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Jan Timman vs Ruslan Ponomariov
Corus Group A (2003), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-24
Slav Defense: Chameleon. Chebanenko Variation (D15)  ·  0-1



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Feb-03-03  bishop: Timman does not play as well as he used to.
Feb-03-03  judokausa1: This was admittedly a horrid tournament for the aging Timman. Then again he was out rated and playing against the best in the world. (I believe he is not even in the top 100 currently ) His last game in this tournament he did achieve a moral victory by holding a draw in what looked like a sure loss (B&R vs Q) against Krasenkow a great game to look at to see how to defend this difficult position.
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  Honza Cervenka: 21.a3 would be too bad move even for player like me, not to mention GM like Timman. 21.Nd3 with intention 21....Nxa2 22.Rxc8 Rxc8 (22...Qxc8? 23.Ra1 Qc4 24.b3 Qxb3 25.Rxa2 etc.) 23.Qa5 Qd5 24.Ra1 Qb3 25.Qxa2 Qxd3 26.Qxa6 seems to be sufficient.
Feb-04-03  Cyphelium: Sometimes I've been wondering why Timman still plays with the big guys. When I saw this game I thought that maybe it really was time for him to join the Wijk an See B-tournament. It's sad, because I like his style of playing. It's not impossible that he would win the B-tourn, but somehow I doubt it since that one too is very strong. Anyway, I think he could easily end up in the top 5 there.
Feb-04-03  Spitecheck: I've never really respected Timmans play and I don't understand how he was at one stage one of the top 5 players in the world and was contesting for a place as challenger. The thing I find fascinating is how simple back then it was for a player like Karpov to make him look passive regardless of piece colour. Perhaps he is very good at beating international and minor grandmasters up and just lacks the consistency against the super GMs or Russians as some call them.
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  Honza Cervenka: Not always Timman looked passive playing with Karpov - Timman vs Karpov, 1978 :-)
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  Honza Cervenka: And this is another Timman's masterpiece - Timman vs Kasparov, 1985
Feb-06-03  Ashley: The games of Timman that have been kabitzed upon are very interesting. He played very poorly at Wijk aan Zee last month and is no longer as strong as he once was. When was he at his strongest?
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  Honza Cervenka: I think he was at his zenith between 1979 and 1992. All that period he was in the world top ten.

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