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The chess grandmaster who doubled as a concert pianist

November 28, 2016 by norman lebrecht

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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 immortalised in a best-selling book. He had previously beaten six world champions, including Botvinnik, Spassky and Karpov.

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Taimanov formed a piano duo with his first wife, Lyubov Bruk, touring and recorded widely. The pair were included in the Philips series Great Pianists of the 20th Century.

As a boy, Taimanov played a violinist in the Soviet film, Beethoven Concerto.

МАРК ТАЙМАНОВ С ПЕРВОЙ ЖЕНОЙ И МНОГОЛЕТНЕЙ ПАРТНЕРШЕЙ ЛЮБОВЬЮ БРУК.


Comments (4)

  1. Christoff Mans says:

    He perfectly straddled two very different, yet complimenraty worlds. He will be missed for his writing, his creative play, his humanity. A beautiful interview to be read: “My life with chess and music” https://en.chessbase.com/post/my-life-with-che-and-music

  2. esfir ross says:

    Mark Taimanov and his than wife Lubov Brouk were the best
    piano duo in USSR. Mark give up his concert career for love
    to another women in 70th and only was full time grossmeister.
    I met him personally.
    RIP

  3. esfir ross says:

    The movie “Beethoven concerto” was silly story , typical Stalin era
    pot-boiler. But sound track violin part was played by Miron Polyakin-
    genius of Jasha Heifets caliber. Completely unknown in outside
    of Russia. Number one violinist.


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