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Anatoly Karpov vs Jan Timman
Rotterdam World Cup (1989), Rotterdam NED, rd 4, Jun-06
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Seville Variation (D87)  ·  1-0



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  Everett: Timman's attempt to sac a piece with 20..Qd3 is interesting. If <21.gxh6 Nc4 22.Qc1 Qf4!> and black wins the piece back no matter what white plays. Not sure what the assessment should be though. Clearly, Karpov didn't like it so played for the Q-swap. Interesting play.

As 34..Nxe6 loses to 35.Qe4, black is lost.

Aug-16-16  Howard: Inside Chess magazine gave an exclamation point to Karpov's 22.Qe1, stating that Karpov knew how to use the first rank better than any other player in chess history.
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  MissScarlett: Maybe you mean 21.Qb1 because Qe1 is practically forced.

Here the back rank comes into surprising use again: L Christiansen vs Karpov, 1993

Aug-17-16  Howard: Hmmm....I suspect you're right. So, we'll assume it was 21.Qb1 that Inside Chess rated so highly.

My mistake !

Jul-10-18  Howard: You're right, MissScarlett. Both the Informant and Inside Chess give 21.Qb1! the exclamation point. Just looked it up last night.
Jul-10-18  Howard: Inside Chess, incidentally, stated that this Round 4 matchup drew a lot of spectators because Dutch chess fans were looking forward to their hometown hero playing the former WC, not to mention the world's #2.

Unfortunately, after about 22 moves, the game became a rout.

Mar-15-19  Howard: Maybe someone will post a list of Karpov's surprising first-rank moves, such as his 21.Qb1 in this game.

There was his Nb1 move against Spassky in Game 9 of their 1974 match, for example.

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