Soviet Chess Classic – Mark Taimanov Vs Artur Yusupov 1982 – Hedgehog Opening USSR

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Mark Taimanov Vs Artur Yusupov: 1982 game played in the USSR – Taimanov opens with d4 and Yusupov attempts to play the Benoni Defense with 1. …Nf6 and 2. …c5, however Taimanov responds with 3. Nf3 so Yusupov transposes the opening into a Hedgehog Defense with 3. …cxd4 and 4. …b6. Taimanov employs a Maroczy Bind type set-up with white, attempting to gain space and restrict black’s pieces in the center, however after carefuly maneuvering Yusupov is able to creatively transfer the weight of the struggle to the kingside. Taimanov defends too passively and allows Yusupov to optimally build the pressure in the center and on the kingside. Yusupov continues to grind Taimanov down until the final mating combination – resulting in Taimanov’s resignation after 42. …Qxh2+.


[Event “USSR”]
[Site “USSR”]
[Date “1982.??.??”]
[EventDate “?”]
[Round “?”]
[Result “0-1”]
[White “Mark Taimanov”]
[Black “Artur Yusupov”]
[ECO “A31”]
[WhiteElo “?”]
[BlackElo “?”]
[PlyCount “84”]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3 cxd4 4.Nxd4 b6 5.Nc3 Bb7 6.f3 e6 7.e4
d6 8.Be2 a6 9.Be3 Nbd7 10.O-O Be7 11.Qd2 O-O 12.Rfd1 Rc8
13.Rac1 Qc7 14.Bf1 Rfe8 15.Kh1 Qb8 16.Qf2 Bd8 17.Nb3 Bc7
18.Qg1 Kh8 19.Rc2 Rg8 20.Rcd2 g5 21.Bd4 Rg6 22.Nc1 Rcg8 23.Nd3
Qf8 24.Re1 g4 25.fxg4 e5 26.Be3 Nxg4 27.Nd5 Bd8 28.Nf2 Bh4
29.Ree2 Nxe3 30.Nxe3 Bxf2 31.Qxf2 Bxe4 32.Nf5 Nc5 33.Ng3 Ba8
34.Rd1 Ne6 35.Qxb6 Nf4 36.Rf2 Qh6 37.Kg1 Qh4 38.Qb3 Rh6
39.Rxf4 exf4 40.Qc3+ f6 41.Nf5 Rxg2+ 42.Bxg2 Qxh2+ 0-1

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