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CHESS; Timman Goes Astray On His Home Turf
By ROBERT BYRNE
Published: October 3, 1993
NY Times

THE first game of the International Chess Federation championship match on Sept. 6 in Zwolle, the Netherlands, was a calamity for the grandmaster Jan Timman. Although he played an opening variation that he invented five years ago, he quickly went astray. He then put up a struggle only to commit more errors in an end game and hand a victory to Anatoly Karpov of Russia, the former titleholder.

In the Caro-Kann, 7 Qe2 creates the threat of 8 Nf7! Kf7 9 Qe6 Kg6 10 Bd3 Kh5 11 Qh3mate. After 7 . . . Nb6 8 Bd3, Black cannot take a pawn with 8 . . . Qd4 because 9 N1f3 Qg4 10 Nf7! ruptures the pawn position.

Black’s 12 . . . Qc7 prevents White from preparing to castle queenside by 13 Bd2? in view of 13 . . . Ne5 14 Ne5 Bf2! 15 Kf2 Qe5! 16 Qe5 Ng4 17 Kg3 Ne5, winning a pawn. On 13 Bf4, the plan in 13 . . . Bb4 is to prevent White from castling queenside: 14 c3? would be ruined by 14 . . . Bc3!

It was in Amsterdam in 1988 that Timman flinched from Karpov’s 13 . . . Bb4 with 14 Kf1 in a game that was drawn, and later he suggested 14 Nd2 Bd2 15 Kd2 O-O. This time, after 16 Rhd1 Qb6, he played 17 Nc4, but later, in Game 3, he improved with 17 Kc1 and got the advantage after 17 . . . Nd5 18 Bg3 Nc5 19 Bc4 Bd7 20 Nd7 Nd7 21 a4.

Full analysis can be seen here.

Timman, Jan (2620) – Karpov, Anatoly (2760) [B17]
FIDE-Wch NED/INA (1), 1993

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Bc4 Ngf6 6.Ng5 e6 7.Qe2 Nb6 8.Bd3 h6 9.N5f3 c5 10.dxc5 Bxc5 11.Ne5 Nbd7 12.Ngf3 Qc7 13.Bf4 Bb4+ 14.Nd2 Bxd2+ 15.Kxd2 0-0 16.Rhd1 Qb6 17.Nc4 Qc6 18.Qf3 Nd5 19.g3 Nc5 20.Bxh6 gxh6 21.Qg4+ Kh8 22.Ne5 Qa4 23.Qh5 Kg7 24.Ng4 Rh8 25.Ne5 Rf8 26.Ng4 Rh8 27.Ne5 Qe8 28.Qg4+ Kf8 29.Qd4 Nxd3 30.Ng6+ fxg6 31.Qxh8+ Ke7 32.Qxe8+ Kxe8 33.Kxd3 b5 34.Re1 Ke7 35.Re5 g5 36.Rae1 Kf6 37.R5e4 Bd7 38.h4 Rf8 39.c3 a5 40.Kd4 Rc8 41.f3 a4 42.Rc1 Ne7 43.Kd3 e5 44.Ke2 Be6 45.Kf2 Bxa2 46.Rce1 Rc5 47.hxg5+ hxg5 48.f4 Ng6 49.fxe5+ Nxe5 50.Rd4 Rd5 51.Rxd5 Bxd5 52.Ke3 Bc4 53.Rd1 Kf5 54.Rd4 Nd3 55.g4+ Ke5 56.Re4+ Kf6 0-1

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