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Mark Taimanov
Number of games in database: 2,037
Years covered: 1938 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2386
Highest rating achieved in database: 2590

Overall record: +774 -318 =931 (61.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 14 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (146) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Nimzo Indian (128) 
    E46 E41 E54 E59 E57
 King's Indian (92) 
    E97 E95 E91 E94 E92
 English (87) 
    A13 A16 A10 A15 A11
 Orthodox Defense (58) 
    D55 D58 D50 D61 D56
 English, 1 c4 e5 (50) 
    A22 A21 A25 A23 A28
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (420) 
    B46 B44 B28 B40 B43
 Sicilian Taimanov (161) 
    B46 B47 B48 B49
 Nimzo Indian (107) 
    E46 E40 E21 E39 E54
 King's Indian (61) 
    E62 E91 E97 E60 E70
 Bogo Indian (50) 
 English (49) 
    A13 A15 A10 A16 A17
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Karpov vs Taimanov, 1977 0-1
   Taimanov vs A Shashin, 1978 1-0
   Taimanov vs Polugaevsky, 1960 1-0
   Taimanov vs Petrosian, 1953 1-0
   Taimanov vs Fischer, 1960 1/2-1/2
   Unzicker vs Taimanov, 1952 0-1
   Taimanov vs Geller, 1953 1-0
   Taimanov vs Lisitsin, 1949 1-0
   Taimanov vs Matulovic, 1970 1-0
   Taimanov vs R Persitz, 1955 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1956)
   USSR Championship (1952)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1952)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   USSR Championship (1965)
   USSR Championship (1949)
   USSR Championship (1959)
   USSR Championship 1966/67 (1966)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   USSR Championship (1955)
   USSR Championship 1961b (1961)
   USSR Championship (1951)
   USSR Championship (1960)
   Zurich Candidates (1953)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Games from Taimanov's Book: TAIMANOV'S SELECTED by nakul1964
   Games from Taimanov's Book: TAIMANOV'S SELECTED by Malacha
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by Atsa
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by TigerTiger
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by uril
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by suenteus po 147
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by TigerTiger
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by cassiooo
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by Qindarka
   WCC Zurich 1953 by Pawn N Hand
   USSR Championship 1952 by suenteus po 147
   USSR Championship 1956 by Phony Benoni

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(born Feb-07-1926, died Nov-28-2016, 90 years old) Russia
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Mark Yevgenyevich Taimanov was born in Kharkov, Ukraine (formerly USSR) and was awarded the IM title in 1950 and the GM title in 1952. Despite this, he never devoted himself fully to chess, splitting his time and talents between the game and his career as a concert pianist. He still enjoyed several tournament successes over his lengthy career, particularly in the years 1950 to 1956 when he was considered to be among the top ten players in the world. He was a World Championship Candidate in 1953 and 1971, finishing 8th in the 1953 tournament, while in the Fischer - Taimanov Candidates Quarterfinal (1971), he was famously beaten +0 =0 -6. Although he never beat Fischer, he won many games against world champions, beating Botvinnik (twice), Smyslov (thrice), Tal (thrice), Petrosian (four times), Spassky (thrice), and Karpov.

He was more successful in national tournaments: he played in 23 USSR Championships from 1948 to 1976, which is a record equaled only by Efim Geller. In the 1952 Soviet Championship, he tied for first with Mikhail Botvinnik, but lost to him in their playoff for the title*. However, he then won the title in 1956 after a play-off with Yuri Averbakh and Boris Spassky. Playing hors concours, he won the Latvian Championship in 1949, and the Leningrad Championship in 1948, 1950, 1951, 1961 (jointly) and 1973. In 1993 and 1994 he won the World Senior Championship. In 2008, he played in his last FIDE rated tournament.

Taimanov has authored important opening works on the Dutch and Nimzo-Indian Defences, and on the Reti Opening. As an opening theoretician, he left a legacy of openings that bear his name, including a variation in the Benoni, the King's Indian, and most notably the Sicilian, Taimanov Variation (B46) (1.e4 c5 2.♘f3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.♘xd4 ♘c6 5.♘c3 a6).

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Wikipedia article: Mark Taimanov

