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Robert James Fischer vs Mark Taimanov
Fischer - Taimanov Candidates Quarterfinal (1971)  ·  Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Szen Variation (B44)  ·  1-0
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Jan-11-04  Shadout Mapes: The opening here does not look good. Taimanov lets his center get cut into bits and lets Fischer pick it off.
Jul-19-05
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  offramp: In earlier games of this match Fischer had shown how a bishop is better than a knight; here he does the opposite.
Feb-22-07
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  offramp: For losing this match Taimanov had all the black keys confiscated from his piano.
Jun-22-07  Petrosianic: Someone had once commented that a Reuben Fine would have played 15...Bxf5 to keep the two Bishops and dared White to make something out of the hole at d5. That looks a lot better, actually.
Aug-28-08  Ulhumbrus: After 26...Kd7 Black may have a winning advantage. He has the superior minor piece, and his King is ahead of White's King in development.
Aug-28-08
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  tamar: <Ulhumbrus: After 26...Kd7 Black may have a winning advantage. He has the superior minor piece, and his King is ahead of White's King in development.>

After 26...Kd7 a winning advantage? Black is a a pawn down, and White has no pawn weaknesses.

After 27 Ne2 White is poised to defend for awhile and gradually bring his King toward the center. I only see drawing chances for Black.

Aug-28-08  Ulhumbrus: <tamar> I stand corrected: White has picked a pawn up on d4 earlier, and Black has to have the equivalent of 3 tempi at least to make up for that alone. Perhaps Black does: After 22...Kd7,Black's King seems three moves ahead of White's King in development. If Black can make count that asset as well as others, he may have winning chances.

After 22 Rd1, 22..e5 may be better.

Mar-22-10  birthtimes: Fischer played this line against Najdorf in 66, but deviated here with 12. Nc4 rather than 12. Bc4 which he played against Najdorf.
Mar-22-10  birthtimes: Was Taimanov familiar with the 11...Qb6 line that gained Black a previous two wins (against no defeats) prior to this game? Matulovic defeated Schmidt in 1964 in 39 moves, and Schmidt defeated Serwinski even faster in 1969, taking only 32 moves to win.
Mar-22-10  birthtimes: And was Fischer (and Taimanov) familiar with the 13...Bxf5 line that Basman played in 1967 against Stephenson, which continued 14. Bd3 Bxd3 15. Qxd3 Bg7 16. Ne3 O-O 17. O-O-O Rc8 with Basman winning in 27 moves.
Aug-05-11
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  whiteshark: Game related picture, after <13...Nxf5>: http://www.russiachess.org/images/s...
Mar-27-12
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  RookFile: The opening approach is basically Paul Morphy's method of playing against the Sicilian:

Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858

Taimanov found a different way to get an early f5 in.

If it works out for black, he's got a super game.... if he survives first.

Nov-14-13  solskytz: A good pun for this one would be "at least I still have the piano"
Feb-07-14
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  thegoodanarchist: Mark at least could have played 43...Rxb2+ for spite...
Oct-11-16  Howard: Taimanov, for obvious reasons, would hardly have been in any mood to play this game.

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