December 14, 2011

Happy 60th birthday Jan Timman!

More than 40 years of top level chess and 60 years of life! Here's to many more!



And for us, a small brain teaser, composed by none other than Jan Timman:



White to play and win
Timman 1990
SOLUTION:


1.c7+! to take the king out 1...Kxc7 (1...Rxc7 is not working because of 2.Rxh3 Rxc5 3.Kb7! +-) 2.cxb6+ Kb8 3.Rxc8+ Kxc8 4.b7+ Kb8 5.d6! exd6 [5...e6 6.Bb5 Bg2 (6...e5 7.Bc4, followed by 8.Bd5) 7.Bc6! Bf1+ 8.Ka5 dxc6 9.bxa8Q+ Kxa8 10.d7+-] 6.Bc4 Be6 7.Bd5 Bxd5 8.exd5 Kc7 9.bxa8B! Kb8 10.Bb7 Kc7 11.Kxa7+-

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