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Anatoly Karpov vs Jan Timman
Tilburg Interpolis (1977), Tilburg NED, rd 1, Sep-23
Pirc Defense: Classical Variation. Quiet System Parma Defense (B08)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Oct-18-06  aktajha: Too bad nobody kibitz as of yet about this great game....

Timman was a great connaisseur of the pirc defense those days and played it 3 out of 4 possible times this tournament.

After 18. d6 (the position is known of V Liberzon vs Adorjan, 1977) the question arised: Is the pawn strong or weak?

At move 35. Ng5 the game reaches its climax. Karpov already lost a pawn and the pawn at d6 would be lost as well. Black should win with 37. ... Rxf7 38. Rxf7 Rf8

Timman however misses this opportunity and an endgame arises with two rooks against Queen; which is difficult, but black still has winning chances.

Timman noted afterwards, that 51. ... Ra1 was the decisive mistake. Had he played Ra2 he should go on for a win; but now a draw could be forced.

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Mar-12-20  Howard: The Informant stated that Karpov's 18.d6 was an error, probably because the d-pawn became a target. But, then, it also stated that 18.Bc5 would have been "better". But Murray Chandler later discovered that 18...cxd5 would have given Black good counterplay, as discussed by Soltis in a 1982 issue of Chess Life.

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