Volokitin defeats Timman in Leon

6/29/2005 – After his recent match against Bruzon in Curaçao, Dutch GM Jan Timman travelled to Leon, Spain, for a four-game rapid chess encounter with 19-year-old Ukrainian GM Andrei Volokitin. Timman, 35 years his senior, lost by 1.5:2.5. More...

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Timman 1.5 – Volokitin 2.5 in Leon

The match between Jan Timman and Andrei Volokitin took place on Friday 24th in Pub Haddock in Leon. It consisted of four games at 20 minutes + 10 seconds (not accumulative). The young Ukrainian GM won 2.5-1.5.

In the first and third games Andrei won with white pieces against Timman's French Winawer, which the Dutch GM had prepared for his recent match against Bruzon in Curaçao. Andrei always had the initiative and the upper hand in both games, scoring a spectacular short victory in the third.

Volokitin - Timman
Leon (3), 25.06.2005
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 0-0 8.Bd3 Nbc6 9.Qh5 Ng6 10.Nf3 Qc7 11.Be3 c4 12.Bxg6 fxg6 13.Qg4 Bd7 14.h4 Rf5 15.h5 gxh5 16.Rxh5 Raf8 17.Kd2 Be8 18.Rxf5 exf5 19.Qg3 Nd8 20.Ng5 h6 21.Nh3 g5??

The pawn move is a dreadful mistake, and Volokitin immediately cashes in: 22.Bxg5 hxg5 23.Qxg5+ Kf7 24.Nf4 Qc6 25.Rh1 1-0 with mate in three to follow.

In the second game Timman played a Rossolimo Attack and Volokitin answered sacrificing a pawn for some activity, Andrei reached a rook ending but could not win despite being a pawn up. In the fourth game Timman played an Open Sicilian and Volokitin soon had a very comfortable game, but the experienced Dutch GM drove it into a double rook ending that was able to win with good technique.

The match was followed by many spectators in the playing area and outside it thanks to several screens installed for that purpose. After the games, there was a press conference where the public asked many questions to those two great players.

Report and pictures by Fernando Gómez


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