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Jan Timman vs Lajos Portisch
Reykjavik (1987), Reykjavik ISL, rd 8, Feb-28
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Delayed Keres Attack Perenyi Gambit (B81)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: What about 17...0-0?
Jul-11-06  zev22407: I guese 18)B-h3 and R-g1
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  Honza Cervenka: <zev22407> I see 18.Bh3 but then black can play simply 18...Nxc3+ 19.bxc3 Kh8 and his position looks okay.
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  Honza Cervenka: I would be more afraid of 17...0-0 18.Bd4 f6 19.f3 with threatening fxe4 or Rg1. Also 17...0-0 18.Bd4 Nf6 19.f4 looks very dangerous for black. For example, 19...Qh6 20.Rg1+ Kh8 21.Qh5!! Qxh5 22.Bxf6# or 19...Qxf5 20.Rg1+ (or 20.Bh3 and 21.Rg1) 20...Kh8 21.Bh3 etc.
Jan-01-08  msikma: Very nice game, and very nice opening too. I don't like 21...Qe5 at all, and I think Portisch would have had a much better game if he had tried 21...Qf3, exchanging queens and getting a pawn on the f3 square. That would look like this:

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This could be followed up with 23.Bg5 f6 (closing the diagonal on the king) 24.Bc4 fxg5! At this point, Timman would win the exchange with 25.Bxg8, but then 25...g4 looks like it's well worth it to me. That would look like this:

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And I'd be willing to play that.

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  takchess: On the Perenyi attack , i dont understand the 10th move for white. Is it that the two white pawns on the 5th rank worth more than blacks knight on f6 ? Interested in your thoughts. Thanks
Feb-09-17  Olavi: 10.gxf6 f4 and white is positionally crushed. So the real choice has been made on move seven. Whether white has enough compensation was the point of the whole debate - I don't know about the current view.
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  takchess: Olavi. Thanks. Its enjoyable to watch this knight remain en prise for so long.

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