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John van der Wiel vs Jan Timman
"Spinning Wiel" (game of the day Jan-13-2009)
Amsterdam Optiebeurs (1988), Amsterdam NED, rd 11, May-27
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Apr-09-05  aw1988: Great game! A heartstopper. A must-see.
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  samvega: Wow. Reminiscent in a certain way of the Tal-Hjartarson.
Jan-13-09  DoubleCheck: At 39. Nxf7 !

What are the best responses for black?

39. Nxf7 ! Kxf7 ?
40. e5 ! (Ne5+ leads nowhere) Qxd5
41. Qxg6+ Kf8
42. Qxh7 Qxc6
43. Bg6 !

43...Re7?? 44. Qh8+ mate
43... Qe6 44. f5 Qg8
(forced- 44...Qd5 45. e6 wins)

at 44...Qg8 white has easy endgame with

45. Qxg8+ Kxg8
46. Bxe8 Bxe5
47. Bxb5 Kg7(Best?)
48. Bxc4 Kf6
49. Bd3 c4 ?!
50. Bxc4 Kxf5
51. Be2 Kg5
52. Kf2 1-0

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  al wazir: Does white really have nothing better than a draw? I think that after 47. Kf4 his ♔ can escape black's checks by fleeing to the northwest quadrant of the board.
Jan-13-09  RandomVisitor: White might try 36.Nxf7 but after
37.e5 Qf8
38.d6 Kg7
39.d7 Ra8
40.e6 Bd8
41.Qe1 Nf6
42.e7 Bxe7
43.Nxe7 Nxd7
44.Nxg6 Qd6
45.g3 Ra2 it is unclear whether White has anything.

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Jan-13-09  NewLine: Quite a ride to the White queen's horse!
Give it some credit even though he couldn't make it on time...
Jan-13-09  MarbleSkull: I think you're right Al Wazir, but I'm no where near the level of these guys. Perhaps someone could explain the acceptance of the draw to me?
Jan-13-09  rangek: <mableskull and al wazir> after Kf4 Qf2+ the white king is forced to either e4 where it is skewered tgt with its queen and then white is down the exchange i believe
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  tpstar: 47. Kf4?! looks to be an overly risky attempt to win since the Qg6 gets skewered after 47 ... Qf2+ 48. Ke4 Qc2+. Play might continue 49. Kd5 (49. Kf4 Rf1+) Rd1+ 50. Kxc5 Qxg6 51. c8=Q+ Kxf7:

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Now the Rd1 prevents tricks like 52. e6+ Qxe6 53. Nd8+ Rxd8, and otherwise I don't think White can promote the e Pawn, so Black should consolidate and win.

Jan-13-09  gtgloner: Who said drawn games are boring?
Jan-13-09  kellmano: <gtgloner: Who said drawn games are boring?>


Who said uncontested games are boring? Almost everyone.

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  kevin86: A pseudo perpetual check wraps it up. If white tries to escape,he can be beaten.
Jan-13-09  Samagonka: I hate draws! I'd rather quit than end up in a tie like this.
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  Phony Benoni: <Samagonka> If you are ready to quit rather than draw a game, rest assured that you will become a very popular opponent.
Jan-13-09  mworld: wow, watching the white knight travel to the other end of the board like that was fun
Jan-13-09  WhiteRook48: evidently white failed to make Timman fall off the Wiel.
Jan-13-09  Dr. J: <DoubleCheck: ...
39. Nxf7 ! Kxf7 ?
40. e5 ! Qxd5
41. Qxg6+ Kf8
<42. Qxh7 etc.>>

Better is 42 Qh6+ followed by taking the Knight with check, followed by a complete slaughter. This tactical motif comes up fairly frequently.

But, in the game continuation, what happens after <41. d6> Qxf7?

Jan-13-09  JG27Pyth: But, in the game continuation, what happens after <41. d6> Qxf7?

yeah, I've been working on that for a little while... haven't solved it, either.

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  Phony Benoni: If <41.d6> Qf7, then 42.e5! looks very strong. Two Black pieces are under sttack and 42...Qxg6 43.Bxg6 just adds the rook to the list ov victims. Meanwhile, those two passed pawns in the center are going to have something to say in the near future.
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  al wazir: <rangek>: Yes, the skewer wins. Thanks.

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