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Jan Timman vs Artur Yusupov
Yusupov - Timman Candidates Semifinal (1986), Tilburg NED, rd 6, Jan-26
Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General (D37)  ·  0-1



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  SwitchingQuylthulg: I've never heard of Jusuoov before, but he must have been a pretty strong player to beat Timman at Tilburg '86. This is his only game in this database though, can anyone provide more?

It speaks further volumes about Jusuoov's strength that his play was copied by Artur Yusupov in the same tournament - Timman vs Yusupov, 1986 - though in that game Timman, understandably wanting to avoid a repeat, tried 24. ♘g6+ ♔g8 25. ♖xd3 instead.

Dec-11-08  slomarko: Timman is overated.
Dec-11-08  Ziggurat: <slomarko> You might want to work on your sense of humor.
Dec-11-08  Karpova: Black was Artur Yusupov

[Event "Candidates qf2"]
[Site "Tilburg NED"]
[White "Timman, Jan H"]
[Black "Jussupow, Artur"]
[WhiteElo "2645"]
[BlackElo "2645"]
[Date "1986.?.?"]
[Result "0-1"]
[Round "6"]
[ECO "D53"]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bxf6 Bxf6 7.Qb3 c6 8.O-O-O dxc4 9.Qxc4 b5 10.Qb3 a5 11.e4 a4 12.Qc2 Nd7 13.d5 cxd5 14.exd5 a3 15.dxe6 axb2+ 16.Kb1 fxe6 17.Qe4 Bxc3 18.Qxa8 O-O 19.Qc6 b4 20.Bc4 Kh8 21.Qe4 Qc7 22.Nh4 Ne5 23.Bd3 Nxd3 24.Ng6+ Kg8 25.Rxd3 Rxf2 26.Rf3 Rxf3 27.gxf3 Qd6 28.Qc2 e5 29.Nh4 Be6 30.Rd1 Bd5 31.Qa4 Qd8 32.Qc6 Bd4 33.Rxd4 exd4 34.Qb5 Qa8 35.Kxb2 Qxa2+ 36.Kc1 Qa1+ 37.Kd2 Qc3+ 38.Kd1 Bb3+ 0-1


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  whiteshark: o and p are bordering letters on the keyboard.

Correction submitted

Feb-08-09  morfishine: I have thoroughly analyzed this game and found that 17. Qg6+ gives white an enduring initiative. 17...Kf8 is forced, so Blacks King Rook doesn't play for a long time. I give 18.Nb5 Bb7 19.Bc4 Qe7 20.Rhe1 as 7-3 advantage white
Feb-11-09  A.G. Argent: <morfishine> Your proposed 17.Qe6+ is a very strong move for White and if Black plays 17...Kf8 (which is not forced - Ke7 is there) then your 18.Nxb5 Bb7 would indeed give White major initiative. But instead of 19.Bc4, I suggest 19.Nd6 Kg8 20.Qf7+ Kh7 21.Nxb7 and the d7 Knight is doomed with Black pretty much up against it, in general. Again, advantage White. But if 17.Qg6+ Ke7 18.Nxb5 Rf8 (or Qd8) defends better.
Feb-12-09  morfishine: Hello!<A.G.Argent>In "Training for the Tournament Player" by Dvoretsky/Yusupov, the notes dismiss as bad 17.Ke7 due to 18.Nd4 Qb6 19.Nf5+! 17...Kf8 is termed "essential" which I may have misinterpreted as "forced". In any case, my analysis stems from a suggestion by Mikhalchishin for 18.Nb5 Bb7 (not 18...Qa5 19.Bc4 Nb6 20.Nd6) 19.either Nd6 or Bc4!? Qe7!...My analysis focuses on 19.Bc4 attempting to overwhelm black with Rhe1 [white needs to cover e4 due to Blacks Nc5 threatening Be4+]...another strong line for white after 17...Kf8 18.Nb5 Bb7 19.Bc4 Qe7 is 20.Nd2! (instead of Rhe1) covering c4 & e4 while planning the maneuver f3 followed by Ne4...In any case, I've had alot of fun analyzing this position. Timman sure blew it
Apr-09-12  Hesam7: Using new engines and fast computers to look back at old complicated analysis is fun. I used Critter 1.4 and came up with the following:

17. Qg6+ Kf8 18. Nxb5 Qe7 <instead of 18. ... Bb7 or 18. ... Qa5> 19. Bc4 Nb6 <19. ... Ra5 seems interesting too since neither 20. Rd6 Rxb5 21. Rxe6 Ne5 22. Rxe7 Nxg6 23. Rf7 Ke8 nor 20. Rhe1 Nb6 21. Qd3 Nxc4 22. Qxc4 Bd7 23. Nd6 Kg8 promise White much> 20. Bb3 Bd7

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21. Nc7 <a forcing line that ends in a perpetual, there are other options but I doubt after any of them White has an advantage in any objective sense. 21. Rhe1 Bxb5 22. Rxe6 Nc4 23. Nd4 Na3+ 24. Kxb2 Nc4+ is another perpetual> 21. ... Rc8 22. Rxd7 Qxd7 23. Nxe6+ Ke7 24. Nxg7 Rc1+ 25. Rxc1 bxc1=Q+ 26. Kxc1 Qc6+ 27. Kb1 Nc4 28. a4 Rb8 29. Nd4 Bxd4 30. Nf5+ Kf8 31. Qxc6 Rxb3+ 32. Ka2 Ra3+

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