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Garry Kasparov vs Jan Timman
Wereldhaven Festival (1999) (exhibition), Rotterdam NED, Sep-05
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  0-1



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Aug-01-09  Xeroxx: this game isn't very interesting
Jul-11-10  BobCrisp: <I was in Rotterdam to play an exhibition game against Jan Timman as part of the Wereld Haven Festival. It was quite a spectacle. The event took place om the Maasvlakte, an artificial island in the North Sea for supertankers. We played a normal rapid game in the office of the sponsor, ECT (Europe Combined Terminals), but the moves were played out for spectators on a giant chessboard with freight containers for pieces. Every time one of us moved, huge cranes, twenty metres high, would swing into action to move the containers around the board. It would take a couple of minutes before each move was complete.

It was rather a strange time control - twenty-five minutes each, plus however long it took for the cranes to shift the containers (that was the strange part) - and I never properly settled. I played unevenly and Jan took control. I lost in fifty-seven moves. Late on in the game, when it seemed as though my situation was already hopeless, I even missed a miracle draw.>

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Dec-09-10  amadeus: <Jan Timman defeated Garry Kasparov in an exhibition game held during the Wereldhaven Festival in Rotterdam on Sunday 5th 1999 (...) The players played on a real board but it was a sort of living chess game with huge containers, as used in ports, so it took a long time (over four hours). Kasparov called it his "heaviest" game. The event took place at the ECT Delta Terminal. In previous years Timman has played Karpov and Yussupov using where people were the pieces [info Wybe Koopmans]>

Dec-09-10  grasser: "Late on in the game, when it seemed as though my situation was already hopeless, I even missed a miracle draw".

It is an awesome move. I won't spoil it by telling. It should be played at move 49.

Apr-03-11  Everett: What an incredible waste of money and resources. Sort of disgusting, actually.
Feb-05-12  kasparvez: 49. Nf5 looks good!
Mar-13-20  Howard: The Informant simply identified the venue as Rotterdam---just came across this game last night. Wondered just what the occasion was for this game.
Mar-13-20  Pballa: 49. Nf5 loses to 49. ..Qf1+ 50. Kh2 Bd2 with mate to follow in a few moves.

The move Kasparov missed was 49. Rb8! which forces a perpetual, i.e. 49. ..Rxb8 50. g6 Rb7 51. Qxe5+ Rg7 52. Qb8+ Rg8 53. Qe5+ repeating.

Mar-31-20  carpovius: boring game
Mar-31-20  Petrosianic: <carpovius: boring game>

Maybe it went over your head.

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