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Ralf Akesson vs Jan Timman
Sigeman and Co (1997), Malmo SWE, rd 2, Jun-??
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  0-1



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  plang: One of the ideas behind 9..b6 is to exchange light squared bishops with ..Ba6. The response 10 Bb5+..Bd7 11 Bd3 is similar to a maneuver used in the Winawer French to avoid the exchange of light squared bishops. In this position, however, the position is not closed (like in the French) and the maneuver just seems to accelerate black's development. The plan of 12 h4 and 13 h5 also seems peculiar since after the exchange of queens can't be avoided. Timman's neat combination 26..Rc3 and 28..Ne5 led to a strong initiative for black. I don't really understand 34 Rh7 (which Timman does not give a ?; maybe time pressure!?) but white's only defensive chance after 34..Rd1 would have been 35 Rf7+..Ke8 36 Re2 though he would have been clearly worse.
Jun-06-13  csmath: Timman's neat combination could have been refuted with

30. Rd2!

and now it is paradoxically black that has to fight for a draw.

30. ... Rc8
31. Rh7 ... Bxc3
32. Kf1

with backrank threats.

Honestly 30. Rd2! is engine ove and hard to play for human although the idea is visible after the move.

I never got Timman's brand of chess, it is always too weird to me. Sometimes "too creative" for its own sake.

Oct-17-17  FSUSeminole: <csmath> ?? 30. Bxc3 pins and loses the rook.
Jul-28-18  sakredkow: <FSUSeminole> "30. Bxc3 pins and loses the rook." 31. Rh8+

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