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Mark Taimanov vs Boris Spassky
USSR Championship (1962), Yerevan URS , rd 6, Nov-28
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Gligoric-Taimanov System (E92)  ·  0-1

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Sep-09-13  jerseybob: I'm sure when Fischer was prepping for Taimanov in '71 he played over this game, and even though this exact line didn't pop up in the match, it's got that same Wild West feel of games #1 and 3, with the knight mad to occupy e6. I'm not sure about the move 9.Bh4; the Reshevsky-style Bc1 or Bd2 may be better. After Spassky's 12..Qe8, 13.Bg4 seems almost forced, but it opens the f-file, sticks a bone in white's throat with the pawn on g4 and leaves black with a strong bishop against a hapless knight. Later, with 40..Bg4! that same bishop snares the white rook which blundered over to the k-side a move earlier.
Nov-05-13  YoGoSuN: This game comes off as very strange to me: it's rare in the KID that Black gives White the e4 square and goes onto win!
Jan-18-14  jerseybob: YoGoSun: It depends what else white's got going beside the hold on e4. For example in some Benoni settings, e4xd5 instead of the usual c4xd5, can lead to a squeeze with no counterplay for black. But here, before white grabs control of e4, black already has a strong kingside attack.
Apr-08-15  A.T PhoneHome: In this ending position, Rook on h4 is done. Nice one by Boris Spassky!

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