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Jan Timman vs Garry Kasparov
Interpolis 15th (1991), Tilburg NED, rd 1, Oct-17
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Fianchetto (E67)  ·  0-1



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Jun-08-06  cloybloy: I think 23... Nd1 is much better and simpler than the text move.
Jun-08-06  RookFile: Well, it sure looks like a complicated position.
Jun-08-06  Trouble: After Nd1+, Bxd4 Qxe1+ Kh2 white has the very strong threat nf6+...therefore cxd5 is practically forced. Then Rxd1 gives black two principle moves: Qe2 and Qe7 after Qe7 white can maintain attacking chances with Bf6 followed by using the queen or rook to penetrate on the h-file, so probably qe2 is best instead of qe7. after qe2 if Qf6 then Qh5+! wins, so the queen exchange is pretty forced...Rf1 Qxf3 Bxf3 and now even though black is the exchange up both of white's bishops are very strong and it also looks like the b7 pawn will fall(if black captures c4), giving white a supported passer, which is at best unclear, so kasparov's move seems safer, if not better based upon other deeper considerations.
Nov-20-09  falso contacto: good game
May-23-11  Jim Bartle: Inside Chess: "Kasparov looks almost bloodthirsty. On move 19 he bangs his Knight onto f2 and the board is in flames at once."
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  ToTheDeath: Power chess at its best, 19...Nxf2!
Jun-05-15  SpiritedReposte: Accurate to the end with 35. ...Rc2!
Aug-18-16  DWINS: In the Classical Fianchetto Variation of the King's Indian Defense, developed after World War II by the Soviet grandmasters Isaac Boleslavsky and David Bronstein, Black gives up his pawn toehold in the center with 10...exd4 to obtain mobility for his pieces. Normally White would have played 10.e4 in place of 10.b3 and Black's strategy would have been to keep him defending his e4 pawn as a way of blunting any aggressive intentions. Instead, Timman tried to avoid pressure by limiting himself to the careful 13.e3, which Robert Byrne refers to as a negative strategy which results in a comfortable position for Kasparov as can be seen after 15...Nce4.

This game is celebrated for Kasparov's imaginative knight sacrifice, 19...Nxf2, but according to Stockfish 7, it's only good enough to draw and was actually stronger had it been played at move 17. Stockfish 7 64 POPCNT -0.57 (depth 24) 17...Nxf2 18.Qxf2 Ng4 19.Qd2 Qxe3+ 20.Qxe3 Nxe3 21.Bf3 d5 22.cxd5 cxb5 23.d6 Nxd1 24.Rxd1 b4 25.Nd5 Ra6 26.axb4 Rxd6 27.bxa5 Bg4 28.Bxg4 hxg4 29.Nb5 Rxd5 30.Rxd5 Bxb2 31.Rd7 Ra8

After 17.Rac1 h4 18.a4 hxg3 19.hxg3 Nxf2 20.Qxf2 Ng4 21.Qf3 Nxe3, Timman could have equalized according to Stockfish 7 with 22.Qf4 Nxd1 23.Rxd1 Qe3+ 24.Qxe3 Rxe3 (-0.10)

There was no way that Kasparov was going to fall for 23...cxd5?? 24.Bxd4 which wins for White.

Timman should have attempted to get out of the black bind by 29.Qd2 Ra1 30.Kg2 Rxa4 31.Be2, although he probably can't hold the the resulting endgame. Instead, he relied on the passed b-pawn that he acquired after 29.Qxb7, but its advance soon proved to be too slow to stop Kasparov's attack.

Kasparov's 33...Rb4 was perfectly fine, but in severe time pressure he missed 33...Nxf2! 34.Kxf2 R4c2+ with mate in 19 according to Stockfish 7.

After 33...Rb4, there was no time for Timman to keep on with 34.b7 in view of Rbb1 35.b8=Q (35.Qa6 Bc4) 35...Rxf1+ 36.Kg2 Rxf2+ 37.Kh3 Rh2#

After 35...Rc2, there was no defense for the white king. Timman gave up with both players having a minute left to avoid a time forfeit.

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