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King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov (E99)
1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 Bg7 4 e4 d6 5 Nf3 O-O 6 Be2 e5
7 O-O Nc6 8 d5 Ne7 9 Ne1 Nd7 10 f3 f5

Number of games in database: 1366
Years covered: 1952 to 2023
Overall record:
   White wins 43.4%
   Black wins 28.6%
   Draws 28.0%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Dmitry Gurevich  28 games
Viktor Korchnoi  27 games
Pal Kiss  19 games
Mark Hebden  15 games
Varlam Vepkhvishvili  15 games
Teimour Radjabov  10 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
So vs Ding Liren, 2015
Larsen vs Tal, 1965
Korchnoi vs K Hulak, 1987
Piket vs Kasparov, 1989
Taimanov vs Najdorf, 1953
Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1991
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 page 1 of 55; games 1-25 of 1,366  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E German vs K Poschauko  1-0631952Helsinki Olympiad qual-2E99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
2. B Sandor vs E Gereben 1-0411952Hungarian ChampionshipE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
3. Taimanov vs Aronin 1-0401952USSR ChampionshipE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
4. Taimanov vs Bronstein 1-0411952USSR ChampionshipE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
5. R Teschner vs Gilg  1-0411953FRG Ch 02ndE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
6. Y Shaposhnikov vs G Borisenko  0-1411953URS-ch sf LeningradE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
7. Furman vs Koblents  ½-½561953URS-ch sf Rostov-on-DonE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
8. Szabo vs Spassky 0-1291953BucharestE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
9. Eliskases vs Gligoric 0-1421953Mar del PlataE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
10. Najdorf vs P Trifunovic ½-½411953Mar del PlataE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
11. A Beni vs Euwe  0-1401953Clare Benedict CupE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
12. J M Boey vs F Olafsson  ½-½261953World Junior Championship qual-1E99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
13. H Berliner vs C Henin  1-036195354th US OpenE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
14. Taimanov vs Najdorf 0-1431953Zuerich CandidatesE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
15. Vidmar vs R G Wade  ½-½271953OpatijaE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
16. G Kluger vs I Solin  1-0371954Prague / Marianske Lazne ZonalE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
17. E Gereben vs J Szily  0-1431954Hungarian ChampionshipE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
18. Gligoric vs A Lukic ½-½781955Yugoslav ChampionshipE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
19. J Skacel vs J Polak  1-0451955Czechoslovak Army ChampionshipE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
20. Portisch vs P Dely  ½-½361956Alekhine MemorialE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
21. T Salo vs R Dworzynski 0-1471956Moscow Olympiad Final-BE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
22. B Moller vs B De Greiff  1-0521956Moscow Olympiad Final-BE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
23. L Endzelins vs B Kazic  1-0401957ICCF Olympiad III preliminaryE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
24. Lilienthal vs Y Kots  ½-½311957Ukrainian ChampionshipE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
25. Benko vs Pachman  ½-½351958Portoroz InterzonalE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-17-04  ruylopez900: The very last ECO code! It's over!!!! :D
Premium Chessgames Member
  waddayaplay: Yes, and the master of creativity Taimanov raps it up :)
Mar-26-04  morphyvsfischer: Don't be fooled by the statistics: they have no place in this game. If Black can find a neat sacrifice on the Kside that often takes a mind like Fischer's or Kasparov's to find, then Black has just as good chances as White. I refuse to let statistics throw off my pet opening!
Premium Chessgames Member
  waddayaplay: Why is it called Taimanov-Aronin anyways?
Apr-08-04  Benjamin Lau: Lol ruylopez. Funny thing is that the opening is named after Taimanov, but his first game here is with white, and it's a loss!
Apr-08-04  ughaibu: A lot of Kings Indians are named for the white strategy: Averbach, Petrosian, main line fianchetto, Saemisch... The same thing happens with the Nimzo Indian, likewise there are lots of Ruy Lopez lines named after the black strategy.
Apr-08-04  Benjamin Lau: You're right ughaibu, for some reason it just didn't cross my mind. I still don't understand why the name is after Taimanov though since he lost... Rubinstein's Rubinstein Nimzo against Alekhine also ended 0-1.
Apr-08-04  alfredazzopardi: Yes it is true but Taimnaov is a great and it is an advantage for marketing that openings are named after famous players. At his prime, Taimanov was being seen as a possible World Champion!!
Apr-08-04  acirce: I play this as Black in case anyone wondered.
May-08-04  zorro: A question to all KI players: why is it that black plays 9...a5 after 9.Nd2 and doesn't do likewise after 9. Ne1? Thank you
May-08-04  acirce: Hmm.... one thing - with 9. Nd2 white is planning to get the knight to c4 after b4 and c5. 9...a5 is designed to slow this plan down. Personally I play 9...c5 much more often though - stopping it altogether! After 9. Ne1 Black doesn't need to think of urgent action on the queenside in the same way so he should immediately start play on the kingside with 9...Nd7 or 9...Ne8 and then f5 etc etc. At least this is what I think. Better players than me should fill in or correct me.
Premium Chessgames Member
  waddayaplay: <acirce> sounds very good.

