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Garry Kasparov vs Jan Timman
Corus Group A (2001), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 11, Jan-26
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation Fianchetto Lines (A29)  ·  1-0



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May-09-08  acirce: <17 Bf4?

"A serious mistake," readily admitted Kasparov, who couldn't explain why he hadn't played what he originally intended, i.e. 17 g4 Be4 (17 ..Bxe5!? 18 dxe5 Bd7 (18 ..Bxg4? 19 Qd4!) 19 a5 Nc4!?) 18 f3 Bg6 19 Nxg6 hxg6 20 e3 Re8 21 f4 Nc4 22 Rb3 with a good game.>


The simple move that Kasparov had missed. Suddenly all of Black's pieces are very active, forcing White onto the defensive.>

<23 h4!

For the first time Kasparov started to feel "optimistic" about his chances. Certainly his position by now was starting to take some kind of shape.>


30 ..h6 or 30 ..Re6 was to be preferred. As it is, Timman looks as if he's just lost the thread to the game with a series of weak moves. Kasparov noted that it was obvious to him that Timman by now was "tiring" - and therefore turned down a draw offer from his opponent just a few moves later.>


35 ..b5! was better - and would have probably led to that draw. Black's pieces are rock-solid.>

May-25-08  zatara: why 17.bf4 is so bad?
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  plang: 9..Nxb4!? was a new move and an questionable decision trading his center pawn for Kasparov's d-pawn; 9..a6 is the main line. After 27 e4!? the recapture 29 fxe..Nb2 30 Qd2..Qxg4 would given Black a strong position. Timman thought that 32..Nb6 intending ..Nf7 going after the h-pawn would have been an improvement. 42..b5? was hopeless; Ribli offered the variation 42..b6 43 axb..Nxb6 44 Ba5 (44 Bxa6..Bc4!)..Nc4 45 Bd8..a6 46 Bxf6..a4 47 Be7..a3 48 Bxc4..Bxc4 49 Bxa3 with White better though Timman was confident he could draw this endgame.

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