R.I.P. Mark Taimanov

Russian media report the death, aged 90, of Mark Taimanov, one of the foremost chess competitors of the Soviet era and a widely respected pianist whose personal friends included Shostakovich and Richter. Taimanov may be best remembered for losing 6-0 to Bobby Fischer in 1971, a drubbing that he immortalized in a best-selling book.

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He had previously beaten six world champions, including Botvinnik, Spassky and Karpov.

– See more at: http://slippedisc.com/2016/11/the-chess-grandmaster-who-doubled-as-a-concert-pianist/#sthash.zSYZh6e7.dpuf

A beautiful interview to be read: “My life with chess and music” https://en.chessbase.com/post/my-life-with-che-and-music