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Mark Taimanov vs Miguel Najdorf
"Dorfed in Size" (game of the day Apr-26-2014)
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 4, Sep-05
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Neo-Classsical Line (E99)  ·  0-1


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Nov-12-06  ForeverYoung: There was an earlier game, Najdorf-Gligoric' in which Gligoric blew white away with this line. Najdorf must have been so impressed he decided to use it against Taimanov.
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  Rajiv Herman Kramer: Two Sicilian giants playing the Kings indian, thats hilarious. Taimanov should have never played Rc2-c7.
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  euripides: Najdorf had been more or less the first victim of the Mar del Plata variation earlier that year:

Najdorf vs Gligoric, 1953 Whether Taimanov knew the line yet, I don't know, but he came to be seen as one of the great authorities on the White side - until his tribulations in 1970.

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  whatthefat: With the benefit of hindsight, I wonder whether 32.Rxd7 might have been a better - or at least more practical - option. The idea being to remove an attacking piece, while making g4 and c6 nice knight outposts. Probably it's still losing though.
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  Eyal: <whatthefat: With the benefit of hindsight, I wonder whether 32.Rxd7 might have been a better - or at least more practical - option.> I agree - the exchange sacrifice seems, essentially, the best idea for White in this position. Perhaps it would have been even a little better to prepare it with 32.Nf2 first, aiming for Nh3 after the sac.

Going over the game, it seems to me that a lot of White's troubles were caused by the very awkward Nb1-Qe1-Nd2 maneuver in moves 23-25. Much better would have been Nd1-Ne3.

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  shalgo: In the 1952 USSR Championship, Taimanov had won against Bronstein and Aronin in this line:

Taimanov vs Bronstein, 1952

Taimanov vs Aronin, 1952

But, as Bronstein writes in his book on the Zurich Candidates' tournament, in the meantime Gligoric and other Yugoslav players had found ways to improve on black's play, as Najdorf learned the hard way in:

Najdorf vs Gligoric, 1953

Information traveled more slowly in those days, and Taimanov wasn't aware of this game when he met Najdorf in Zurich.

Mar-03-07  jmrulez2004: what happens next?
after 43.Rg5?
Mar-04-07  nescio: <jmrulez2004: what happens next? after 43.Rg5?>


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  plang: 13 Nd3 was the most popular move then but is rarely played now as it is felt that the knight gets in the way on d3. Kasparov felt that 23 Nb1 was probably the losing move, recommending 23 Nd1..Bg5 24 Ne3 with an unclear game. Bronstein recommended 27 Nc4 trying to get rid of the dark squared bishop even at the cost of the exchange. After that it was a rout as whites queenside attack never got off the ground.
Aug-24-08  Zonszein: 40-.....Rf6 threatening....Qxh6+ isn't a faster way to win?
Apr-15-09  MarbleSkull: 43... Ne2 followed by 44... Bg3 also wins, doesn't it?
Nov-22-09  Gouvaneur: I love this game! It is one of the first Kings Indian games I have studied, and one of the most beautiful, too. And I think it changed my attitude towards Engines, who have a hard time realizing the awsomeness and deepness of Black's play. I especially like Black's b5, not allowing White to break out at all.
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  Corndog2: Without a doubt, this is the best game ever played with the KID (there are others, but this one is spectacular). I play risky openings like this, such as the Najdorf, semi slav (can be), and sometimes the KID. All are risky, but if one can land an attack like this, you would be respected for the rest of your chess career!!!
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  Fusilli: After 33...Bh3!

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David Bronstein: "What a picture! The queen's wing is by now completely deserted, while seven pieces assail the white king; now the square g2 is attacked four times, and there is obviously nothing left to defend it with: on there follows mate in three moves, and 34...R:f3 is threatened too."

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  kingscrusher: This is meant to be a model game for the d5 pawn structure according to:

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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

The game is a model seminal game for the d5 pawn chain which I have done a video previously here:

Dec-13-11  King Death: This was the game that caused White players of this variation to give up on 10.Be3. The line only really became popular again at the international level after this game: Korchnoi vs K Hulak, 1987.
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  morfishine: It was this game that caused me to favor the KID for quite awhile. For Nimzo or slav players, the KID is a valuable alternative, as long as one can confidently transpose between pirc and modern move-orders


Apr-26-14  Masterful Artisan: A chess game that works on two levels. Firstly as a purely pragmatic exercise in forced calculation, the frenzied bloodlust of a tactical melee, hand-to-hand, mano-e-mano, a world of tooth against nail and fist against foot, thrust and counterthrust. This could be described as the ‘simple descriptive’ description. I personally prefer the justice of a closer interpretative reading for this classic chess construction. For example, at the penultimate nadir of the sacrificial onslaught the H-file forms the impression of a Native American totem pole. The present characters in order of hierarchy are King, Bishop, Bishop, Knight, Knight. Surely this striking arrangement and the verticality of the image itself assists us in pausing to take note of traditional kinship structures, the diversity of patrilineal/matrilineal/extended systems of marriage residence, and the intricate interplay between the social and familial identities within Native American First Peoples societies.
Apr-26-14  cunctatorg: KID fans should cautiously study however the two Korchnoi's KID (as white) games mentioned above... His game vs. Xie Jun is a work of art and logic too!!
Apr-26-14  cunctatorg: Korchnoi's 13. Nb5 novelty in his game against Hulak isn't a surprise until you see its idea, the defensive (!!) manoeuvre Nc3-b5-a7 targeting Black's superweapon in this variation, namely Black's Bc8 ... after the "natural" reply 13... a6; however Black must somehow free his Queen who should operate against White's King without stop supporting his queen-side too much... Korchnoi's game against Xie Jun demonstrates that White has more weapons in his arsenal!...

My point is that Gligoric's and Najdorf's creations are real gems and support Black's case in this famous Mar der Plata variation, however "Theory" goes beyond GOTD and gems!!

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  mrknightly: Another pun might have been, "Taking time off."
Apr-26-14  cunctatorg: Last but not least, there is a great victory for White in a Polugaevsky-Tal (!!) 1980 game that took place during their Candidates match...
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  Fusilli: One of my favorite games ever. It was high time for it to be game of the day.
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  kevin86: Burgess Meredith was looking for a great role...and he finally got his chance when he played the loser in this game. His exclamation was:

Taimanov at last!

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