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Jan Timman vs Nigel Short
Candidates Final (1993), San Lorenzo de El Escorial ESP, rd 3, Jan-??
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. General (D58)  ·  0-1



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Aug-11-07  sanyas: Wouldn't 37.Qxa5 have given White the advantage?
Aug-11-07  gandu: After 37.Qxa5, 37...d4 seems very strong for black!
Aug-11-07  sanyas: Good find! Well, at least he gets a draw after 38.♗xb7 ♕xh3+ 39.♔e2 ♕g4+ 40.♔d2 (40.♗f3 d3+ 41.♔d2 ♕xf3 42.♕d8+ ♔h7 43.♖xc4 ♖d5 44.♕e8 ♕xf2+ 45.♔c3 ♕c2+ 46.♔b4 ♕b1+ 47.♔a5 d2) 40...dxe3+ 41.fxe3 (41.♔c3 exf2 42.♕a8+ ♔h7 43.♗e4+ g6 44.♖h1 ♕g3+ 45.♔xc4 ♕c7+ 46.♔b3 ♖g3+ 47.♗f3 ♕f4) 41...♕d7+ 42.♔c3 ♕d3+ 43.♔b2 ♕b3+ 44.♔a1 1/2-1/2
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  Fusilli: 37.Qxa5 has its risks. Rather than 37...d4 I am looking at 37...Rxg2 38.Kxg2 d4+ (diagram)

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With the following continuations:

A) 39. Kf1 Qxh3+ wins, for example: 40.Ke2 Qf3+ 41. Ke1 Qh1+ 42.Kd2 c3+ 43.Kc2 Be4+ winning the rook.

B) 39. f3 Bxf3+! 40.Kxf3 Qxh3+ 41.Ke2 41...Qxe3+ (41...Qg2+ 42.Kd1 c3 43.Qd8+ Kh7 44.Qxd4 White wins) 42.Kd1 c3 (diagram)

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...but here White has the saviour 43.Qa8+! (43.Rc2 Qd3+ 44.Ke1 Qxc2 45.Qd8+ Kh7 46.Qxd4 Qb1+ and 47...c2 winning) Kh7 44.Qg2 and black has to give perpetual with 44...Qd3+ 45.Ke1 Qe3+ 45.Kd1.

C) 39. Kh2 dxe3 40.fxe3 Qf5 41.Qd2 Qe5+ 42.Kg1 Qg3+ 43.Kf1 Qxh3+ (diagram)

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and now 44.Kg1 draw, or 44.Ke1 Qh1+ 45.Kf2 (45.Ke2 is suicidal because of 45...Bf3+ 46.Kf2 Qg2+ 47.Ke1 Qg1#) Qg2+ draw.

I am moving the pieces around but I'm not checking with the computer, so the analysis may well be flawed (feel free to refute!) For example, in the second line, I suppose White might not take the bishop (but why wouldn't he? His king is exposed anyway and it looks like a good idea to eliminate an attacking piece).

Mar-15-12  nummerzwei: <Fusilli>:There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with your variations. In your second line, 40...Qf5+ leads to a different pattern of perpetual check. However, going over the game with annotations from two different books, I found out that it is suggested that Black has better:

-37...d4! 38.Bxb7 Qxb7 39.Rxc4 Qg2+ 40.Ke2 d3+!(John Nunn in 'Understanding Chess Middlegames', 2011) 41.Kxd3 Qf1+ 42.Kd4 (42.Kc3 Qe1+) Qd1+ with mate

-37...Qf5! 38.Qb6 Kh7!!(Zenon Franco Ocampos in 'Winning Chess Explained', 2006)

Of course, all this is rather complicated. In fact, Franco goes so far as to say that, in practice, 37.Qxa5 (or 36.Qxa5 Rg5 37.Kf1, transposing) was a better try!

Feb-25-13  WiseWizard: Was this a must win game for White?
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  Eggman: <<Was this a must win game for White?>>

Not sure which game this was. Timman may indeed have been behind at this point, but this wasn't a must-win game. The final game of the match and Timman's must-win game was game 13, which ended in a draw.

Feb-25-13  Olavi: This was game three, with Timman leading 1-.
Nov-11-17  Clement Fraud: 14.Rab1 would have given white the advantage; and in view of this, therefore, 11... c6 does seem a little passive. Might the future of this line rest on 11... Nc6 (?)
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