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Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship Match

Anatoly Karpov12.5/21(+6 -2 =13)[games]
Jan Timman8.5/21(+2 -6 =13)[games]

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Karpov vs Timman, 1993
Zwolle, Arnhem, Amsterdam, and Djakarta

 Karpov and Timman
 Cover art for Schach-WM 1993 by Pfleger and Metz
This match, played in various cities in the Netherlands, took place in the shadows of the Kasparov-Short World Championship. FIDE continued their world championship cycle as if the depature of Garry Kasparov had never happened. Karpov and Timman were chosen to play, as they were the players who had gone the farthest in the candidates cycle. (Yusupov may have also been considered an equally rightful participant, but was excluded by FIDE decision.)

Jan Timman had always been in the forefront of Dutch chess, and consistantly ranked among the world's elite. Although the significance of this match was questionable, it was nevertheless an exciting event for the Netherland's countless chess fans.

Known flippantly in some circles as "The Battle of the Losers" this match attracted little financial backing and little interest in the chess world. Most people regarded Kasparov (still unbeaten and still actively playing) as the real champion. Nevertheless, the FIDE Championship continued to exist as a separate title.[1]

After 21 games, with a score of 12½ to 8½, Karpov became the 1993 FIDE World Chess Champion.

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FINAL SCORE:  Karpov 12½;  Timman 8½
Reference: game collection WCC Index [Karpov-Timman 1993]

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 page 1 of 1; 21 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Timman vs Karpov 0-1561993Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship MatchB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
2. Karpov vs Timman 0-1461993Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship MatchE15 Queen's Indian
3. Timman vs Karpov ½-½491993Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship MatchB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
4. Karpov vs Timman ½-½201993Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship MatchD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
5. Timman vs Karpov ½-½551993Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship MatchA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
6. Karpov vs Timman 1-0331993Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship MatchD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
7. Timman vs Karpov ½-½211993Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship MatchB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
8. Karpov vs Timman ½-½281993Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship MatchD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
9. Timman vs Karpov ½-½491993Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship MatchA46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Karpov vs Timman 1-0531993Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship MatchD85 Grunfeld
11. Timman vs Karpov ½-½111993Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship MatchE15 Queen's Indian
12. Karpov vs Timman ½-½511993Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship MatchD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
13. Timman vs Karpov ½-½271993Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship MatchA07 King's Indian Attack
14. Karpov vs Timman 1-0531993Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship MatchD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
15. Timman vs Karpov 0-1341993Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship MatchE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. Karpov vs Timman 1-0591993Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship MatchE81 King's Indian, Samisch
17. Timman vs Karpov ½-½331993Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship MatchB12 Caro-Kann Defense
18. Karpov vs Timman ½-½381993Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship MatchE81 King's Indian, Samisch
19. Timman vs Karpov ½-½431993Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship MatchE12 Queen's Indian
20. Karpov vs Timman 0-1401993Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship MatchA33 English, Symmetrical
21. Timman vs Karpov ½-½191993Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship MatchE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
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Jun-04-12  micartouse: <Nazi: In this, every possible variety of sacrifice in chess is analysed, up to the only kind which marks the true artist, the intuitive sacrifice.>

This reminded me of one of Alekhine's annotations from his best games collection. I enjoyed the annotation when I first saw it because I thought Alekhine was subtly mocking the notion that intuition is more impressive than calculation:

<As a rule, so-called "positional" sacrifices are considered more difficult, and therefore more praiseworthy, than those which are based exclusively on an exact calculation of tactical possibilities. The present position offers, I believe, an exception, as the multitude and complexity of the variations following the Knight's sacrifice demanded much more intensive mental work than any general evaluation of mutual possibilities.>

He was referring to Nxc7 in the following game:

Alekhine vs Koltanowski, 1932

Jun-04-12  Call Me TC: <<Frankly speaking, there is less than 1% probability that Alekhine wrote such a crap.>>

If I may make bold, the articles, even in translation, are not without literary merit. In fact, they abound with memorable turns of phrases and images.

<Is it too much to hope that, with the death of Lasker, the second and in all probability last Jewish chess champion of the world, Aryan chess (perverted hitherto through Jewish defensive ideas) will find its way to becoming world chess? I cannot be too optimistic, for Lasker has left many disciples and many followers who might endanger World Chess yet.>

<According to his words, he was in ill-health because he had been overburdened with the toil of organising the congress, etc., etc., etc., in other words, the usual and all-too-well-known rubbish of excuses!>

<Brought up as a strict orthodox, in Talmudic hatred of the "Goyyim," he was obsessed, from the commencement of his career, by the idea of making some sort of "mission" out of his inclination for chess.>

<And so it happened that, when I came to Berlin after four years' experience of the Soviets, I found there a Rubinstein who was only half a grand-master and a quarter of a human being. Blacker and blacker the shades closed round his brains, partly from megalomania, partly from persecution mania.>

<Undoubtedly, there are a few true and correct elements in Niemtsovitch's doctrines; but whatever is correct is no his own but was created by others, old masters as well as contemporaries, and he plagiarised it, consciously or unconsciously.>

