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Yasser Seirawan vs Jan Timman
Hoogovens (1980), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 4, Jan-19
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Flohr-Mikenas-Carls Variation (A18)  ·  1-0



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Oct-06-05  Kriegspiel: Seirawan's book "Winning Chess Strategies" features yet another confusing typo in the form of a game diagram (#45) for this game on page 64. The diagram shows the position after 9...Nb4, but incorrectly shows White's g1 knight developed to f3.

Seirawan goes on to explain why he decides at this point to move his king: "Unfortunately, Black now threatens to wipe me out with 10...Nc2+. Because 10.Qc3 Qxd4! 11.Qxd4 Nc2+ will result in the destruction of my center and the loss of my pawn, I am forced to pick up my king and make it play an active, defensive role."

With the knight erroneously shown as developed to f3, I wondered why Black would commit such a stupid blunder and White such a stupid counter-blunder. Thank goodness is around to decisively resolve the matter.


Jan-27-08  mhelshou: Computer Analysis shows that the move is actually correct when there's no knight on f3. Which shows that Seirawan explanation therefore is worthless because it only applies to the case where there's no knight.

That convinces me that in chess books in general, analysis many times come after the win. In other words they justify by whatever means whatever the winning side has done.

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  whiteshark: <19...Nc5> looks like a better alternative here

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and after <20.Ke1 Nb3 21.Rab1 a4> white is still having a bad bishop on c3 and black a strong knight on b3. After <22.Nd2 Rd5 23.Nxb3 Qxb3 24.Rbc1 Rad8> white is only slightly better

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Jul-19-08  Granny O Doul: <mhelshou> I don't understand your comment. It sounds like Seirawan accurately described the actual position. The problem the other guy had was with a faulty diagram.

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