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Mark Taimanov vs Artur Yusupov
"Hitting the Mark" (game of the day Aug-26-2007)
USSR (1980)
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack: General (A06)  ·  0-1



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Aug-26-07  brainof7: Why sac the rook? i dont get it... There isn't really a way for black to just outright win in this position, and if it was done because of "Touch Move" or bieng blindfolded that would be a really poor GOTD
Aug-26-07  syracrophy: Nothing interesting about this game. Looks like Taimanov put himself in that losing position
Aug-26-07  psmith: <brainof7> The threat is R8a2+ followed by Qa3+. What do you suggest instead of Rxf7+.
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  al wazir: White lost because he allowed 25...d4. It has to be a pretty shabby opening for white when neither of his center ♙s get past the third rank until the 25th move, and the c- and f-♙s don't even move. Didn't he ever hear about control of the center?
Aug-26-07  patzerboy: This was a Reti opening. You know, that hypermodern jazz about controlling the center without pawns.


That said, I think White's biggest mistake was that misguided kingside strategy starting with 8.g4. Castling queenside just as Black was about to open the a-file didn't help, either.

Aug-26-07  jmrulez2004: if white didnt sac the rook..its mate yo...
black would move Ra2+
Black:Qa3+ and its baa baa over..
white had to check/// even though..its already a lost position:D
Aug-26-07  CapablancaFan: The Reti has always been a suspect opening to me b/c there are just simply too many ways for black to achieve equality. That being said, I think white's fatal mistake was 17.O-O-O. 17.Nf3, 18.Kd2 for example, keeping the king in the middle had to be tried. Why would you put your king next to the file that's being opened up? Alot of players play on auto-pilot and have this idea that "they must castle" every game. Here castling actually killed white.
Aug-26-07  Rodrigo Gutierrez: I agree: 8. g4 was a bit too optimistic and 17.0-0-0 close to suicidal; but 21. Cc3 allowing black to play 21... Ba3 was probably what condemned white to such an early death. I guess as such this is a nice example of Jon Speelman's theory that it takes three bad mistakes for white (or two for black) to lose a game.
Aug-26-07  Monkey King: 21. Nc3 seems to be a blunder.
Aug-26-07  Chessmensch: Everyone says it differently but the sum of it is terrible play by white from start to finish. Black was able to take so much initiative it was like he was playing white with the black pieces.
Aug-26-07  belgradegambit: <Monkey King: 21. Nc3 seems to be a blunder.> Totally agree. Whites play was poor but without Nc3?? there isn't an obvious winning plan for Black.
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  kevin86: A scary fork diverts the queen-for one move!

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