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Jan Timman vs Alexander Morozevich
Corus Group A (2000), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 12, Jan-29
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  1-0



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May-01-04  jaime gallegos: the black beast of Morozevich !
May-05-04  JoeyCJK: Timman has a +3 score over Morozevich. Morozevich has never beaten him.
May-28-05  DutchDunce: Moro has never beaten Timman. Timman has never beaten Judit Polgar. Polgar has never beaten Moro. Moro has never beaten...well, you get the picture.
May-29-05  acirce: <Timman has never beaten Judit Polgar.>

At least three times: Pamplona 1999, Hoogeveen 1999 and 2000.

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  plang: Morozovich had used his pet line 3..Be7 earlier in the tournament against Adams and had been fortunate to draw; here he plays the more conventional 3..Nf6. 9 Nf4 is a sharp, relatively rare alternative to the main line 9 exf; Timman was hoping that Morozovich would be less familiar with this older, tactical line. At Brussels 1986 Timman, playing Black, had played 18..Qa5+ against Van der Weil and had gone on to win but was perfectly comfortable playing the White side. 19..Rc4 was new; 19..Be7 and 19..Rc2 had been played previously. 21 Rad1 and 22 Rfe1 were aimed at preventing ..f4; ie. if 22..f4 23 Qxe6+..Kxe6 24 b3..Rb4 25 a3..Rxb3 26 Bxf4.

Timman on 23..a5:
" very ambitious: he wants to push his a-pawn to a4, which would yield him a foothold on the fourth rank. Then he can play f4. But the plan is too slow: White is just in time to blow up the Black centre without having to concede a significant weakening of his own position."

Timman planned to answer 24..e4 with 25 Red2..Nb6 26 Bd8..Bb4 27 Qh5+..Kg8 28 Bxb6..Bxb2 29 Rxd2..Qxb6 30 Rxd5 with a powerful attack. 29..exf was strategic capitulation but after 29..e4 30 Rh3 White has a strong attack. In time trouble Morozovich missed his best chance for counterplay with 34..Ng5. Also 35..Qc6 would have been a tougher defense.

Played in the 12th round this game was given the Public Prize for the round.

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  perfidious: <acirce: <Timman has never beaten Judit Polgar.>

At least three times: Pamplona 1999, Hoogeveen 1999 and 2000.>

Never can be a very long time.

Mar-24-15  nummerzwei: <Timman planned to answer 24..e4 with 25 Red2..Nb6 26 Bd8..Bb4 27 Qh5+..Kg8 28 Bxb6..Bx[d]2 29 Rxd2..Qxb6 30 Rxd5 with a powerful attack.>

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In his notes in NiC 2000/2, Timman even described White's attack as 'irresistible'. Indeed, in my experience it is like this with analyses for which engines weren't consulted (Timman had that option in 2000). Every once in a while you run into statements that make no sense. Here, after the obvious 30...Rc1+ (or 30...Rc2 at once) 31.Kg2 Rc2 White does not seem to have so much as an idea to just continue playing and must give the perpetual.

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