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The Taimanov 9.Ne1 variation of the KID
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This line first came to prominence with Taimanov's two victories in the Soviet Championship in 1952.

A big leap forward was taken the following year by Gligoric in his games with Najdorf and Eliskases, where the Rf7, Bf8 manoeuvre was first tried, with great success. This became known as the 'Mar del Plata variation', after the location of the tournament where these games were played. Najdorf himself then used this plan to defeat Taimanov in the 1953 Candidates tournament in Zurich. These games taken together seemed to have convinced the leading grandmasters that this line was simply too dangerous for White. Fischer even commented that the line had been virtually worked out to a forced mate for Black.

The line remained unpopular at the top level until Korchnoi revived it in the late 80's and early 90's, when he introduced many ideas and crushed several leading grandmaters, even coming very close to defeating Kasparov. Kasparov also had a very close call in 1997 against Piket, who was one of the first to try the new gambit idea 13.Rc1!? at the highest level. This may have contributed to Kasparov's decision to give up the King's Indian from that year on.


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After 9.Ne1!


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After 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 g5

The system of defence on the kingside devised by Taimanov looks very impressive: the pawns, deployed on the light squares, create a kind of crenellated fortress wall, and the dark-squared bishop covers all the gaps between the crenellations. - David Bronstein


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After 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 Nf6 12.f3 f4


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After 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.f3 f5 11.g4

This games collection has been inspired by refutor's excellent Game Collection: D44!.

13.Nb5!? a6?! 14.Na7!
Korchnoi vs K Hulak, 1987 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 35 moves, 1-0

13.a4 Ng6 14.a5 Rf7 15.b4 Nf6 16.c5
Korchnoi vs Nunn, 1990 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 50 moves, 1-0

13.a4 Ng6 14.a5 Rf7 15.b4 Nf6 16.c5
Korchnoi vs Judit Polgar, 1990 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 47 moves, 1-0

11...h6!? 12.Nd3 b6 13.b4 g5
Korchnoi vs K Spraggett, 1992 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 57 moves, 1-0

13.a4 Ng6 14.a5 Rf7 15.c5
Korchnoi vs P Popovic, 1992
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 40 moves, 1-0

13.a4 h5 14.a5 a6 15.Nd3
Korchnoi vs R Forster, 1994 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 42 moves, 1-0

13.a4 Ng6 14.a5 Rf7 15.b4
Korchnoi vs Xie Jun, 1995 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 40 moves, 1-0

13.a4 Ng6 14.a5 Rf7 15.b4
Korchnoi vs N Stanec, 1995
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 34 moves, 1-0

13.a4 h5 14.a5 Ng6 15.Nb5
Korchnoi vs Xie Jun, 1995 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 36 moves, 1-0

13.Nd3 Rf6 14.c5 Rh6 15.cxd6 cxd6 16.Nb5
Taimanov vs Bronstein, 1952 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 41 moves, 1-0

9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 g5
Taimanov vs Aronin, 1952 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 40 moves, 1-0

13.Nd3 Nf6 14.c5 Ng6 15.Rc1?! Rf7 16.Rc2 Bf8 17.cxd6 cxd6
Taimanov vs Najdorf, 1953 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 43 moves, 0-1

13.Nd3 Nf6 14.c5 Ng6 15.Rc1 Rf7 16.Qb3 g4 17.fxg4
E Eliskases vs Gligoric, 1953 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 42 moves, 0-1

13.Nd3 Nf6 14.c5 Ng6 15.a4 h5 16.cxd6?! cxd6 17.a5 g4
Larsen vs E Torre, 1973 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 41 moves, 1-0

13.b4 Nf6 14.c5 Ng6 15.cxd6 cxd6 16.Rc1 Rf7 17.a4 Bf8
Piket vs Kasparov, 1989 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 28 moves, 0-1

13.a4 Ng6 14.Nd3 Nf6 15.c5 h5
Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1991 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 31 moves, 0-1

13.Rc1 Rf6 14.c5
L E Johannessen vs Carlsen, 2005 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 59 moves, 1-0

13.Rc1 Ng6 14.c5
Piket vs Kasparov, 1997 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

13.b4 Nf6 14.c5 Ng6 15.a4 h5 16.c6 Bh6 17.b5 b6 18.a5
Korchnoi vs Xie Jun, 1999 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 51 moves, 1-0

13.a4 Ng6 14.a5 Rf7 15.b4 Nf6 16.c5 Bf8 17.c6
P H Nielsen vs Y Kruppa, 1996
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 38 moves, 1-0

13.a4 Ng6 14.a5 a6 15.Nd3 Nf6 16.c5 h5 17.cxd6 cxd6 18.Na4
Korchnoi vs Gelfand, 1992 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 56 moves, 1-0

13.Nb5 b6! 14.b4
Korchnoi vs J Ye, 1990 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 52 moves, 0-1

