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Jan Timman vs Guillermo Garcia Gonzalez
Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979), Rio de Janeiro BRA, rd 19, Oct-20
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. Czerniak Defense Tal Line (A77)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Fusilli: Timman needed a win in this last round game to tie first place with Huebner, Portisch and Petrosian. Dramatic finale for the 1979 Rio Interzonal. BTW, Petrosian needed to beat Ivkov with the black pieces, and he did, but Ivkov missed the draw on move 36, probably under time pressure. See: Ivkov vs Petrosian, 1979
Apr-08-10  DiscoJew: Great anecdote Fusilli, thank you.
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  Fusilli: Position after 45...Kb8:

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46.g3 hxg3 47.Kxg3:

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47...Bxb3! 48.Nxb3 a4 =

Feb-12-12  capivara: I took two pictures of this game as time control approached.

The first was on move 38.Rxb6 with Timman grabbing Black’s pawn on b6. In the second it was White to play after Black’s reply 38..., Rb4. Timman is leaning over the board cupping his forehand with both hands. _____
The game proceeded 39.a5, Ke7 and Stockfish v.1.9.1 gives White a +2.90 with 40. Rh6, Rxb3 41. Ne4, Bxd5 42. Rxh7+ Bf7

Feb-12-12  fokers13: 40 Rh6! is basically impossible to find OTB though especially with time pressure(which seems to be the case due to what was mentioned).
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  offramp: Very well played by Gonzalez.
Jun-13-18  Straclonoor: <47...Bxb3! 48.Nxb3 a4 => Lomonosov TB7 confirm this - draw.
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  woldsmandriffield: "Hardest game to win is a won game." To secure the full point, White had to let the b-pawn go: 40 Rh6 or 41 Rd6+ Ke7 42 Re6+ Kd8 43 Ke4.

It must have been agony for Timman to play 46 g3 knowing the counter-sacrifice that was coming.

Feb-09-19  ZonszeinP: Garcia was a very talented player

He was so young!

Only 36!
When his life was cut short

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  woldsmandriffield: @ZonszeinP: that is very sad. RIP Garcia Gonzalez

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