The Scourge of Mighty Champions, part 4

Jan 24, 2011, 10:45 AM |

Makogonov's performances started to decline after he turned 40, but he could still pack a good punch, and he showed that against the emerging new generation.

In Kiev 1944, he defeated a young David Bronstein in a complicated game under time pressure.

In the same year, he punished an even younger Mark Taimanov for his mistakes in the opening.
Here, the 45-years-old Makogonov gives an interesting fight to 20-years-old Petrosian. First he got a Rook and a pawn for two minor pieces, then - three pawns for a Knight!
Makogonov defeats the Russian SFSR champion, Rashid Nezhmetdinov, refuting his combination.
Another rising star of Soviet chess, Yefim Geller, falls victim to Makogonov's Queen sacrifice.