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Wolfgang Unzicker vs Mark Taimanov
Stockholm Interzonal (1952), Stockholm SWE, rd 8, Sep-26
Sicilian Defense: Boleslavsky. General Variation (B58)  ·  0-1



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Sep-08-02  bishop: White is completely bottled up, the final position leaves him with hardly any moves. An impressive performance by Taimanov.
Jan-25-05  Kadimo: I'm looking for the game Panov vs Taimanov Moscoww 1952
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  tpstar: <Kadimo> I'm afraid that one is not in this database =
Jun-16-07  sanyas: Unzicker retreats his knight from c3 to b1, then moves it over to d2 - and then he spends six tempi getting his king's knight over from f3 to b1. What a strategy.
Apr-24-09  whiteshark: Unzicker has changed beyond recognition in this game.
Apr-24-09  ILikeFruits: look at...
the horse...
May-27-09  marknierras: A nice example of mounting an attack and focusing on one weakness. You can see how black zeroed in on c1... great game!
Apr-10-12  Jaburu: From 14...Nc7 to 21...g6 Taimanov practiced the "reinforcement of the position". After the rupture central 24...d5, he begins a decisive attack to queen side. Notable example of the stratagem "reinforcement of the position".
Sep-12-12  shakman: Twin game? Unzicker vs Taimanov, 1960
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  perfidious: <shakman> It is, and I've submitted a correction slip to eliminate the other.

Pachman annotated this game in Modern Chess Strategy; it's a fine example of what may happen to White if he should play passively against the Sicilian.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: A great demonstration of the dynamism of the ...e5 Sicilian despite the backward Pd6. Taimanov played his Rs to the c-file, kept an eye on the ‘weak’ d5 square, took control over all the other central squares then finally a decisive break with 24... d5. In the final position, White gave up although he had not lost any material as yet, and most of his pieces were on the board, but he hardly had a move to his name. Among other things, Black threatens ...Nd4-f5-e3 or g3.
Aug-31-18  Kencha: Is there a complete analysis of this game ?
Aug-31-18  WorstPlayerEver: 13. Bd2 is a better move.
Jan-13-21  tessathedog: Kencha, yes, there is, in Jusupov’s training series. Volume 7, the first of the green ‘mastery’ volumes. It’s an illustrative game in the chapter on backward pawns.
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  scutigera: I haven't looked at any analysis, but I'm pretty sure that Unzicker played 15 Nb1 and 16 Nd2 with the expectation of playing Nf3-h2-f1-e3 and finally Pc4, discovered that Taimanov had busted his preparation, tried to find other ways to make Pc4 happen, then tried to find ways to save the game without c4, then discovered he had run out of moves. Not so much a case of passive play as an illustration of Reuben Fine's maxim, "The trouble with many esoteric ideas is that they fail against the moves a well-instructed child would pick." <Jonathan Sarfati> has described Black's quite simple system, and it fits the Sicilian pawn structure a lot better than White's plan does.
Jul-27-22  cehertan: If you just maneuver around in a white Sicilian and do not attack you have to be very skilled not to get smushed.
Jul-27-22  Granny O Doul: Edmar Mednis said it best:"If you muddle around--this will be bad".

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