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Garry Kasparov vs Jan Timman
Eurotel Trophy (1998) (rapid), Prague CZE, rd 3, Sep-09
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical Variation. Keres Defense (E32)  ·  1-0

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May-04-04  chessman6555: Wonderful game by Kasparov.Almost everything is forced in the last ten moves.
May-04-04  AdrianP: I wouldn't be surprised if Gazza saw all this when offering the pawn with 14. Ng3... I also wouldn't be surprised if Jan had seen as far as 19. ...Nd7 and thought that he had OK compensation for the exchange (at least drawing chances) when taking the pawn but missed the force of 20. c4! It has to be said Jan's position was pretty unenviable even before he went pawn-grabbing.
Mar-31-07  notyetagm: <AdrianP: ... I also wouldn't be surprised if Jan had seen as far as 19. ...Nd7 and thought that he had OK compensation for the exchange (at least drawing chances) when taking the pawn but missed the force of 20. c4!>

Yes, 20 c4! is a crushing move.

By exploiting the <PINNING CHAIN> of White d1-rook + Black d5-bishop + Black d7-knight along the d-file, White forces the Black d5-bishop to c6, where instead of meeting the threat to the Black d7-knight by <BLOCKING> the d-file, the Black light-squared bishop meets the threat to the Black d7-knight by <DEFENDING> it, i.e., breaking the <PIN> by <RUBBERBAND>.

Now Kasparov strikes with 21 ♖x♘d7!, <REMOVING THE GUARD> of the f6-tactical base of the White h5-knight. This knight fork combination leaves White a whole piece ahead.

The pattern White h5-knight versus Black d7-knight, with their common square f6 being a potential <TACTICAL BASE>, is what I call <KNIGHT OPPOSITION>. I see it almost immediately all the time now when it occurs. This Kasparov example is what taught me this pattern.

Apr-01-07  KamikazeAttack: Timmna referred to Kasparov as 666.
Nov-27-09
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  plang: Game 3 of their 6 game match that was supposed to be part of Kasparov's preparation for his WC match with Shirov. He won games 2 and 3; the rest were drawn. 9..cxd was new; Ulf Andersson had played 9..Nbd7 in his loss to Mikhail Gurevich in Germany 1997. Dokhoian gives the following variation 10..Bb7 11 Ne2..Bxg2?! 12 Rg1..Bb7 13 Bh6..Ne8? 14 Bxh7+..Kxh7 15 Bxg7! as an example of how Black can go wrong. 11..Bb7 would have been better although after 11..Qxd5?! Timman thought he still would have been OK if he had followed up with 13..Ba6 as after 14 Nf4..Qg5 15 Be4..Qxf4 16 Bxa8..Nd7 17 Bf3..Rc8 18 Qd2..Qf5 19 Rc1..Rxc1+ 20 Qxc1..e5! with compensation for the exchange. After 13..Rd8? 14 Ng3 (if 14..f5 15 Be2 is strong) Timman lost material and the game.
Aug-28-12  LoveThatJoker: Stockfish confirms that GM Timman took the best practical chance in opting for 12...gxf6.

Had he gone in for 12...Qxg2, then 13. Bxg7 Qxh1 14. O-O-O Kxg7 15. d5+ f6 16. Qc7+ Nd7 17. Qg3+ would have given WC Kasparov at least a < > advantage.

It should be added that it would have also given WC Kasparov a tremendous practical advantage - for as a lot of us know, he built his legendary Chess name on playing and excelling in these kind of complicated tactical positions.

LTJ

PS. Stockfish adds that GM Timman's decisive mistake came in the form of 13...Rd8, for 14. Ng3! f5 15. Be2 Nc6 16. Bf3 Qxd4 17. Bxc6 also wins for White.

Aug-28-12  LoveThatJoker: PS. In the above note, I'm referring to a < > advantage for White after 12...Qxg2 13. Bxg7 Qxh1 14. O-O-O Kxg7 15. d5+ f6 16. Qc7+ Nd7 17. Qg3+.

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