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Yuri L Averbakh vs Mark Taimanov
Zuerich Candidates (1953), Zuerich SUI, rd 21, Oct-07
Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack. Leonhardt Variation (B88)  ·  1-0



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Sep-15-02  bishop: 11...b5 was premature and punished appropriately. Taimanov surely saw 18.Qxh5! but could not find anything to do against it.
Mar-05-04  erikcu: I predicted to about move 20 but after that I had a difficult time predicting black's responses. Does white have a distinct advantage by this point?
Mar-05-04  drukenknight: what about 14 f5?
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  Honza Cervenka: <Does white have a distinct advantage by this point?> He has two pawns and better play. Black could resign there.
Mar-05-04  uponthehill: Very easy puzzle.
Mar-05-04  rodolpheb: What about 18. Nd5 ?
Premium Chessgames Member We were, at first, going to offer the problem to find 16.♗xe6! but Herr Fritz demonstrated that the position is unclear after refusing the gift with 16...♘f6
Premium Chessgames Member 18.♘d5 ♗xe6
Mar-05-04  gilbertv: These are getting way too easy even I figured it out!
Mar-05-04  Netheron: Actually, I find this game really unusual compared to most of the puzzles shown here, in one interesting respect. This one goes all the way to the checkmate instead of an almost immediate resignation. Seems like the games that I play against my computer, with a machine's never say die attitude on the part of Taimanov. Personally, I respect a player more for fighting until the bitter end than the lackadasial attitude that resulted in all those draws at the tournament yesterday.
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  beenthere240: It might be interesting to have us look for the best defense (altho it's a different kind of puzzle). In other words, show the game after 16.Bxe6 and challenge the viewer to find 16...Nf6. And I'm sure there are a lot more dramatic examples of defense. Of course, repelling or sidestepping an attack isn't very sexy, but knowing how to do so will help win games.
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  kevin86: The game is very neat-how white moves the knight. The solution is as easy as finding a 6-6 kid with size 15 feet in MUNCHKINLAND!
Mar-05-04  boobsmacfadin: interesting game...easy puzzel
Mar-05-04  Calculoso: <boobsmacfadin> You spelled puzzle wrong.
Nov-28-05  aw1988: The real error is Qxe5? - Nxb3!
Aug-04-06  woodenbishop: Yuri makes it look so easy.
Oct-29-13  zydeco: <> What happens after 16.....Nf6? It looks intriguing to sacrifice a piece with 17.Nf5 fxe6 18.Nxg7+ Kf7 19.Qh6 (or Nf5). Maybe 16....0-0 is also an option for black.
Jul-11-17  cwcarlson: 15.♗e6!? ♘g3 16.♗f7+ ♔d7 17.♗e6+ ♔d8 18.♖ad1 ♗c5 = Houdini 5.01.
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  plang: Taimanov had a lot of experience with this line and was confident thar 12 e5 was bad for White but Averbakh had prepared a surprise. 15 Qf2..0-0 16 g4..Nxb3 17 axb..Qxe5 18 gxh..Qxh5 would have given Black a powerful attack. Taimanov'a 15..Qxe5? was met by 16 Bxe6!; it was later established that 15..Nxb3 16 axb..Qxe5 17 Na5..b4 would have been good for Black.

<zydeco: What happens after 16.....Nf6? It looks intriguing to sacrifice a piece with 17.Nf5 fxe6 18.Nxg7+ Kf7 19.Qh6 (or Nf5). Maybe 16....0-0 is also an option for black.>

Another possible response to 16..Nxf6 is 17 Rae1 slowly increasing the pressure. 16..0-0 17 Rf5..Nf4 18 Rxe5..Nxh3+ 19 Bxh3 would have been winning for White.

17..Nf6 18 Bf4 would have cost Black his queen.

Feb-12-22  newzild: The Centurion and the Roamin' Emperor...

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