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Jan Timman vs Robert Eugene Byrne
Hoogovens (1980), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 10, Jan-27
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Chigorin Defense Panov System (C99)  ·  1-0


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  talchess2003: Nice little bishop maneuver to finish the game off. But white's sacrifice looks dubious to me, and i believe black has some good defenses, here is one of them.. 27. Qxd6 27... Qd7 and after 28. Qg3 Bxe1 29. Qg5 Qe6 30. Rxc6 h6! 31. Qf4 Bd2! 32. Qxd2 Qxf6 33. Rxd6 (33. Qxh6 Re5 and black has a strong positional advantage) 33... Qg5 34. Qd3 Rbd8 and black is just fine... 27. Qh4 looks much more promising for white.. i believe both rooks are immune, and now white threatens Rcd1!

now, after Rcd1 black cannot play Bxe1 b/c...

27. Qh4 h5 28. Rcd1 Bxe1 29. Rxe1 Kh7 30. e5! Rxe5 31. Rxe5! dxe5 Qxh5+ with mate to follow

so instead black must play after 28. Rcd1 28... Bh6 29. f3 and white will have play down the d-file

but the one defense that is most interesting is after 27. Qh4 Bxc1 28. Rxc1 h5 29. Qg5 Kh7 30. e5 Rxe5! 31. Bxe5 dxe5 32. Qxh5+ Kg8 and now play is very sharp and im gonna have to get a board to make accurate conclusions.. but it appears that after 33. Qxe5, 33... Bxg2 is not good b/c of Bxg6! and after gxf6 Rc7 wins

overall i think that white does have a strong attack but 27. Qxd6 was not the best way to approach it.. as black has strong defenses against that. instead i believe 27. Qh4 was best.

Nov-09-05  TTLump: What am I missing? It seems to me that 26 ... g6 is the beginning of the end for black and that 26 ... Bh6 gives black a solid game!
Nov-09-05  Koster: <TTLump> Byrne was evidently trying to win and wanted the material. maybe that's bad judgement (especially against Timman at his peak) but to see all white's wasn't easy.
Nov-09-05  Koster: <talchess2003> My guess is Timman played the best line but your line also looks dangerous. It's a hard position to defend OTB.
Feb-02-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: Shredder 8- 27.♕xd6 ♗xe1 28.♖xe1 ♖e6 29.♕f4 ♖be8 30.♔h2 ♕b8 31.e5 ♗d5 32.♖d1 ♗c4 33.♗e4 ♖xf6 34.♕xf6 ♕xe5+ 35.♕xe5 ♖xe5 36.♗f3 = 27.♕h4 ♗xc1 28.♖xc1 ♖e6 29.♗a2 ♗xe4 30.♗xe6 fxe6 31.♗d8 ♗c6 32.♗e7 ♖e8 33.♗xd6 ♕d7 34.♗f4 ♗xg2 35.♔xg2 ♕c6+ 36.♖xc6
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