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|Nov-29-16|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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!
|Nov-29-16|| ||Dionysius1: <Howard> How does one favor a baby? Is that the same as fathering a baby?|
|Nov-30-16|| ||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 !
|Nov-30-16|| ||zanzibar: Here's McClain's NYT obit of Taimanov:
|Dec-01-16|| ||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|| ||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|| ||HeMateMe: ...a man of rare talents! He knew how to tickle the ovaries.|
|Dec-01-16|| ||Check It Out: <HMM> Okay, that was a good one.|
|Dec-01-16|| ||Dionysius1: <Howard> You're right - that was a mean little comment of mine. Apologies|
|Dec-01-16|| ||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|| ||zanzibar: PS- this must the classical music part of town, what with all the long-hairs.|
|Dec-01-16|| ||WannaBe: <Z> Well, I got long hares, waddayagot? Big Geyser? |
|Dec-01-16|| ||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"!)
|Dec-01-16|| ||lost in space: R.I.P. Majestro|
|Dec-02-16|| ||zanzibar: I like the photo of the old Taimanov over here:|
|Dec-03-16|| ||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:|
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