<This is the poor literary bequest Niemtsovitch left when he died, to only a few successors and fewer friends - apart from some fellow-racialists.>

<Reti was applauded by the plurality of Anglo-Jewish intellectuals for his work Modern Ideas in Chess, just as Niemtsovitch had been for My System, and these people were particularly impressed by the absurd cry Reti invented, namely "We, the young masters" (he was then 34) "are not interested in rules but in exceptions." If this sentence makes sense at all, it means "We (or rather, I) know the rules governing the game of chess much too well. To carry on with further research in this field will be, in future, the task of the more feeble-minded of the chess community. But, I, the grandmaster, will devote myself exclusively to the more delicate filigree of brilliant exceptions, with my own clear elucidations." This cheap bluff, this shameless half-attempt at self-boosting, was swallowed without a struggle by a chess world already doped by Jewish journalists, the exulting cries of the Jews and their friends "Long Live Reti and the hyper-modern, neo-romantic chess!" finding an echo far and wide.>

Jun-04-12  Petrosianic: <If I may make bold, the articles, even in translation, are not without literary merit.>

Yeah, they kept Julius Streicher off the streets...

Jun-04-12  Call Me TC: Who knew the Karpov-Timman match would enjoy such a belated burst of interest?
Jun-04-12  micartouse: A notable failure of the articles are their utter lack of predictive value. The two sharpest, most aggressive champions to emerge after they were written were a couple of Jews.

I suppose a more modern anti-Semite could then say sacrifice is like a form of 'usury' because the one giving the material expects to get it back with filthy interest.

Jun-04-12  Petrosianic: This is part of how chess-as-science comes into the picture. People didn't play counter-attacking materialistic chess because it suited their personality, so much as that it brought results. In a different game, like Shogi, it doesn't work quite as well. People want to create chessboard masterpieces, but the primary goal is still to win games, and this style brings better results than the romantic styles do. The hey day of romantic chess was when advanced attacking styles clashed with inferior defensive techniques. Of course the attacker did better in those matchups, and still does when master plays amateur.
Jun-04-12  Petrosianic: And if you don't play Shogi, think of Crazyhouse with a weaker set of pieces. Crazyhouse is so crazy because the International chess pieces are so powerful that adding the option to drop them almost anywhere makes them devastating. Shogi has weaker pieces. Like Gold Generals, that move like a King, but not SW or SE. Silver Generals move like a King but not W, E or S. Lances move like a rook but only directly forward, and so on.

In Crazyhouse, you never see games where one side grabs a pawn, hangs onto it and carries it to victory. Not because Jews don't play Crazyhouse (rolled eyes) but because those strategies are <less effective> in that game. They're less effective in Shogi too. The board is never simplified, and there are so many threats to consider all through the game that defensive materialistic strategies play fewer dividends. So, there's less tendency to play that way. It's got nothing to do with race or religion, it's all about the rules of the game and what wins games.

Jun-04-12  unferth: <Honza Cervenka: Well, that's interesting question, and without additional research into this matter we can just speculate, how much Alekhine was, or was not forced to write those articles. Also it is not so clear that Alekhine's handwritten drafts of articles were identical to what was published in the Pariser Zeitung. We have only a claim of chess writer Jacques Le Monnier from 1986 that in 1958 he saw some of Alekhine's notebooks and found, in Alekhine's own handwriting, the exact text of the first anti-Semitic article, which appeared in Pariser Zeitung on March 18, 1941. This is quite interesting piece of information because the same Jacques Le Monnier in his 1973 book "75 parties d'Alekhine", that is 15 years after he allegedly saw exact text of the first anti-Semitic article in one of Alekhine's handwritten notebooks, opined: "It will never be known whether Alekhine was behind these articles or whether they were manipulated by the editor of the Pariser Zeitung." Alekhine's notebooks are still out of the public domain and they won't be there sooner than in 2017 according to the French copyright law, and so we still can't know for sure, whether articles really stood as he wrote them by hand.>

I'm curious as to the specifics of Le Monnier's claims. Did he say that the handwritten article appeared in a notebook, or in some other form? Writing in a notebook strikes me as a very odd manner of composition for publication--did he give the notebook to a typist to produce a copy for submission? I'd think that in the age of typewriters and carbon paper, an author who worked by hand would most likely simply submit his original and let the publisher go to the trouble and expense of typesetting. If Alekhine composed by hand, it seems a bit strange that he'd have retained a copy at all.

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  keypusher: <Call me TC>

<Alekhine's defence was far superior as evidenced by the fact that people are still employing it over 60 years later.>

Wrong. Alekhine's several defenses were so inferior that people defending him now are compelled to resort to the one he never offered.