I'm guessing black does play a5 later, as b4, at some time, is almost required for white in a position like this, expanding on the q-side.

May-08-04  MoonlitKnight: There shouldn't be any reason not to name the opening after Taimanov even though his first game with it was a loss. The point is that he introduced a new opening idea.
May-09-04  Tecumseh: This line was largely pioneered by Svetozar Gligoric and is also known as the Mar Del Plata variation, which was the venue of the tournament where he first played it winning games against Najdorf and Eliskases as black.
May-09-04  acirce: <waddayaplay> I think you're right.
Oct-13-05  aw1988: Very effective here is Portisch's weapon against the KID: 11. g4!?
Nov-19-05  KingG: Here is a nice game in this variation Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1991.
Aug-07-06  gambitfan: Below a message I have just posted at Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran (D49) ; it is a comparison between the two lines...

Hi everybody !

Let's have a look at COE (Chess Opening Explorer)...

With 136 141 games, 1 d4 is the second most common first move behind 1 e4 (193 024 games)...

If after playing 1 d4 you play on COE the statistically most common moves, you obtain following series :

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 a6 9. e4 c5 10. e5 cxd4 11. Nxb5...

This is the line above with a transposition of moves concerning the four first moves...

COE's database gives 226 games happening from 1925 until 2006...

Since I am (like Bobby Fischer) a 1.e4 player, I concentrate on Black winning games : there are 61 of them (27% of 226).

Among Black winning games with great players, there are :

Miles vs Kasparov, 1986

Van der Sterren vs Shirov, 1995

Kan vs Botvinnik, 1953

Lilienthal vs Botvinnik, 1941

The position of most common line apparently held by Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran (D49) might in fact be challenged by one of the King's Indian lines...

After 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 you have :

2... e6 (33 320 games)
2... g6 (21 228 games)

At the second move QGD "beats" the King's Infian but 2...e6 also leads to Queen's Indian, Nimzo Indian,... while 2...g6 is less "split"...

After 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 we obtain 4 220 games

After 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O (King's Indian most common line) we obtain 6 982 games, which makes KI more common than QGD after the 5th move...

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. Ne1 Nd7 10. Nd3 f5 11. Bd2 gives 262 games, which, after the 11th move for White, makes the King's Indian, Orthodox, Aronin-Taimanov (E99) more common than the Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran (D49)

After 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 COE gives 3. Nf3 (18 768 games) as the most common 3rd move before 3. Nc3 (16 405 games)...

If 3. Nc3 is played, then 3... Bb4 (13 640 games) is by far more common and more aggressive (25.3% Black winning chances) than 3... d5 (6 044 games, 18.5% Black winning)

3. Nc3 clearly incitates Black to play the Nimzo Indian by far more aggressive... 3. Nc3 is a "sharpening" move...

3. Nf3 avoids the Nimzo-Indian ansd seems to "force" Black to answer 3... d5, which leads to a "quieter" game...

3. Nf3 is a "softening" move leading to a "stable" game...

Jun-12-07  granyid: Just got an information on this..nice observation. I too play E99 if have chance for Black in bear with almost all my games is a fighting one whether i lost or win..

that was in our club..10 pesos in 10 minutes game bet...

Mar-14-09  WhiteRook48: the last ECO code!

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