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Mark Taimanov vs Georgy Borisenko
USSR Championship (1956), Leningrad URS , rd 17, Feb-06
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Panno Variation (E63)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Taimanov had to win the last three games of the USSR championship in order to tie Spassky and Averbakh and join them in a three-way playoff (which he won--perhaps his greatest triumph). This was the third game, and a strange one indeed. Winning a pawn with 31.Qxg5+ might have been too risky, but I don't get why Taimanov sacrificed a pawn with 31.Ne6, and I don't get why Borisenko chose 34...Nxf6 giving it back.
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  Honza Cervenka: I don't think that 31.Ne6 was a sac of Pawn. I guess it was an oversight. 34...exf6 looks a bit passive and I see nothing wrong with 34...Nxf6. 36...Nxg3 was a mistake. Instead of that 36...Rf8! with a threat 37...Rf2, 38...Rg2+ and 39....N(x)g3# was better.

Of course, 31.Qxg5+ Kh8 32.Ne6 (or 32.Nf5) was the way to go.

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