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Garry Kasparov vs Jan Timman
"Calamity Jan" (game of the day Oct-19-2014)
Interpolis 15th (1991), Tilburg NED, rd 8, Oct-27
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1-0



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Apr-29-06  Jim Bartle: 31...Bxa6 is a pretty careless blunder. Must have been a disappointment for the Dutch spectators.
Oct-19-14  RookFile: Yeah, it seems incredibly naive to imagine that Kasparov hadn't considered the possibility.
Oct-19-14  Mating Net: After 32.Qc1! Kasparov reportedly asked Timman, "How do you say zwichenzug in Dutch?"
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  HeMateMe: In this game why didn't black play 24...e5, to open up his position and let his Bishop out?
Oct-19-14  MNW: <HeHateMe> I think it was because the game was shifting toward an endgame and having an isolated pawn and giving away the bishop pair would be crushing.

After something like 24... e5 25 Nxe5(to avoid Bg4) Bxe5 26. dxe5 Qxe5, sure black has an active queen, but white has both the bishop pair,an undeveloped queenside, and an isolated d pawn to play against.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <HeMateMe>, 24...e5 doesn't look much worse than the game. After 25.dxe5,Bxe5; 26.Nxe5,Qxe5;27.f4 Black has an isolated pawn and very poor minor pieces, but maybe he can swap Queens with 27...Qa1+ and hope to hang on. But it just looks like another way to suffer at the hands of the champ.
Oct-19-14  morfishine: Every game I've seen where White pushes pawns to a6 & b5 and Black has pawns on a7 & b6, has resulted in a White victory
Oct-19-14  Tim Delaney: 31...Bxa6 is a very unfortunate blunder. With 31...Nb8, Black will likely draw. The main point is that it clears the way for Bd7 which gets the Bishop out of jail.
Oct-19-14  cunctatorg: By move 16 Kasparov's pair of Bishops dominates the chessboard while Timman's pair of Bishops is quite passive...
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  MJCB: Did Kasparov voluntarily repeat the Knights moves to hide his swischenzug trap, the same way Cacapablanca repeated his rook moves in O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914 to hide his final trap?
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  Phony Benoni: <morfishine? Well, there's NN vs Greco, 1620, which still qualifies as one of NN's immortal games against Greco.

Seriously, it's not hard to find counter-examples if you look hard enough. In fact, when I did a quick survey of the database, the a6/b5 vs. a7/b6 formation had about the same results overall as the average.

The space advantage can be nice, but there are other cases where it is a problem. In many lines of the King's Indian, White's play is based on invading via the queenside. That complex of pawns may indicate White's play has stalled. One example is E Ihlenfeld vs S Arounopoulos, 1991:

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White resigned here. All that space, but no way to get there and nothing to do if he did get there.

Oct-19-14  Mudphudder: MJCB - grandmasters often repeat moves but change it just before the three-fold repetition rule. But they do it just to time to think. Kasparov obviously never intended a draw here.
Oct-19-14  Ke2: Or according to the Soviet philosophy, always repeat when it is absolutely forced just to rub it in psychologically "I have a draw" (unless you have a forced win).
Oct-19-14  Ke2: Or "I have a draw if I want"
Oct-20-14  morfishine: <Phony Benoni> Thanks for the information, very interesting!
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  kevin86: It looks l8ike Kaspy fooled his opponent into a blunder. If Fischer were involved it would be front page news.
Oct-20-14  Bruce Graham: The word has often been misspelled:
Feb-10-20  Clement Fraud: <Tim Delaney><31 ...Bxa6 is a very unfortunate blunder. With 31 ...Nb8, Black will likely draw. The main point is that it clears the way for Bd7 which gets the Bishop out of jail.> Timman's play involved a lot of wood pushing, in addition to which his position was cramped... and yet always solid and defendable (except for the blunder). A lot of secrets (regarding how to maneuver against the Queen's Gambit) are contained in this game. I thought that maybe 14 ...Qc7 would have better retained the tension, and been more consistent with Black's overall strategy!?
Feb-11-20  andrewjsacks: Fine pun.

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