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Mark Taimanov vs Vlastimil Hort
"Hort Beat" (game of the day Jun-13-2013)
Tallinn (1975), Tallinn EST, rd 15, Mar-??
English Opening: King's English Variation. Reversed Closed Sicilian (A25)  ·  1-0



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Jun-27-06  KingG: Fantastic exhibition of pawn play from Taimanov.
Aug-12-09  WhiteRook48: 32 Qc1: double threats
Jun-11-13  Dezaxa: This game deserves to be a GOTD. It is a positional masterpiece by Taimanov and should be better known. It is very rare to see a player moving all eight of his pawns in the opening, and the pawn structure after 15. g4 is wonderful. Black is punished for his rather mechanical development. 30... b6 is desperation and Black must have known he was busted, though I'm sure Black was already strategically lost much earlier.
Jun-13-13  JustAnotherPatzer: Ha! Too busy trying to put out fires to notice the winning tactical shot.
Jun-13-13  SimonWebbsTiger: game 22 in "Taimanov's Selected Games" (Everyman 1995.)
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  brankat: A beautiful game by Taimanov indeed. But, I think V.Hort must have had a really bad day :-)
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  morfishine: Hort's timing off
Jun-13-13  SimonWebbsTiger: @<brankat>

Taimanov mentioned in his notes that Hort had intended 16...Bg8, simply missing 17. fe de 18. Bxe5.

Taimanov suggested 15...Nc7 (idea ...b6-b5) as better than 15...Kh8, which he described as poor and possibly a fatal loss of time.

Jun-13-13  newzild: A really nice game by Taimanov. Hard to believe he got whipped 6-0 by Fischer just four years earlier.
Jun-13-13  SilverLining: I'm in the dark here. While I agree the position is lost for black, I'm missing serious, immediate threats. Anyone?? Let's say after (poorly thought out move) 33. ...Rad8 ?
Jun-13-13  Nerwal: I am sure there are better wins, but 33... ♖ad8 34. ♖xd5 ♖xd5 (34... ♕xd5 35. ♕g6+ ♔h8 36 ♕xh6 mate) 35. ♕g6+ ♕xg6 36. fxg6+ ♔h8 (36... ♔xg6 37. ♘f4+ and ♘xd5) 37. ♗xg7+ ♖xg7 38. ♖e8+ ♖g8 39. ♖xg8+ ♔xg8 40. ♘f6+ ♔g7 41. ♘xd5 ♔xg6 42. ♘xb6 is a totally forceful one.
Jun-13-13  SilverLining: I see. So white gets to trade down to a two knights endgame with an extra pawn on either side of the board.. Indeed it's clearly winning. 'Nuf said, I suppose.
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  kevin86: Looks like black needs a Hort Transplant!lol
Jun-13-13  Abdel Irada: <kevin86: Looks like black needs a Hort Transplant!lol>

That one really horts.

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