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Alexei Fedorov vs Jan Timman
FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999), Las Vegas, NV USA, rd 3, Aug-07
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Kolisch Defense (C39)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-21-21  Zugzwangovich: Was this game for real? Needing only a draw to advance, Fedorov chooses to play the Kings Gambit? Then Timman drops a piece and a draw is immediately agreed?
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  perfidious: <Zug>, Fedorov played dozens of King's Gambits in the 1990s; I recall playing through some back then, as I played the KG for a time in 1996-97.
Jul-22-21  Zugzwangovich: <perfidious> As a long-time KG fan I knew he was an advocate of the opening, but was still surprised he'd try it against a GM as strong as Timman in such an important event when all he needed was a draw to advance and a loss could have been disastrous.

By the bye, how can one explain Timman's dropping a piece like that for nothing? I suppose when Jan realized his mistake he offered a draw straight out and "the Fed" magnanimously accepted.

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  plang: For a sharp player like Fedorov playing for a draw can easily backfire - maybe he felt it was better to play his usual game.
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  moronovich: There are many well respected lines in the KG, which go directly to the endgame.

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