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Jan Timman vs Predrag Nikolic
Dutch Championship playoff (1997), Rotterdam NED, rd 3, Oct-23
Zukertort Opening: Dutch Variation (A04)  ·  0-1



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Mar-12-07  who: Yasser Seirawan annotates this game on chesscafe. He seems to think the game is lost for white after 34.Rh1, but Fritz thinks white would still be winning with 36.Qg1 Bxd4 37.cxd4, but I'm running out of battery so I can't check that further.
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  plang: This was the third and only decisive game of the four game playoff match for the Dutch championship. 4 c3 and 5 Qb3 is an offbeat sideline developed against the Leningrad Dutch by the Hungarian player Groszpeter. 8 Bg5 was new; 8 Nbd2 had been played previously. The idea, combined with 13 e5 was to hem in the black bishops. Seirawan felt that black should have played 11..Qf7 12 Rae1..g5 to counteract white's plan. Timman recommended 23..Nc6 making it more difficult for white to obtain d4 for his knight. After 25 Kh3 Timman felt he had a winning position. 27 Rg3? is met by 27..Qxh4+ 28 gxh..Rh4#. Seirawan on 32 e6?!: "Jan has one shortcoming that has plagued him throughout his career: he loves to win beautifully instead of prosaically..". Instead 32 Nxg5..hxg 33 Rxg5 is hopeless for black. Timman gives his last chance as 38 Ne5..R7xe5 39 dxe..f3+ 40 Kf1..Qxg4 41 Qxd5+ with a probable draw.

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