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Anatoly Karpov vs Jan Timman
Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship Match (1993), Zwolle NED, rd 6, Sep-14
Queen's Gambit Declined: Vienna Variation (D39)  ·  1-0



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Nov-05-04  Saruman: 30.f7+! is a real lightningbolt.
Dec-08-04  Jafar219: who has comment for this game?
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  Ron: 30 f7+ is an excellent move indeed. Without benefit of a computer, it seems to me other possible replies by black (such as 30. ... Rxf7 or 30. ... Kf8) lead to loss also. This could be a good problem of the day.
Aug-17-08  Woody Wood Pusher: I am analysing this game and after 26...f6 the storm brewing on the horizon is not just an optical effect, Master Chess (32 bit 20 MHz) evaluates the position as +2.8.

White could even play 30. Qxd6, Rxd6 31. Rxg7+, Kf8 32. Rxb7 and still have a winning advantage, although harder to convert. 30. f7+ is a master stroke though and black probably had not expected it.

After 30. f7+, Bxf7 31 Qxg7 is mate

30...Kf8 31. Qxg7 + leads to mate 31...Ke7 32.f8=Q mate

After 30..Kxf7 black cannot avoid mate or massive material loss

e.g. 32...Qf8 33. Re4+, Re7 34. Rxe7+, Kxe7 35. Bc5+ picks up the queen.

32...Ke7 33 Re4+, Be6 (mate in 8!) 34 f6!, Kf7 35 Qg7+, Ke8 36. Qg8+, Qf8 37. Rxe6+, Kd8 38. Qxf8+, Kc7 39.Qc5+, Kb8 40. Rg8+, Nc8 41 Qxc8 Mate

what a beautiful mate that would have been! The white f-pawns are the heroes of the game!

Oct-09-08  Woody Wood Pusher: This is one of the most tactically complex games I have ever seen.
Oct-09-08  shintaro go: What's the big deal with finding f7? Its safe to say it was kind of obvious to play that move. It blocks the rook defence which leads to mate. Black already had tons of problems long before Karpov found the "brilliant" f7.
Oct-09-08  Woody Wood Pusher: Karpov had to see 30.f7 as early as when he played 25.Be3 and all this in an extremely tactical position.

Timman admitted that when he initiated simplifications beginning with 25..Bc4 he had not calculated the line as far as Karpov, not considering any danger after 29...Qxd6

It seems by the time the combination entered Timman's move-horizon it was too late to stop it from imploding his entire position.

Oct-09-08  shintaro go: f6 and e5 were really questionable moves by Timman. Did he really only intend to drive off White's Queen from the d-file? Two pawn sacs for no solid compensation although I can't provide alternatives for him. The position in itself was already difficult. Timman beat Timman in this game.
Oct-10-08  Woody Wood Pusher: <Timman beat Timman in this game>

Well Karpov analyses this game in his book of 'My Best Games' so that isn't the case I'm afraid.

Timman plays incredibly accurately and avoids many pitfalls before the end, but I can assure you it is definitely a case of white hunting black the whole time.

Timman employed a novelty in 10..Bd7 (previously 10..Nxe4 and 10..a6 were played) but Karpov refuted it over-the-board!

Karpov most definitely beats Timman in this game.

Jun-09-09  PivotalAnorak:

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Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954
31. ?

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Karpov vs Timman, 1993
30. ?

Apr-10-11  bronkenstein: Interesthing parallel .
Apr-11-11  sevenseaman: 30. f7

Timman is too far up the creek! Even 30. Qxd6 cooks his goose early.

30...Rxd6 31. Rxg7+ Kf8 32. Bc5

Timman tends to put too much on his plate and and does not always end up cleaning it up. I think he just loves complexity!

Oct-20-16  Howard: This game is annotated in a recent column on the Chess Mind website.
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