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Jan Timman vs Viktor Korchnoi
Staunton Memorial (2009), London ENG, rd 7, Aug-14
French Defense: Tarrasch Variation. Open System Euwe-Keres Line (C07)  ·  0-1



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  Gypsy: <40...Re1+ ... 42...Bc3> sets up a clever a clever little ambush!

<43.Rxa7(?) Bb3!> This is the punchline. White has to surrender an exchange.

Aug-15-09  slomarko: wow, great win by the old fox Korchnoi!
Aug-15-09  achieve: Absolutely STUNNING play by old VIKTOR!
Aug-15-09  kdogphs: Surgically precise endgame play here. The crotchety old fox still has got it!
Aug-15-09  ROADDOG: Great play by the 78 year old Korchnoi. Quite historic in a way. According to CG database, they have played eachother 78 times over the last 37 years. Korchnoi winning over Timman 20-15 with 43 draws.
Aug-15-09  utrarapido: 37 f3? lost a pawn and most of White's advantage.

Looks like Timman completely overlooked 43 Rxa7 (43 Ra6 is equal) Bb4

Aug-15-09  kurtrichards: Timman didn't know what hit him. Well, the 78-year old Korchnoi isn't called "The Terrible" for nothing.
Aug-16-09  Ulhumbrus: 5 Bb5 makes no attempt to play against Black's isolated d pawn by exchanging pawns on d5. 7 Nxc6?! moves the Knight a third time to exchange it for a Knight moved once- making a loss of two tempi- and on top of this it strengthens Black's centre by drawing the b7 pawn on to the c file. Perhaps the idea is to attack Black's centre by c4, but Timman does not advance the c pawn.

13 Re1?! concedes the bishop pair. Black pays less for losing time on the capture ....Nxe4, if Black's King has time to reach safety.

16 Bd2 blocks this square for the N. 16 h3 frees the N for Nd2, and White is going to play this move later, but it disturbs the King side pawns without necessity. This suggests an alternative means of freeing White's N. 16 Qh4 defends h2 and frees the N on f3 to go to d2.

20 Nxe5?! gains a Rook and two pawns for two bishops, perhaps not enough. This suggests 20 Bc1.

25 c4 makes a concession: it makes the b pawn backward. However with Black's Q on a6, the threat is 25...Re7.

The move 29 Qc8 suggests the question of who benefits more from an exchange of Queens. If White's main source of counterplay is to be gained from exchanging Rooks and trying to attack Black's King with his Queen and Rook, this suggests that the exchange helps Black.

After 30 Rxc8 the game enters a technical phase and technique is one of Korchnoi's greatest strengths. According to one writer, it was said of Korchnoi that people who gained a positional disadvantage against him usually gave up hope.

36..Re7 begins an attack upon White's King. To try to defend himself, White relinquishes the f pawn by f3.

43 Rxa7 loses a Rook because 43...Bb4 threatens both 44...Bxa7 and the fork 44...Bc5+ On the other hand, if White does nothing his pawns will just fall. Timman's main mistake appears to be the sequence begun by 20 Nxe5. Perhaps there was something which he saw too late.

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  Open Defence: I wonder what words were exchanged after this game
Aug-16-09  Knight13: 29. Rg3.
Aug-16-09  hellopolgar: a 78 year old beating a 58 year old...

somehow that seems a lot more impressive than a 28 year old beating an 8 year old....

Aug-17-09  Ulhumbrus: It seems worth noting that at move 16 instead of keeping the c6 pawn on c6 and playing 16...e5, Korchnoi keeps the e6 pawn on e6 and plays 16....c5.
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  Eric Schiller: <Ulhumbhrus> Your opening comments are strange. 5.Bb5 is a well established line and 7.Nxc6! is the main line. Both sides just follow theory, slipping slightly off the main line but no doubt it was all prepared. Timman's 11.Bxe4 is rare as the queen usually captures. His decision to castle, giving up the B for N, is new but it is the computer choice and no doubt was prepared.
Aug-23-09  Ulhumbrus: <Eric Schiller: <Ulhumbhrus> Your opening comments are strange. 5.Bb5 is a well established line and 7.Nxc6! is the main line. Both sides just follow theory, slipping slightly off the main line but no doubt it was all prepared. Timman's 11.Bxe4 is rare as the queen usually captures. His decision to castle, giving up the B for N, is new but it is the computer choice and no doubt was prepared.> My opening remarks may seem strange, but they may be warranted. 5 Bb5? may be well established but it does not inflict an isolated d pawn upon Black as cxd5 does, and it also loses time if White is going to withdraw the bishop, as he will. 6 Nxc6? may be the main line, but it loses two tempi with the Knight, in addition to strengthening Black's centre. This suggests that the main line concedes enough to Black to be a mistake. Instead of 6 Nxc6, 6 Nd4-b3 seems better but then after 6...Nf6 7 Qe2 Qb6 may be not bad for Black. The computer may have supported the move 11 Bxe4, but the computer's calculating horizons may be insufficient to change the evaluation in favour of Black, if permitting the capture ...Nxe4 for a move longer makes the difference that Black's King is able to reach safety.
Aug-28-09  BISHOP TAL: Who knows what would have happened in that WC if Korchnoi had played the french instead of the pirc in that last game with Karpov.
Jun-06-17  I Like Fish:

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and i say hello...
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Mar-09-18  Catur Proklamasi: I'm catur proklamasi . See you again .

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