Fighting Spirit

The following games of Jan Timman's from the recent Sigeman tournament in Malmo, Sweden, demonstrate the sort of fighting spirit that it takes to win a GM tournament. They were not necessarily his best games from the event, but they were the most difficult for both players and make an interesting study. MG

J. Timman (2616) - E. Berg (2539) [E15]

14th Sigeman & Co/Malmo SWE (1) 2006


1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. d4 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. b3 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Be7 7. Nc3 c6 8. e4 d5 9. e5 Ne4 10. Bd3 Nxc3 11. Bxc3 c5 12. dxc5 Bxc5 13. Qe2!

With the idea of Rd1, trying to create pressure on the d-pawn. White immediately threatens to give Black a pawn weakness by cxd5, since the Queen and Bishop will be attacking the Bishop at a6 - though in many cases Black does fine despite the isolated pawn.

13. b4 Be7 (13... dxc4? 14. Be4) 14. cxd5 Qxd5 15. Bxa6 Qxd1+ 16. Rxd1 Nxa6 17. a3 Nc7 after Nd5 Black's pieces find great squares.

 

13... dxc4 14. Be4 cxb3 15. Qd2 Nd7 16. axb3 Bb5 17. b4 O-O!?

A daring solution to Black's difficulties, sacrificing material in order to exploit the insecure position of White's king in the center.

17... Be7?! 18. Nd4! Bc4 19. Nc6 Qc8 20. Nxe7 Kxe7 21. Qd6+ Ke8 22. Bxa8! Qxa8 23. O-O-O!?

 

18. bxc5 Nxc5 19. Bc2

Better may be 19. Qxd8!? Raxd8 20. Bc2 Nd3+ 21. Bxd3 Rxd3 22. Nd4 Bc4 23. Bb2 a5 when it is not clear whether Black's two connected passed pawns are really sufficient compensation for the piece.

 

19... Qc7 20. Bd4 Rfd8 21. Qe3 Rd5

White has great difficulties despite his piece advantage.

 

22. Bxc5!?

Though this allows Black to gain a strong attack along the c-file, White has foreseen a forced draw.

 

22... Rxc5 23. Qe4 Rc8 24. Qxh7+ Kf8 25. Qh8+

Going for perpectual check. White has no better.

25. Bd3? Bxd3! (25... Rc1+ 26. Ke2 Qc2+ 27. Nd2 Rxh1 28. Qh8+ Ke7 29. Rxa7+ Rc7 30. Bxb5) 26. Qxd3 Rc3! 27. Qe4? (27. Qh7=) 27... Rxf3 28. Qxf3 Qxe5+ 29. Kd2 Qb2+

 

25... Ke7 26. Qh4+ Ke8 27. Qh8+ Ke7 28. Qh4+= f6?

Mistakenly trying to escape the draw, and that's all Timman needs.

 

29. exf6+ Kf7

29... gxf6? 30. Rxa7!! Qxa7 31. Qh7+










30. Rd1!

30. Ng5+? Rxg5!

 

30... Rxc2 31. Qh5+ Kxf6 32. Qxb5 Qc3+ 33. Nd2 Rd8 34. Qb3! Qxb3 35. Nxb3 Rxd1+ 36. Kxd1 Rxf2 37. Nd2 Ke5 38. Re1+ Kf5?!

38... Kd5

 

39. h3 Rh2 40. g4+ Kf4 41. Re4+ Kg3 42. Nf1+ Kf3 43. Re3+!! Kf4 44. Ra3!

Winning one of the pawns that really matter.

 

44... Rf2 45. Ke1 Rf3 46. Ra4+ Ke5 47. Rxa7 Rxh3 48. Rxg7 Kf4 49. Kf2 b5 50. Kg2

50. g5!? Rh5 51. g6 Kg5 52. Ng3 Rh6 53. Ne4+ Kf5 54. Nd6+ Kf6

 

50... Rc3 51. Nh2 Rg3+ 52. Kf2 Rb3 53. Rf7+ Kg5 54. Re7 Rh3 55. Kg2 Re3 56. Rb7 Rb3 57. Rb6 e5 58. Re6 Kf4 59. Rf6+ Ke4

59... Kg5 60. Rf5+ Kg6 61. Rxe5

 

60. g5 Ra3 61. g6 Ra7 62. Ng4

62. Rf7 Ra6 63. g7 Rg6+ 64. Kh3 b4 65. Kh4 b3 66. Kh5 b2 67. Kxg6 b1=Q 68. g8=Q Qg1+ 69. Kh7 Qxh2+ 70. Kg7 Qg2+

 

62... Rg7 63. Nh6 b4 64. Nf5 Rg8

64... Rxg6+ 65. Rxg6 Kxf5 66. Rb6

64... b3 65. Nxg7 b2 66. Rb6

 

65. Ne7 Rg7 66. Rf7 b3 67. Rxg7 b2










68. Nd5!! 1-0


S. Cicak (2506) - J. Timman (2616) [A13]

14th Sigeman & Co/Malmo SWE (5) 2006


1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. b3 d5 4. Bb2 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Be2 b6 7. O-O Bb7 8. cxd5 exd5 9. d3 Nbd7 10. Nbd2 Re8 11. Re1 Bd6 12. Bf1 a6 13. Qc2 Rc8 14. e4 Ng4 15. h3 Nge5 16. Nxe5 Bxe5 17. d4 Bf4 18. e5 c5 19. Nf3 Nf8 20. Rad1 Ne6 21. dxc5 bxc5 22. g3 Bh6 23. Bg2 d4 24. Ng5 Nxg5 25. Bxb7 Nxh3+ 26. Kh2 Rc7 27. Bg2 Ng5 28. Qc4 Ne6 29. Qxa6 g6 30. Qd3 Bf8 31. f4 Ng7 32. Bc1 h5 33. Re2 Nf5 34. Bh3 Qd7 35. Rg1 Qc6 36. Bxf5 gxf5 37. Qxf5 c4 38. bxc4 Qxc4 39. Qxh5 d3 40. Qg4+ Bg7 41. Rd2 Rxe5 42. Bb2 f5 43. Qg5 Re6 44. Rgg2?










44. Bxg7! Rxg7 45. Qd8+ Kf7! 46. Qxd3 Qxd3 47. Rxd3 Rh7+ 48. Kg2 Re2+ 49. Kf3 Rhh2 50. Rf1 Rxa2= with a drawn ending.

 

44... Rh6+! 45. Kg1 Qe4!

threatening Qe1 mate and putting white practically in zugzwang.

 

46. Kf2?

46. Rd1 Kh7!! 47. Be5 (47. Bc1 Bd4+) (47. Bxg7? Rxg7 48. Qd8 Qe3+ 49. Kf1 Rh1+) 47... Rf7! and White can only stop ..Bf8-c5+ with a winning attack for Black by surrendering material.(47... d2)

 

46... Rh1!

0-1

 

Black will eventually force mate, for example:

47. Qd8+ Kh7

47... Bf8!

48. Qxc7 Qe1+ 49. Kf3 Rf1+ 50. Rgf2

50. Rdf2 Qe2#

50... Qe4# 0-1

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