Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Robert James Fischer vs Mark Taimanov
Fischer - Taimanov Candidates Quarterfinal (1971), Vancouver CAN, rd 6, Jun-01
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Szen Variation (B44)  ·  1-0



Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 27 times; par: 70 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 7 more Fischer/Taimanov games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: The Olga viewer allows you to get computer analysis by clicking the "ENGINE" link on the lower right.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.


Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-11-04  Shadout Mapes: The opening here does not look good. Taimanov lets his center get cut into bits and lets Fischer pick it off.
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: In earlier games of this match Fischer had shown how a bishop is better than a knight; here he does the opposite.
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: For losing this match Taimanov had all the black keys confiscated from his piano.
Jun-22-07  Petrosianic: Someone had once commented that a Reuben Fine would have played 15...Bxf5 to keep the two Bishops and dared White to make something out of the hole at d5. That looks a lot better, actually.
Aug-28-08  Ulhumbrus: After 26...Kd7 Black may have a winning advantage. He has the superior minor piece, and his King is ahead of White's King in development.
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: <Ulhumbrus: After 26...Kd7 Black may have a winning advantage. He has the superior minor piece, and his King is ahead of White's King in development.>

After 26...Kd7 a winning advantage? Black is a a pawn down, and White has no pawn weaknesses.

After 27 Ne2 White is poised to defend for awhile and gradually bring his King toward the center. I only see drawing chances for Black.

Aug-28-08  Ulhumbrus: <tamar> I stand corrected: White has picked a pawn up on d4 earlier, and Black has to have the equivalent of 3 tempi at least to make up for that alone. Perhaps Black does: After 22...Kd7,Black's King seems three moves ahead of White's King in development. If Black can make count that asset as well as others, he may have winning chances.

After 22 Rd1, 22..e5 may be better.

Mar-22-10  birthtimes: Fischer played this line against Najdorf in 66, but deviated here with 12. Nc4 rather than 12. Bc4 which he played against Najdorf.
Mar-22-10  birthtimes: Was Taimanov familiar with the 11...Qb6 line that gained Black a previous two wins (against no defeats) prior to this game? Matulovic defeated Schmidt in 1964 in 39 moves, and Schmidt defeated Serwinski even faster in 1969, taking only 32 moves to win.
Mar-22-10  birthtimes: And was Fischer (and Taimanov) familiar with the 13...Bxf5 line that Basman played in 1967 against Stephenson, which continued 14. Bd3 Bxd3 15. Qxd3 Bg7 16. Ne3 O-O 17. O-O-O Rc8 with Basman winning in 27 moves.
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Game related picture, after <13...Nxf5>:
Mar-27-12  RookFile: The opening approach is basically Paul Morphy's method of playing against the Sicilian:

Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858

Taimanov found a different way to get an early f5 in.

If it works out for black, he's got a super game.... if he survives first.

Nov-14-13  solskytz: A good pun for this one would be "at least I still have the piano"
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: Mark at least could have played 43...Rxb2+ for spite...
Oct-11-16  Howard: Taimanov, for obvious reasons, would hardly have been in any mood to play this game.
Dec-05-17  Mazymetric: After the event, Taimanov was famously reported to have said, "At least I still have my music." He wasn't being merely melodramatic: the consequences of this loss were to haunt him for years. Taimanov later recounted in an interview with Joel Lautier:

"Until the match with Fischer in 1971, everything went smoothly in my chess career. This dramatic match changed my life into hell."

"As Fischer himself admitted at the time, the final score did not reflect the true balance of strength. The terrible feeling that I was playing against a machine which never made any mistake shattered my resistance. Fischer would never concede any weakening of his position, he was an incredibly tough defender. The third game proved to be the turning point of the match. After a pretty tactical sequence, I had managed to set my opponent serious problems. In a position that I considered to be winning, I could not find a way to break through his defenses. For every promising idea, I found an answer for Fischer, I engrossed myself in a very deep think which did not produce any positive result. Frustrated and exhausted, I avoided the critical line in the end and lost the thread of the game, which lead to my defeat eventually. Ten years later, I found at last how I should have won that fatal game, but unfortunately, it didn't matter anymore! I have written a book about this match, entitled How I Became Fischer's Victim, it represents an essay on the American player and describes how I perceived his style and personality, once the match was over."

"The sanctions from the Soviet government were severe. I was deprived of my civil rights, my salary was taken away from me, I was prohibited from travelling abroad and censored in the press. It was unthinkable for the authorities that a Soviet grandmaster could lose in such a way to an American, without a political explanation. I therefore became the object of slander and was accused, among other things, of secretly reading books of Solzhenitsin. I was banned from society for two years, it was also the time when I separated from my first wife, Lyubov Bruk."

Apr-30-19  N.O.F. NAJDORF: When Taimanov's chess career was all but over in 1971, he still had his music.

When Fischer's chess career ended in 1972, he had nothing left except his anti-Semitism and descended into madness.

NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
position 7 in book
from Fischer: His Approach to Chess by E. Agur by howardb86
Round 6
from WCC Index [Fischer-Taimanov 1971] by Hesam7
Bobby Fischer's Path To World Champion
by foxmt
from Finales de Fischer by pepechuy
Candidates quarterfinals Game #6
from Road to the Championship - Bobby Fischer by nakul1964
zz40_R+B:R+N_(die kleine UNgleichheit)
by whiteshark
114 (32.?)
from Läufer gegen Springer (Varnusz) by Chessdreamer
Candidates quarterfinals Game #6
from Road to the Championship - Bobby Fischer by FRoeten
Robert J. Fischer Collection [White]
by MichaelMichael
Sicillian Defense
by JoseTigranTalFischer
Bobby Fischer's Path To World Champion
by LionHeart40
6-0 against taimanov
from fav Capablanca & Fischer games by guoduke
Fischer - Taimanov Candidates Quarterfinal (1971)
from Whitefish, MT is up FTB's alley! by fredthebear
Bobby Fischer: My 30 Memorable Games 1968-1972
by Runemaster
from Fischer's Record 20 Straight Wins 1970-1971 by mikevg
Better Bishop then Knight
by Bigc08
Game 83
from Veliki majstori saha 30 FISCHER (II) -Marovic by Chessdreamer
Vancouver m 1971 Rd.6
from Fischer vs The Russians by wanabe2000
fischer-taimanov game 6. last game.
from fischers road to world champion by chesschampion11

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us

Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC