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Taimanov 
 
Mark Taimanov
Number of games in database: 2,039
Years covered: 1938 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2386
Highest rating achieved in database: 2590
Overall record: +774 -318 =933 (61.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      14 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
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 D50 D58 D56 D61
 English, 1 c4 e5 (50) 
    A22 A21 A25 A23 A28
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (420) 
    B46 B44 B28 B43 B40
 Sicilian Taimanov (161) 
    B46 B47 B48 B49
 Nimzo Indian (107) 
    E46 E40 E21 E39 E20
 King's Indian (61) 
    E62 E91 E97 E70 E60
 Bogo Indian (50) 
    E11
 English (49) 
    A13 A15 A10 A17 A16
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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
   Taimanov vs Lisitsin, 1949 1-0
   Unzicker vs Taimanov, 1952 0-1
   Tal vs Taimanov, 1954 0-1
   T Kilpi vs Taimanov, 1996 0-1
   Taimanov vs Aronin, 1952 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 1961b (1961)
   USSR Championship (1955)
   USSR Championship (1951)
   Zurich Candidates (1953)
   USSR Championship (1971)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Games from Taimanov's Book: TAIMANOV'S SELECTED by Malacha
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by suenteus po 147
   USSR Championship 1952 by suenteus po 147
   USSR Championship 1956 by Phony Benoni

RECENT GAMES:
   O Chernikov vs Taimanov (Aug-18-11) 1-0, rapid
   Ivkov vs Taimanov (Aug-18-11) 1-0, rapid
   Taimanov vs Korchnoi (Aug-18-11) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Taimanov vs Vasiukov (Aug-16-11) 0-1, rapid
   Uhlmann vs Taimanov (Aug-16-11) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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MARK TAIMANOV
(born Feb-07-1926, died Nov-28-2016, 90 years old) Russia
PRONUNCIATION:
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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).

* [rusbase-1] ** [rusbase-2]

Wikipedia article: Mark Taimanov

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

 page 1 of 82; games 1-25 of 2,039  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Lisitsin vs Taimanov 0-130 1938 Telephone MatchC47 Four Knights
2. Taimanov vs Panov 1-031 1944 BakuB83 Sicilian
3. Taimanov vs Koblents 1-044 1944 BakuC11 French
4. Chekhover vs Taimanov  0-168 1944 BakuE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
5. V Makogonov vs Taimanov 1-021 1944 Baku ch-SU sfE70 King's Indian
6. Taimanov vs Zachodiakin 1-023 1945 USSRC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
7. Ragozin vs Taimanov 1-026 1945 Ch LeningradB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
8. Taimanov vs E Kuzminykh  0-154 1946 LeningradC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
9. Taimanov vs M Katetov  ½-½42 1946 LeningradC16 French, Winawer
10. M Katetov vs Taimanov  0-140 1946 LeningradA15 English
11. S Zhukhovitsky vs Taimanov  ½-½84 1947 LeningradD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Taimanov vs Aronin  ½-½53 1947 URS-ch sfD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
13. Taimanov vs N Kopilov 1-052 1947 LeningradB10 Caro-Kann
14. V Mikenas vs Taimanov  ½-½33 1947 URS-ch sfD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Taimanov vs G Goldberg 1-043 1947 LeningradB10 Caro-Kann
16. Bronstein vs Taimanov  ½-½20 1947 Ch URS (1/2 final)D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. V G Kirillov vs Taimanov 0-112 1947 USSR ch sfC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
18. Sokolsky vs Taimanov  ½-½18 1947 LeningradC55 Two Knights Defense
19. Taimanov vs K Klaman 1-040 1947 USSR ch sfB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
20. A Vasiljev vs Taimanov  ½-½63 1947 URS-ch sfD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. Taimanov vs Lisitsin  ½-½96 1947 URS-ch sfE46 Nimzo-Indian
22. Lisitsin vs Taimanov  0-137 1947 LeningradD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. Taimanov vs Chekhover  ½-½24 1947 USSR ch sfB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
24. V Zagorovsky vs Taimanov  0-138 1947 URS-ch sfC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. A Budo vs Taimanov  0-141 1947 LeningradD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
 page 1 of 82; games 1-25 of 2,039  PGN Download
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Nov-29-16
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  diagonal: Mark Taimanov - A true artist in different fields of life, always educated and elegant.

Last November (three months before his 90th birthday), Mark Taimanov has been playing a four games rapid match at the Swiss Chess Museum near Lucerne with Viktor Korchnoi (a few months before his 85th birthday).

At a total of 174 years, Korchnoi vs. Taimanov is supposed to be the oldest combined aggregate for a chess match between grandmasters.

Rapid match with Viktor Korchnoi: http://www.chessdiagonals.ch/402840... (scroll down)

Portrait of Mark Taimanov in celebration of his 90th birthday this February: http://www.chessdiagonals.ch/402840...

Rest in peace, Mark Evgenievich, and Condolence to his Family.

Nov-29-16
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  whiteshark: He lived his life to the fullest.
Nov-29-16  piltdown man: Farewell GM Taimanov, another great to leave us too soon.
Nov-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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..

Nov-29-16
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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.

http://chessintranslation.com/wp-co...

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!

Nov-29-16
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  Dionysius1: <Howard> How does one favor a baby? Is that the same as fathering a baby?
Nov-30-16
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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:

<http://www.nytimes.com/1971/10/06/a...>

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 !

Nov-30-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Here's McClain's NYT obit of Taimanov:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/28/w...

.

Dec-01-16
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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.

Dec-01-16
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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?

Dec-01-16
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  HeMateMe: ...a man of rare talents! He knew how to tickle the ovaries.
Dec-01-16
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  Check It Out: <HMM> Okay, that was a good one.
Dec-01-16
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  Dionysius1: <Howard> You're right - that was a mean little comment of mine. Apologies
Dec-01-16
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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!

Dec-01-16
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  zanzibar: PS- this must the classical music part of town, what with all the long-hairs.
Dec-01-16
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  WannaBe: <Z> Well, I got long hares, waddayagot? Big Geyser?

=))

Dec-01-16
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  zanzibar: <WannaBe> you are indeed, the longest hare - hardy-har-har.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy5...

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

Dec-01-16
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  lost in space: R.I.P. Majestro
Dec-02-16
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  zanzibar: I like the photo of the old Taimanov over here:

http://www.chessdom.com/in-memoriam...

Dec-03-16
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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:

https://en.chessbase.com/post/in-me...

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