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Jan Timman vs Viswanathan Anand
Corus Group A (2001), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-27
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Check Variation Intermezzo Line (E15)  ·  0-1


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  HeMateMe: Nice instructional tactics, anchor a Knight deep in your opponents camp (a bone in the throat).
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  plang: Played in the 12th round; the second in three successive wins finishing up the tournament leaving Anand at an undefeated +4 a half point behind Kasparov. 16..Qc8 had been played in Adianto-Sendur 2000 Istanbul Olympiad (White won); 16..Qc7 was new. Anand thought that White's best continuation was 19 d5..exd 20 cxd..Bxf1 21 Nxf1 followed by Ne3 with good prospects. 20 Nb3? was an error; 20 Bg2 was better with likely mass exchanges and equality. Perhaps White should have played 23 Qd2..Nxc5 24 Qd4..Bf6 25 Qxc5..Qxc5 26 Nxc5..Bxc3 though Black still would have had an edge with the two bishops and a strong pawn front. 30 Bh3? lost at once; necessary was 30 gxf..Nxf4 31 Red2..Nxg2 32 Rd8+..Rf8 33 Rxb8..Rxb8 34 Kxg2..e3 35 f3..Bc6 when Black is better but would still have work to do to earn the win.
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