Mark Taimanov (1926-2016)

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Mark Taimanov (1926-2016)

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Mon Nov 28, 2016 12:26 pm

2016 claims another one :(
"Set up your attacks so that when the fire is out, it isn't out!" (H N Pillsbury)

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Re: Mark Taimanov (1926-2016)

Post by David Robertson » Mon Nov 28, 2016 12:37 pm

RIP. A great chessplayer. A great pianist

They know what to play in that final game tonight
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Re: Mark Taimanov (1926-2016)

Post by Gary Kenworthy » Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:28 pm

Yes RIP,
He and Boris got the dog house treatment, on their return. It could have been a lot worse for them, if Fischer had not trounced Bent Larsen 6-0 as well. So Mark T was in good company. Simply Fischer at his best.
I agree, at least piano music tonight.

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Re: Mark Taimanov (1926-2016)

Post by Paul Cooksey » Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:21 pm

Leonard Barden wrote:Guardian obituary:

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/ ... v-obituary
An excellent piece.

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Re: Mark Taimanov (1926-2016)

Post by MartinCarpenter » Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:37 pm

It really is. He does seem to have lived a very worthwhile life.

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Re: Mark Taimanov (1926-2016)

Post by Barry Sandercock » Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:47 pm

Not many chess players are also fine pianists. The only one I can think of is Francis Rayner.

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Post by Gary Kenworthy » Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:43 pm

I also agree excellent obit by Leonard Barden
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Re: Mark Taimanov (1926-2016)

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:04 am

Barry Sandercock wrote:Not many chess players are also fine pianists. The only one I can think of is Francis Rayner.
Sheila Dines is a very good pianist, but seems to have given up chess. I got to grade 7 piano before giving it up.

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Re: Mark Taimanov (1926-2016)

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:06 am

Historically, there was Julius du Mont (also Barden's predecessor at the Graun IIRC)
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Re: Mark Taimanov (1926-2016)

Post by John Upham » Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:36 pm

Is it curious that The Times of London would publish a well known image of Leonid Stein and ascribe it to be Mark Taimanov.

Top marks for their picture department!

See http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/regis ... -w8nqgzlg7 :lol:
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Re: Mark Taimanov (1926-2016)

Post by James Plaskett » Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:00 pm

I hear Tiger Hillarp-Persson plays fine piano.
And last week I was presented with a copy of a book in Spanish - ´Entre la EMOCIÓN y el TALENTO´ , by Antonío Igelsias Martin.

The subject was chessplayer and pianist, Erwin Nievergelt.

GM Soffer, whom I defeated in a wildly fantastical game a few years back in Tel Aviv, http://www.365chess.com/view_game.php?g=3800863 is something of a genius at chess and piano too.

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Re: Mark Taimanov (1926-2016)

Post by Jacques Parry » Thu Dec 01, 2016 8:52 am

The London-based player Petr Limonov is a professional pianist.

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Re: Mark Taimanov (1926-2016)

Post by Paul Dargan » Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:43 pm

Didn't Kamsky only take-up chess on the advice of his piano teacher, to help improve his concentration?

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Re: Mark Taimanov (1926-2016)

Post by Leonard Barden » Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:59 am

http://www.winchesterchamberorchestra.o ... -hand.html
14-year-old Freddie Hand's Fide rating has risen 450 points in 18 months and is now, following his success at the 4NCL Open, at 2205.

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