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Jan Timman vs Miguel Najdorf
Mar del Plata (1982), Mar del Plata ARG, rd 3, Feb-10
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Delayed Exchange (C85)  ·  1-0



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Aug-28-12  achieve: Well done, Jan!

It's interesting to compare this handling of the opening, the Delayed Exchange, with the game played in 1965 between Botwinnik and Stein. Botwinnik focuses his attention on the Q-side development, advancing a&b pawns, Ba3 behind it pressuring the diagonal, but soon the structure is fixed and Botwinnik has a stranded Knight on the edge of the board.

Timman goes about it in a comletely different manner. I wonder if Jan had studied this opening and the Botwinnik Stein game.

Timman's middlegame upto move 24 is both efficient, and elegant, creating a very powerful and versatile pawncenter, and Najdorf can't really do a thing about it. Timman decides to go for the 3-piece battery, and while Najdorf gobbles up the center pawns, Timman invades the Black camp with the Queen, and the end is near.

Sep-14-12  Everett: Should White's next be 37.Nh6?
Jan-31-15  jerseybob: Everett: 37.Nh6 looks good. After 37..Rd7 38.Qe5+ seals the deal. If 37..Qe3+ 38.Kh2 wins.
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  Fusilli: <Everett>, <jerseybob> Not really. After 37.Nh6 Re8, black is alive. The killer is 37.Qe5+ Ng7 38.Rf7 Rg8 (38...Qd1+ 39.Kh2 Qd6 pinning the queen meets the old trick 40.Rf8+ and white gobbles the black queen) 39.Nf6 and black collapses.
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