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Mark Taimanov

Number of games in database: 2,318
Years covered: 1938 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2386
Highest rating achieved in database: 2590
Overall record: +850 -354 =1089 (60.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 25 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (185) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Nimzo Indian (147) 
    E46 E54 E41 E59 E58
 English (103) 
    A13 A16 A10 A15 A11
 King's Indian (98) 
    E97 E95 E91 E94 E92
 Orthodox Defense (62) 
    D50 D58 D55 D56 D61
 English, 1 c4 e5 (55) 
    A22 A21 A25 A23 A28
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (449) 
    B46 B44 B43 B28 B47
 Sicilian Taimanov (182) 
    B46 B47 B49 B48
 Nimzo Indian (123) 
    E40 E46 E39 E21 E54
 King's Indian (65) 
    E62 E91 E97 E70 E60
 Bogo Indian (60) 
 English (55) 
    A13 A15 A10 A17 A16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Karpov vs Taimanov, 1977 0-1
   Taimanov vs A Shashin, 1978 1-0
   Taimanov vs Polugaevsky, 1960 1-0
   Taimanov vs Fischer, 1960 1/2-1/2
   Taimanov vs Petrosian, 1953 1-0
   Unzicker vs Taimanov, 1952 0-1
   Taimanov vs Averbakh, 1953 1-0
   Taimanov vs Lisitsin, 1949 1-0
   Taimanov vs Geller, 1953 1-0
   Stahlberg vs Taimanov, 1953 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1956)
   URS-ch sf Leningrad (1954)
   Hoogovens (1970)
   USSR Championship (1952)
   USSR Championship (1954)
   Copenhagen (1965)
   Capablanca Memorial (1967)
   USSR Championship (1962)
   Budapest (1965)
   Capablanca Memorial (1964)
   USSR Championship (1965)
   Przepiorka Memorial (1950)
   Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970)
   Zuerich Candidates (1953)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   0ZeR0's Favorite Games Volume 54 by 0ZeR0
   0ZeR0's Favorite Games Volume 53 by 0ZeR0
   Taimanov's Selected Games (Taimanov) by Chessdreamer
   Taimanov's Selected Games (Taimanov) by hakkepof
   Games from Taimanov's Book: TAIMANOV'S SELECTED by Malacha
   Games from Taimanov's Book: TAIMANOV'S SELECTED by nakul1964
   T Players Tease Fredthebear by fredthebear
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by Scotsgeek
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by cassiooo
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by DrOMM
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by isfsam
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by smarticecream
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by uril

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(born Feb-07-1926, died Nov-28-2016, 90 years old) Russia
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Mark Yevgenyevich Taimanov was born in Kharkov, Ukraine (formerly USSR) and was awarded the IM title in 1950 and the GM title in 1952. Despite this, he never devoted himself fully to chess, splitting his time and talents between the game and his career as a concert pianist. He still enjoyed several tournament successes over his lengthy career, particularly in the years 1950 to 1956 when he was considered to be among the top ten players in the world. He was a World Championship Candidate in 1953 and 1971, finishing 8th in the 1953 tournament, while in the Fischer - Taimanov Candidates Quarterfinal (1971), he famously lost to Fischer 6-0. Although he never beat Fischer, he won many games against world champions, beating Botvinnik (twice), Smyslov (thrice), Tal (thrice), Petrosian (four times), Spassky (thrice), and Karpov.

He was more successful in national tournaments: he played in 23 USSR Championships from 1948 to 1976, which is a record equaled only by Efim Geller. In the 1952 Soviet Championship, he tied for first with Mikhail Botvinnik, but lost to him in their playoff for the title*. However, he won the title in 1956 after a play-off with Yuri L Averbakh and Boris Spassky. Playing hors concours, he won the Latvian Championship in 1949, and the Leningrad Championship in 1948, 1950, 1951, 1961 (jointly) and 1973. In 1993 and 1994 he won the World Senior Championship. In 2008, he played in his last FIDE rated tournament.

Taimanov has authored important opening works on the Dutch and Nimzo-Indian Defences, and on the Reti Opening. As an opening theoretician, he left a legacy of openings that bear his name, including a variation in the Benoni, the King's Indian, and most notably the Sicilian, Taimanov Variation (B46) (1.e4 c5 2.♘f3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.♘xd4 ♘c6 5.♘c3 a6).

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Wikipedia article: Mark Taimanov

