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Jan Timman vs Duncan Suttles
"From Boy Timman" (game of the day Aug-17-2008)
Hastings (1973/74), Hastings ENG, rd 15, Jan-13
Modern Defense: Averbakh System. Kotov Variation (A42)  ·  1-0


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  Benzol: "Timman devoted the entire free day before the last round to analysis of this variation, since a win against Suttles was crucial for his second GM norm. The last round of Hastings '73/74 thus witnessed the birth of a new Grandmaster and the death of a variation of the Modern Defence". - Ray Keene.
Apr-02-04  phildag: a little bit older moves
Apr-02-04  ruylopez900: GM Suttles was known for playing eccentric moves and irregular openings (though not totally unsound ones). He must have felt horrible when one of his openings was refuted.
Apr-02-04  MoonlitKnight: "From Boy Timman"

You can do better than that,! LOL. ;)

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  kevin86: A nice game,somewhat unusual. The finale is a bit funny-if49...♔a2 50 ♕b1# ---if 49...♔b2 50 ♕c2+ ♔a1 51 ♕b1#.
Apr-02-04  Dillinger: A not so Suttle joke, <MK>.
Aug-17-08  RandomVisitor: After 8...Bg4:

1: Jan Timman - Duncan Suttles, Hastings (England) 1973

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Analysis by Rybka 3 :

9.f3 <Bd7> 10.Rd1 Nxe2 11.Bxe2 h5 12.Rb1 Qa5 13.0-0 h4 14.h3 Nf6 15.Bf2 Nh5 16.Bxh4 Nf4 17.Qxf4 Be5 18.Qg5 Bf6 19.Qxf6 exf6 20.Bxf6 Rh6 21.f4 Qb6 22.b3 Kf8 <(0.30) Depth: 24> 04:21:57 833651kN

Aug-17-08  mack: I'm not so happy about this week's GOTD theme apparently being 'Suttles losing'.
Aug-17-08  parisattack: Me, neither, <Mack> I think suttles was in a special class of players with unique understanding of the game - Nimzovitch, Reti, Breyer, Miles, U Anderson...
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  Chessmensch: Suttles scuttles.
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  Once: I enjoyed the exchange of tactics around moves 10 to 18. We join the game after 10. ... Bxf3.

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The bishop cannot be captured because of 11. gxf3 Nxf3 forking the white king and queen.

10. Na4 White counterattacks by hitting the black queen.

10. ... Qa6 Black counterattacks by attacking the unprotected white knight.

11. Nxd4 White gets rid of the annoying black knight. Black cannot play 11. ... Qxa4 because 12. Nxf3 wins a piece.

11. ... cxd4 12. Bxd4 White takes a pawn to make up for the f3 pawn he lost earlier. Now black has both bishops hanging and white has his a4 knight en prise. But the Bg7 is the biggest problem because 13. Bxg7 is followed by 14. Bxh8 and the black rook is gone.

12. ... Bxd4 (Kf8 was also possible) 13. Qxd4 (attacks the rook again) Nf6 14. c5 White defends the knight on a4 and renews the threat to win the f3 bishop.

14. ... Qa5+ 15. Nc3 dxc5 16. Qe5 Bg4 Black interposes a couple of forcing moves before retreating the bishop that has sat on f3 for several moves.

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It looks as if black has wriggled out with an extra pawn, but white has a dominant centre and black's king is stuck in the centre. Not surprisingly, white has a killer move.

17. d6! Threatens mate on the move. On 17. ... e6 18. Qxf6 and black is toast.

17. ... 0-0-0 Black wriggles out of the mate, but ..

18. dxe7 threatens both the black rook and the knight. And the rest is mopping up.

Great stuff from Timman.

Aug-17-08  Abdooss: Jan Timman was 22 years old at that time, chasing his 2nd GM norm. Still young, thus 'Boy Timman'.
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  kevin86: White wins a hard to win ending,not by queening a pawn,but by checkmate to be.
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