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Jan Timman vs Garry Kasparov
Linares (1992), Linares ESP, rd 1, Feb-23
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch. Closed Variation (E87)  ·  0-1

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May-10-05  seoulmama: I'm surprised that no one has kibitzed this on yet; it is an intensely complex battle, with Kasparov, it seems, outcalculated Timman
May-10-05  offramp: 25.Nxc8 looks like an awful move - giving up a well-supported knight for an unmoved bishop. Perhaps he wanted to stop black playing Ba6, to support the pawn. Anyway, it's hard to imagine white's bare king lasting out long.
May-10-05  Runemaster: <seoulmama> welcome back to the site, and thanks for reminding about this game, that I hadn't seen for a long time.
May-26-05  seoulmama: Runemaster, thank you for your king words. Indeed, I have been away for a few months, but now I intend to come here more often
May-26-05  seoulmama: Kind words I mean.
May-26-05  OneArmedScissor: heavy loss of material vs. mate... you decide!
Jun-22-06  notyetagm: This brilliant miniature did not even make Stohl's collection of Kasparov's best games, even though it is included in Nunn's 101 Brilliant Chess Miniatures.
Oct-18-06  noobshot: i think timman played some useless moves like 19. Nc6, and what if white played 26. Kb3?..
Oct-18-06  ikipemiko: <noobshot> i am not sure , but i think that Qa4 , Qc6 and Q:d5 are the next moves of black
Apr-17-07  CaptainEvans: 21...N6xd5 is a brilliant sac! if instead 21...N6h5 then after 22.Bxe4 (and Ra1 to follow) then white's doing ok.
Dec-17-07  nelech: what happen if instead of 23Bd3?? white simply plays 23Kb1? I can't see a win for Black
Dec-17-07  Bobsterman3000: Timman forgot the old rule about NOT forcing your opponent's pieces to places where they already wanted to go...

Dec-17-07  KamikazeAttack: Timman almost sh i te his pants when playing Kasparov as this game shows.

He was in so much awe of the beast of baku whom he christened "the 666".

Nov-24-08  hedgeh0g: <what happen if instead of 23Bd3?? white simply plays 23Kb1? I can't see a win for Black>

23...exf3 looks very strong for Black. The idea being that the dark diagonal is still lethal for White as ...e4 is still threatened, threatening mate on a8.

An example might be: 23. Kb1 exf3 24. Bxd3 Ra8+ 25. Kc2 Qxc6+ etc.

Imminent mate or significant material loss seems unavoidable for White. If, for example, after Kb1 exf3, White plays Na5 to block the a-file, Black can simply play Rxa5 and after bxa5, play Qc6+. It would seem that White's king is ironically in the most exposed part of the board.

Apr-25-11  DWINS: <nelech> You may be right. <hedgeh0g's> line doesn't work because after 24...Ra8+ white simply takes the rook. If Black plays 24...e4 instead, White is the one who wins after 25. Bd4

Houdini 1.5a prefers 23...Rxf3 (-0.21). The position is incredibly complicated and could go either way, but I wouldn't bet against Kasparov!

Apr-25-11  SimonWebbsTiger: Kasparov gave 23. Kb1! as white's only move in his notes in Informator 54/594.

He follows up with 23...Rf3! (only move), as suggested by Houdini. The principle GK analysis runs:

24 Rhf1 Rf1 25. Rf1 Bb7 26. Nf6! Bf6 27. Bb3! Kh8 28. gf6 Qh3! (only move) 29. Rc1! Nc1 30. Qc1 Ba6! 31. f7 Qh2! unclear

All exclams are GK's.

Feb-19-12  screwdriver: It still would've been nice to see the game played a bit further. Otherwise, nice game.
Aug-03-19  Patzer Natmas: Game featured in "New in Chess - Tactics Training - Garry Kasparov "

As per text:
25...e4+ 26.♘c3 (26.♘f6 ♖xf6! ) 26...♕a4 27.♖a1 ♕xb4+ Black wins

@screwdriver - 26. Nc3 Qa4 27. Ra1 Qxb4+ 28. Kc1 Rxa1+ 29. Nb1 Qxb1#

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