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Jan Timman vs Garry Kasparov
"Garry Garry Quite Contrary" (game of the day Apr-10-2007)
KRO Match (1985), Hilversum NED, rd 1, Dec-15
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Smyslov-Breyer-Zaitsev Hybrid (C93)  ·  0-1

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Dec-18-06  positionalbrilliancy: Beautiful game by Kasparov, the subtle complexities of his plan are especially interesting, excuted by gradually maneuvering his knights to storm Timman's kingside. I think Timman's resignation is appropriate on account of 53. Rxf1 <Rxe2 Qh2#> Ng3+ 54. Kg1 Qe3+ 55. Rf2 Qe1+ and Kaspy's a whole piece up.
Apr-10-07  viceman: What happens if white plays 30.Qxc5 instead of 30.Bxc6?
Apr-10-07
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  Eyal: Timman's troubles seem to have begun with 26.exd5 instead of e5. After 29...Bxc6(!) 30.Bxc6 Nf4 White must lose material - though Kasparov missed an opportunity to win a whole piece with 31...Nce6!. A nice sideline is 29...Rxb5? 30.Nxb5 Qxc6, which seems to win material in a simpler way than in the game, but then White has 31.Na7 Qb7 32.Re8+ (32.Qxc5? Nf4) Kh7 33.Bxg7 (33.Qxc5? Qxb2 34.Rxa8 Bd4) Nc7 (after 33...Kxg7? 34.Qxc5 wins at last) 34.Rxa8 Qxa8 35.Qxc5 Ne6; or 33...Nb4 34.Rh8+ Kxg7 35.Qc3+ f6 36.Rxa8 Qxa8 37.Qxc5 and it's equal.

<viceman: What happens if white plays 30.Qxc5 instead of 30.Bxc6?> 30...Bxb5 31.Qxd5 Bc4 followed by Rxb2.

A year later Timman got his revenge in the same variation of the Ruy lopez: Timman vs Kasparov, 1986.

Apr-10-07  Bingat29: <Xeeniner> 53. ..Ng3+. Here are the moves. (1) 54. Kh2 Nxf1 taking the rook . (2) 54. Kg1 Qe3+ (55. Kh1 or Kh2....Nxf1). 55. Rf2..Qc1+ (the rook cannot return to f1 because of Qxf1 + ) mate will follow at Qh1.
Apr-10-07  Atking: One could explain why the simple 19.N2b3~20.Na5 is bad? Exchange sacrifice on a5, counter on the center by Ne5 or gambit with c5? I fail to see. Is there theory here ?
Apr-10-07
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  Eyal: <Atking: One could explain why the simple 19.N2b3~20.Na5 is bad?> I don't know if it's definitely "bad", but it was tried in Chiburdanidze vs E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya, 1983, without resulting in anything special for White (actually White got an advantage in that game after 26...Qxc5?, but Black could have played instead 26...Qxb5 with no problems).
Apr-10-07  Anirix: I can't see how 31...Nce6 would win a piece. After 32.Qa4 Bxd5 33.Bxd5 Nxd5 34.Qxd5 black can't take the bishop on b5 due to the mate threat of Re8+
Apr-10-07
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  Eyal: <Anirix> After 32.Qa4 Black plays Qb7 (using the mate threat on g2).
Apr-10-07  artemis: positional brilliancy: you dont give your line enough credit.

52. Rxf1 Ng3+ 53. Kg1 Qe3+ 54. Rf2 Qe1+ followed soon by Qh1#.

However, if 52. Rxf1 Ng3+ 53. Kh2 Nxf1+ then black is 'only' a piece up.

This is one of the games that is worth several hours of analysis. If you try to analyze the middlegame, take at least 4 hours total to try to find all of the attacking themes. I did this a long time ago, and I plan to do it again sometime soon.

Apr-10-07  Rook of chess: A very Interesting game by kasprov. And I totally agree with artemis
Apr-10-07
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  kevin86: Black will soon manoever to capture the rook at the cost of ONE knight.

52♖x♘g1 ♘g3+ 53 ♔g1 ♕e3+!! 54 ♔h2 (or ♖f2 ♕e1+) ♘xf1

The extra knight will win easily.

Apr-10-07  MaxxLange: 53...Qe3 is not a !! move, it's technique
Apr-10-07  MaxxLange: sorry, just a pet peeve of mine....probably Qe3+ gets one !....I hate it when people lard !! all over a game for every reasonably decent move
Apr-10-07
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  fm avari viraf: A scintilating game by Gary who parried all the threats throughout & ultimately wove a mating net with his galloping Knights which left Timman helpless.
Apr-10-07  DutchDunce: How does your garden grow? Well, with all those knights galloping about, and horses known for producing natural fertilizer....

By the way, Garry playing the Ruy as Black is a rarity.