Last updated: 2021-05-18 23:22:36

 page 1 of 93; games 1-25 of 2,318  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lisitsin vs Taimanov 0-1301938Telephone MatchC45 Scotch Game
2. Taimanov vs Panov 1-0311944URS-ch sfB83 Sicilian
3. V Makogonov vs Taimanov 1-0211944URS-ch sfE70 King's Indian
4. Taimanov vs Koblents 1-0441944Ch URS (1/2 final)C11 French
5. V Chekhover vs Taimanov  0-1681944URS-ch sfE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
6. Taimanov vs A Model 1-0231945Leningrad ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
7. Taimanov vs K Vinogradov  ½-½371945Leningrad ChampionshipD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
8. Taimanov vs G Zachodiakin 1-0231945Ch Trade Unions (team)C74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
9. Ragozin vs Taimanov 1-0261945Leningrad ChampionshipB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
10. Lisitsin vs Taimanov 0-137194620th Ch LeningradD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Taimanov vs V Chekhover  1-0381946LeningradE41 Nimzo-Indian
12. Taimanov vs E Kuzminykh  0-154194620th Ch LeningradC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
13. Taimanov vs M Katetov  ½-½421946Leningrad-PragueC16 French, Winawer
14. M Katetov vs Taimanov  0-1401946Leningrad-PragueA15 English
15. A Budo vs Taimanov  0-141194721st Ch LeningradD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Taimanov vs E Kuzminykh  ½-½36194721st Ch LeningradB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
17. Lisitsin vs Taimanov  0-1371947LeningradD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. V Mikenas vs Taimanov  ½-½331947URS-ch sfD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. Taimanov vs E Kuzminykh  1-0471947URS-ch sfB41 Sicilian, Kan
20. Taimanov vs N Kopilov 1-0521947URS-ch sfB10 Caro-Kann
21. Taimanov vs Lisitsin  ½-½961947URS-ch sfE46 Nimzo-Indian
22. A Batuev vs Taimanov  ½-½411947URS-ch sfE46 Nimzo-Indian
23. Taimanov vs Aronin ½-½531947URS-ch sfD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
24. V Zagorovsky vs Taimanov  0-1381947URS-ch sfC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. Sokolsky vs Taimanov  ½-½181947URS-ch sfC55 Two Knights Defense
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Nov-29-16  schnarre: ...R.I.P. GM Taimanov
Nov-29-16  cunctatorg: Just to quote a <paavoh's> post from above: <Sad, sad news, ... An era is ending.>

Well, many of the men and women of this era lived in the midst of a worldwide turmoil, tragedy and horrors but they proved that they were -more or less- able to fight for a better world and they delivered to us a inheritance of determination and respect for life, they fought <against the dying of the light>...

Hence, I hope that they also delivered to us a strong and convincing example!! These are the main reasons I have great respect for many a man of that era!

Nov-29-16  Dionysius1: <Howard> How does one favor a baby? Is that the same as fathering a baby?
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  HeMateMe: searched the Times to see if there was a Taimonov obit. The last article was from 1971, something to with a fellow named Bob, and the number 20:


Nov-30-16  Howard: Alright, wiseguy, I meant "father a baby". I think the phone rang when I was typing that comment.

Ya got me there !

Nov-30-16  zanzibar: Here's McClain's NYT obit of Taimanov:


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  HeMateMe: from the obit:

"That same year Mr. Taimanov tied for first with Mr. Botvinnik in the Soviet championship, but he lost a playoff for the title. He tied for first again in 1956, but this time he prevailed in a playoff against Mr. Spassky and Yuri Averbakh. Altogether, he played in <23 Soviet championships,> a record he shared with Efim Geller."

It's amazing to me that a person would have the time required to excel in both pursuits. Seems rare.

Dec-01-16  zanzibar: <It's amazing to me that a person would have the time required to excel in both pursuits. Seems rare.>

Which two pursuits? Chess and fathering a child at 77?

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  HeMateMe: ...a man of rare talents! He knew how to tickle the ovaries.
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  Check It Out: <HMM> Okay, that was a good one.
Dec-01-16  Dionysius1: <Howard> You're right - that was a mean little comment of mine. Apologies
Dec-01-16  zanzibar: <HMM> manages to take the cake with this one...

Mark Taimanov (kibitz #281)

Hereby nominated as the absolute worst pun on <CG>, evah!

Dec-01-16  zanzibar: PS- this must the classical music part of town, what with all the long-hairs.
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  WannaBe: <Z> Well, I got long hares, waddayagot? Big Geyser?


Dec-01-16  zanzibar: <WannaBe> you are indeed, the longest hare - hardy-har-har.

(And, let it said, the general conductor of most of the craziness in these "parts"!)

Dec-01-16  lost in space: R.I.P. Majestro
Dec-02-16  zanzibar: I like the photo of the old Taimanov over here:

Dec-03-16  Ron: After reading the chessbase article on Mark Taimanov, I take it that he excelled in the finer things in life: chess, music, and women:

Dec-15-16  vonKrolock: An entire page obituary on the November 30th edition of "The Times" illustrated with (a o) a large photo of "young" Taimanov (in fact a known portrait of Leonid Stein!) Details on the Feature Article "Chess: Mistaken Identity" (Thanks again Mr Winter!)
Feb-07-17  Sularus: didn't know he died last year.
Feb-07-17  Sularus: happy birthday, RIP
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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Mark Taimanov.
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  ketchuplover: All hail the upcoming inductee into the World Chess HOF :)
Nov-03-19  Jean Defuse: ...

<'A brilliant Taimanov combination'>


[Event "Simultaneous exhibition"]
[Site "UdSSR"]
[Date "1964.??.??"]
[White "Taimanov, Mark E"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "1-0"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "

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1. Bc4 Qxc4 2. Rxg7+ Kh8 3. Bxe5 Qxc2 4. Rf8+ Rxf8 5. Rxg6+ Rf6 6. Bxf6# 1-0


Nov-03-19  ewan14: Nice , nice
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