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Friso Nijboer vs Jan Timman
Dutch Championship (2006), Hilversum NED, rd 5, Jun-22
French Defense: Winawer. Poisoned Pawn Variation Main Line (C18)  ·  1-0

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Jun-22-06  russep: wow Timman losing so quickly that's shocking.
Jun-23-06
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  IMlday: Missing 19.♘e4 could happen to anyone.
Jun-23-06  Ybrevo: I think there is another explanation: Timman just don´t have the strength anymore to play at top-level. It is sad to see one of the former greatest players in the World being humiliated this way.
Jun-23-06  nescio: <Ybrevo: I think there is another explanation: Timman just don´t have the strength anymore to play at top-level.>

That seems too pessimistic to me. Last month Timman won the Malmò tournament in good style. He'll bounce back, oversights have always been part of his game. Look what happened to him in the 1978 zonal when he should have had strength enough: Timman vs J M Bellon Lopez, 1978 17.Ng3??

Jun-25-06  Atking: <IMlday: Missing 19.Ne4 could happen to anyone.> Right ! Black king to h7-h8 is an old set-up 17. ...Kf8! 18.h6 Rg6 19.Bd2 Kg8 20.h7+ Kh8 21.a4 b5 22.axb axb 23.Rb2 Qc5 looks balanced. If 24.Kd1? b4 and Nxc2 with Ba4 I don't know why Timman didn't play it.
Jul-18-06  notyetagm: <IMlday: Missing 19. Ne4 could happen to anyone.>

Yes, the <LOOSENESS> of the d7-square right next to the Black e8-king is fatal.

It really is amazing that in spite of the fact that the Black pieces surround the Black king, Black has so little control over the critical light squares d7 and f7 next to his king. The Black pieces cover c7 three times, e7 three times, and g7 twice, but only the Black king covers d7 and f7!

One of the most glaring tactical weaknesses is a <LOOSE SQUARE NEXT TO THE ENEMY KING THAT CAN BE COORDINATED ON>. Here the White b7-rook makes the Black d7-bishop/d7-square loose. The White d3-queen is all lined up and ready to play ♕x♗d7+ and ♕xf7#. The only Black piece meeting this threat is the Black d5-pawn, by <BLOCKING> the d-file from the White d3-queen to the d7-checking focal point. Unfortunately for Timman, since <BLOCKING A LINE IS A FULL-TIME JOB>, the Black d5-pawn cannot also <DEFEND> the e4-square to keep the White c3-knight out and White wins immediately with the bone-crunching 19 ♘e4!.

The defensive power of a pinned piece is merely illusory, aka, <BLOCKING A LINE IS A FULL-TIME JOB>. The Black d5-pawn, <PINNED> to the d-file to meet the threat of ♕d3x♗d7+ by <BLOCKING> this line, only -pretends- to <DEFEND> the e4-square.

Apr-12-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: COORDINATE YOUR PIECES ON LOOSE SQUARES NEXT TO
Apr-12-10  notyetagm: Game Collection: Pins! Exploit every pin!!!
Nov-07-12  billyhan: What a wonderful day in the Nijboerhood... a luv-uh-lee day for a Nijbor...
Jan-08-13  shakman: How should black avoid 19.Ne4?

Another game in this line where white managed to lose quickly J Sarkar vs Y Shulman, 2007

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