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Terry C Fox vs Jan Timman
"Fox Hunt" (game of the day Jan-25-2005)
Islington op (1970), Islington ENG
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Accelerated (E24)  ·  0-1


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Jan-25-05  Abaduba: amazing!
Jan-25-05  dac1990: Incredulous, even.
Jan-25-05  notsodeepthought: Good pun, though with a name like white's, how can you go wrong? Funny thing is that Fox actually got a draw against Benjamin, T C Fox vs Joel Benjamin, 1977, so he can't be a total patzer - but the way Timman toyed with him was embarrassing.
Jan-25-05  weary willy: Terry Fox - active in British amateur chess in the 1960s / 70s - inactive now (?). I would guess he reached a grade of around 2300.

I think this was the year Timman scored 6/6 to win Islington - when it stood virtually alone as a weekend event in the British chess calendar. Thank you Stewart Rueben - organiser.

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  cu8sfan: I thought they weren't allowed anymore! (-:
Jan-25-05  MindlessOne: I have a question to anyone who might have an answer, What are the plans for each side (in the Nimzo-Indian Saemisch) and what kind of preparation do they require? If you have enough time and sufficient knowledge on the opening, please include critical squares. Anyway, I dont think I would be too bold as to say that whites play was not organised, although i do not know the exact strategy of the nimzo, whites moves didnt seem to focus on any idea, it seemed all random to me, which could be a reason this game is so unclear to me.
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  lostemperor: <MindlessOne> (I like your name), Attack the kingside or go through the center (if black has played ...d5, take on d5 (cxd5)). Keysquares for white pieces: Ne2-g3 Bd3 f3 e3-e4-e5 f4 Bg5 or b2 Re1. Here an example of Timman with white Timman vs Polugaevsky, 1983. He lost but could have done better. I must check some notes on that game.
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  Honza Cervenka: This line with 6.e4 looks dubious. Its point is that 6...Nxe4 7.Qg4 Qa5 8.Ne2! leads to a great advantage of white, for example 8...Nxc3 9.Bd2 cxd4 10.Qxg7 Rf8 11.Nxd4 . But 6...Qa5 is much better move than 6...Nxe4. After that white seems to be in serious troubles. Timman's play was energetic and very nice.
Jan-25-05  MindlessOne: <lost emperor> thanks, I have another question concerning d5 and cxd5, what about the transposition into the Petrosian System, when white has d5 c4 e4 while black has d6 e5 and c5, my question is then, is it ALWAYS advantageous to take cxd5?
Jan-25-05  Rama: Nimzovitch described the opening as the "ideal Queen's Gambit" by which he meant that black refrains from advancing his center pawns d5 and c5, in the Hypermodern style. For this reason I have always preferred the Hubner variation with pawns at c7 d6 and e5. After the exchange on c3, shifting the pawns to black squares creates a good Bishop which can go to b7 and join the attack on e4, or support its advance after Re8 and e5xd4. Strategically it is very sound.
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  kevin86: Fox:a carniverous animal-a kin to the dog. lol

The game was a nice way to show a fox hunt-I could almost hear the trumpets and see the release of the hounds!

Jan-25-05  pawn52: I'm suprised <patzer2> hasn't added this game to his queen sacrifices collection.
Jan-25-05  Everett: <MindlessOne> any relation to the creatures in Dr. Strange's universe?
Jan-25-05  GreenDayGuy: What about 19. Kg1? after
19... BXR
21. KXB white may be down material, but it is better than losing.
Jan-25-05  GreenDayGuy: Unless you think that being down material is a lost position, but I still think that it is better than losing completely.
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  lostemperor: <MindlessOne> I don't know if it is always advantageous to exchange on d5 but it is fine enough. Here a game in which Petrosian (by transposition of moves) exchanges on d5 himself Petrosian vs Ljubojevic, 1983.
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  patzer2: The deflection combination with 20. Nf3! provides a fitting conclusion to Timman's minority attack.
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  patzer2: Timman's queen sacrifice with 15...Nxe2! gives him four pawns and two pieces, plus the initiative, for the Queen.
Mar-27-05  Halfpricemidge: So would it have ended as quickly if White had moved 17. Qe4?
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  Chessical: <Halfpricemidge> It would have ended just as quickly if White had played: <17.Qe4> e.g. 17...Bxc4+ 18.Kg1 Ne2+ 19.Kg2 Bd5.
Jul-15-05  aw1988: <Terry Fox - active in British amateur chess in the 1960s / 70s - inactive now (?)>

Terry Fox!?!?!??!!?

May-14-07  Halfpricemidge: Okay, white played poorly, but what if he chose not to accept the sac with 16.(d4)Nxe2 ? Black couldn't continue to leave his Queen to be taken, for there would not be as much compensation for it!
Apr-12-09  WhiteRook48: 22 Qxg5 Nxf2#
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  hedgeh0g: <Halfpricemidge> Black is already 2 pawns up with a great position, so White needs something to show for it. Declining the queen with Nxe2 would simply lead to the loss of another pawn after Qc5 with a straightforward technical win.
Oct-30-12  Abdel Irada: What a nightmarish game for White.

When Black plays 11. ...cxd4, and the best reply he can find as 12. a4, "DOOM" inscribes itself on his position no less surely than it did on the wall of the grand temple of Sarnath during the city's millennial celebration of the destruction of Ib.

Of course, White dare not recapture: After 12. Nxd4?, Qxe5; 13. Ne2, Nxe2; 14. Bxe2, Qxa1; 15. Bc1, Nd4; 16. Qd1, Nxe2; 17. Kxe2, Qa2, Black is a rook and two pawns to the good and will win another pawn, while White's king remains exposed in the center of the board.

Maybe Fox should take a page from the old cartoons in the _New Yorker_ and ask the vicar to bless him as well as the hounds of Timman.

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