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Mark Taimanov vs Miguel Najdorf
"Wrath of the King's Indian" (game of the day Oct-02-2018)
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 4, Sep-05
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Neo-Classsical Line (E99)  ·  0-1



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Apr-15-09  MarbleSkull: 43... Ne2 followed by 44... Bg3 also wins, doesn't it?
Nov-22-09  Gouvaneur: I love this game! It is one of the first Kings Indian games I have studied, and one of the most beautiful, too. And I think it changed my attitude towards Engines, who have a hard time realizing the awsomeness and deepness of Black's play. I especially like Black's b5, not allowing White to break out at all.
Apr-17-11  Corndog2: Without a doubt, this is the best game ever played with the KID (there are others, but this one is spectacular). I play risky openings like this, such as the Najdorf, semi slav (can be), and sometimes the KID. All are risky, but if one can land an attack like this, you would be respected for the rest of your chess career!!!
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  Fusilli: After 33...Bh3!

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David Bronstein: "What a picture! The queen's wing is by now completely deserted, while seven pieces assail the white king; now the square g2 is attacked four times, and there is obviously nothing left to defend it with: on there follows mate in three moves, and 34...R:f3 is threatened too."

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  kingscrusher: This is meant to be a model game for the d5 pawn structure according to:

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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game here:

The game is a model seminal game for the d5 pawn chain which I have done a video previously here:

Dec-13-11  King Death: This was the game that caused White players of this variation to give up on 10.Be3. The line only really became popular again at the international level after this game: Korchnoi vs K Hulak, 1987.
Apr-26-14  morfishine: It was this game that caused me to favor the KID for quite awhile. For Nimzo or slav players, the KID is a valuable alternative, as long as one can confidently transpose between pirc and modern move-orders


Apr-26-14  Masterful Artisan: A chess game that works on two levels. Firstly as a purely pragmatic exercise in forced calculation, the frenzied bloodlust of a tactical melee, hand-to-hand, mano-e-mano, a world of tooth against nail and fist against foot, thrust and counterthrust. This could be described as the ‘simple descriptive’ description. I personally prefer the justice of a closer interpretative reading for this classic chess construction. For example, at the penultimate nadir of the sacrificial onslaught the H-file forms the impression of a Native American totem pole. The present characters in order of hierarchy are King, Bishop, Bishop, Knight, Knight. Surely this striking arrangement and the verticality of the image itself assists us in pausing to take note of traditional kinship structures, the diversity of patrilineal/matrilineal/extended systems of marriage residence, and the intricate interplay between the social and familial identities within Native American First Peoples societies.
Apr-26-14  cunctatorg: KID fans should cautiously study however the two Korchnoi's KID (as white) games mentioned above... His game vs. Xie Jun is a work of art and logic too!!
Apr-26-14  cunctatorg: Korchnoi's 13. Nb5 novelty in his game against Hulak isn't a surprise until you see its idea, the defensive (!!) manoeuvre Nc3-b5-a7 targeting Black's superweapon in this variation, namely Black's Bc8 ... after the "natural" reply 13... a6; however Black must somehow free his Queen who should operate against White's King without stop supporting his queen-side too much... Korchnoi's game against Xie Jun demonstrates that White has more weapons in his arsenal!...

My point is that Gligoric's and Najdorf's creations are real gems and support Black's case in this famous Mar der Plata variation, however "Theory" goes beyond GOTD and gems!!

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  mrknightly: Another pun might have been, "Taking time off."
Apr-26-14  cunctatorg: Last but not least, there is a great victory for White in a Polugaevsky-Tal (!!) 1980 game that took place during their Candidates match...
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  Fusilli: One of my favorite games ever. It was high time for it to be game of the day.
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  kevin86: Burgess Meredith was looking for a great role...and he finally got his chance when he played the loser in this game. His exclamation was:

Taimanov at last!

Oct-02-18  ossipossi: King'Indian Defense: forced loss variation
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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 20 dpa done

1. + / - (0.86): 13...c5 14.dxc6 bxc6 15.Rc1 Nf6 16.c5 d5 17.Nxe5 Qc7 18.Nd3 dxe4 19.fxe4 Be6 20.h4 h6 21.hxg5 hxg5 22.e5 Nh7 23.Bf3 Rad8 24.Be4 Rfe8 25.Qh5 Nf5 26.Rcd1

2. + / - (0.87): 13...b6 14.b4 a5 15.a3 Nf6 16.c5 Bd7 17.c6 Be8 18.Qc2 Bg6 19.h3 Bh8 20.Rfe1 axb4 21.axb4 Kg7 22.Nb5 Rxa1 23.Rxa1 Rf7 24.Bf1

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 21 dpa done

1. + / = (0.62): 12...b6 13.Nd3 Nf6 14.Rc1 Bb7 15.Qd2 c6 16.Rfd1 Rc8 17.a3 cxd5 18.cxd5 a6 19.Rc2 Nd7 20.Rdc1 Bf6 21.Bf1 b5 22.a4 bxa4 23.Nxa4 Rxc2 24.Qxc2 Kg7

