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Gideon Stahlberg vs Mark Taimanov
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 9, Sep-13
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation Nimzowitsch Attack (E15)  ·  0-1



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Dec-24-10  xombie: Surprised that this game hasn't received any comments. I saw this in Kotov's think like a GM book, in the file domination theme.
Dec-24-10  xombie: The final tactic is if 43. fxe3 then 43 .. Rc2 wins the B. But it's very interesting that black went kingside after causing paralysis.

Here are some comments from the book.

After move 21 ... Rc2!.

"The rook is not going to go on the rampage, capturing material to left and right, but its hypnotic glance will spread confusion in the enemy ranks. White's forces will have to stand passively by as the rook induces slow paralysis".

"22. Nxe4 (last move, Black could have won two minor pieces for a rook by 21 .. Rxc1 and 22 .. Nxd2 but decided that he could get more by the occupation of the seventh rank. Stahlberg's nerves give way and he decides to remove the dangerous knight) 22 .. dxe4 23. a3 h5 (now he comes in with a kingside attack) 24. d5 R8c4 25 Rd1 exd5 26. Bd2 Qf6 27. Rab1 h4 28. Qa4 Qf5 29. Qxa7 Bf8."

"This lets White exchange queens and so prolong the game, whereas 29 ... Bg5 would allow Black to decide matters by a direct attack on the king. There's no accounting for tastes, and in the ending the Leningrad grandmaster quietly realised his advantage and forced resignation on move 42".

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  plang: 8 Ne5? did not work out well, 8 Bf4 looks like an improvement. 10 Re1? prepared e4 but White never got the chance; 10 cxd..cxd 11 Qxe8+..Rxe8 12 Re1 would have led to approximate equality. with 13 Nb1 Stahlberg avoided the pawn weaknesses that would have occurred after 13 Na4..Bb5 but, in the process, fell way behind in development.

Uhlmann after 14..Qxc6: "White has emerged from the opening with a clear positional disadvantage. The queen and knight have had to retreat to their starting positions. White has no pawn weaknesses but in view of Black's anticipated doubling the open c-file is a great disadvantage for White. The three factors of space advantage, lead in development and the open file with the entry square at c2 form the basis of Black's victory."

Stahlberg's 17 Bf1?! seems very illogical leaving him weak on the light squares. If 20 Bd2 then White is helpless after 20..Ne4 (not 20..Rc2? 21 Bc3!) and if 21 Rac1?..Nxd2 22 Qxd2..Qxa2 and Black is winning. Taimanov's 21..Rc2 maintaining his positional advantage was stronger than winning material with 21..Rxc1. If 25 dxe..Qxe6 then the dual threat of 26..Rxc1 27 Rxc1..Rxc1 winning a piece and 26..h4 and ..h3 leave White in a hopeless position.

Jun-08-13  dmvdc: On 8...Qe8!, from p. 57 of Karpov & Matsukevich, Find the Right Plan with Anatoly Karpov (Batsford 2008):

<A subtle preparatory move. The queen not only reinforces the c6 square (preparing d7-d5), but is also positioned to exert pressure on the b5 point, which allows Black to undertake his planned advance b6-b5.>

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