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Veselin Topalov vs Jan Timman
Hoogovens Group A (1999), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-16
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  1-0



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Jan-21-09  charms: 35... Nf4?? What a howler.
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  plang: Seirawan thought that 6..Nb6 would have been better preventing 7 d4. 10..Qd7 with the idea of ..c5 was new; 10..Qd6 had been played previously. 14 Nd2?! led to an awkward position for White; 14 Nc3 or 14 Bd2 would have been better. 15 Nb3..Nb4 would have been better for Black but the game continuation after 15 a3?!..e3! was clearly worse for White. With 28..h5?! Timman missed an opportunity; better would have been 28..f3! 29 exf..Nf4 30 gxf..Rxd1 31 fxg..Rb1 32 Rc2 maintaining a clear Black advantage. Played in the first round Timman overcame this disaster to finish in a 4 way tie for 4th at +1 (ahead of Ivanchuk, Svidler and Topalov).
Aug-05-12  Akshay999: Whatever Seirawan thought Timman pretty well until the howler. Infact after the opening it is Timman who is better than White.

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