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Sipke Ernst vs Jan Timman
Tata Steel Group B (2013), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-12
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Romanishin Variation. English Hybrid (E20)  ·  0-1
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Jan-12-13  DanielBryant: Timman still has it.
Jan-13-13  achieve: Well, to be honest I can't shake the feeling that Ernst did just about everything in his power to hand Timman a point, from a dream position after the opening; Sky as Blue as can be, not a cloud in sight, here after 13. ...Qb6


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This b-pawn is easily defended, but Ernst chooses the most awkward way to do that, still not a care in the world though, B-pair with great scope and freedom, yet Ernst just starts dropping pawns like an amateur almost.

I find this play so disappointing for a GM that it in fact seems very strange that this happens in a first round game with a dutch legend - which Timman is... But this is deep a bow for the eminence trs grise.

Jan-13-13
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  perfidious: <achieve> Not sure the picture is quite so rosy as all that from the diagram, though I agree that Ernst chose an apparently clumsy way to go about things. Most likely, he was motivated by a desire to prevent ....Bf5.

While White has the bishop pair in the diagrammed position, his opponent's development will be freer and Timman will be more active. If White does catch up and get activity, those bishops will constitute a long-term advantage, so Black cannot waste time and must, nolens volens, stay active.

Jan-13-13  achieve: Very good points, <perfidious>, and of course White has a few wrinkles to iron out while completing development, e2 pawn, pesky knight to d4, and in fact my analysis seemed to show that a trade on c6 of the LSB may be best, regardless of how awkward that feels, but it is indeed imperative to minimize Black's initiative before it increases to more unpleasant proportions.

If I recall correctly there is a good Psakhis stem game in this opening, with Qa4 instead of Qb1, and imo a much better move, although the idea of preventing ...Bf5 is likely as you say the motivation for Qb1.

Jan-13-13  master of defence: Whats wrong with 51.Kxe4?
Jan-13-13  DanielBryant: <master of defence> 51...Rxg5, and now if 52.hxg5, Nc5+.
Jan-13-13
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  Phony Benoni: Well, actually after <51.Kxe4 Rxg5>:


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White would just play 52.Rxd7. Of course his h-pawn is lost, and even if he can gain one of Black's pawns in return (say, 52..Rc5 53.Rd6 Kxh4 54.Rxg6> he's just two pawns down and the ending shouldn't be hard for Black to win.

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