2. + / = (0.65): 12...Bf6 13.Nd3 b6 14.b4 a5 15.a3 Ba6 16.Qb3 Rb8 17.Rac1 Kg7 18.Nb5 Ra8 19.Qc2 axb4 20.axb4 Kg8 21.Ra1 Kg7 22.Nc3 Bb7 23.c5 bxc5 24.bxc5 Rxa1 25.Rxa1

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 20 dpa done

1. + / = (0.54): 11...b6 12.Nd3 Bb7 13.Rc1 Nf6 14.Bg5 Rc8 15.Qa4 a5 16.Qb3 h6 17.Bd2 Ba6 18.Nf2 Nd7 19.Qc2 Nc5 20.b3 c6 21.Nd3 cxd5 22.Nxc5 bxc5 23.cxd5

2. + / = (0.60): 11...Rf7 12.Nd3 b6 13.Qd2 Bb7 14.Rad1 Nf6 15.Bg5 Qf8 16.a3 a5 17.Rc1 h6 18.Bh4 a4 19.Bf2 Rd8 20.Bd1 Ba6 21.Bxa4 Bxc4

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 21 dpa done

1. + / = (0.56): 10...f5 11.f3 b6 12.Nd3 Bb7 13.Qb3 Rb8 14.Rac1 Bf6 15.Qc2 f4 16.Bf2 Kg7 17.b4 c6 18.dxc6 Nxc6 19.Nd5 Ne7 20.Nxf6 Nxf6 21.b5 Rc8 22.Bh4

2. + / = (0.56): 10...b6 11.Nd3 f5 12.f3 Bb7 13.Qb3 Rb8 14.Rac1 Bf6 15.Qc2 f4 16.Bf2 Kg7 17.b4 c6 18.dxc6 Nxc6 19.Nd5 Ne7 20.Nxf6 Nxf6 21.b5 Rc8 22.Bh4

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 22 dpa

1. + / = (0.55): 9...Nd7 10.Nd3 b6 11.Bg5 f6 12.Be3 f5 13.f3 Bb7 14.Qb3 Rf7 15.Rad1 a5 16.Qc2 f4 17.Bf2 Bf6 18.Nb5 Kg7 19.Rc1 Rb8 20.Rcd1

2. + / = (0.56): 9...c6 10.a4 Ne8 11.Be3 f5 12.f3 Bd7 13.a5 fxe4 14.fxe4 Rxf1+ 15.Bxf1 Nf6 16.Be2 c5 17.Qd2 a6 18.h3 Rb8 19.Bg5 Qc7 20.Nf3 Rf8 21.b3 Qd8

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  Ron: I appreciate your analysis <cormier>

After 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6

Stockfish 9 gives :

8. d5 Ne7 9. Bd2 Nh5 10. Re1 f5 11. h3 Nf6 12. exf5 Nxf5 13. Bd3 Bd7 14. Bg5 h6 15. Bd2 c6 16. Qb3 Qb6 17. Qxb6 axb6 18. a3 Ne7 19. dxc6 bxc6 20. Nh4 Be6 21. Be3 c5 22. Bd2 Bf7 + (0.55--) Depth=30/40 0:02:50 214 MN

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Analysis by Houdini 4: d 23 dpa

1. = (0.12): 7...exd4 8.Nxd4 Re8 9.f3 Nc6 10.Be3 Nh5 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Qd2 Qe7 13.Bd1 Be5 14.Ba4 Bd7 15.c5 dxc5 16.Rad1 Rad8 17.Qf2 c4 18.g3 Qf6 19.Rd2 Bh3 20.Rfd1 Rxd2 21.Qxd2 Qxf3 22.Bxc6

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Analysis by Houdini 4 Pro w32: d 24 dpa done

1. + / = (0.27): 7.d5 Nbd7 8.Be3 Nh5 9.0-0 Nf4 10.Qd2 a5 11.Rfe1 Nc5 12.Bf1 Qf6 13.Bxc5 dxc5 14.g3 Nh3+ 15.Bxh3 Bxh3 16.Qe3 Rad8 17.Rad1 Bg4 18.Rd3 Qe7 19.a3 Qf6 20.Nb5 c6 21.Nc3 h6 22.Red1 Rd6 23.b3

2. + / = (0.27): 7.Be3 exd4 8.Nxd4 Nc6 9.Qd2 Ng4 10.Bxg4 Bxg4 11.0-0 Re8 12.f3 Bd7 13.Rad1 Be5 14.Nxc6 Bxc6 15.Nd5 Bxd5 16.cxd5 Qe7 17.Rf2 a6 18.Rc1 Rac8 19.Bg5 f6 20.Be3 Qd7 21.f4

3. = (0.20): 7.dxe5 dxe5 8.Bg5 Qxd1+ 9.Rxd1 Na6 10.Be3 b6 11.0-0 Bb7 12.Bd3 Ng4 13.Bc1 Nc5 14.Bc2 Rfd8 15.Bg5 Rxd1 16.Rxd1 Ne6 17.h3 Nxg5 18.Nxg5 Nf6 19.g3 h6 20.Nf3 Re8 21.Kg2

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  thegoodanarchist: No doubt Nakamura studied this game, more than once I'd bet!

You can see this game's influence on Naka in this gem:

W So vs Nakamura, 2015

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