Jun-04-12  RookFile: Not often that I agree with keypusher these days, but I wouldn't change a word of what he just wrote.
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  Honza Cervenka: <keypusher: <Call me TC>

<Alekhine's defence was far superior as evidenced by the fact that people are still employing it over 60 years later.>

Wrong. Alekhine's several defenses were so inferior that people defending him now are compelled to resort to the one he never offered.>

Well, in my case, in the past I have taken as a matter of fact that he had written the articles because I read elsewhere that manuscripts were found in possession of Grace Alekhine after her death in 1956. And as I have read those articles, I was wondering, how chess genius and brilliant chess writer could write such a piece of idiocy, which is absolutely inconsistent with everything else, what he had published on chess before, as well as after that. I was just trying to explain it to myself, and my conclusion was that he was forced to do it. But after making some research of my own into this matter, I have found out that the info on finding of manuscripts was unsubstantiated, or at least dubious, and practically based only on claims of two "witnesses" (Reilly and Le Monier), one of which (Reilly) denied allegations of Golombek and Hooper/Whyld that he saw the manuscripts in 1956, and the other came with his statement 28 years after the fact and after making statements contradictory to this one in the past. In light of this Alekhine's claim that the articles were Nazi fakes published under his name became again a legitimate hypothesis, and as far as I can say, quite possible.

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  keypusher: <honza>

The defense I am referring to is that the Nazis made him do it. Not that they faked the articles.

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  Honza Cervenka: <unferth> I can't read French but Winter describes it thus:

<In the May 1986 Europe Echecs (pages 300-301) Jacques Le Monnier reported that before her death Grace Alekhine had passed a number of her late husband’s notebooks to a friend (unnamed). In 1958 Le Monnier was given access to the material and found, word for word and in Alekhine’s own handwriting, the text of the first anti-Semitic article, which had appeared in Pariser Zeitung of 18 March 1941. The word ‘Jew’ was almost invariably underlined, Le Monnier reported.>

That's really a strange story to put it mildly. One has to ask here not only why he waited with such a disclosure so long and why he had written in 1973 that "we will never know", but also why would Grace Alekhine, who defended her late husband up to her death, preserve and pass to anybody such a incriminating material? She was not ignorant on chess being several times Paris lady champion, and she would hardly forgot to read carefully, what she was giving away. It doesn't sound much believable to me.

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  Honza Cervenka: Well, back to this match. I have found in the Czech journal Šachinfo, 6/93 a report written by Bretislav Modr, where he states that Timman was seeded into the match as finalist of the Candidate, and Karpov as a semifinalist with the highest ELO rating at the time.
Jun-05-12  LoveThatJoker: <Honza> This is an excellent post!

I haven't heard from GM Yusupov despite having sent an e-mail to the address on his website. Oh well, no big deal.

I saw a video on the 1993 Kasparov-Short Match - it was phenomenal!

Very entertaining match!


Jun-05-12  uscfratingmybyear: <call me TC> "There were no hostilities in 1939, and as king of chess he probably felt entitled to remain castled behind the front ranks." By 1939 Germany had already taken Poland, France was at war with Germany and the British were landing troops in France and fighting along side the French.
Jun-05-12  unferth: Germany didn't invade Poland until September 1939, and there was little fighting on the Western front for many months. until May 1940, many people believed the war would be settled quickly with few casualties in the West.
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  whiteshark: <LoveThatJoker> re Yusupov in 1993

I've checked all 1993 issues of the German chess magazines "Schach-Report" and "Rochade Europa", but there was no comment/interview etc re his 'exclusion' from the Fide WC.

Additional thoughts:

- There was only a small timeframe for Fide for a decision (to get a championchip up in the same year as the Kasparov-Short match (for legitimacy reasons)).

- Therefore a new 'candidate match' with Timman, Karpov and Yusupov wouldn't work.

- If I'm not mistaken back in 1993 Yusupov though living in Germany was still with the Russian chess federation - who without doubt were 100% Karpov supporters.

In 1st half of 1993 Yusupov played a few of tournaments with mixed results, he wrote a new book of his series with Dvoretsky and his family had an addition - so it seems to me that he had made the best out of the situation.

Jun-06-12  LoveThatJoker: <whiteshark> Thanks a lot for your kind reply, man! I remember I asked you that over a week ago. I'm genuinely thankful that you remembered!


Aug-24-13  offramp: This must be one of the most incongruous web pages to have a discussion about the Alekhine Nazi articles.
Jun-20-15  zanzibar: What <offramp> said.
Nov-04-15  Mr. V: So, what were the requirements to win the match? This seems like an important thing to be missing from an introduction.
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  thegoodanarchist: Timman was completely outclassed, losing by -4, yet both wins were with the Black pieces.

I find that quite intriguing.

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  alexmagnus: Both 1993 matches featured the largest and second largest Elo difference in a WC match ever, including all the disputed matches and FIDE KO finals.

Kasparov-Short: 150 points difference
Karpov-Timman: 140 points difference.

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  beatgiant: <alexmagnus>
Although there were no Elo ratings in 1910, surely Lasker - Janowski World Championship Match (1910) is worth a mention when discussing the largest strength gaps in a WC match.

Edochess rankings (1910): Lasker 2732, Janowsky 2511, gap 221 points

Chessmetrics rankings (Nov. 1910): Lasker 2820, Janowsky 2647, gap 173 points

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