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Robert Eugene Byrne vs Mark Taimanov
Leningrad Interzonal (1973), Leningrad URS, rd 10, Jun-16
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen Variation (B46)  ·  1-0
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Mar-17-11
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  perfidious: Most surprising that this game has never attracted any notice; it seems worthy of being a POTD, after Black's 25th move.
Mar-17-11  ozmikey: That Leningrad Interzonal of 1973 must have been the best tournament of Robert Byrne's life. Qualifying for the candidates ahead of Tal, Larsen, Hubner, Taimanov, Gligoric, Uhlmann, Tukmakov et al...that's some achievement.
Mar-17-11
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  perfidious: <ozmikey> Larsen began that event with 5.5/6, conceding only a draw to Torre in a winning rook ending, but lost to Korchnoi in round 8 and Tal in the twelfth round. The final blow was his defeat by Byrne in this game: Larsen vs R Byrne, 1973, which all but assured Byrne a place amongst the qualifiers.

One player whom you didn't name had a chance to qualify till this terrific battle from round 15: Smejkal vs Karpov, 1973.

Jul-01-14  mcgee: There's a nice vignette in one of Leonard Barden's books about how prior to 26 Nc5 Byrne stubbed out his cigarette and smiled at Taimanov, whilst Taimanov's second Borisenko 'froze with horror', having seen the winning move...
Jul-01-14
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  perfidious: That scene evokes visions of Fischer: 'I like to see 'em squirm'.
Jan-23-15  mcgee: It's interesting that Byrne made the breakthrough to world-class level at a very late age. He put in two very good results in strong fields at Moscow 1971 and Hastings 1971-2 which took him right up the rankings and possibly gave him the confidence he needed for the 1973 Interzonal. Like a lot of players with a day job (he was a college lecturer), his form improved when he devoted more time to his chess.
Feb-12-16
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  MindsEyePress: McGee, do you have any idea which Barden book has that vignette you mentioned? Thanks!
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