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Jan Timman vs Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Las Palmas Interzonal (1982), Las Palmas ESP, rd 2, Jul-13
Slav Defense: Steiner Variation (D16)  ·  0-1


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Sep-25-03  Dougy: A good example of when not to exchange the queen.

Hmm... how did this end up in Queen's gambit declined...?

Sep-25-03  refutor: <how did this end up in queen's gambit declined>

it transposed to 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 the slav

Nov-04-03  karnak64: The point of 15. e6 escapes me. I'm wondering why not Bxf4, with the ability to then block the queen's threat to h4 with Bg3? What am I missing this time?
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  Chessical: 15.Bxf4 appears a playable alternative 15.Bxf4 Bxe2 16.Qxe2 Qc5 17.Qe3

In his annotations to the game in Informator 34, game 455, Petrosian puts a question mark against 15.e6 and recommends instead 15. Bxh5 Qh4 16.Qf2 Qxh5 17.Bxf4 Nxe5 18.Qd4! Bc3 with a slight advantage to white. 18...f6 seems okay as well.

Nov-04-03  MoonlitKnight: What's wrong with 22.♕g3? Wasn't Timman just as lost on the previous move?
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  Chessical: If 22.Qg3 then 22...Ng6 wins the bishop.
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  mjmorri: Timman was the pre-tournament favorite (to advance to the candidates matches), but games like this certainly did not help his cause.

It should also be noted that Petrosian failed to qualify for the first time since 1950, after making ten consecutive appearances in the world championship cycle at the candidates level or higher, an amazing run that has never been duplicated.

May-26-09  Lt.Surena: What a SPANKING by Petrosian! Maybe I will cry uncle and write a conspiracy book. Oh no, a B-grade GM already wrote that. Oh well, I will make a looney tune that lost 7 games, the favorite to win the World Championship.

Boy, Those coffee houses in Amsterdam, They sure smell funny. Don't take a long whiff while in there ..

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  Fusilli: This game, played in the second round of Las Palmas interzonal, was a nice recovery for Petrosian after his blunder of the first round (V Tukmakov vs Petrosian, 1982).
Apr-11-14  EdZelli: What a crushing tactical win by Petrosian. Maybe this why Timman is so bitter about Tigran.
Jun-04-15  Howard: Why was Timman allegedly bitter about him ? That's news to me.

Timman was certainly unlucky not to qualify for the Candidates, by the way. In 1982, he was one of the top 6-7 players in the world.

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