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Isaac Boleslavsky vs Mark Taimanov
"Red Bol Gives You Wing" (game of the day Jul-30-2014)
USSR Championship (1952), Moscow URS, rd 15, Dec-20
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Ragozin Defense (E46)  ·  1-0



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Jul-30-14  rickycota: Didn't like it, seems like a blitz game for me
Jul-30-14  mrknightly: Can someone explain the "pun"?
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  OhioChessFan: It's a takeoff on a Red Bull ad campaign. Red Bull Gives You Wings.

Red Bol references the Russian Boleslavsky. I think "Red Bol Gives You Win" might have been a touch better since I'm not sure how "wing" applies. Maybe something like "to take wing" which means "to run away".

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  tamar: Red Bol Gives You Wing Pawns?
Without Taimanov to Enjoy It?
Jul-30-14  BattleSquare: why not 9...b4xc3; 10 b2xB - f6xe4 ?
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  kevin86: Unusual timing for resignation- I think he could have held out or resigned earlier.
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  perfidious: Black is quite lost in the final position; 38....f6 39.Bd5 and 38....h5 39.Rg5 look convincing.
Jul-30-14  ColeTrane: well he sure couldnt hold out longer but maybe resignes sooner wpuld make sense
Jul-30-14  mrknightly: Thanks <OhioChessFan>. Greetings from the Cleveland area.
Jul-02-15  zydeco: Too bad for Taimanov. He had 11 points out of 14 before this game and was running away with the tournament.

<Battle Square> If 9....Bxc3 10.bxc3 Nxe4 11.Re1 Nf6 12.d5 and white has an initiative. If 11....Nd6 12.Bd3 and white has a dangerous-looking attack for the pawn. Same thing after 11....Nxc3 12.Qc2 b5 13.Bd3 Nd5 14.Bxh7+.

I think black may have been able to steal a pawn with 15....Nxc3. The knight should be able to escape: if 16.a4 c6. White will definitely have an initiative, and better development, for the pawn, but black could be able to defend with queens off the board. Maybe Korchnoi would have done that -- but it's not Taimanov's style.

As the game goes, black's position collapses surprisingly quickly. The bishop expedition with 23....Bg4-f3-d1 definitely seems to be one culprit for black's defeat.

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