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Mark Taimanov vs Boris Gulko
USSR Championship (1976), Moscow URS, rd 1, Nov-27
Torre Attack: Fianchetto Defense. Euwe Variation (A48)  ·  0-1



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Aug-09-11  Hesam7: <The second example, from New In Chess, shows up in Luke McShane's review of 'Lessons with a Grandmaster' by Boris Gulko and Joel Sneed. It's from the game Taimanov-Gulko, Moscow 1976 (replayable here), and the psychological moment comes with 19...h6, which Gulko awards an exclamation point. Here's the dialog in the book between Joel (the amateur) and Gulko:

<<Joel>: Why did you give this an exclamation point?

<Boris>: I continue my psychological battle. I am defending against threats that don't exist to give the opponent the impression that he has the advantage.

<Joel>: But 19...h6 seems very natural. You neutralize the threat of h4-h5.

<Boris>: But h4-h5 is not a real threat! I could just take the h-pawn if I wanted to. However, I defend against h4-h5 anyway. If Black is on 'defense', White must be on 'attack'. Because of this impression, White played an unfortunate 'active' move.>

At this point Taimanov plays 20.Re1-e4, and after 20...b5! realizes that the rook does nothing there - there's no attack after all - and rightly brings it back: 21.Re4-e1. A subtle trick by Gulko!> Dennis Monokroussos in

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  GrahamClayton: Gulko's comments on 18...♔g7 and 19...h6 in "Lessons from a Grandmaster":

"Now the psychological struggle starts...I started to make defensive moves to give the impression that I was on the defensive. Taimanov, because of his optimism, plays a couple of active looking moves, but they weaken his position".

"I am defending against threats that don't exist, to give the opponent the impression that he has the advantage."

Feb-09-18  Grandma Sturleigh: White loses against the h and f pawns because his king is trapped on the back rank. 48. Rf5 Rb7 49. Ra5 looks like the last chance to hold.
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