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Joop van Oosterom vs Gert Timmerman
"Foreign Correspondent" (game of the day Feb-19-2007)
15th Correspondence World Championship (1996) (correspondence), ICCF, Nov-01
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Neo-Classsical Line (E99)  ·  0-1



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Feb-19-07  Archives: A better pun for this game would have been... "This bishop is going to eat all those yummy pawns up but the other bishop cannot eat the other yummier pawns because the sneaky king is guarding their yummier pawns because they have a secret sauce which only a handful of people know the recipe to."
Feb-19-07  Archives: Ok, wait, nah CeeGees pun is better.
Feb-19-07  weev: a bishop goes shopping for pawn
Feb-19-07  Tomlinsky: Pawn Shop?
Feb-19-07  capablancakarpov: For those who donĀ“t know, the pun is an excellent Alfred Hitchcock film, " Foreign Correspondent", 1940.
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  kevin86: A strange game. The pawn chain of white's held up like the Great Wall of China----but was destined to fall like a wall of china. Both players try to eat the chains up from the rear,but black is able to save his at the last moment.

For a while,white's dark squared bishop had almost the power of a queen-as no one could break through on rank or file.

Jul-11-07  Ragh: The plan to collapse white's beautifully constructed pawn chain took shape with 57..h5!

For a successful execution of his plan, Timmerman was carefully maneuvering both his major pieces for the past 10 or so moves to get on to the first rank, so that once the queens are traded along with a beautiful exchange sacrifice Kxf1, white moves away the only guard off the weakest link in the chain (the unguarded f pawn).

Along the way, move 59..Kf7! made sure that white doesn't reach black's unguarded c pawn while at the same time white pawns would fall like dominoes. Marvellous game!

Jul-13-07  cotdt: amazing game! timmerman is pulling moves out of nowhere!
Jul-20-07  RandomVisitor: After 34.g3:

1: Joop Van Oosterom - Gert Jan Timmerman, WC15 Final ICCF 1997

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp:

1. (-1.69): 34...Bg4 35.Qa5 Qc1 36.Qb4 Qh1 37.Qa3 Qh2+ 38.Ke3 Bh5 39.Be7 Rf7 40.Bh4 Kg7 41.Qc1

2. (-0.37): 34...Qc1 35.Be7 Qc5+ 36.Ke1 Re8 37.Qb8 Qa5+ 38.Kf2 h6 39.Bh4 Rf8 40.g4 Kg7 41.Be7

3. (-0.37): 34...Qd2 35.Be7 Qd4+ 36.Ke1 Qg1+ 37.Kd2 Re8 38.Qb8 Qd4+ 39.Ke1 Rxe7 40.Qxc8+ Kg7 41.Qg4+

4. (-0.03): 34...Bf5 35.Qa4 Bg6 36.Qc2 Rb8 37.Qc3 Kg8 38.Qc2 Rb4 39.Qc3 Rb1 40.Qc2 Rb4 41.Qc3

5. (0.00): 34...Kg7 35.Qb8 Bg4 36.Qxc7+ Rf7 37.Qd8 Bxf3 38.Bxf3 Qd2+ 39.Kg1 Rxf3 40.Qd7+ Rf7 41.Qg4+

Jul-21-07  actionhero56: genius game by timmerman
Jul-21-07  RandomVisitor: Did Black have a better 34th move? After 34...Bg4:

2: Joop Van Oosterom - Gert Jan Timmerman, WC15 Final ICCF 1997

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp:

1. (-2.04): 35.Qa5 Qc1 36.Qb4 Qh1 37.Qe1 Qxe1+ 38.Kxe1 Bxf3 39.Bd3 Kg7 40.Be7 Rf7 41.Bg5 Bg2

2. (-2.31): 35.Qa2 Qc1 36.Qb3 Qd2 37.Kf1 Kg7 38.Be7 Ra8 39.Qd3 Ra1+ 40.Kg2 Qxd3 41.Bxd3 Ra2+

3. (-2.51): 35.Qa3 Qd2 36.Kf1 Kg7 37.Be7 Rb8 38.Qd3 Qxd3 39.Bxd3 Bxf3 40.Kf2 Bh5 41.Bg5 Kg6

Jul-21-07  RandomVisitor: Those looking for improvements for white might try any of the the following: 26.Qb3, 31.Qe1, 34.Be7, 40.Qc3, 43.Bc1, 46.Qb5, and 54.g5.
Jul-22-07  RandomVisitor: After 12...g5

2: Joop Van Oosterom - Gert Jan Timmerman, WC15 Final ICCF 1997

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Analysis by Rybka 2.3.2a mp:

1. (0.57): 13.Nd3 b6 14.b4 Nf6 15.c5 c6 16.dxc6 Nxc6 17.b5 Nd4 18.c6 d5 19.Nxe5 Nxe2+

2. (0.51): 13.b4 a5 14.a3 Nf6 15.Nd3 axb4 16.axb4 Rxa1 17.Qxa1 g4 18.Qa7 gxf3 19.Bxf3 Ng4

3. (0.37): 13.Qd2 b6 14.a4 Nc5 15.Ra3 a5 16.Nd3 Nxd3 17.Bxd3 Qd7 18.Nb5 Ng6 19.b4 Qd8

Jul-22-07  object16: <Kingscrusher> does a nice analysis on youtube:
Aug-02-07  King mega: I saw the blunder. 60 Qd3?? allows Black to return the material and allows bishop to shop the chain!
Oct-01-07  psmith: <King mega> Do you have a better move for White on move 60? If you don't then Qd3 can hardly be called a blunder.
Oct-19-07  sentriclecub: Thanks for the youtube link.
Jun-19-08  Ed Trice: It's a shame that Joop suffered a stroke. He is a billionaire and could have done a great deal more for chess promotion.
Aug-12-08  arsen387: the final part of this game is one of the best I've ever seen
Feb-18-09  WhiteRook48: evidently the bishop is going to capture 3 pawns in a row
Mar-04-09  WhiteRook48: 34...Bf5!! is cool.

Jul-15-11  swr: A great game, which ultimately shows the importance of Black's Queen's Bishop in the KID.
Aug-07-12  computer chess guy: 60. .. Qxf1+ is good enough, but stronger was 60. .. Qc1! threatening Qf4. If 61. Be3, Ra2+ is decisive. 61. Qe3 loses to .. Qxf1+.
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  ToTheDeath: Epic game- KID at its best, with lots of original and great strategy by Black. A lot of these KID middlegames are so deep one almost needs a correspondence time control just to unravel the mysteries of the position.
Apr-14-21  rwbean: 31. ♕e1 gets a fortress draw, and 34... ♗g4 is much better for winning outright!
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