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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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  johnlspouge: <<JG27Pyth> wrote: I kept looking for another solution because I saw this answer to the N sac and thought... jeez, winning a pawn without compensation in a middle game... that's nice, but no way it's a puzzle solution.>

<JG27Pyth>, you sly old dog you, while the rest of us have been spending our time discussing the best way to lose, you've been quietly improving, haven't you? Now, c'mon, 'fess up...

<I'm curious to see what the computer eval is... Black would be playing for draw from there, but I don't think he just resigns.>

My wife is out of town with my mother today, so I can let the chess analysis run for a whole 17 plies, instead of the usual 15. Whoopie!

Toga II 1.3.1 evaluates the puzzle position as follows, with my usual conventions:

[ply 17/50, time 03:10, value +1.93]

23<Ne8> 24.Nxb7 Nf6 25.Rxc7 Rxc7 26.Nc5 Qf8 27.f3 Qc8 28.Qd3 Ra7 29.Rc3 h6 30.Kg2 Kh7 31.Kh1 Nc7 32.Rc1 Kh8 33.Ng6+ Kh7 34.Rg1

No surprise: Toga refuses the 24.Nxb7 sacrifice. There was one point I needed to clear up in the game line, however. I gave a line that followed the game line up to 27...<Qe7> and then diverged as follows:

27...<Qa7> 28.Nc6 Q moves 29.Rxa8

leaving White with 2Rs+P vs. Q, which seemed better for Black than the game line. In fact, White has a nice improvement:

27...<Qa7> 28.Rxe8+ Kxe8 29.Rc8+ Ke7 30.Nc6+ K moves 31.Nxa7

leaving White a whole R up, which explains why Lisitsin chose 27...Qe7 over 27...Qa7.

I was witholding judgment on some of your comments, <JG27Pyth>, until I could resolve this line. With this line in hand, I agree that Black is definitely best refusing the sacrifice Nxb7.

<<JG27Pyth> wrote: I take it all back...John you are right -- except I'm not sure the end comes all that slowly ...>

We should avoid debates, <JG27Pyth>: we switch sides so fast, nobody can see our positions for the blur.

Apr-25-08  234: Thursday puzzle <32. ?> Apr-24-08 Ponomariov vs E Tomashevsky, 2007
Apr-25-08  wals: Static Evaluation: Who iin front, by how much, and why? White's knights are more active than black's.
Material is even. White has an isolated pawn on a5.
The c-file is stacked up with batteries but white would appear to have the edge, as it stands. White has the advantage of the move.

Dynamic EValuation: Opening the c-file by moving Nc5-a4 would result in what? Rc3, attacked twice, protected, four times. Odds are good, if black attacks.What if say,Qd6, then Rc7, is attacked twice, and protected, four times. Now if we divert Rc7, it gives the two white c-file rooks, open slather at the back rank.

Abstract Assessment: If Ne5 goes to d7 it would need to be taken because of a possible move b6.

candidate move: Ne5-d7

24.Ne-d7 ...Rxd7 25.Nxd7 ...Qxd7 26.RxRc8 ...Qxc8 Rxc8

PM= .

No way, Jose., too classy for me

Fritz differs from the given text

Mark Taimanov - Georgy Lisitsin, Leningrad 1949

Analysis by Fritz 11:

1. (2.44): 24.Nc5xb7 Rc7xc3 25.Rc1xc3 Rc8xc3 26.b2xc3 Qe7-c7 27.Kf1-g2 h7-h6 28.Nb7-c5 Qc7-c8 29.Ne5-d7 Na8-c7 30.Qb3-b6 Qc8-d8 31.Nd7-b8 Qd8-h4 32.h2-h3 Qh4-e7 33.Nb8xa6

2. (1.82): 24.e3-e4 Ne8-f6 25.e4xf5 e6xf5 26.Nc5-d7 Rc7xc3 27.Rc1xc3 Rc8xc3 28.b2xc3 Qe7-d6 29.Qb3xb7 Na8-c7 30.Nd7-c5 g7-g6 31.Kf1-g2 Nf6-e8 32.h2-h3 Ne8-f6 33.Qb7-b6 Nf6-e8 34.Kg2-g3 Kg8-g7

(, 26.04.2008)

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  DarthStapler: I got the first move, but regarding earlier in the game, why did white let black play Bxf4? Doesn't that ruin his kingside pawn structure? Or did he think the f4 pawn's central influence was worth it?
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.
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