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Jan Timman vs Vasily Smyslov
2nd ECC final (1979), Bad Lauterberg FRG, rd 3, Nov-26
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Karpov Gambit (C80)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-02-04  Whitehat1963: A very interesting draw with sacrifices and pawn promotions.
Jan-03-06  refutor: a very interesting game with unbalanced material
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  Honza Cervenka: Fascinating battle.
Jan-24-08  percyblakeney: Hmm, I wonder what Timman and Smyslov were doing in an event called "BRD-England"... This game doesn't exist in my ancient Mega Database 2002 but that doesn't have to mean much.
Jan-24-08  sneaky pete: Played November 26, 1979 in Bad Lauterberg (FRG), in the decisive round 3 of the European club teams cup final between Volmac Rotterdam and Burevestnik.
Jan-24-08  percyblakeney: <sneaky pete> OK, thanks!
Jan-24-08  Tomlinsky: Good detective work <sneaky pete>. It isn't in MB2008 either.
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  whiteshark: An interesting alternative is <27.Rd6 Kxb3 28.R1xd4 Ra8 29.g3 Ra4 30.Bxc3 Kxc3>

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with 31.Rd3+


May-14-10  rokirovka: The game is annotated in Kasparov's _My Great Predecessors_ series.

One chance for White not mentioned by Kasparov is 36.Rg6. To me this is the natural reply to 35...h6: keep attacking the h-pawn with the rook. Kasparov notes that a move earlier 35...b4 36.Rxh7 Rb5 37.g4 favors White. I don't see why 35...h6 36.Rg6 b4 37.Rxh6 Rb5 38.g4 is any better for Black, nor do I see any better options for Black after 36.Rg6.

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  hoodrobin: Timman comments on this game in 'Timman's Titans', 2016.
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  GrahamClayton: Smyslov's King goes for a walk on a crowded board.

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