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Jan Timman vs Ferdinand Hellers
Sigeman and Co (1997), Malmo SWE, rd 7, Jun-??
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange. Classical Variation (D86)  ·  0-1



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  plang: 10..Bg4 is one of the main lines of the exchange variation; Fischer had played this line against Spassky in 1966. 14 Rc1 is a gambit that black must accept. Otherwise white gets a very strong center and black has no compensation for it. This gambit was first played in Geller- Lilienthal 1954 USSR ch. An alternative to 14 Rc1 is the exhange sacrifice 14 d5 that was popular in the early 70s. Timman felt that the position would have been equal after 20 Bxd7..Qxd7 21 Rfc1..Rad8. Instead Timman's 20 Ba6? overlooked the shot 22..b5! that won material and the game. If 22 Bxb5..Na5 23 Qa4..Bxb5 24 Qxb5..Bxd4+ wins material.
May-30-21  Muttley101: Just to point out for anyone looking at this game and comments, Fischer played the Smyslov variation (10 ...Qc7) against Spassky, both in 1966 and in the Siegen Olympiad in 1970. Spassky won both games.
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  perfidious: Another opening which, understandably, Fischer avoided at Reykjavik.

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