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Peter Scheeren vs Jan Timman
NED-ch (1980), Leeuwarden NED, rd 2, Mar-06
Benoni Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Hastings Defense Main Line (A64)  ·  0-1



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Sep-29-16  Howard: This game features 15...Rf8---a new move that Timman came up with. He referred to it in a NIC issue as an example of the "mysterious rook move".

This move was used by Kasparov, in fact, in his famous 1982 encounter with Korchnoi.

Sep-29-16  Olavi: Not very mysterious, it's obvious that black plays f5 soon (usually on the next move). An attacking move. The original Nimzowitch concept was to disencourage the opponent from opening the line or doing something near it, a form of prophylaxis.
Sep-30-16  Howard: Pushing the black pawn to f5 on the next move is not necessarily a good idea, at least not according to Kasparov.

That's exactly what he did when he was playing Korchnoi, and he called it a mistake, though I don't recall exactly why.

Apr-26-18  Howard: In fact, Shamkovich annotated this game VERY extensively in the September, 1983 issue of CL--just looked at it the other day. Granted, a lot of the analysis he gives was actually Kasparov's, but the point is that Kasparov questions his 16...f5 there, too. He seems to question as to whether that move really has anything to do with the game.

For the record, Korchnoi-Kasparov 1982 is an excellent training game, in my view. You can spend hours on it, and learn a lot.

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