13.a4 a5 14.Nd3 b6 15.b4 h5?! 16.bxa5
Korchnoi vs Van der Wiel, 1987 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 35 moves, 1-0

13.a4 a5 14.Nd3 b6 15.b4 axb4
Yusupov vs Kasparov, 1996
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

13.Nd3 Rf6 14.c5 Rh6 15.Rc1 a6 16.c6 bxc6 17.dxc6 Nf8
V Rogovski vs Radjabov, 2001
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 36 moves, 0-1

13.g4 h5 14.h3 Kf7 15.Nd3 Rh8 16.Kg2 Nf6 17.c5 Ng6
Korchnoi vs Nunn, 1994 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 82 moves, 0-1

13.Nd3 Ng6 14.c5 Nf6 15.a4 h5 16.a5 g4 17.c6 g3
Korchnoi vs Xie Jun, 2001 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

13.Rc1!? Ng6 14.c5!
Piket vs Ivanchuk, 1999 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 38 moves, 1-0

13.a4 a5 14.Nd3 b6 15.Be1 Nf6 16.Nf2 h5 17.h3 Kh8
P H Nielsen vs Kotronias, 2004 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 41 moves, 0-1

13.c5 g5 14.a4 Rf6 15.cxd6 Nxd6 16.Nb5 a6 17.Nxd6 cxd6
P H Nielsen vs B Kantsler, 2001
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 51 moves, 1-0

13.Rc1 Rf6 14.c5 Nxc5 15.b4 Na6 16.Nb5 Rh6 17.Nxa7 Bd7
Korchnoi vs I Cheparinov, 2008 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 27 moves, 0-1

13.Nd3 h5 14.c5 Nf6 15.Rc1 g4 16.Nb5 Ne8 17.fxg4
Shirov vs Radjabov, 2008 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 44 moves, 1-0

13.Rc1 Rf6 14.c5 Nxc5 15.b4 Na6 16.Nd3 Rh6 17.a4
J M Lopez Martinez vs A Volokitin, 2001
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 41 moves, 1-0

13.Rc1 Rf6 14.c5 Nxc5 15.b4 Na6 16.Nd3 Rh6 17.a4
R Vera vs I A Nataf, 2002
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 52 moves, 1-0

13.Rc1 a6 14.Nd3 Rf6 15.c5 Rh6 16.cxd6 cxd6 17.a4
M Dambacher vs Ponomariov, 2008
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

13.Rc1 Ng6 14.c5
Topalov vs Radjabov, 2009 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 95 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Lastin vs D Reinderman, 2003
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 33 moves, 1-0

9...Ne8 10. Be3 f5 11. f3 c5 12. dxc6 bxc6 13. Qd2
Korchnoi vs Nijboer, 1993 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 42 moves, 1-0

9...Ne8 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 h5 13.c5 g5 14.a4
Korchnoi vs I Nemet, 1994
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 36 moves, 1-0

9...Ne8 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 h5 13.c5 g5 14.cxd6
Korchnoi vs E Relange, 1996 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 40 moves, 1-0

9...Ne8 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 h5 13.c5 g5 14.a4
Korchnoi vs Shirov, 1993 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 39 moves, 1-0

9...Ne8 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 c5 12.Nd3 f4 13.Bf2 h5 14.b4
Korchnoi vs Nijboer, 1993 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 33 moves, 1-0

9...Ne8 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 h5 13.c5 g5 14.a4
Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1992 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.b4 g5 14.c5 h5 15.Nf2 Ng6
Najdorf vs Gligoric, 1953 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 48 moves, 0-1

10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 Kh8 12.Rc1 Nf6 12.f3 c5 13.Rb1 f4 14.b4 b6
Ivanchuk vs Radjabov, 2002 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 37 moves, 0-1

10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.c5 g5 14.cxd6 cxd6 15.Nf2 h5
Z Kozul vs Radjabov, 2003 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 47 moves, 0-1

10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 Kh8 12.f3 f4 13.g4 Bf6 14.Be1 h5 15.h3
Shirov vs Lanka, 1991
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 49 moves, 1-0

10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.c5 g5 14.Rc1 Ng6 15.cxd6 cxd6
Averkin vs Kasparov, 1979 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.c5 g5 14.Rc1 Ng6 15.cxd6 cxd6
Polugaevsky vs Tal, 1980 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 41 moves, 1-0

10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.c5 g5 14.Rc1 Ng6 15.cxd6 cxd6
Ivanchuk vs Timman, 1991
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 103 moves, 1/2-1/2

10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.c5 g5 14.Rc1 Ng6 15.cxd6 cxd6
Larsen vs Najdorf, 1966 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 69 moves, 1-0

10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.c5 g5 14.Rc1 Ng6 15.cxd6 cxd6
Korchnoi vs Gligoric, 1973
(E97) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

10.Nd3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bd2 g5 13.Rc1 Rf7 14.Nb5 Ng6 15.c5 Nf6
Najdorf vs Uhlmann, 1956 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 37 moves, 1-0

