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Helgi Dam Ziska vs Jan Timman
XXII Reykjavik Open (2006), Reykjavik ISL, rd 1, Mar-06
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Keres Attack (B81)  ·  1-0



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Mar-16-06  Kottabos: A bizarre resignation. Has black overlooked that after 20...Bxa3; 21. Rd8+ simply 21...Bf8 is possible? Surely 21...Kh7; 22. Rxh8+, Kg6; 23. Ne5+ is reason for resignation. If 21...Bf8, then 22. Nxe5+, Qxc4; 23. Nxc4, Nc6 and Black can crawl out of a somewhat cramped position, it seems.
Mar-17-06  Warehouse Duffer: Taking the pawn at g4 seems to improve things for White somewhat. 24. Rxg4, Bxg4; 25. Rxa8, Rh1+; 26. Kd2, Rd1+; 27. Kc3 ... Blacks' Knight and King Bishop are tied down but his Rook has some freedom. Looks to me like Black could have kept at it.
Mar-23-06  soberknight: Hans Ree, in his March 2006 "Dutch Treat" column for, mentioned this game as a colossal blunder: Timman resigned when all he had to do was take the opponent's queen!

It's hard for me to see all the variations...maybe later.

Mar-23-06  crafty: 20. ... ♗xa3 21. ♘xe5+ ♕xc4 22. ♖d8+ ♗f8 23. ♘xc4 ♘c6   (eval -3.27; depth 14 ply; 250M nodes)
Mar-23-06  KYENNY 1 3 9: isnt timman the world champion now?
Mar-24-06  orio24: Timman was never the world champion, but he played for FIDE world champion title with Karpov in 90-ties (and was defeated) after Kasparov and Short went away from FIDE. Neverthless he is a big legend, long time (in the 80-ties and 90-ties) he was No-1 between the western chessplayers.
Jul-12-06  dabearsrock1010: I agree, Kottabos, for whatever its worth. it certainly appears Bf8 saves the game. and while white's discovered check wins back the queen, it loses the bishop giving the check. very strange.
Oct-03-06  Maatalkko: Maybe Helgi Dam Ziska is a hot woman... possibly a "gentlemanly" resignation by Timman?
Mar-17-07  atripodi: Ziska is a 16 year-old boy (so I hope it wasn't "gentlemanly") from the Faroe Islands who trying to become the first GM from there. He's already an IM and the highest rated player from the nation.
Mar-16-18  Lovuschka: "Obviously" 20.-B:a3 21.Rd8+ Bf8 22.Sg5+ wins material for White: 22.-Be6 23.B:e6+ Q:e6 24.S:e6. Just don't tell Timman that his queen on c6 can take on c4!

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