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Mark Taimanov vs Efim Geller
USSR Championship (1951), Moscow URS, rd 8, Nov-26
Indian Game: Kingside Fianchetto (A48)  ·  0-1



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Feb-09-07  charms: I was thinking along the line of 42. ♖g7+, which leads to the line of the game after Kh8, but fails due to Rxg7 (when Qxg7+ is far to committing; the king escapes to h5 and captures the mad rook). It's quite a tragedy for Taimanov here. As far as I know, games used to be adjourned at any time after move 40, as soon as one of the players demanded it. The outcome of the game was logical, in a way, but both players blundered when they had all the time of the world.
Feb-09-07  greensfield: White looks in big trouble, so need to look for forcing moves to hope for a draw via stalemate. White's pawns are fixed and the king can't move in this position if white swaps off his pieces. I got the moves, but only because its a puzzle, so I knew something was there.
Feb-09-07  m1ch4lek: <capanegra: This ending is full of mistakes. Instead of 41...Rxh2?? Black should have played 41…Rg4! 42.Rh3 Rc1+ 43.Ke2 Re1+ followed by Rxe5 and winning.> why not 43. ... Rg2+ followed by Rc3#?
Feb-09-07  zb2cr: I feel stupid. I spent upwards of 10 minutes looking for some way for White to pull out a win. I saw the first move in the combination, but then went on the assumption that 43. Qb8+ would lead to a win. After 43. ... Kg7 or 43. ... Kh7, all I could see was a line similar to the given one--but I couldn't find a win and gave up in disgust.
Feb-09-07  I Stink: Didn't get it and it took me more than a nanosecond to mess things up.
Feb-09-07  TrueBlue: lol, got it :) Not sure how, but Rxg8 and Rg3 were the first moves I thought about.
Feb-09-07  MarvinTsai: Got it haha, interesting one.
Feb-09-07  canigetawootwoot: Let me get this straight. This FRIDAY puzzle is a "white to play" in which the GRANDMASTER playing white did not find the correct move even though, as many previous posters have commented (and I tend to agree), he was most likely looking for a draw anyway.

See you Monday, everyone!

Feb-09-07  psmith: Well, I'm happy to say I got it.
Feb-09-07  YouRang: Well, Taimanov shouldn't feel bad about missing this, because I missed it too. :-p
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  kevin86: A great stalemate trap!! Too bad it was missed by Taimanov!

A very tough puzzle-since even the GM didn't find it.

Feb-09-07  laskereshevsky: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGGGHHHH!!!!.............- i missed it........
(......i was searching for a white victory.....)
Feb-09-07  Ashram64: the puzzle is soooo easy once you know you are looking for a stalemate...but we all are searching for the "w". I missed it... but then i checked the answer and saw the word stalemate,, i quickly found the combination to give up all white's mobile pieces.
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  fm avari viraf: It's really very difficult to think of stalemate & Taimanov did both. Commendable!
Feb-09-07  GoldenKnight: I saw right away that White was in trouble and that his pieces were not placed well enough for a win, so I looked for a stalemate pattern, and found the moves necessary to ensure it.
Feb-09-07  Themofro: Alas i missed it, i saw Rxg8 but was still trying to find the win for white after that point.
Feb-09-07  outplayer: I saw all the line to draw. it took me half an hour to calculate till the end. White just can't win two pawns down and an exposed king.
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  duddles: I got this after a couple of minutes once I saw that white would be stalemated if the white major pieces were off the board
Feb-09-07  e4Newman: patzer story:

i suck - i saw 42.Rxg8 Kxg8 43.Rg3 then couldn't figure where white or black would go from there

so i cheated and looked at the solution, only to find i was completely trying to find the wrong solution

live and learn

Feb-09-07  WickedPawn: I started my line with 42. Qg7+, Rxg7, 43. Rxg7, Kxg7, 44. Rg3+ with all the subsequent checks with the rook on g7 or g8, but then I realized that Black doesn't have to take 43. Rxg7... After two minutes it was clear that there was nothing for a White win, but got the drawing line wrong... :(
Feb-09-07  ALEXIN: Was not very difficult to find in my opinion. I think that was overall a question of spending a lot of time to discover the right continuation. I spent more than 5 minutes to get it!
Feb-09-07  Swapmeet: Do I get partial credit for finding Taimanov's move? :))
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  WannaBe: In my opinion, if your move landed anywhere within a square radius of Taimanov's, that's a full score/bulls-eye. =)
Feb-09-07  ketchuplover: null null null sucks sucks sucks
Jan-20-09  WhiteRook48: no saving "Rook swindle" this time.
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