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Yasser Seirawan vs Jan Timman
"Damascus Steel" (game of the day Nov-27-2009)
KRO Match (1990), Hilversum NED, rd 5, Dec-19
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation (E12)  ·  1-0



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Sep-19-18  WorstPlayerEver: 10... Bxb2+ 11. Qxb2 Na5 12. e4 d6 13. e5 dxe5 14. Bb5+ Kf8 15. Nxe5 h6 16. Bf4 a6 17. Nc6 Qd6= Curious position:

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Sep-19-18  andrewjsacks: Pins aplenty.
Mar-08-19  chessperson2222222: 9. d5!!. Truly a remarkable move.
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  perfidious: Pins all over the shop here--Timman receives a hiding in the fashion of a lesser master rather than the top GM he was at the time.
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  al wazir: Yes, it's easy -- if you're told that there's a winning move.
Jul-23-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Just take it!

I love Tuesday puzzles.

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  HeMateMe: brutal! black can't stop the check on the back rank.

I don't get the pun, though. I know Yaz was born in Syria, but what does 'steel' have to do with it?

Jul-23-19  agb2002: White is a pawn up.

White has several winning moves: Qxd6, Nd4, Qe5 but 26.Qxd6 Rxd6 27.Rxd6 looks quickest because the others only seem to win the pawn on f5.

Jul-23-19  scholes: I think Damascus steel was something famous
Jul-23-19  malt: Going for the simple 26.Q:d6
Jul-23-19  clement41: Reminds of this amazing Kasparov game :
Kasparov vs Huebner, 1986 Which itself reminds of a Botvinnik game (Qxe8+)
Jul-23-19  patzer2: Examining today's Tuesday (26. ?) puzzle position, three weaknesses in Black's position are obvious:

1. Black's back rank is weak.

2. Black's King and Queen are on the same line on the 8th rank, subject to a potential Rook double attack.

3. Black's Knight on d6 is under attack by two White pieces, and it's defended only once by the Black Rook.

The forcing moves 26. Qxd6 Rxd6 27. Rxd6 +- (+6.45 @ 26 ply, Stockfish 9 analysis of move 26.?) exploit those weaknesses for an easy White win.

P.S.: So where does Black go wrong? Black's game goes bad with 9...exd5? 10. cxd5! ± (+0.95 @ 31 ply, Stockish 10).

Instead, 9...Nd4 10. Qxc3 Ne4 ⩲ (+0.31 @ 35 ply, Stockfish 10) holds it near level.

Black's game goes from bad, to worse to lost after 10...Be5? 11. dxc6 Qe7? 12. cxd7+ (+- +2.80 @ 31 ply, Stockfish 10).

Instead, 10...h6 11. Bh4 ⩲ (+0.35 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 10) and 11...Qc7 12. cxd7+ ± (+1.25 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 10) improve Black's drawing chances.

Earlier in the opening, instead of 7...Nc6 8. 0-0-0 = (+0.00 @ 30 ply, Stockfish 10), I prefer 7...h6 ⩱ (-0.29 @ 34 ply, Stockfish 10) as in Black's win in P K Wells vs Adams, 2006),

Jul-23-19  TheaN: Obvious for a Tuesday, very hidden in itself is the forced <26.Qxd6! Rxd6> obvious White's threatening Qxd7, if the rook moves Qd8+ is mate. The exception is Rf7 but 27.Qd8+ Rf8 28.Nxf8 +- puts Black in a lost world of hurt <27.Rxd6 +-> and Black has no way to defend against 28.Rd8+, # if the queen leaves her post. White should watch out to premove Rd8+, as after 27....Qxe6 28.Rd8+? Qg8 ± White's probably winning the pawn endgame, but lets go with 28.Rxe6 +-.

<dale2222222: 23. Rxd6 looks simpler to me> surprised nobody commented on this; I get the idea of the smother setup but after 23.Rxd6?! Qxd6 24.Nf7+ Rxf7 25.Qxf7 ± Black will only lose f5 in a queen endgame.

Jul-23-19  lost in space: Got that quickly
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  steinitzfan: White either mates or wins the queen. A little deep for a Tuesday because Black has a number of plausible tries -- all fail.
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  gawain: Great puzzle. Pretty subtle for a Tuesday.
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  beenthere240: Damascus Steel was Remington's father.
Jul-23-19  swclark25: Help please! I'm trying to get Chessgames to show moves in Algebraic notation rather than using the piece symbols. I've checked settings and sent email to sysadmin to no avail.
Jul-23-19  mel gibson: Not obvious unless you study it carefully.
Black has a weak back row with his
King having no escape squares.
It's usually good to move a pawn in front of your King early in the game to avoid having to always calculate for it.
Jul-23-19  King.Arthur.Brazil: Like everybody 26.♕xd6... end!(seems like monday again... lgs). Looking back all the game, it is impressive how Seirawan destroy the black defences with the fixed target d6.
Jul-23-19  Helloween: I feel like 26.Nxg7 would represent Nimzowitsch "evolutionary" while 26.Qxd6 is "revolutionary".
Jul-23-19  zb2cr: Black's Queen has a weak back rank to cover, therefore 26. Qxd6! wins material. If the Rook moves along the 2nd rank, White plays 27. Qd8+ with mate to follow. Therefore, 26. ... Rxd6; 27. Rxd6! ensures White remains a piece up. Black can't prevent the loss of Queen for Rook without getting mated.
Jul-23-19  Fish55: <swclark25> Why?
Jul-12-23  generror: Incredible game. Poor Timman must have felt like a complete newbie here, but whatever he does, he's entangled in Seirawan's web of pins. I'm pretty sure the opening is not 100% sound, otherwise it would have been played more, but the game is all the better for it. Can't think of a better game to demonstrate pin power :)
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  keypusher: I�m sure after 15.Bb5 Timman was thinking, �damnit, I�ve just played into Morphy�s opera game.�
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