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Garry Kasparov vs Jan Timman
Eurotel Trophy (1998) (rapid), Prague CZE, rd 1, Sep-06
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Bogoljubow Defense (D24)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  plang: Game 1 of the six game match that was supposed to be a warm-up for the Kasparov - Shirov championship match. However, at the pre-match press conference on September 7 it was announced that the WC match had been cancelled. 7..e6 is a line that favored by Miles that allows Black to maintain a pawn at c4 keeping the white-squared bishop off the b1-h7 diagonal. 13..Rg8 was new; 13..Nd5 14 Qxg7..Rf8 15 0-0..Bxc3 16 Ng5! had led to a decisive win for White in Sakaev - Kharlov Budapest 1996. Kasparov felt that 24..g6 weakened the kingside too much although Timman didn't see any other way to coordinate his forces.

After 27..Qa3! Christiansen said: " ...I suggested that Timman was on the ropes here. His bishop is a lifeless shut-in and it seems that Black's kingside is on the verge of disaster. But, thanks to the weakness at d5, Black's position seems to hold together. Black can generate quick and effective counterplay with a possible b5-b4 thrust and Black's vulnerable points h6, g6 and e6 are adequately defended."

Timman proceeded to defend well and even had the better endgame. Kasparov said that 49..Rxd4 50 Kxd4..Kg6 would have given Black reasonable winning chances.

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