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Jan Timman vs Viktor Korchnoi
Olympiad Final-A (1974), Nice FRA, rd 5, Jun-19
French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation (C19)  ·  0-1



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Jan-07-09  Caissanist: Donner, writing a few months after the game: <True, Timman's profundity is bottomless. It is beyond me, in fact. Together with Unzicker, I followed his game against Kortchnoi. We saw him play bishop from f1 to e2 around the tenth move. I would have played Bd3, said Unzicker. No, I understand, I said. But after Kortchnoi made a normal developing move, something like Ra8-cd, Timman moved the bishop from e2 to d3. Unzicker and I looked at one another, nonplussed, and started laughing. But that wasn't the end of it. The game continued with an early exchange of queens, after which Timman castled and moved his king via f1 to e2.

"I've been young myself," said Unzicker, "but this is too much." We shook our heads.

Jan-01-17  clement41: Instructive manoeuver Be2 Rc8 Bd3!?.
Also highly interesting is 20...fe!? 21 gf e4 and finding the best move for white here is challenging.
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  offramp: Of course, most of the time you want to have the move, but sometimes you don't.
Jan-01-17  morfishine: Timman was 23 years old when this game was played, so one can't write it off to youthful exuberance

Sometimes those mysterious Bishop shuffles, for example from <e3> to <f4> then back to <e3> are beyond being comprehended by lowly mortals, if in fact they can be understood at all


Apr-11-18  Adenosina: I find 30. ...d4+ and 31. ...f4+ such an elegant moves which fit perfectly with the counterattacking style that Korchnoi is and will be forever known for.
Apr-11-18  Olavi: 10.Be2, 11.Bd3 is not mysterious. After 10.Bd3 f6 11.exf6 gxf6 12.dxc5 e5, white has to retreat the Bishop to e2 Tringov vs Vaganian, 1971 or play some other unnatural move, and black castles queenside. After Rc8 it's no longer so desirable. Of course that doesn't mean it's the best idea.
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