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Jan Timman vs Jeroen Piket
Amsterdam (1996), Amsterdam NED, rd 2, Aug-18
Scandinavian Defense: Classical Variation (B01)  ·  0-1


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Feb-09-04  Whitehat1963: Material is even, no visible threats, why resign?
Feb-09-04  unsound: Material's not even!
Feb-09-04  Whitehat1963: Oops, you're right.
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  Eggman: A shocking blunder like 15.Ba6?? seems to me to be symptomatic of a SuperGM's impending descent from the chess elite.
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  tamar: There was always an impetuosity in Timman's play that left him open to hasty decisions.

I remember seeing him at Lone Pine, and he would demonstrate games to his Dutch compatriates with a "see there!" flair.

I do think though the loss of the match to Karpov in 1993 affected his ambitions, and I see a fall in strength after that event.

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  Eggman: <<I do think though the loss of the match to Karpov in 1993 affected his ambitions, and I see a fall in strength after that event.>>

No doubt the loss must have been very upsetting (I recall witnesses describing Timman as "close to tears" after one game), especially after getting off to a good start (just -1 after 9 games). But Timman had faced disappoint before. I don't think it's a coincidence that his final decline coincided with his entering his mid-40s.

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