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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.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (146) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Nimzo Indian (128) 
    E46 E41 E54 E59 E57
 King's Indian (92) 
    E97 E95 E94 E91 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 E70 E60
 Bogo Indian (50) 
 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 Lisitsin, 1949 1-0
   Taimanov vs Fischer, 1960 1/2-1/2
   Unzicker vs Taimanov, 1952 0-1
   Tal vs Taimanov, 1954 0-1
   T Kilpi vs Taimanov, 1996 0-1
   V Liberzon vs Taimanov, 1967 0-1

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)
   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

   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
   Uhlmann vs Taimanov (Aug-16-11) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Taimanov vs Portisch (Aug-16-11) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Feb-07-1926, 90 years old) Ukraine
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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

 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. V Makogonov vs Taimanov 1-021 1944 Baku ch-SU sfE70 King's Indian
3. Taimanov vs Panov 1-031 1944 BakuB83 Sicilian
4. Taimanov vs Koblents 1-044 1944 BakuC11 French
5. Chekhover vs Taimanov  0-168 1944 BakuE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
6. Ragozin vs Taimanov 1-026 1945 Ch LeningradB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
7. Taimanov vs Zachodiakin 1-023 1945 USSRC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
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. Lisitsin vs Taimanov  0-137 1947 LeningradD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Taimanov vs Chekhover  ½-½24 1947 USSR ch sfB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
13. V Zagorovsky vs Taimanov  0-138 1947 URS-ch sfC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
14. A Budo vs Taimanov  0-141 1947 LeningradD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. S Zhukhovitsky vs Taimanov  ½-½84 1947 LeningradD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Taimanov vs Aronin  ½-½53 1947 URS-ch sfD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
17. Taimanov vs N Kopilov 1-052 1947 LeningradB10 Caro-Kann
18. V Mikenas vs Taimanov  ½-½33 1947 URS-ch sfD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. Taimanov vs G Goldberg 1-043 1947 LeningradB10 Caro-Kann
20. V G Kirillov vs Taimanov 0-112 1947 USSR ch sfC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
21. Bronstein vs Taimanov  ½-½20 1947 Ch URS (1/2 final)D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Sokolsky vs Taimanov  ½-½18 1947 LeningradC55 Two Knights Defense
23. Taimanov vs K Klaman 1-040 1947 USSR ch sfB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
24. A Vasiljev vs Taimanov  ½-½63 1947 URS-ch sfD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. Taimanov vs Lisitsin  ½-½96 1947 URS-ch sfE46 Nimzo-Indian
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Jun-02-12  stanleys: Taimanov took part in a film as a child - a picture:
Jun-08-12  Cemoblanca: <stanleys> He looks like the little 'Sascha' Luzhin in "The Luzhin Defence"!! ;0) @ 05:30!!
Jun-11-12  piroflip: Thankfully the pressure was off him a little after Fischer crushed Larsen.
Jul-30-12  vonKrolock: Taimanov and the <Russian Nobel Prize> - (named after Ludwig <or Ludvig ?!> Nobel) ... <"elder brother of Alfred. The difference between the premiums of approximately the same as that between «Volvo» and «Lada-Kalina". The Swedes give $ 1 million, we have - one million rubles. "> (NOTE: There's a medal too) ... <"Following his death in 1888, a special prize was established in his honor in Russia."> NOTE: With funds bequeathed by himself <" It was forgotten in 1917 but has been reborn in recent years. Laureates of the prize include the first women in space Valentina Tereshkova, Chess Grandmaster Mark Taimanov, Academician Sergei Kapitsa, artist Mikhail Shemyakin and others."> ... 2010 <"This year's winners were the historian Edvard Radzinsky, the choreographer Vladimir Vasiliev and Grandmaster Mark Taimanov. Banquet, jubilee awards, held in the capital's legendary restaurant "Yar"">

... and a fifteen minutes video:

2:30 Taimanov appears ; 3:08 Excepts from a 1936 Soviet film - Taimanov acted as a young violinist, playing u.o. Beethoven's Concerto <!> ; 4:52 passim Sister Irina also interviewed (and a brief appearance of his brother Roald) ; 7:00 Chess in the USSR etc ; 10:18 The piano player and his duo with Liubov Bruk ; !0:57 Back to Chess, the Fischer match etc

Feb-07-13  talisman: happy birthday to one of the greats.
Feb-17-13  Jafar219: <talisman: happy birthday to one of the greats.>

The man who lost 0-6 can`t be called one of the greatest.

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  FSR: <Jafar219> Don't be mean. Fischer made all of his opponents look weak; he went 6-0 against Larsen too, which no one imagined was possible. Taimanov has won games against Botvinnik (twice), Smyslov (thrice), Tal (thrice), Petrosian (four times), Spassky (thrice), and Karpov. Not too shabby.
Feb-07-14  Eastfrisian: Currently one of the oldest, perhaps "the oldest" living GM. Happy Birthday GM Taimanov.
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  alexmagnus: <Eastfrisian> Taimanov is the third oldest living GM - behind Averbakh and Zemgalis.
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  Eduardo Bermudez:
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  offramp: <FSR: <Jafar219> ...Fischer went 6-0 against Larsen...>

Where did Fischer went?

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  perfidious: The one who knows ain't tellin'!
Feb-07-14  ketchuplover: I'm sure Mark thinks Robert was one of the grates :)
Feb-07-14  CountryGirl: Happy birthday, Mark Yevgenyevich! I love loads of your games, especially your original and creative Nimzoindians.
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  Penguincw: Happy 88th birthday to GM Mark Taimanov. Hope he's still well.

< ...he never devoted himself fully to chess, splitting his time and talents between the game and his career as a concert pianist. >

He's already a good player, so imagine how well he'd be if he was a full-time chess player.

Apr-07-14  RookFile: 2 time world senior open champ.
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  chancho: Lyubov Bruk, Mark Taimanov "Silhouettes"

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  Boomie: And another duet with Bruk of a Rachmaninoff piece.

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  Eduardo Bermudez:
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  TheFocus: <Fortunately I've got a weak character, so I never did decide to dedicate myself to only one of my professions. And I'm very glad. After all, if I'd rejected chess or music then my life wouldn't have been two times, but a hundred times less interesting> - Mark Taimanov.
Feb-07-16  sonia91: Happy 90th birthday!
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Mark Taimanov!!
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  diagonal: Happy birthday, Maestro!

Congratulations to Mark Taimanov and in-depth biography:

Mark Taimanov, together with his wife Nadja invited to Lucerne in last november, playing a four games rapid match on two days with his friend from the legendary 'Leningrad chess school' (nowadays St. Petersburg), Viktor Korchnoi, assisted by Petra at the Swiss Chess Museum:

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  Nosnibor: Belated Birthday greetings to G.M.Taimanov. Does anybody have a longer chess career than him? 73 years of games are shown on the C.G. Site.
Feb-08-16  ZonszeinP: Happy birthday to Mr Taimanov, a great chess player and of the greatest pianist of the XXth century!
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