Apr-10-07  Duque Roquero: Instead of resigning world champion Kramnik would have played the unexpected 52. Rxe2!!! (Of course itís a joke, specially the exclamation marks).
Apr-10-07  Gouki: <By the way, Garry playing the Ruy as Black is a rarity.>

indeed

Timman must have probably been prepared to face the sicilian from Kasparov but must have been somewhat disappointed when Garry gave 1.e4, 1...e5!

excellent game from Kasparov, again showing why he is the greatest player of all times!

Apr-10-07  Fisheremon: <Atking: One could explain why the simple 19.N2b3~20.Na5 is bad? Exchange sacrifice on a5, counter on the center by Ne5 or gambit with c5? I fail to see. Is there theory here ?> After 16.a4!? Bg7 17.Bd3 c6 that route could be quite effective.

<Eyal: Timman's troubles seem to have begun with 26.exd5 instead of e5. After 29...Bxc6(!) 30.Bxc6 Nf4 White must lose material> IMO 27.Nc4?! (27.Rb1!?). The knight route wasted time and 29.Nec6? losing, cos' 31...Nce6! wins quicker as you noted. My guess was White planned interesting sac 29.Nxg6?, e.g. 29...fxg6?! 30.Qxg6 Qf7 31.Qg3 Qf4 32.Qg6 if Black tries to play for a win, say 32...Qf6 33.Qc2 Qb6 34.Ba1 Nf4 35.Re7 and Black's in a big trouble. Perhaps he noted at last moment Black had a simple 29...Ne6!, but it was too late.

Apr-13-07
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  Eyal: <Fisheremon: My guess was White planned interesting sac 29.Nxg6?, e.g. 29...fxg6?! 30.Qxg6 Qf7 31.Qg3 Qf4 32.Qg6 if Black tries to play for a win, say 32...Qf6 33.Qc2 Qb6 34.Ba1 Nf4 35.Re7 and Black's in a big trouble.> Interesting - but I don't see why Black has to play a move like 34...Nf4; 34...Rf8, for example, seems to give Black good winning chances in this line as well.
Apr-13-07  Atking: Thanks Eyal and Fisheremon for yours explanations. Still I'm not convinced that Maia could not improve White's chance in the game (The opening phase)by 22.axb axb 23.Bd3 (Bb5 is quite annoying) 23. ....Bxe4 24.Bxb5 d5 25.Qa4 <After 16.a4!? Bg7 17.Bd3 c6 that route could be quite effective.> An interesting idea.
Apr-13-07  Fisheremon: <Eyal: <Fisheremon: My guess was White planned interesting sac 29.Nxg6?, e.g. 29...fxg6?! 30.Qxg6 Qf7 31.Qg3 Qf4 32.Qg6 if Black tries to play for a win, say 32...Qf6 33.Qc2 Qb6 34.Ba1 Nf4 35.Re7 and Black's in a big trouble.> Interesting - but I don't see why Black has to play a move like 34...Nf4; 34...Rf8, for example, seems to give Black good winning chances in this line as well.> 34...Rf8 35.Bc4 Kh8 36.Nf5 and White's a bit better.
Apr-13-07
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  Eyal: <Fisheremon: 34...Rf8 35.Bc4 Kh8 36.Nf5 and White's a bit better.> I think that after 36...Bxa1 37.Rxa1 Nc7/f6 it's about equal - actually, 34...Bb7 is probably better for Black, so that after the sequence 35.Bc4 Kh8 36.Nf5 Bxa1 37.Rxa1 there would be 37...Qg6. Anyway, I agree that 29...Ne6! is stronger than fxg6 - my main point was that it's "unfair" to assess the fxg6 line by 34...Nf4?, which is an especially weak move for Black.

<Atking: Still I'm not convinced that Maia could not improve White's chance in the game (The opening phase)by 22.axb cxb 23.Bd3 (Bb5 is quite annoying) 23. ....Bxe4 24.Bxb5 d5 25.Qa4> Instead of 23...Bxe4, d5 (creating, among other things, a threat on b4) seems to give Black equality here.

Apr-13-07  Fisheremon: <Eyal: <Fisheremon: 34...Rf8 35.Bc4 Kh8 36.Nf5 and White's a bit better.> I think that after 36...Bxa1 37.Rxa1 Nc7/f6 it's about equal - actually, 34...Bb7 is probably better for Black, so that after the sequence 35.Bc4 Kh8 36.Nf5 Bxa1 37.Rxa1 there would be 37...Qg6. Anyway, I agree that 29...Ne6! is stronger than fxg6 - my main point was that it's "unfair" to assess the fxg6 line by 34...Nf4?, which is an especially weak move for Black.> Agree, my variations were just "human-oriented" ones in order to illustrate a possible equality, and if Black tries to play for a win a worse could be happened in a practical game, cos' 29...Ne6! could clear any illusion from White side.
Oct-19-08  gambitfan: http://www.playchess.de/games/HCL-M...

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Sep-17-17  Zugzwangovich: Like Fischer, Kaspy only defended the Ruy a handful of times in his career (this game was the first time). He wasn't all that successful with it; he won this one but lost to Timman, Judit Polgar (rapid game), Deep Blue and X3DFritz.
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