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Artur Yusupov vs Jan Timman
Yusupov - Timman Candidates Semifinal (1986), Tilburg NED, rd 1, Jan-16
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation (E12)  ·  0-1



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Black to move (19... ?)

A) Black can break the clutch only in the center, after suitable preparation

B) White stands superior in the center but Black can create counterplay on the g-file

<Pos 1> from Lothar Nikolaiczuk <Testbuch der Schachstrategie>

Oct-19-20  Olavi: I presume the 'risky little' refers to the first game of the Timman - Yusupov match. "Timman played a risky little Queen's Indian"

It is a Nimzo-Indian. It transposes to e.g. I Rabinovich vs Alekhine, 1920, also wrongly labelled a Queen's Indian. Gligoric vs Larsen, 1967 is well known, as are some better games of Gligoric.

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  perfidious: <Olavi....It is a Nimzo-Indian....>

Of course, though the distinction appears to gets blurred whenever a move order other than 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6 5.Nf3 is played.

Oct-19-20  Olavi: <perfidious: <Olavi....It is a Nimzo-Indian....> Of course, though the distinction appears to gets blurred whenever a move order other than 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6 5.Nf3 is played. >

There are cases where it is more or less impossible to say which opening it is, sometimes called Nimzo-QI-hybrid or some such. But this is unambiguous.

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  perfidious: That is also true, and I used the Nimzo-Indian move order as Black throughout the 1980s and 1990s, while also playing it at times as White (including my first serious game with a GM).

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