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Jan Timman vs Garry Kasparov
Sarajevo (1999), Sarajevo BIH, rd 8, May-25
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Prins Variation (D97)  ·  0-1



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Mar-16-06  babakova: I just looked through this game and thought, isnt 25.Rxf7 a slight blunder played with the ambition to just draw the game? Maybe white has something better...Im not sure,looks difficult.
Mar-18-06  aw1988: 25. Nf3 looks superior.
Aug-26-07  aazqua: Why do people keep trying to play complex tactical openings against a guy like Kasparov? He's obiouvsly going to be better prepared and better over the board. Absolutely baffling. It's like these guys want to lose.
Apr-19-08  aazqua: White just gets abused in this game. This had to be so demoralizing for Tinman. He just clearly isn't in Kasparov's class. Reall sloppy play on a couple of occasions get exploited by the master.
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  plang: Timman after 5 Qb3: "At this point. Kasparov has a rather denigrating comment on the Internet: "Timman surprised me; he wasn't going to look for a quick draw." OK, I did it in Wijk-aan-Zee but it is certainly not my habit, and especially after my defeat against Bareev. I saw only one way to add a little distinction to an otherwise catastrophic event: winning this game."

7..a6 was very popular during this time (Svidler had lost spectacular recent games against Kasparov at Wijk-aan-Zee and Anand at Linares) but Kasparov has always preferred 7..Na6. 14 Rab1 was new; 14 a3 had been played in Kotov-Averbakh 1955 USSR ch. (won bt Black). After 15 b4 Kasparov had no choice but to sacrifice the exchange on e3 though he had excellent compensation in return. Timman spent 30 minutes after 23..Rb3 and had he played 24 Rb8+..Bf8 25 Rd8..Rxd5 26 Nf3..Be6 27 Rxd5..Bxd5 28 a4..a5 the game would likely have ended in a draw; instead after 24 Rbf4? he was in deep trouble. It would have been better had Timman admitted the error on his 24th move and just played 25 Nf3. After 28..g4! the knight had to return to h4 as 29 Ne1..Rf5 30 g2..Rf1+ 31 Kg2..Kf6 32 a4..Be2 33 Rc6+..Ke5 34 Nc2..Rc1 35 Kf2..Bd1 36 Nb4..Rxc6 37 Nxc6+..Kd6 is winning for Black. 48 Rb8 would have been a tougher defense keeping the rook active though Black should still win in the long run.

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