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Anatoly Karpov vs Jan Timman
Mar del Plata (1982), Mar del Plata ARG, rd 5, Feb-13
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Keres Attack (B81)  ·  0-1


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Dec-15-04  mikejaqua: From move 42 on watch the dancing, black knight. Timman just makes white pawns evaporate off the board and ends up with a 3 pawn advantage. I wonder when he saw it all.
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  Fusilli: This game is from Mar del Plata 1982 (Magistral Clarin), one of Timman's highest achievements, where he took first place solo, ahead of Portish, Seirawan, Karpov, Polugaevsky, Andersson, Larsen, and seven Argentine players. The crosstable can be seen here:

In the late 1970s and early 1980s there were several very strong tournaments in Argentina, sponsored by the newspaper Clarin. Local legend GM Miguel Najdorf, by then around age 70, was instrumental for this to happen. I don't remember if he was directly involved in the organization of the tournaments or if he simply convinced Clarin to put the money. Those tournaments continued a tradition of world class round-robins played in Argentina at various times during the 20th century. Unfortunately, recurrent financial crises took their toll and it's been a while since we've seen a top GM tournament in Argentina.

I plan to create some game collections with the games of GM tournaments played in Argentina during those years, but it may take a while until I do so.

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  Fusilli: Fine positional play by Timman, starting with the ...Bg5, ...Bxe3 trade. After 23.e4 it becomes clear that black's knight is much better than white's bishop. Especially noteworthy to outplay Karpov positionally.
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  Benzol: <Fusilli> Karpov gives the game with notes by Ray Keene and Andrew Whiteley. That's a bit strange. Here they are anyway :

6 g4!? "An early gesture of aggression popularised by Keres. Anyone who is put off the move by White's miserable experience in this game should consult Jon Kinlay's excellent monograph on the variation."

7 ♖g1?! "Karpov has tried 7 g5 and 7 h4 in this position and both moves seem preferable. As the game develops Karpov never manages to justify the weaknesses created by his sixth move."

13 ♗f3?! "Relegating the ♗ to a passive role which it retains for the rest of the game. 13 O-O-O, though somewhat risky, was a better way of deterring...d5."

17 exd5 "After 17 ♕xd5 ♗xe3 18 fxe3 the weakness of White's pawns is more important than the weakness of Black's d6 pawn."

21 ...O-O "Black now has a marked long-term advantage based on his superior ♘, control of the dark squares and the weakness of the White pawns. White's only chance is to break open the king side but he never manages to achieve this."

23 e4?! "Gaining space but creating a new target for Black."

25 h4 "Criticised by Karpov himself, but it is hard to find a significant improvement."

27 h3?! "27 d3 was a little better."

29 ♔a1?! "(see move 32!)"

34...h5! "Underlining the failure of White's whole strategy by snuffing out his king-side offensive."

36...b4! "After careful preparation Timman opens up the position with decisive effect."

40...♕xh3! "A mature decision. Timman eschews nebulous attacking possibilities in preference for an ending in which most of White's pawns seem to be suffering from Dutch elm disease."

42 ♔c1 "If White tried to defend his e-pawn the Dutch fleet would sail triumphantly up the a-file."

Aug-27-11  mcgee: Timman considers this the best game he ever played:

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