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Boris Spassky vs Mark Taimanov
USSR Championship (1956), Leningrad URS
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Wormald Attack (C77)  ·  0-1



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Jul-06-09  Knight13: Black had a very strong knight.

Then trades it into a good bishop vs bad bishop ending. With a weak pawn on d3.

Jun-07-10  guybrush: 44..? Black to play is a good puzzle position. 44..Bc3! 45 Rc2 Rxd1, and now if 46 Rxc3, black has 46..Qa2+, leading to Kh3 and Rh1#. 44 Rd2 looks like a blunder, but white's position already looks very cramped.
Jul-08-14  Bowen Island: Pawn Play: Creating Weaknesses

Hellsten starts with Black's 11th move with a small combination "softening up" the d4 square. By Black's 18th move Black has carried out his mission.

Moves 21-29 allows Black to reposition his N on d4, its optimal square.

Next Black limits White's counter-play and any attempts to improve his position.

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  zydeco: A model of positional control.

Taimanov improves on Spassky vs Estrin, 1954 with 10....Rb8. There, Estrin played ....b4 before a4, and white got to exchange his light-squared bishop via the a4 square. In this game the light-squared bishop becomes a tremendous liability.

Sep-23-17  Toribio3: Taimanov is a great Russian GM. He contributed good theories on opening like the Taimanov Variation in Kings Indian and Sicilian Defense. Unfortunately, he was not able to level up his skills to become a chess contender for the world crown. As a chess player, he is a gentleman and well respected by his peers.
Sep-24-17  Petrosianic: <Unfortunately, he was not able to level up his skills to become a chess contender for the world crown.>

A two time candidate is a contender by definition.

Sep-25-17  Howard: Not so sure about that point. In most of the Candidates competitions--such as Zurich 1953--at least half of the players simply had no chance of taking first place in the tournament. Their qualifying was simply a formality and little else.

As for Taimanov's making it in 1971, didn't I read somewhere that there was something fishy about that? Something to do with his last-round opponent in the Palma interzonal, who was observed filing his nails just before the game started....

Nov-06-17  edubueno: BS empezó como casi siempre, horrible.
Jul-23-19  King.Arthur.Brazil: If White plays 49. ♕c6 ♖h1+ 50. ♔xh1 ♕h3+ 51. ♔g1 ♗d4#. Also if 49.♕c4 ♗d4 50. ♖g2 ♖h1+ 51. ♔xh1 ♕h3+ 52. ♖h2 ♕f1#. Black resigns correctly.

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