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Loek van Wely vs Jan Timman
Corus Group A (2002), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 2, Jan-13
Benoni Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Hastings Defense Main Line (A64)  ·  0-1


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Sep-24-03  PinkPanther: A simply brilliant game from Timman! 25... Ne2+!!
Sep-25-03  AdrianP: If you liked this game, check out Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1982

Dennis Monokroussos has a presentation on this game on, which explains the relationship between these two games. Jan Timman had produced prior to this an important novelty in this line.

Sep-25-03  AdrianP: Timman's previous novelty was 15... Rf1 played first, I think, in this game P Scheeren vs Timman, 1980 and that together with Kasparov's treatment largely put this line to bed for W.
Mar-23-05  Whitehat1963: An excellent game featuring the Opening of the Day.
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  fredthebear: Nice sacrificial finish by Black. 23...Be4 took some nerve.
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  plang: The main line of the Fianchetto Benoni has scored very well for Black. White's strongest continuation appears to be 19 Naxb5 as played in Alburt-H.Olafsson Reykjavik 1982 and then repeated in the famous game Korchnoi=Kasparov 1982 Lugano Olympiad where Black outplayed White in a complicated middlegame; 19 fxe?! was new but does not appear to be an improvement. 19..Nxg3 had been analyzed by the Dutch team before the 1980 Malta Olympiad. Van Wely, respecting Timman's superior knowledge in this variation; declined the sacrifice with 20 Rf3?!; 20 Kxg3 looks stronger as after ie. 20..Bxe5+ 21 Kf2..Qh4+ 22 Kg1..Qg3 23 Rf3..Qh2+ 24 Kf2..Bd7 (24..Bd4+ 25 Qxd4!) 25 Qh1 and Black's compensation seems thin. 21 Rxg3..h5! would have been strong for Black. White was lost after 24 Rxf8+? giving up the f-file; necessary was 24 Nxe4!..Nxe4+ 25 Kg1..Rxf3 26 Qxf3..Qe1+ 27 Qf1..Qd3 28 Rxe4..Qh2+ 29 Kf2..Rf8+ 30 Ke2..Rxf1 31 Kxf1..Qg3 32 Re2..Qd3 33 Nc3 and White would not be in any danger.
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