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Lajos Portisch vs Mark Taimanov
Budapest (1959)
English Opening: Agincourt Defense (A13)  ·  0-1



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Aug-24-03  refutor: quite an unusual set up by portish (4. Qg4) and some unusual replies by taimanov (9. ... Rh7 looks strange until you realize the idea behind it)
Feb-13-05  Victor A N Gustavo: Taimanov played very well.
Oct-14-07  Erdkunde: It's amusing how quickly decisive Black's counterattack is once White's early aggression has been stifled.
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  Domdaniel: The latter part of the game is a beautifully efficient kill by Taimanov, ripping White apart while wrecking hope of counterplay.

But the opening is fascinating too, not least for its transpositional possibilities (Agincourt is just a generic name for 1.c4 e6 -- French vs English): it begins as a Kangaroo (or Keres) Defence, where 3.d4 would be the mainline, and could lead to a Bogo-Indian, Nimzo-Indian, or Dutch. Instead White's 3.e4 is in the spirit of the Flohr-Mikenas, and Qg4 is common in lines (French Winawer, some Kan Sicilians, etc) where g7 has been weakened. Black's ...c5 is interesting, contesting d4 but preventing the Bishop retreat. And ...Kf8 seems justified.

All the themes are known from more mainstream lines, but combine here in an unusual way. Portisch was/is a 1.c4 English Opening specialist whose style drew comparisons with Botvinnik. Taimanov's play is more like Korchnoi, grabbing pawns in 'heroic defence' mode while simultaneously preparing a counter-attack.

And the conventionally castled White King proves weaker than its walkabout opposite number.

I could just say 'nice game', I suppose. Or paste in some engine spew to sound authoritative.

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  GrahamClayton: When you play moves like 12. ♗d1, 14. ♘c2 and 17. ♕h2 you know you are in trouble!
Aug-06-13  TheFocus: Taimanov in <Selected Games> said that this game was from Leningrad.
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  Honza Cervenka: Be silent, and come out of him!:-)

Nice game by Taimanov.

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