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Mark Taimanov vs Robert James Fischer
Buenos Aires (1960), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 9, Jul-04
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Ragozin Defense (E46)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-11-05  RookFile: <MrSifter>

What happenned was told to me by
a well known tournament organizer
and director, who had heard this
from Larry Evans. Evans was at
the tournament, and hung out with
Fischer after the rounds were over,
and helped arrange various activities.

Aug-11-05  paul dorion: <Rookfile> Yes , various for sure. see:
Jan-15-06  woodenbishop: <MrSifter>

"The awful thing about chess is that there were no groupies. I hung out with Fischer a lot in the Buenos Aires tournament (the one Fischer did horribly in) and I introduced him to a young lady there. It was the first time he ever got laid. Later I asked him how he liked girls. 'I'd rather play chess,' he said."

-GM Larry Evans
(PAL BENKO: My Life, Games, and Compositions, 2003) page 422

Jun-21-07  Jake Robertson: BobbyBishop, That was hilarious.
Jun-22-07  Tomlinsky: Rumour has it that having achieved a position with sufficient counterplay chances he reached an endgame only to miscalculate and find a piece hanging.
Nov-28-07  HOTDOG: in ''Russian versus Fischer'' it's said that in the endgame Fischer played 15 consecutive strong moves in less than a minute
Nov-28-07  Riverbeast: <Fischer played 15 consecutive strong moves in less than a minute>

Are you talking about the chess game, or his first experience with the girl?

Aug-02-08  Vollmer: According to GM Soltis , Fischer missed a win with 39.Re1 threatening 40.Bf4 or 40.Bh6+ and 41.Bg7 . An interesting game with an interesting endgame (see Capablanca vs Janowsky 1916) .
Feb-23-09  WhiteRook48: sacrificial draw?!
Jul-27-09  WhiteRook48: Taimanov missed a win, Fischer was Black!
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  wordfunph: from the book The Ragozin Complex by Barsky..

<Astounded by the finish of the game, I (Taimanov) asked him, "Bobby. how did you manage to find this narrow drawing path, and so quickly?". "But there was nothing to find", replied a satisfied Bobby, with a smile. "A few years ago I saw in your magazine Shakhmaty v SSSR a detailed analysis of this endgame, by Averbakh, and I remembered all the variations very well.">

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  Phony Benoni: I believe Averbakh was analyzing this game:

Capablanca vs Janowski, 1916

Eerily similar ending.

Jun-14-12  Zugzwangovich: Soltis says that the move 24...Bc6 "avoids 25.b4" but I can't see any connection between the moves. Seems to me the latter is out in any case since b4 is already covered by two Black pieces. What am I missing?
Jun-14-12  Shams: <Zugzwangovich> Black's Bd7 is loose to White's rook, e.g. 24...pass 25.b4 winning a piece.
Jun-14-12  I play the Fred: <Shams>, your chess commentary has been <killing> it lately. Well done.
Jun-15-12  Shams: <I play the Fred> That fruit could not have been lower-hanging. =)
Jun-15-12  Zugzwangovich: Spot on, <Shams>. Thanks!
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  whiteshark: "After the game Taimanov inquired, <"Bobby how did you manage to save the situation and do it so quickly?"

<"I didn't have to do any thinking. Seven years ago your magazine, Shakhmaty v SSSR, printed a detailed analysis of this endgame [by Averbakh] and I just knew all the variations,">> was the astonishing reply of the American genius."

- Karsten Mueller

Jun-25-14  zborris8: - Instructive position: If Black blunders with 79...d6 instead of 79...a5, then white wins a tempo with 80.Bc5 Bc7, and can use this tempo to prevent the black king from defending in time.

Furthermore, the White king, pawn, and white bishop work together to run the black bishop off the key a5-d8 diagonal, with this idea:

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Fischer read about the Centurini Rule in b v b+p endgames to help him win. A Centurini Position is one where one of the two diagonals in front of the pawn is less than four squares in length. These are almost always won.

The Centurini Rule can be studied here with similar endgame examples:

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  fredthebear: It first appears that Bobby Fischer handed over both his Black knights rather easily. The first knight giveaway clears the square for his Black queen to check and fork the loose White bishop (she was being squeezed and needed the air). The second knight gift is harder to fathom, but it avoids minor piece exchanges that keep the Black king's pawn shield in tact and designs the structure of a future Greco's Mate on the h-file where the White king resides. The structure comes in handy later in the game. After 42...Rh8 Black's rook absolute pins the White queen on the open h-file, but White finds the useful 43.Rf8+ to force an unpin and exchange rooks. 44...Qf6 threatens back rank mate, so White maneuvers to exchange queens and reach the endgame. I prefer the blockade 46...Bg3 to maintain the mating threat. Instead, this gets played on the 49th move w/less effect, after the queens are exchanged.
May-13-18  jabinjikanza: Good fighting spirit by young Bob
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  plang: 6..Nc6 is referred to by some as the Taimanov variation; Fischer used it on several occasions. A few months later Fischer played the improvement 11..b5 against Gligoric at the Leipzig Olympiad although White went on to win. 15..Qe7?! is a very odd move; 15..Re8 looks better. 16..Nxd4? was a blunder but White would still have had an advantage after 16..Be5 17 Nd5..Qd6 18 Nf3..Rae8 19 Nxf6+..Bxf6 20 Bxf6. Taimanov missed the decisive line 19 gxf..Qxb2 20 Re2..Bc5+ 21 Kh1..Qd4 22 Bxf6..gxf 23 Qxd4..Bxd4 24 Rd1..c5 25 Rxd4..cxd 26 Nxf6+ and 27 Nxd7. Taimanov avoided 26 Be7..Bxe7 27 Nxe7+..Kh8 28 Nxc6..bxc but Barsky thought that White would have had good winni g chances after 29 Rac1. When playing 39 axb? (39 Re1 would have been winning) Taimanov missed that after 39..axb 40 Re1..Ra8 41 Bh6+..Ke7 42 Bg7 Black would have had the defense 42..Ra1! with equality. 45..Qf1+ would have drawn easily. The key move in the ending was 81..Kf4! coming at the pawn from the rear rather than 81..Kf5? which would have lost.

A great fighting game - Fischer played a shaky opening and middle game but played a great endgame to save the draw.

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  Penguincw: Ah, the only points Taimanov got off of Fischer in his career, in their 8 meetings.
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  FSR: <Penguincw> is correct.
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  FSR: Buenos Aires (1960) was the worst tournament of Fischer's life because he was spending his nights partying and getting laid by an Argentinian seƱorita, reportedly recruited by Larry Evans to, ah, initiate the 16-year-old Fischer. Evans finished +3 in the tournament. Fischer finished -2.
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