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Artur Yusupov vs Jan Timman
Yusupov - Timman Candidates Semifinal (1986), Tilburg NED, rd 9, Feb-03
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  1-0



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Mar-10-04  ughaibu: Another brutal destruction of the Gruenfeld.
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  Honza Cervenka: It was brutal indeed.:-)
Mar-10-04  infinitehope: and one might add that given how "non-brutal" yusupov's style generally is, when he brutally destroys the grunfeld, its not a good sign for the grun.....or is at least an indication of how very difficult the opening is to play from black's side. timman was still a powerhouse in '86, after all.
Mar-10-04  Benjamin Lau: Were you being sarcastic? Yusupov's play isn't brutal per se, but it's very dynamic and fast paced. (i.e. Yusupov vs Ivanchuk, 1991, Ivanchuk vs Yusupov, 1991, etc)
Mar-10-04  BiLL RobeRTiE: Timman's play seemed a bit less than optimal. First he plays ...b6 and ends up not moving his queen's bishop. Then he plays ...e5 and does not exchange on d4, resulting in a space advantage + passed pawn for Yusupov and a blocked-in KB for Jan. Then as Artur's attack presses on, Jan goes and grabs a pawn on the queenside! It was a brutal defeat, but I think the fault lies with Timman's play, not the Grünfeld.
Aug-14-13  csmath: This particular game needs re-analysis.

Timman's extravagant 7. ... b6 idea that costed him this match has not been refuted in this game.

See the following:

9. Ne2!? Nc6
10. h4?! Na5
11. Bd3 e5
12. Ba3 c5!! [late but good]
13. dxc5 Qe7!

The position is comfortable for black

14. Bb4 Nc6


14. h5 Rd8!
15. Bb4 Nc6

Obviously Timman's ideas often costed him a lot but he was nevertheless restless researcher with many, many creative ideas.

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  offramp: This 9th game ended up as the last game of this hastily-arranged match.

The games where Timman was black tell an interesting mini-story:

<Game 1:> Queens Indian. Timman won 40 moves.
<Game 3:> Queens Indian. Drawn in 56 moves.
<Game 5:> Queens Indian. Yusupov won in 58 moves.
<Game 7:> Grunfeld, Exchange. Yusupov won in 19 moves.
<Game 9:> Grunfeld, Exchange. Yusupov won in 24 moves.

Timman gave up on the QI, and took up the Grunfeld, which was even worse.

Timman was 3-1 down going into this game, so he wanted a win.

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Yusupov offers a piece!
Timman declined it with the bad 17...Bh8?
He could have kept the game going with
17... Bxh6 18. hxg6 fxg6 19. Rxh6 Bd7 20.
Qf6 c4 21. Bb1∞, although White can play Rxg6+ = at any time.

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At the end White gives up a rook, and the black king is surrounded.

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