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Thursday, July 14, 2011

My Favourites of Jan Timman 1

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My Favourites of Jan Timman 1

Timman - Hulak

Nimzo Indian Defence.

1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Bg5 h6 5 Bh4 c5 6 d5 Bc3 7 bc3 d6
8. e3 e5 9 f3

Jan Timman started this move ten years before and although He gradually became convinced that this variation does not give White any advantage,he used it from time to time as it leads to lively positions.

9 ... Nbd7 10 Bd3 g5 11 Bg3 Qe7 12 Nf2

Timman used to play 12 Qc2 to prevent the advance e5-e4. Later he found that c2 was not the ideal square for the queen after all - sometimes White's Bishop retreats to c2 - and directed my attention towards the more open type of play that arises after Black's next move.

12 ... e4!?

Black need not do this, but as Hulak shows there is certainly nothing wrong with it.

13 Be4

First of all White must get rid of his bad bishop.

13 ... Ne4 14 fe4 Nf6!

This is much stronger than 14... Ne5 as Kudrin played against Timman in Wijkaan Zee 1985.

15 e5 de5 16 Nc1

An unusual move, White wants to move hsi knight to a better square, but this takes time, and in the meantime Black can bring his knight to d6. 16. Qd3 was simpler, to keep Black's knight from e4 and the bishop from f5, but after 16 ... e4 17. Qd2 Bf5 or 17 ... Bg4 Black has few problems. The position is about even.

16... Ne4 17 Qf3

17 ... Ng3?

This is illogical. Black gives up his excellent knight for the rather weak bishop. The alternatives were,

A) 17 ...f5  18  Qh5 (not 18 Nd3  Ng3  19  Qg3  f4  20  Qf2  Bf5  with an excellent game for Black),
      18 ... Kf8  19  Qg6! followed by 20  0-0 and Black has some problems.
B) 17 ... Nd6!  Now 18  Nd3  is out because of 18 ... Nc4  19 Qe4  b5 ( Now Black threatens 20 ... f5)
      20 d6  Bb7  and after  21 Qc4  bc4  the knight on d3 hangs. So the modest 18 Qe2  is necessary, followed by 19 Nb3 and 20 Nd2 , to keep c4 and e4 sufficiently protected. Here also chances are about equal. White can try to exert some pressure along the half-open files, while Black can try advance hi h-pawn.

18 Qg3 f5
Black keeps playing enegertically. 18 ...Bf5 was safer, aiming to put the bishop on g6. After 19. Qf3 Bg6 20 e4. White has a small but solid edge.

19 0-0
White castles before he brings his knight into play. The direct 19 Nd3 was less strong because of 19...f4

19 ...e4

A sharp attempt to keep White's knight away from its best squares but, as the game will show, this strategy does not work. 10 ... 0-0 was equallt unsatisfactory because of 20 Nd3 Re8 21 Rf2 followed by 22 Raf1 and white wil prepare to destructive exchange sacrifice on f5 at his leisure.

20. a4!

Now white threatens 21 Nb3 b6 22 a5 with a forceful initiative. 20 Nb3 was worse in view of 20 ... b6 21 a4 a5 when white has gained nothing.

20... a5 21 Rb1

This threatens 22 Rb6 with paralyzing pressure.


Apparently the only move, but now comes a heavy blow.

22 Rb7! Bb7 23 Qb8 Qd8 24 Qb7 Rf6

Through this defence Black can avert an immediate catastrophe, but now White goes for the c-pawn.

25 Qb5

This check is much stronger than 25 Nb3. White collects the c-pawn with his queen and puts her on the ideal d4 square.

25 ...Kf7 26 Qc5 Qd6

Black's best chance, hoping for 27 Qd6 Rd6 28 Rf5 Kg6 29 Re5 Rb8 30 Ne2 Rf6 when he would suddenly have ample counterplay. 26...Qb6 was insufficient because of 27 Qb6 Rb6 28 c5 Rb1 29 Ne2 and there is no way to stop the white pawns.

27 Qd4 Rc8 28 Nb3 Qa3 29 Nd2 Qc5

Black would also have been helpless against the white pawns after 29 ...Qe7 30 Rb1 followed by Rb5

30 Qf6!

By this ploy white enters an easily won rook ending.

30...Kf6 31 Ne4 Ke5 32 Nc5 Rc5 33 Rd1 Rc5 34 d6 Rc8 35 d7 Rd8 36 Kf2 Ke6 37 Ke2

Black resigned.