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Jan Timman vs Jeroen Piket
Training Match (1995), Amsterdam NED, rd 2, Sep-23
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  1-0



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Sep-27-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: 29 Nh6+ is the obvious try. I haven't worked through the complications after 29 ... fxh6 yet, but I'm ready to say that lines in which Black defers accepting look scary after 30 Qxh5, for example:

29 Nh6+ Kh7
30 Qxh5 gxh6
31 Qf7+ Bg7
32 Rg3 Qg8
33 Qh5+


29 Nh6+ Kh7
30 Qxh5 gxh6
31 Qf7+ Kh8
32 Rc7 d5
33 Rd7 (Q moves)
34 Bb2+


29 Nh6+ Kh7
30 Qxh5 Qe8
31 Nf7+ Kg8
32 Rc7 Bh7
33 Qd5 Qb8 (forced!)

I'm not sure in that last one whether White's attack punches through immediately, but he clearly has great prospects.

Sep-27-14  Lighthorse: I figured it out as far as 31.Qxh5 but couldn't see where it would go from there. White is a Bishop down for a pawn with the Black King exposed, but no way could I see if this was an assured win for White.

It seemed to me 31...Ke7 was a better defense, as I couldn't see White's continuation from there.

Sep-27-14  plumbst: Very Difficult. Material is even. White's knight is under attack.

Black keeps the advantage after 29.Ne3 d5. However, Black's weakening of his kingside and the loose e4 bishop allow for a tactic, winning at least a pawn.

29.Nh6+! (29...Kh8 30.Nf7+)

If 29...Kh7, 30.Nf7 Qe8 (30...Qh4 31.g3; 30...Qe7 31.Ng5+ Kg8 32.Qxh5) Ng5+ Kg8 32.Re3 d5 33.f3 Bc5 34.fxe4 Bxe3 35.Bxe3 wins 2 pieces for a Rook.

So after 29...gxh6,

30.Rg3+ Kh7. (30...Kh8 31.Qd4+; 30...Kf7 31.Qxh5+; 30...Bg7 31.Bxh6 Ra7 32.Qd4)

31.Qd4! Black has no good defence to the threat of Bb2. (31...h4 32.Qxe4+) Black can resign here.

Sep-27-14  plumbst: Edit: Ah, actually the line wasn't over yet.

After 31.Qd4 Black can try 31...Qe7 32.Bb2 Qe5. But White still wins after 33.Qe3!

33...Qxg3 34.Qxg3.
33...Qxb2 34.Qxe4+ Kh8 35.Qd5
33...Qd5 34.Qc3 (gaining access to c7) Qe5 35.Qc7 Qe7 36.Qxe7+ Bxe7 37.Rg7+ Kg8 38.Rxe7 Kg8 39.Rxe4 and White ends up a piece.

Sep-27-14  plumbst: <Lighthorse> If 31...Ke7 White immediately wins the piece back with 32.Qh4+
Sep-27-14  lostgalaxy: 31.Kh7 Qd4 followed by Bb2. The bishop at e4 makes White attack possible.
Sep-27-14  morfishine: Due to a paucity of candidates <29.Nh6+> seems to be the only try.

Regrettably, the entire sequence was optically elusive

Sep-27-14  diagonalley: <morfishine> ... ditto... even with the aid of my monitor-specs
Sep-27-14  ibnyamin: @cheepo by the dozen

Cheapo by the Dozen: 29 Nh6+ is the obvious try. I haven't worked through the complications after 29 ... fxh6 yet, but I'm ready to say that lines in which Black defers accepting look scary after 30 Qxh5, for example:

29 Nh6+ Kh7 
30 Qxh5 gxh6 
31 Qf7+ Bg7 
32 Rg3 Qg8 
33 Qh5+


How is 33 Qh5 check? There is a black pawn on h6 from move 30 (it took the Knight.

Sep-27-14  goodevans: There seems to have been a lot of Friday/Saturday/Sunday puzzles recently where the first moves have been pretty obvious but the follow up has been challenging.

Like others, I saw the first three moves easily enough but failed to appreciate just what a bind black is left in. Voluntarily self-pinning the second ♗ seems like madness but I've failed to find a better plan for black.

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  agb2002: White has a bishop and a knight for the bishop pair.

Black threatens 29... hxg4.

My impression is that White can get some edge with 29.Nh6+:

A) 29... gxh6 30.Rg3+

A.1) 30... Bg7 31.Bxh6 Ra7 32.Qd4 seems to win a pawn at least.

A.2) 30... Kf7 31.Qxh5+ Ke6 (31... Ke7 32.Bg5+) 32.Qg4+ Bf5 33.Re3+ looks bad for Black.

A.3) 30... Kh7 31.Qd4 with the double threat 32.Qxe4+ and 32.Bb2 looks winning.

A.4) 30... Kh8 31.Qd4+ Kh7 32.Qxe4+ Kh8 33.Bb2+ Qf6 34.Bxf6#.

B) 29... Kh7 30.Nf7 Qe7 31.Ng5+ Kg8 32.Qxh5 wins a pawn at least.

C) 29... Kh8 30.Nf7+ and 31.Nxd8.

I'm currently visiting Chicago and don't have time for more.

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  kevin86: Rib spreader! White opens up the files and delivers a knockout blow!
Sep-27-14  waustad: I can't claim to have seen to the end but I started out right with the knight sac and getting the queen and rook into the fray.
Sep-27-14  SatelliteDan: I think a chess score should be like betting.
If you win you earn 1 point or (+1).
If you lose, you lose one point or (-1).
If a draw both players score zero, or (0).
Sep-27-14  SatelliteDan: <I can't claim to have seen to the end but I started out right with the knight sac and getting the queen and rook into the fray.> Me too, saw Kx immediately, but probably because I am a Morphy/Tal fan.
Sep-27-14  WDenayer: Incredibly good. I didn't find it. Sure Nxh6, but what then?
Sep-27-14  YetAnotherAmateur: <Cheapo by the Dozen: 29 ... fxh6>

Umm, that's an interesting variation of the standard rules of chess. I presume you mean 29. ... gxh6.

For what it's worth, I saw that 29. Nh6+ would be an interesting try, but nowhere close to far enough down the line to ensure it would necessarily pay off.

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Sep-27-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: I saw the black king being driven to e5, but I didn't -- and don't now immediately -- see why he couldn't retreat the bishop to h7, with the plan to keep his king running all the way to the queenside.

I also never checked the lines where Black immediately goes to the h- rather than the f-file. Mates would be obvious absent the h6 pawn, but I never checked how much difference its presence made.

Sep-28-14  goodevans: <Cheapo by the Dozen: I saw the black king being driven to e5, but I didn't -- and don't now immediately -- see why he couldn't retreat the bishop to h7, with the plan to keep his king running all the way to the queenside.>

The problem is that there is no sanctuary once he gets there, e.g. <33...Bh7 34.Qf3+ Kc5 35.Rc3+ Kb6 36.Rc6+> and there is nowhere to hide (36...Ka5 37.Bd2+ b4 38.Qd5# / 36... Ka7 37.Rc7+ Kb8 38.Qb7#).

Sep-28-14  goodevans: 37.Rc7+? What was I thinking? But 37.Be3+ Kb8 38.Rb6+ sorts things out.

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