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Svetozar Gligoric vs Mark Taimanov
"I Play Against Pianist" (game of the day Jan-07-2018)
Skopje Solidarnost 4th (1970), rd 8, Jun-20
Slav Defense: Smyslov Variation (D16)  ·  0-1
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Nov-29-16
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  Honza Cervenka: Calm and positionally active defense prevails over kingside attack. Good game by Mark Taimanov.
Jan-07-18
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  offramp: When I first saw Seņor Gligorić's book <"I Play Against Pieces"> I thought there was going to be a second volume called <"II Play Against Pawns">.

Oddly, both Taimanov and Gligorić have channels on YouTube dedicated to their music: Gligorić was a good singer.

Jan-07-18  Magpye: A duet would have have nice. Gligo singing, and Mark tickling the ivories.
Jan-07-18
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  offramp: When Taimanov first visited the USA he did not know the English word <piano> and he referred to it as <big-pela you bang him white teeth he happy you bang him black teeth he sad.>
Everyone knew what he meant.
Jan-07-18  Magpye: I remember back in the day that Gligoric had a wonderful column in "Chess Life".
Jan-07-18
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  offramp: <Magpye: I remember back in the day that Gligoric had a wonderful column in "Chess Life".>

He didn't have a column at night?

Jan-07-18  Magpye: At night, he worked as a lounge singer.
Jan-07-18
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  HeMateMe: Bobby's friend wrote a book titled "I play against people."
Jan-07-18
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  HeMateMe: black looked better after 30...N-d5.
Jan-07-18  Magpye: <HeMateMe: black looked better after 30...N-d5.>

And the Knight never moves again.

Jan-07-18
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  thegoodanarchist: <Magpye: <HeMateMe: black looked better after 30...N-d5.>

And the Knight never moves again.>

Is he OK?

Jan-07-18
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  thegoodanarchist: < offramp: <Magpye: I remember back in the day that Gligoric had a wonderful column in "Chess Life".>

He didn't have a column at night?>

And why was it only one day?

What else happened in the day that Gligoric had a column? Any good soccer matches that day?

Jan-07-18  GrandMaesterPycelle: <When Taimanov first visited the USA he did not know the English word <piano> and he referred to it as <big-pela you bang him white teeth he happy you bang him black teeth he sad.> Everyone knew what he meant>

Nice story, though it collapses around the phrase "the english word <piano>", as if anyone calls it 'modern harpsichord' or something. Of course the Russians also call it piano (or 'pianino' actually, but anyway)

Jan-07-18
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  HeMateMe: oops, it was "I play against pieces." I guess that was a way of Gligoric saying that he didn't let personalities get in the way of his love of the game. Some players have to hate their opponents, some do not.
Jan-07-18  Clashero1880: 28.Bxb4 is the one that sentenced the game
Jan-07-18
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  Check It Out: Allowing the infiltration 33...Qc2 is where things really went downhill.
Jan-07-18
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  Breunor: According to Stockfish, it is even until 31 gxf5; Stockfish gives Ng3 as proper. It looks like this forces fxg4 and then 32 hxg3.

After that, white is down about 1 pawn with slow reductions through 33 ...Qc2.

The clearly losing move is 34 Ng3, which puts white at less then -3. According to Stockfish, 34 b3 keeps it around -1.

Jan-07-18
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  moronovich: One of the best puns around !
Jan-07-18  evzal86: 30.Qb3 was nonsense
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