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Mark Taimanov vs Petar Trifunovic
URS-YUG (1957), Leningrad URS, rd 3, Jul-??
Benoni Defense: Taimanov Variation (A67)  ·  1-0


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Nov-28-04  kostich in time: Taimanov routs the drawing master...Kmoch, commenting oon this game in Chess Review said after e5!, "now black does not have a Communist Chinamans chance"
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  ray keene: black misses two chances to win the game in crushing tal like fashion on move 14 and again on move 15. he must sac with nfxd5 in both cases followed by ...bd4+ and ...re3 smashing whites position as well as winning a pawn.
Nov-29-04  kostich in time: very good for pointing thatout,i only recalled Kmochs notes, which ignored that possibility. Black must be attuned to all chances for counterplay in the Benoni.It is far, far better suited to Tal's style than to Trifunovic's dour defensive attitude.
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  ray keene: once you have seen tals games with the benoni such combinations to destroy the white centre become a matter of technique-tho i must say i am a little surprised kmoch missed it.
Dec-22-08  I Offer You A Resign: Thanks for pointing it out! I must look into these combinations!
Aug-31-09  WhiteRook48: 24...Nxe4 25 Qf7+ Kh8 26 Qxe8+ Kg7 27 Rf7#
Oct-26-12  DrGridlock: GM Keene has an insight - but not the answer - to the position at move 14.

Keene is correct that Nfxd5 is black's best continuation.

However, since Bd4+ and Re3 are indeed so crushing, White cannot allow that continuation for black - and cannot retake on d4 with the e-pawn.

Komodo gives:

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Analysis by Komodo32 3 32bit (depth = 23)

1. (-0.92): 14...Nfxd5 15.Nxd5 Nxd5 16.f5 Nf6 17.Nb3 gxf5 18.exf5 Qb6 19.Be3 Bd7 20.Rad1 Bc6 21.Qf2 Qb4 22.Bd2 Qa4 23.Nc1 Ne4 24.Bxe4 Qxe4 25.Bc3 Bxc3 26.bxc3 Kh8 27.Rfe1 Qc4 28.Ne2 Rg8 29.Nf4 Rae8 30.Rxe8

2. (-0.37): 14...Rb8 15.Ne2 b5 16.a4 a6 17.Re1 Qe7 18.axb5 axb5 19.Ra7 Qd8 20.Qf2 c4 21.Bc2 Na6 22.Nc3 Nc5 23.e5 Qb6 24.Ra2 Nd3 25.Qxb6 Rxb6 26.Bxd3 cxd3 27.Ra7 Bb7

Oct-30-12  nummerzwei: Difficile est satiram non scribere.
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  ray keene: looks to me like a 0.92 plus for black is going to be a win
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  Jonathan Sarfati: So this was the debut of the feared Taimanov variation? Did he ever play it again. If it were anyone else, I could say that he didn't play it in the spirit of the Taimanov variation (9.Bd3 instead of 9a4, and 12.Nd2 when the whole idea is that White has time to dispense with the N maneuvres and can get on with his central push.

But after Black missed the winning ...Nxd5 sac as pointed out below, White sure enough made a thematic Benoni central break and won quickly.

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