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Anatoly Karpov vs Jan Timman
Candidates Final (1990), Kuala Lumpur MAS, rd 8, Mar-23
Queen's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Nimzowitsch Variation Quiet Line (E15)  ·  1-0

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Jul-31-14  Nerwal: Whereas Watson wrote at length about how much better modern players do understand chess, it's also easy to find games like this one. With the white king sitting at f1, the position calls for the dynamic 19... f5!? 20. ♘e3 f4!? (computers even suggest 19... c5!?; White's position looks very shaky there), yet Timman, a top 5 player at the time with an attacking style, chose instead the academic plan of opening the a file with 19... a5 and 21... a4. But otb play is more concrete than authors of chess books would wish, now and even back in the old days. As Karpov noted in one of his books, Black probably simply miscalculated : 23... ♖xa2 would be very strong if not for 24. ♕b1!.

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