Mark Taimanov, a virtuoso pianist and former Soviet chess champion whose lopsided loss to Bobby Fischer in 1971 in the quarterfinals of a major chess tournament cost him his government salary, died on Monday in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was 90. Andrey Filatov, the president of the Russian Chess Federation, confirmed the death. Mr. Taimanov became one of the leading Soviet players after World War II, when the Soviet Union dominated world chess — all while pursuing an equally successful career as a classical pianist, known for performing duets with his wife, Lyubov Bruk. In 1953, he was among 15 participants in a chess tournament in Zurich that is widely considered one of the greatest chess competitions ever held. The event, called the Candidates tournament, which determines a challenger for the world chess championship, included …

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