Mahler or Debussy because they're "not as good as" Bach? Taimanov was a great artist and should be appreciated as such.|
|Jun-28-18|| ||RookFile: Great probably means something other than finishing 8th in one Candidates or paying off Matulovic to qualify to get slapped around 6-0 in the other.|
|Jun-28-18|| ||ChessHigherCat: Yeah, if you're completely fixated on winning tournaments but he's provided me with enough great entertainment to consider him a great artist.|
|Jun-28-18|| ||RookFile: The joke they used to tell back then went like this:|
Q: Why did the Soviet Union expel Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn?
A: Officials found that Solzhenitsyn had one of Taimanov's chess books in his flat.
|Jun-28-18|| ||HeMateMe: Love the joke! Taimonov played the black keys well here.|
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