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Jon Arnason vs Jan Timman
"If I Only Had a Heart" (game of the day Sep-01-2007)
7th ECC round of 32 (1989), Brussels BEL, rd 1, Apr-15
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation Main Line (C18)  ·  0-1



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Sep-01-07  Morphyisgod: Beautiful attack
Sep-01-07  Themofro: Awesome game by black
Sep-01-07  patzerboy: Now THAT is a GOtD!
That rook sac was a thing of real beauty, made all the more beautiful by the devastating followup: 23...Ke7! two moves later. The quiet simplicity of that move was almost more awesome than the sac itself.
Sep-01-07  Sularus: I don't get the pun.

But the final position "SEEMS" shaped like a heart in either white's or black's POV.


Sep-01-07  PolishPentium: In regards to the pun for today's GOTD, PP suggests that the likeliest possibility is a Wizard of Oz connection, therefore a rather forced analogy of Jan Timman ("Tin-Man") being the man without a heart; i.e., rather cruelly crushing his overmatched opponent. Amusing, if, as PP suggests, a trifle forced. Mind you, some of these puns are obviously SUPPOSED to induce groans of disbelief... (^-_-^)
Sep-01-07  Tenderfoot: I thought the pun was clever and a well chosen GOtD.
Sep-01-07  Cactus: Excellent game!
Sep-01-07  mcgee: Arnason is a GM who beat the likes of Korchnoi, Miles, Adams and Nunn so maybe 'overmatched' is stretching it a bit - he's a bread-and-butter GM rather than a patzer making up the numbers :0)
Sep-01-07  Chessmensch: White never used either of his bishops and they contributed little if anything sitting on the back rank. He finally lost one of the sitting ducks. It was like spotting black two pieces.
Sep-01-07  ztnepres: is 28 qf2 better?
Sep-01-07  zanshin: <ztnepres: is 28 qf2 better?> I don't know about 28.Qf2, but at 18-ply, Fritz thinks 28.Rg2 is better, but still losing.
Sep-01-07  karnak64: This is why I love the Winawer. Never a dull moment, eh?
Sep-01-07  Themofro: <ztnepres: is 28 qf2 better?> I'm just eyeballing this so I'm not sure, but I think after 28. Qf2 Qe2 white loses no matter what:

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black is threatening either 29...Qd1+ and mating or 29...Qxf2 winning the queen and if 29. Qxe2 then 29...Rg1#

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  kevin86: White begins by capturing pawns to open a black attack against a castled position. Funny,white didn't castle,but the king still wound up on g1.

The forking queen will soon gobble up more of white's pieces-namely the rook and bishop.

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  fm avari viraf: The sweet memories of my one time favourite French Def. come to my mind vividly where I scored many important victories. Here, Timman cleverly manoeuvres his pieces & inflicts a winning blow by sacking his Rook where his adversary just succumbed to the series of threats. The pun, "If I Only Had A Heart", I think, Timman is playing a role of a "Robot" who doesn't have a Heart.
Sep-01-07  Crowaholic: <Themofro: I'm just eyeballing this so I'm not sure, but I think after 28. Qf2 Qe2 white loses no matter what>

I considered 29. Qh4+ with the idea of ..Nxh4 30. Rxe2 , but dismissed it as losing to ..Ke8!

But 29. Rxb7+!! is not just a delaying move. Black cannot avoid skewering of his rook and after that, black is just the color of burnt toast.

Instead of 28. ..Qe2??, I suggest 28. ..Ne1+. Anything wrong with that? At the very least, this wins a rook immediately. and at the same time prevents White from skewering the black rook.

28. ..Ne1+ 29. Rg2 Rxg2 now 30. Rxb7+ Qxb7 merely delays.

In case of 30. Qxe1? there is ..Re2+! and mate next move.

Sep-01-07  weisyschwarz: <MikeB20>...don't listen to <JessicaFischerQueen>. Timman is to Timmerman as Aronin is to Aronian. Names sound alike, but Jan Timman is not Gert Timmerman.

"Oz never did give nothing to the Timman
that he didn't, didn't already have..."

Sep-01-07  MikeB20: Superb!

One of he best examples of the French
Defense I've seen.
The moves,
and then, Knight back to c6
just lays White's position open to plunder.

Sep-01-07  D4n: On move #29 Why not Bxd2?
Sep-02-07  Crowaholic: <D4n: On move #29 Why not Bxd2?>

Because of 29. ..Qxh1. ;-)

Sep-03-07  weisyschwarz: <Crowaholic: <D4n: On move #29 Why not Bxd2?> Because of 29. ..Qxh1. ;-)>

Why is that some "+"s are not placed, and some are?

Sep-11-07  Crowaholic: <weisyschwarz: Why is that some "+"s are not placed, and some are?>

Must be a mistake. I suggested adding the plus sign as a correction.

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