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Jan Timman vs Judit Polgar
Sigeman & Co (2000), Malmo SWE, rd 3, May-25
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation Timman's Line (E15)  ·  0-1



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Feb-28-06  zev22407: A great game!
Sacrifices,attacking moves,pin,surprise moves and an interesting end game.
Nov-26-06  Gene M: This Timman-Polgar 2000 game is discussed in Joh Nunn's book "Understanding Chess Move by Move", page 77-87.
Jun-18-08  Igitur: 22...Fc5! a startling move [Nunn].
Also game 48 in "Instructive Modern Chess Masterpieces" Igor Stohl 2001
Jul-09-13  notyetagm: Timman vs Judit Polgar, 2000

<Igitur: 22...Fc5! a startling move [Nunn].

Also game 48 in "Instructive Modern Chess Masterpieces" Igor Stohl 2001 >

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  plang: 5 Qb3 is a rarely played sideline; the most popular response to 5..Nc6 is 5 Nbd2. White had to spend several tempi defending against threats; ie. 8 Bg2?..Nxc3 would have cost White material. Timman quickly got into trouble with the overly slow 10 Qd3?; Stohl recommended 10 Bg2..Bf6 11 0-0..Nxd4 12 Nxd4..Bxg2 13 Kxg2..c5 14 Nxe6..dxe though Black would have had an initiative here as well. Timman had been counting on 12 Nc3 but then realized that Black can respond 12..Ne5! (12 Nc3 had been played in Epishin-Razuvaev St Petersburg 1998 but both players had overlooked the possibility of 12..Ne5 and the game had ended in a draw). 12 Bg2..Nxd4 13 Nh4..Qc5! would also have been bad for White. 17 Bc4..Qf5 18 Ba6..Bxa6 19 Qxc6..Kb8 20 Qxc7..Ka8 21 Qxe7..Rc8 would have been good for Black. 18..exf2+ was imprecise; 18..Rhf8 first would have been more accurate. Timman was expecting the exchange sacrifice 20..Rxf3 21 Nxf3..b5 with a strong initiative; instead Polgar sacrificed a piece with 20..g5?!. 21..Bc5? was not yet possible due to 22 Ne7+. The move that turned the tables was 25 Rhf1? leading to a bad endgame for White; necessary was 25 bxc..Rxd4 when White still has the advantage. 26 h3?..hxg 27 hxg..Qe4 would have been very good for Black. If 26..Rdf7 27 Nd2!..Rf4 28 h3..Bxd4+ 29 Qxd4..Qxc1 30 Qxf4..Rxf4 31 Rxc1..hxg and it is White would have had the winning chances. After 37 h4? White was lost; 37 Re8+..Kc7 38 h4..Rd1+ 39 Kg2..Rd2+ 40 Kf1..Rf2+ 41 Ke1..gxh 42 Rxh4..Bg3 43 Rhe4 with a likely draw.

A fantastic fighting game from beginning to end.

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  tpstar: Quite a feat to defeat Timman in Timman's Line.

13 ... 0-0-0 was very brave, castling into the half open c file which later featured a Terminal Pin on the Nc6 (17 ... Nxe5??/Nxd4?? 18. Qxc7# and such). Note 22. Nxe7+ Rxe7 23. Be2 g4 regains the piece. 22 ... Bc5! is indeed a startling resource blocking the c file.

Black's e Pawn just marches down the board at the end. 41. Kf2 Bd2 42. Re4/Rg1 e1=Q+ 43. Rxe1 Bxe1+ 44. Kxe1 gxh4 and White's King cannot stop both Pawns.

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