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Jan Timman vs Jeroen Piket
Corus Group A (2000), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 3, Jan-18
Slav Indian (A50)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-13-03  ksadler: For anyone who is interested, this game is annotated at
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  plang: Both players effectively avoided mainline theory ending up in an offbeat Kings Indian. In game 6 of their 8 game 1994 match in Monaco Ljubojevic had played 5 Qd2 against Piket and Black had gone on to win; 5 Nf3 was new. 6 Qd3!? with the idea of queenside castling was an unorthodox idea; besides the normal looking moves 6 e3 and 6 e4 an alternative idea is 6 Nd2!? with the idea of showing that the bishop on g4 is misplaced. Piket thought that he could have improved with 8..Nb4 9 Qd2..Bxf3 10 gxf..c5 with an unclear position. Timman thought he would have had an advantage had he played 13 Kb1..e5 14 Be3..exd 15 Bxd4..Bxd4 16 Rxd4..Qe5 17 e3. After 16..f5 Black was already better; taking the pawn with 17 Rxd6..Ne5 18 Rxd8+..Rxd8 19 Qf4..Nc5 20 Qf3..Na4 would have given Black great attacking chances. Timman's choice of 17 Bg2?! weakened d3 and c4; 17 e3 would have been better. Piket's concluding attack was pretty.

Both players played this game very creatively from move 3 onward.

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