Last updated: 2016-11-29 04:36:47

 page 1 of 82; games 1-25 of 2,037  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lisitsin vs Taimanov 0-1301938Telephone MatchC47 Four Knights
2. Taimanov vs Panov 1-0311944BakuB83 Sicilian
3. Taimanov vs Koblents 1-0441944BakuC11 French
4. Chekhover vs Taimanov  0-1681944BakuE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
5. V Makogonov vs Taimanov 1-0211944Baku ch-SU sfE70 King's Indian
6. Ragozin vs Taimanov 1-0261945Ch LeningradB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
7. Taimanov vs Zachodiakin 1-0231945USSRC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
8. Taimanov vs E Kuzminykh  0-1541946LeningradC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
9. Taimanov vs M Katetov  ½-½421946Leningrad-PragueC16 French, Winawer
10. M Katetov vs Taimanov  0-1401946Leningrad-PragueA15 English
11. Bronstein vs Taimanov  ½-½201947Ch URS (1/2 final)D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. A Vasiljev vs Taimanov  ½-½631947URS-ch sfD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Taimanov vs Lisitsin  ½-½961947URS-ch sfE46 Nimzo-Indian
14. Taimanov vs N Kopilov 1-0521947LeningradB10 Caro-Kann
15. V Zagorovsky vs Taimanov  0-1381947URS-ch sfC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
16. Taimanov vs G Goldberg 1-0431947LeningradB10 Caro-Kann
17. V G Kirillov vs Taimanov 0-1121947USSR ch sfC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
18. Taimanov vs Aronin  ½-½531947URS-ch sfD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
19. Sokolsky vs Taimanov  ½-½181947LeningradC55 Two Knights Defense
20. Taimanov vs K Klaman 1-0401947USSR ch sfB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
21. V Mikenas vs Taimanov  ½-½331947URS-ch sfD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Lisitsin vs Taimanov  0-1371947LeningradD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. Taimanov vs Chekhover  ½-½241947USSR ch sfB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
24. A Budo vs Taimanov  0-1411947LeningradD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. S Zhukhovitsky vs Taimanov  ½-½841947LeningradD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
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  wordfunph: "When I play chess, I am resting from music. When I play music, I am resting from chess. That way, I am taking it easy my entire life!"

- GM Mark Taimanov

rest in peace, grand maestro Taimanov..

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  kdogphs: A huge loss! My favorite Benoni response is the Taimanov Attack. RIP sir.
Nov-29-16  TheTamale: The New York Times linked to an interesting picture today of Che Guevara watching Taimanov play. RIP, GM Taimanov.

Nov-29-16  Howard: To elaborate on a couple of the above comments, according to the NYT article in today's paper, Taimanov DID favor a baby at 77.

Not only that, it's rather surprising that the article conveniently forgot to mention exactly HOW Taimanov qualified for the 1971 Candidates. In other words, his blatantly suspicious last-round interzonal game, with the late Matulovic, wasn't mentioned.

Nov-29-16  schnarre: ...R.I.P. GM Taimanov
Nov-29-16  cunctatorg: Just to quote a <paavoh's> post from above: <Sad, sad news, ... An era is ending.>

Well, many of the men and women of this era lived in the midst of a worldwide turmoil, tragedy and horrors but they proved that they were -more or less- able to fight for a better world and they delivered to us a inheritance of determination and respect for life, they fought <against the dying of the light>...

Hence, I hope that they also delivered to us a strong and convincing example!! These are the main reasons I have great respect for many a man of that era!

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  Dionysius1: <Howard> How does one favor a baby? Is that the same as fathering a baby?
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  HeMateMe: searched the Times to see if there was a Taimonov obit. The last article was from 1971, something to with a fellow named Bob, and the number 20:


Nov-30-16  Howard: Alright, wiseguy, I meant "father a baby". I think the phone rang when I was typing that comment.

Ya got me there !

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  zanzibar: Here's McClain's NYT obit of Taimanov:


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  HeMateMe: from the obit:

"That same year Mr. Taimanov tied for first with Mr. Botvinnik in the Soviet championship, but he lost a playoff for the title. He tied for first again in 1956, but this time he prevailed in a playoff against Mr. Spassky and Yuri Averbakh. Altogether, he played in <23 Soviet championships,> a record he shared with Efim Geller."

It's amazing to me that a person would have the time required to excel in both pursuits. Seems rare.

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  zanzibar: <It's amazing to me that a person would have the time required to excel in both pursuits. Seems rare.>

Which two pursuits? Chess and fathering a child at 77?

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  HeMateMe: ...a man of rare talents! He knew how to tickle the ovaries.
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  Check It Out: <HMM> Okay, that was a good one.
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  Dionysius1: <Howard> You're right - that was a mean little comment of mine. Apologies
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  zanzibar: <HMM> manages to take the cake with this one...

Mark Taimanov (kibitz #281)

Hereby nominated as the absolute worst pun on <CG>, evah!

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  zanzibar: PS- this must the classical music part of town, what with all the long-hairs.
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  WannaBe: <Z> Well, I got long hares, waddayagot? Big Geyser?


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  zanzibar: <WannaBe> you are indeed, the longest hare - hardy-har-har.

(And, let it said, the general conductor of most of the craziness in these "parts"!)

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  lost in space: R.I.P. Majestro
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  zanzibar: I like the photo of the old Taimanov over here:

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  Ron: After reading the chessbase article on Mark Taimanov, I take it that he excelled in the finer things in life: chess, music, and women:

Dec-15-16  vonKrolock: An entire page obituary on the November 30th edition of "The Times" illustrated with (a o) a large photo of "young" Taimanov (in fact a known portrait of Leonid Stein!) Details on the Feature Article "Chess: Mistaken Identity" (Thanks again Mr Winter!)
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  Sularus: didn't know he died last year.
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  Sularus: happy birthday, RIP
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