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Jan Timman vs Veselin Topalov
Dortmund Sparkassen (1999), Dortmund GER, rd 6, Jul-16
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Delayed Keres Attack (B81)  ·  1-0



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Dec-29-05  hippatxu: Someone knows where can I found more info about 10.♕d2 ? Seems an interesting gambit to me but I don´t have more games w it in my chessbase.
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  Ron: <hippatxu> A pretty good chess database is at After 10. Qd2 that database shows 7 games with that position.
Dec-29-05  hippatxu: Thank u very much. I usually read that web but I didn´t know of that database til now, thx again :P
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  plang: 7 g4 is the Perenyi variation; Topalov avoided the supersharp 7..e5 8 Nf5..g6 where White sacrifices a piece for a fierce attack. 9..h5 was first played by Kasparov against Shirov at Linares 1998 (drawn). 10 Qd2 was a new idea; Shirovs 10 gxh led to a forced draw while 10 Nd5 has also been played. Timman mentions 12..Nd7 as an alternative but Seirawans suggested response of 13 Qc3 looks strong. The alternative 19..gxf 20 Nxc8..Rxc8 21 Rxd4..exd 22 Bxf5+..Kh8 23 Qxd4+..Bg7 24 Qd1 would have been winning for White. Timman recommends 20..Bd7 21 c3..Nb5 22 Nxd7..Qxd7 23 Nxe5 as a better defense though White is still clearly better.

A nice effort by Timman; on several occasions he forsakes material gain to maintain his positional superiority. 41 Be2! is an example; he doesn't go after the cripple on h5 or the pawn on b3 instead placing the bishop on the superior b5 square blocking the b file as well as supporting his passed pawns.

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