Born February 7, 1926 in Kharkov. Disciple of the chess school of the Leningrad Palace of Pioneers. He graduated from the Leningrad State Conservatory named after Rimsky-Korsakov.
Winner and winner of over 50 major tournaments, party 23 USSR championships, two of which won the five-time champion of Leningrad. Four-time European champion, world champion among youth, a competitor of applicants for the world championship (1953, 1971), Olympic champion in 1956. In recent years, twice became the world champion among "seniors" - players over 60 years. Regularly appears in print, the author of some 20 memoirs and analysis of books, including "60 best parties" and "I was a victim of Fisher".
International Grandmaster. Honored Master of Sports.
Played the main role of the young musician in the movie "Beethoven's Concerto" (1937). Gives concerts in Russia and abroad, has released many records. Awarded the Order of Merit, Medal for excellence in work. Photo Taimanov Mark Tamm