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Anatoly Lutikov vs Mark Taimanov
USSR Championship (1969), Moscow URS, rd 23, Oct-11
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Bastrikov Variation (B48)  ·  0-1



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Jan-08-04  aulero: After the game was terminated, an admired Keres said "Mark, you played like Franz Liszt!" and a delighted Tal "Mark, today I am one of your pupils!".

Taimanov is a famous pianist, so the Keres' remark is very appropriate!

Mar-30-04  ConLaMismaMano: In the middle game Taimanov goes out for a quick kill, catching the white King in the center. It turns out that the victory isn't there, but in a flurry of time-trouble complications, he winds up a piece down but six pawns up!
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  waddayaplay: It is peculiar how Taimanov cherishes this game in his book, since he played it in a style he is not used to. -- Tal on the other hand highly regarded a game he won against Smyslov for its strategical depth (unusual for Tal) . And Smyslov, in a book of his, praised a game he played of tactical slurries.....
Mar-02-06  suenteus po 147: This is a crazy game! I'm amazed more people have not kibitzed on it! How does Taimanov win this ending?!?!
Sep-01-06  islero: According to Karpov 25...♔h8 26.♖g4 ♖g8 would have led to an overwhelming positional advantage.

But you can't blame Taimanov for 25...♕g1+

Dec-10-06  Ulhumbrus: On 36...Bg2! The White King cannot take the Black QB as he is tied to the defence of the Rook on h4, while the White Queen cannot take the Black QB, as she is tied to the defence of the Rook on a1. This double handicap and consequent double immunity which it confers on Black, produces this effect.The Black QB appears able to walk unprotected right into the midst of White's Queen and King.
Dec-11-06  Fisheremon: <islero: According to Karpov 25...Kh8 26.Rg4 Rg8 would have led to an overwhelming positional advantage.

But you can't blame Taimanov for 25...Qg1+> It was not Karpov, but Gik who served as Taimanov's second at that time. By the way Gik's comment 25...Kh8 26. Rg4 Rg8 with idea Qd4 leading to a huge positional advantage, but in fact 27. Qf2 equalizes the game. So the second part of Gik's comment on 25...Qg1+ "after this move the game gained in beauty" could be more appropriate.

Jun-01-08  erasmus: In Taimanov's book it says that the rook went to e1 on move 35. The rook is also on e1 in the diagram a few moves later with a comment after 36...Bg2! (a great move by the way :-) ) "A study-like idea of deflection -- it is impossible to take the bishop with the king due to the loss of the rook on h4, or with the queen in view of the loss of the rook on e1(!) after 37...a1(Q)"
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  marcusantoinerome: <erasmus> Yes, it should be 35. Re1, not Ra1. It is that way in Cafferty and Taimanov's "The Soviet Championships" page 149.
Oct-04-10  eightbyeight: What's wrong with 26. ... Qxa1?
Feb-05-11  sneaky pete: <eightbyeight> After 26... Qxa1 27.Rg4 ..

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and white mates in a few moves.

In the actual game, white should have played 29.axb3 Bxb3+ 30.Kd2 Qxb2+ 31.Ke3 Qxa1 32.f6 ..

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Jan-22-12  wordfunph: "I don't know how I stayed alive."

- Leonid Zorin (after the heart-pounding game)

Source: Chess Kaleidoscope by Karpov & Gik

Feb-27-12  screwdriver: I don't see a quick knockout punch, but black can check on the g-file on his next move and trade queens. White would get one pawn back. But I have to admit, there is still alot of work to do going against a rook and bishop.
Feb-27-12  Phony Benoni: Of course, there are times when the extra piece defeats six pawns:

Reti vs A Becker, 1923

After looking at some of the games he lost (Tal vs Lutikov, 1964 is another fine example), you wish there was a collection of Lutikov's best games. It would be fascinating!

Jul-09-12  syracrophy: <sneaky pete><In the actual game, white should have played 29.axb3 Bxb3+ 30.Kd2 Qxb2+ 31.Ke3 Qxa1 32.f6 ..winning>

I think you're missing the possibility of the perpetual check after 32...♕g1+ 33.♔d2 ♕d1+, etc. We should see

Jul-09-12  sneaky pete: After 29.axb3 Bxb3+ 30.Kd2 Qxb2+ 31.Ke3 Qxa1 32.f6 Qg1+ 33.Ke2 .. (the WannaBe Gambit deferred)

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there is no perpetual.

No one knows how good a pianist Franz Liszt really was, but judging from what I've seen and read he was most of all a successful showman, the Liberace of the 19th century.

Jul-12-12  syracrophy: <sneaky pete> I would like to see your variations. I may be wrong in my affirmation but it was a comment that appeared in the <Chess Kaleidoscope> by Karpov and Gik. Right now I can't analyze the whole possibility. It would be a pity that White had really missed a sequence to avoid the perpetual and more a pity that Taimanov and (even) Karpov missed it in the postmortem analysis.
Apr-28-15  m.okun: This game Taimanov considers one of two his best games (the second - a victory over Karpov, 1977)
Aug-29-15  rwbean: This really doesn't look so good with modern computers. Stockfish 6

21. ♕f2, 24. ♕xc5

25... ♖g8 better as above

26... ♖xc2+ draws

28... ♖c8+ is better

29. axb3 ♗xb3+ 30. ♔d2 ♕xb2+ 31. ♔e3 exf5 32. ♖b1 wins as noted above

31. ♗e4 draws directly or White can try to win with 31. ♕e3 bxa2 32. f6 or 31. ♖f4 ... also 31. a4, 31. ♖b4, 31. ♖e4, 31. f6, 31. axb3, 31. ♗e2 all draw ... 31. ♕d2 slightly worse - 31. ♕f3 is the 11th move in the list!

35. ♔xf3 is a better move

37. ♕xg2 a1=♕ 38. ♖xa1 ♕xa1 39. ♕f3 draws

Aug-30-15  NeverAgain: <rwbean> - what search depth do you get in your analysed lines?

I used to use SF6 for analysis almost exclusively until recently. Here are my findings:

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