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Jan Timman vs Anatoly Karpov
Bugojno (1980), Bugojno YUG, rd 9, May-??
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Flohr System (C92)  ·  0-1



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May-14-05  BlazingArrow56: I've looked at a lot of Karpov's games lately. Impeccable technique is a trademark for this guy. I think strong players can appreciate his style of play more than beginners who like fireworks.
Jul-25-05  who: I guess Timman regreted not taking the draw at move 13.Ng5. That I think is the biggest disadvantage of the Zaitsev system. If white wants a draw it is too late for black to really back down.
Apr-08-08  Hesam7: A critical phase in the game, commentary by Kasparov taken from "Revolution in the 70s" pgs 249-250:

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Decisively cutting the Gordian knot! In the event of 25.Bxe7 Bxe7! (Timman's advice: 25...d3 26.Bxd3 cxd3 27.Qxd3 Bxe7 28.bxa6 Bxa8 "with an attack" should not be followed in view of the obvious 29.Rac1) 26.Nxc4! axb5! 27.axb5! (only not 27.e5? because of Timman's suggestion 27...Qc6! 28.f3 bxc4; after 29.exf6 Bc5 Black obtains two bishops for a rook and a pawn) 27...Qxc4 28.Qxc4 Rxc4 29.Bd3 Rc3 the same position as in the game, advantageous for Black, would be reached. But after 25.Nxc4! White will have a chance to avoid it.


By the preparatory exchange on b5 Karpov wanted to avoid the loss of his a6-pawn in the variation 25...Qxc4 26.Bd3 Qe6 27.Bxe7 Bxe7 28.bxa6.

There was also a third way: 25...Ree8!? Since the knight at c4 and the e4-pawn are both hanging Black is certain to regain material. However in this case the inevitable destruction of forces leads to equality, for example: 26.Bxf8 Qxc4 27.Bd3 Qc3 28.Ba3 Bxe4 29.Bxe4 Rxe4 30.Qf1 Rxe1 31.Qxe1 axb5 32.axb5 d3 33.Qxc3 Rxc3 34.Bb2 Rc2 35.Bxf6 d2 36.Bb2 draw!

Achieving this result would have been much easier for White in this last variation, than in the ending which occurred in the game.


Missing a chance that presented itself thanks to the correct decision on White's previous move 26.Nd6! the roles could have been reversed: 26...Qxc2 27.Nxc8 Qxc8 28.Bxe7 Bxe7 29.Qxb5, and in this situation with an unusual material balance White's prospects look better!>

Feb-21-09  Crowaholic: Nice zugzwang at the very end.
Dec-31-15  Howard: Informant gives some detailed analysis to this game.
Oct-23-20  fisayo123: I wonder if this was the 1st or one of the 1st games Karpov began to play his beloved Zaitsev
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  woldsmandriffield: @Hesam the game wasn’t played in the 1970s and 26 Nxc4 was an interesting try a move earlier than in the game.

But Kasparov looks spot on about 26 Nd6! Timman’s 26 axb5 looks another example of an automatic recapture.

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