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Jan Timman vs Loek van Wely
Corus Group A (2000), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-27
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. English Attack (B80)  ·  1-0



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  plang: Played in the 10th round; in the 6th round Van Wely had played 16..g5 against Morozovich and White had won quickly. In the 8th round Anand had tried 17 f5 against Van Wely and the game had been drawn; the knight sacrifice 17 Nd5 was Timman's improvement. Van Wely admitted that he may have been stubborn taking the knight with 17..exd?!; 17..Qc5 18 b4..Qa7 with an unclear position was an alternative. Analysis after the game determined that after 19 Qe8+..Kc7 20 Qxf7..Qxd4 Black would have been doing fine; Van Wely underestimated Timman's 19 Bxb5!. The alternative 19..Kc7 was worth considering though after 20 Bxd7..Kxd7 21 Qe4..g6 22 f5 White has a strong attack. 24 Rf1?! was part of Timman's preparation (after the 8th round draw between Anand and Van Wely) but he had overlooked Van Wely's 24..f3; either 24 Rd3 or 24 Rd4 would have been improvements. 30 Nd4?! was a peculiar move and had Van Wely played 30..f2! most of White's advantage would have been gone after 31 Nc6+..Rxc6 32 dxc..Qxc6 33 Qxc6..Bxc6 34 Rf4. Instead, after 30..Rc5? Black was losing. 31 Nc6+ at once would have been stronger as after Timman's 31 Re8+..Ka7 32 Nc6+ Black could have held out longer after 32..Ka6.

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