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Viktor Korchnoi vs Mark Taimanov
Leningrad-chT (1963), Leningrad URS
Modern Defense: General (A41)  ·  1-0



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  Sally Simpson: ***

Ray Keene and Bill Hartston mention a story (apparently from Gufeld) in their Karpov - Korchnoi 1974 match book that it was Taimanov's birthday and he had a party planned for that night to which Korchnoi was invited.

The two were due to play each other in a "totally unimportant" league match. A quick draw was expected but Korchnoi dragged the game on and won. The party was cancelled.

However, Korchnoi says the occasion was an anniversary in his family and Taimanov and his wife were invited.

I cannot find any other information, this might be the game in question. It's long enough and does not appear to be from a tournament. (just curious).

Link takes you to Korchnoi mentioning his wife crying because by playing chess he cancelled the party.

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  Stonehenge: This tournament can be found here:

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  Stonehenge: According to Di Felice it was played in July.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Thanks Stonehenge,

Taimanov's Birthday was in February, Korchnoi's is in March, his wedding anniversary was also in March (married March 1958). So if this is the tournament, and it looks a good candidate, then I wonder (though I am not losing any sleep over it) what the occasion was. Taimanov married his first wife 'early in 1947' cannot as yet get the exact date.


Feb-14-19  wtpy: Well you have to like the king march to b6 along with the threat to mate first on the back rank and then the a file finally culminating in winning the bishop. It was well done even at the cost of upsetting his wife.
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