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Jan Timman vs Boris Gelfand
Corus Group A (2002), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 8, Jan-21
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B96)  ·  1-0



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  TheAlchemist: Wow, a wild game by Timman. This and Van Wely vs Timman, 2002 were his only two wins at Corus 2002, where he finished at -1 in 11th place (out of 14), but what a way to win both games!
Jun-08-06  borisbadenoff: Any ideas about the 26. .. Ne3 line?
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  WannaBe: <borisbadenoff> 27. Kc1 Nf5 28. Rd3 Ba6 29. b3 e5 30. Kd2

or 27. b3 Ke7 28. Rd2 Ba6 29. a4 e5 30. c5

2 fairly similiar lines offered by Shredder.

Mar-11-08  MoonlitKnight: 18...Rxb5 was the decisive mistake. Gelfand later improved with Ba6 against Lutz.
Mar-11-13  Poisonpawns: What happens after 12..Bb7
Oct-04-13  KingP: See his game vs Naiditsch for 12. ... Bb7, that ended in a draw.
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  plang: Gelfand chose a very sharp line where Black playes ..b5 before developing his king bishop provoking Timman to play a relatively "ancient" sacrificial line with 10 Bxb5!?. After 16..Rd8 Gelfand had already used over an hour indicating that he was having trouble remembering the intricacies of the variation. In Brodsky-Timoschenko Moscow 1992 Black had played the recommended 19..Nc4 and the game had ended in a draw; 19..Rxd1+?! was new. The line Timman expected had Gelfand played 19..Nc4 was 20 Qb3..Qxf4 21 Qb4+..Ke8 22 Qc5..Nd2+ 23 Ka1..Bb7 24 g3..Qg5 25 Nd6+..Rxd6 26 Qxd6..Bf3 with unclear play. 21..Nc4 22 Qd3!..Nd2+ 23 Ka1..Bh6 24 Qa3+..Kd7 25 Qb4 would have been winning for White. 26..Ke7? led to a lost pawn ending; 26..Ne3 27 c5 would have put up more resistance.

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