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Mark Taimanov vs Georgy Lisitsin
"Mark-Up" (game of the day Apr-19-2010)
URS-ch sf (1949), Leningrad, rd 7, May-??
Queen's Gambit Declined: General (D30)  ·  1-0


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Apr-26-08  capin: 24. Nxb7 h6 25. Rxc7 Rxc7 26. Nc5 Qd8 27. Rc2 Qc8 28. Ned3 Nd6 29. Nb4 Qe8 30. Nbxa6 Ra7 31. Qb8 Qxb8 32. Nxb8 Rxa5 33. Nxe6 Ra1+ 34. Kg2 Ra2 35. Nc6 +6.34

Aug-02-09  WhiteRook48: 39 R8g5+ Kh6 40 Rh3#
Jan-26-10  nescio: For me it's unbelievable that Taimanov discovered that the well-defended point b7 is a weakness, as indicated by his move 21.Bf1!, removing the guardening bishop at b5.
Apr-19-10  Oceanlake: I don't care for Black's opening, but I think 7 ... Qf6 is better than N(g)f6. Either that, or Black should sacrifice the f5 pawn.

Louis Van Vliet vs Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky Ostend it B 1907 Queen Pawn Game: General (D00) 0-1

Apr-19-10  Eduardo Leon: The sequence of moves starting with 21.♗f1! and ending with 27.♖b8! was indeed re-<Mark>-able.
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  diceman: If you think of it in general terms.

All of whites pcs. are developed.
The g2 bishop just hits protected pawns.

Bf1! basically brings whites last piece
into play.

Apr-19-10  bengalcat47: Black's decision to adopt a Stonewall formation is poorly considered. After the early exchange of dark-squared bishops c5 and e5 are glaring weaknesses for Black, and the White knights soon take up dominating positions in a manner similar to the Pillsbury bind.
Apr-19-10  Eduardo Leon:

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The trick is to see that, despite being roughly a piece down (in general, two rooks and a queen have roughly the same value materially; although in this game, the rooks are clearly superior), white will recover <the two> black knights.

<27.♖b8! ♕e7>

Not 27...♕a7 28.♖cc8, which is even worse for black: {28...g6 29.Rxe8+ Kg7 30.Nc6 Q(any)7 31.♖}e7+.


Black is still one tempo too late to save the other knight.

<28...g6 29.♖cc8 ♔g7>

Otherwise, 30.♖xe8+ ♕xe8 31.♖xe8 ♔xe8 32.♘c6, chasing the a6 pawn.

<30.♖xe8 ♕c7 31.♖ec8>

The cherry on top of the cake: Not allowing the black queen counterattack.

<31...♕b7 32.♖ab8 ♕a7 33.♖h8>

Only now does white proceed to finish off his opponent.

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  kevin86: The rook dominate the game like a herd of elephants. Hannibal would have been proud.
Apr-19-10  ajile: This is actually a Stonewall Dutch defense. Not sure why Black would want to transpose into this line which clearly favors White. Black's position is truly pathetic after 15..Na8.
Apr-19-10  CanITakeThatBack: K g6 for 37 would have been cool too. Thats what I thought he was going to do.
Apr-19-10  aidfarh: <CanITakeThatBack> I think you mean 37.Kg2, which actually does mate faster compared to the text.

37.Kg2 Kh5
38.Rh3+ Qh4

Apr-19-10  Turkito: is there any way of viewing the java applicaciton like as viewing the games in chessgames by mobile devices?????
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  chrisowen: This var. I able one to comprehend and two is tame enough isn't it? Do the math 12.Na4 c5 is nasty curve for black. White profits from constant knight pressure, pencil in 19.Nxb7 would have drawn a line underneath it 13..Ne4 was likely needed. The b7 pins and needlessly stalling the horse on the back rank is not the formula for success 24 xb7 Rc7xb7 Qxb7 Rxc8 Kf8 Rb8 marks the spot. Cross the other efficient rook up and do tighten from the base is a slippery hitch Rg3 Rg8 and Georgy's function is over.
Apr-19-10  kutuzov: Is there a way to develop the queenside besides the tedious Rb8 maneuver? Something like 14...Nc4?
Feb-07-11  Eduardo Bermudez: Excelent chessgame by Taimanov !!
Nov-22-11  Antiochus: Why 23...Ne8? 23...Ne4 is very efficient and active.
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  Sastre: 23...Ne4 runs into 24.Nxe4 fxe4 25.Qxb7 Rxc3 (25...Rxb7 26.Rxc8+ Qf8 27.Rxf8+ Kf8 28.Rc8+) 26.Qxe7 Rxc1+ 27.Kg2 Nc7 28.Qd7 Rf8 29.Nc6 .
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  Garech: Superb play from Taimanov!


Mar-23-12  Eduardo Bermudez: Terrific twin towers attack !!
Jul-17-14  AmselChess: I can't understand why Lisitsin played Qd6. Shouldn't that square be left for the knight on b6? e.g. 13... Nc4 14.b3 Nd6 followed by moves like b6, Bb7 and Rc8 and Black looks okay to me.
Jul-22-14  morphynoman2: Why not 19. Nb7?
Jul-26-14  AmselChess: I don't know, 19.Nxb7 looks better than the move in the game to me.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: A collection of Taimanov's best games would be incomplete without his famous victory as black against the reigning world champion at the time, Anatoly Karpov, on the black side of a Sicilian. Again it was an ...e5 version, and it seems as if Karpov was getting one of his usual grinding-down games against this system, with an extra passed b-pawn. But Taimanov uncorked an amusing geometric motif, with this R touching three of the corner squares mating White's K on the remaining corner.
Oct-29-17  Eduardo Bermudez: Terrific twin towers attack !
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