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Jan Timman vs Jan Smeets
"Smeets His Match" (game of the day Jun-29-2006)
Dutch Championship (2006), Hilversum NED, rd 6, Jun-23
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen Variation. Delayed Keres Attack Perenyi Gambit (B81)  ·  1-0



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Jun-24-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Brilliant game!!

Timman's attack is based on some moves he studied with Judit Polgar recently.

Also see Judit Polgar vs Anand, 1999.

Jun-28-06  playschessforlaughs: Interesting analysis here :
Jun-29-06  think: Hurts... my... brain...

I'll check out the analysis, but it looks like both sides were on something during this game

Jun-29-06  Confuse: jan takes the cake. from jan. gg
Jun-29-06  Dim Weasel: You know there must be something special going on whenever a triple passed pawn emerges on the board. Have to check out the analysis.
Jun-29-06  MoonlitKnight: What a pun!!!
Jun-29-06  dakgootje: <Hurts... my... brain... > Second that... i clearly have to go a loooooong way to become GM ;-)
Jun-29-06  beatles fan: What a Game! Peices hanging everywhere, yet a clear loss if you capture. Another brillant game from Jan Timman
Jun-29-06  kevin86: Withthe attack and scattered black king and queen,I didn't even notice the tripled pawns. They had a big purpose however-to enable two wide open files for white.

A nice neat trap follows:22...♕xa2 23 ♘b6+ exposes a very long attack on the queen from f7.Even without that The game is hopeless for black,who struck his colors.

Jun-29-06  outplayer: It seems that 7...h5 8.g5 isnt good for black either.
Jun-29-06  patzer2: So any thoughts on 15...Kd8!?, as suggested at the link given by <playchessforlaughs>.
Jun-29-06  dakgootje: Well as mentioned in the article, if i remember correctly, the writer thought Timman had studied it quite deeply and thus might have had some trick or something. I think he used it as a kind of shock-opening which could, according to deeper analysis and computers, might turn out to be winning for black, but that it would be rather hard to find all the correct moves over the board, knowing Timman must have had a good idea of the opening.
Jun-29-06  Theologue: Judit played this against Kasimdzhanov in the World Chess Championship last year. Did Keres invent it? It seems so devastating I wonder why people don't play it all the time when white. Judit Polgar vs Kasimdzhanov, 2005
May-17-07  aazqua: Ouch. Talk about getting wiped all across the board. How can you play a line like this against a guy like Tinman? It's like asking for a swirlie.
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  sleepyirv: Hmmm.... for the pun, I would have gone with "Smeets Smarts"
Aug-19-07  Trimagna: 12 ...Qa5 unpins the Queen
Feb-24-13  vinidivici: This line well known as a sharp line, but actually the results favors to white if you know how to use it, but black with the right defense could achieve draw. Im no surprised that Jan Timman should be know this line and practice it.

I can say that Timman played the perfect moves for this particular line, so Smeets lost because he made mistakes along the way.

I remember at least Polgar used this line twice and won both of it.

after 12...Nbd7 there are 2 moves 13.Bc4/Bxd4, well you can sweat your head calculating both lines, but what for...the line has been analyzed many time, and that shows 13.Bc4! is better.

You just need take your concerned book, practice it, make it far easier if you use the engine help.

And believe me the line is fun, and not so hard to memorize the characteristics of the line. Sometimes in my 10 or 15 minutes game in the online games, i used this line, and i have a good record of it. But rarely found this on the real tournament matches.

After 13.Bc4, there are some clues to simplify the calculations for white

1. Always ready to sacrifice the black squared bishop (Bxd4), to open e-file and finally white rook would occupy that file.

2.Always ready to sacrifice the white squared bishop (Bxf7), if black takes (Kxf7), then queen check (Qf5+), would such an enormous advantage for white.

3.Just like above, always ready to attack with the queen in the kings side. That doesnt always mean to f5 square and checking the black king but also h3 square, i would give an example beneath.

4.Rook always ready to occupy the e-file.

5.gxf6 suggested in the right moment.

After 13.Bc4
if 13...dxc3 14.Bxf7+ suggested itself 14...Kxf7 15.gxf6 Qxf6 16.Qh5+ Ke7 17.Bg5...1-0 black would lose the queen.

if 13...dxe3...SAME RESPONSE 14.Bxf7+ Kxf7 (now safe because white doesnt have bishop anymore. 15.gxf6 Qxf6 16.Qh5+ Kg8 17.Rhg1+ Bg7...DRAW with the right defense. Imagine in the 13...dxc3 line white still has the bishop so 16...Kg8 doesnt work anymore because 17.Rhg1 Bg7 white has 18.Bh6!!...1-0

Why i say this line is easy to use for white? Because after the first first sacrifice 9...gxf5 10.exf5, black has the obligation NOT to be greedy and taking back the knight eg:10...Nfd7 11.Qh5, now white attack is hard to resist.

and if 10...Ng8 white has a very active position, black could achieve draw but he has to be ready to hamper the swift attack from white. eg: 10...Ng8 11.Nd5 Nxf5 (greedy move) 12.Bb6 Qxg5 lost the rook probably the best response is 11...Nd7. But after that white would have Qf3/Ba7/f6 to follow, for the one missing piece, white has the compensation for being very active and its hard to defense by black.

So the key is the first sacrifice by white is a "waxy" sacrifice, because its promising the f6 knight back. If we have that kind of mind frame so, it is easier to think that white wouldnt be have no objection to sacrifice other pieces (bishops) for the sake of mobility.

Feb-24-13  vinidivici: <3.Just like above, always ready to attack with the queen in the kings side. That doesnt always mean to f5 square and checking the black king but also h3 square, i would give an example beneath.>

I forgot about the h3 square.

If in the game after 11.Qf3 e4 (instead d4) then the good place for the queen is h3 (12.Qh3). But from here the conclusion is far from finish. White is slightly better but that doesnt promise anything aside from the knight sacrifice from white also doesnt make his position worse at all.

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