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Arthur Bisguier vs Mark Taimanov
Maroczy Memorial (1961), Budapest HUN, rd 3, Oct-16
Indian Game: West Indian Defense (E61)  ·  1-0



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  Domdaniel: A famous game, played between a Russian and an American at the height of the Cold War. According to Peter Tamburro (Chess Life column and book 'Learn from the Greats') the Hungarian audience celebrated Bisguier's win in style.

His piece sac, 17.f4! is actually sound - though both players made errors in the ensuing melee, and Taimanov was clearly winning for a time. He cracked, however, falling to a tactical punch -- and, not for the last time, suffered an embarrassing loss to an American.

One point of interest comes right after the first sac. Black's 18...Qg5 has been praised by commentators, including Tamburro: it should allow Black to survive after 19.Rf4, the move Bisguier played.

In fact the simple 19.Qxg5+ wins for White. After 19.Qxg5+ Kxg5 20.exd6 the Knight on c7 is trapped, and White regains the material with interest. Neither 20...Ne6 21.dxe6 Rxe6 22.Be2! Rxd6 23.Rxf7 h5 24.Nd5 nor 20...Ne5 21.dxc7! [21.Be2 is also good] Nxd3 22.Rxf7 Nxb2 23.d6 offer Black much hope. This line was probably overlooked because it's counter-intuitive: exchanges, especially Queens, are usually supposed to help the defender. But not here.

Bisguier was apparently on honeymoon in Hungary when this was played. His play has a certain, um, *virility* here which wasn't *always* apparent.

Sep-23-13  jerseybob: The move 6..Nfd7, sometimes played against Colle-like setups, and possibly bolstered by Nc6, can signal a coming e5 by black. But white's 7.Qd2 throws black into an irrational panic at trading bishops, and all other considerations such as tempos wasted, are thrown out the window. Black should just continue with the main mission,and after 7..Nc6 8.Bh6,e5 what's to fear?
May-27-15  Retireborn: According to Bisguier's book the actual finish to the game was 39.Kxg2 Rg8 40.Qxg8+ Kxg8 41.d6

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