10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.c5 g5 14.Rc1 Ng6 15.cxd6 cxd6
Ivanchuk vs I Cheparinov, 2008 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 40 moves, 1-0

10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.c5 g5 14.Rc1 Ng6 15.cxd6 cxd6
Miles vs Sax, 1980 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 40 moves, 0-1

10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.c5 g5 14.cxd6 cxd6 15.Nf2 Ng6
G Andruet vs V S Spasov, 1990
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 40 moves, 0-1

10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.c5 g5 14.Rc1 Ng6 15.cxd6 cxd6
M Roeder vs Hebden, 1992 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 52 moves, 0-1

10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.c5 g5 14.cxd6 cxd6 15.Nf2 Ng6
I Rogers vs Sznapik, 1988 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 47 moves, 1-0

10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 Nf6 12.f3 h5 13.exf5 gxf5 14.f4 e4 15.Nf2
Shirov vs Nunn, 1991 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 30 moves, 1-0

10.Nd3 f5 11.Bd2 Nf6 12.f3 f4 13.c5 g5 14.Rc1 Rf7 15.Nb5 Ng6
V Bhat vs D Aldama Degurnay, 2008
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 39 moves, 1-0

Aronian vs Nakamura, 2010 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 53 moves, 1-0

10.f3 f5 11.g4 Nf6 12.Ng2 c6 13.Rb1 cxd5 14.cxd5 Bd7
Nikitin vs Stein, 1966 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 50 moves, 0-1

10.f3 f5 11.g4 Nf6 12.Ng2 c6 13.Rb1 cxd5 14.cxd5 Bd7
Portisch vs Stein, 1965 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 60 moves, 1-0

10.f3 f5 11.g4 Kh8 12.Ng2 a5 13.h4 Nc5 14.Be3 Ng8
Pinter vs Nunn, 1988 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 46 moves, 0-1

10.f3 f5 11.g4 Kh8 12.h4 Ng8 13.g5 f4 14.Kg2 h5 15.Rh1
I Cheparinov vs Stellwagen, 2005 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 36 moves, 1-0

10.f3 f5 11.g4 Kh8 12.h4 Ng8 13.g5 h6 14.Kg2 f4 15.Rh1 Rf7
Gipslis vs K Muchnik, 1970
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 29 moves, 1-0

10.f3 f5 11.g4 f4 12.h4 a5 13.Ng2 Nc5 14.Bd2 Kh8 15.Be1 Bd7
Benko vs E Eliskases, 1960 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 83 moves, 1-0

10.f3 f5 11.g4 fxg4 12.fxg4 Rxf1+ 13.Kxf1 Nf6 14.Nd3 c5 15.Be3
Portisch vs W Attard, 1960
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 41 moves, 1-0

10.f3 f5 11.g4 Kh8 12.h4 Ng8 13.g5 h6 14.Kg2 f4 15.Rh1
R Almond vs R Eames, 2008
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 32 moves, 1-0

9.Ne1 a5 10.Be3 Nd7 11.Nd3 b6 12.a3 f5 13.f3 f4 14.Bf2 g5
D B Gurevich vs G Simms, 1989 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 37 moves, 1-0

10.f3 f5 11.g4 Kh8 12.Nd3 Ng8 13.Kh1 f4 14.Rg1 Bf6 15.b4 Bh4
V Belov vs Grischuk, 2009 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 59 moves, 1-0

10.f3 f5 11.g4 fxg4 12.fxg4 Rxf1+ 13.Bxf1 Nf6 14.Be2 Qd7 15.g5
D Reinderman vs R Pruijssers, 2009
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 38 moves, 1-0

10.f3 f5 11.g4 fxg4 12.fxg4 Rxf1+ 13.Kxf1 a5 14.Nd3 c6 15.Be3
J Bonin vs J Kaplan, 1988
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 27 moves, 1-0

10.f3 f5 11.g4 f4 12.h4 Nf6 13.Nd3 c5 14.Kg2 a5 15.a3 h5 16.g5
J Sarkar vs A Pena, 2008
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 46 moves, 1-0

10.f3 f5 11.g4 f4 12.h4 a5 13.Bd2 Bf6 14.Nd3 c5 15.Kg2
V Laznicka vs R Bhuvanesh, 2009 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 46 moves, 1-0

Gabdrakhmanov vs Kasparov, 1976 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Aronian vs Carlsen, 2010 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 28 moves, 0-1

Le Quang Liem vs I Cheparinov, 2011 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 45 moves, 0-1

N sac line
A Giri vs Nijboer, 2009 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 37 moves, 1-0

Ftacnik vs Nunn, 1986 
(E98) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1, 40 moves, 1-0

A Volokitin vs Kotronias, 2011
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 37 moves, 1-0

Larsen vs Najdorf, 1973 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 42 moves, 1-0

W So vs Ding Liren, 2015 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 60 moves, 1-0

Shirov vs Bacrot, 2014
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 51 moves, 1-0

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