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Robert Huebner vs Jan Timman
Interpolis 5th (1981), Tilburg NED, rd 3, Oct-04
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Huebner Variation. Main Line (E41)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-18-18  Howard: According to the Informant, 39...g5! would have won.
Sep-19-18  Granny O Doul: Does anyone know the Dutch for "passed pawns must be pushed"? Perhaps it doesn't alliterate and so doesn't stick in the Dutch mind as well as it does in the English mind.
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  perfidious: <WorstPlayerEver> could certainly answer the question.
Sep-19-18  Count Wedgemore: <Howard: According to the Informant, 39...g5! would have won.>

Surely you mean 39...g4. Anyway, I don't believe it. The move Timman played is probably the best option he had in the position. 39...Qg3 has the advantage that White cannot leave the rook on e1 unprotected. But if Black had played 39...g4, White's queen could have jumped over to the queenside with 40.Qa4 (or perhaps 40.Qb3), followed by Rb1, and White's quuenside pressure seems to hold Black at bay, preventing him from further pushing forward his passed g-pawn.

Sep-19-18  Howard: Aaaarrrrgh !!

Yes, that was obviously 39...g4!

Let me look at the Informant again...unless someone wants to consult with Uncle Stockfish.

Sep-19-18  Boomie: <unless someone wants to consult with Uncle Stockfish.>

The Count's spidey sense is right on according the The Fish. Curiously, after 39...Qg3 40. Qd2 g4 leads to a draw. However there are some tricky moves that white might miss. So it might be the best chance.

39...Qg3 40. Qd2 g4 41. Rb1 b6 42. a4 Qf3 43. Qb2 Kd7 44. a5 Ne2 45. axb6 axb6 46. Qxb6 Qxc3+ 47. Ka2 Nc1+ 48. Rxc1 Qxc1

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The Fish can't see any advantage here. So the challenge is to find something more relevant than g4. 40...b6 might be worth investigating. However 41. Rh1 seems to erase any winning chances.

Sep-20-18  Howard: According to my "spidey sense" (i.e, the Informant), 39...g4 40.Rg1 Qh3 is supposed to be a win.
Sep-20-18  Boomie: <Howard: According to my "spidey sense" (i.e, the Informant), 39...g4 40.Rg1 Qh3 is supposed to be a win.>

Stockfish disagrees.

39...g4 40. Qb3 Qf3 41. Rb1 b6 42. Qa4 =

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Sep-21-18  Howard: Looks like you're right !
Sep-21-18  Boomie: <Howard: Looks like you're right>

Well, the engine seems to have the right "idea" here. I just run it and try a few things.

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