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At the age of 64, Viktor Korchnoi seems more exciting than in his youth. One of the great defensive and counter-attacking players, in his best years he always appeared reticent to launch attacks himself, yet he now seems to have lost all such inhibition. His win over Jan Timman from the Horgen tournament last week was a splendidly aggressive exhibition.

After surrendering the bishop pair in the opening, Timman's strategy was to establish his knight on the excellent d5 square and leave White's bishops aiming into thin air, but the surprising 23.Bh7!, threatening 24.Qxh6!! gxh6 25.Rg8 mate, exposed the fatal weakness in the plan. Timman won the bold bishop, but his king was too exposed to survive. 32.f7+! was a brilliant finish: 32...Kxf7 loses to Rxh7+, 32...Rxf7 loses to Rh8+, and 32...Qxf7 is met by Qc2! with the fatal double threat of Qxc8 mate and Rxh7.

White: Viktor Korchnoi

Black: Jan Timman

1 d4 Nf6 17 Re3 Bb7

2 c4 e6 18 Qd2 Nxe5

3 Nc3 Bb4 19 dxe5 Nd5

4 e3 0-0 20 Re4 Kf8

5 Bd3 d5 21 Rae1 Qc5

6 Nf3 b6 22 Rg4 Rc7

7 a3 Bd6 23 Bh7 g5

8 e4 dxe4 24 Bg3 f6

9 Nxe4 Nbd7 25 exf6 Rxh7

10 0-0 Bb7 26 h4 gxh4

11 Nxd6 cxd6 27 Rxh4 Qc6

12 Bg5 h6 28 Rc1 Qd7

13 Bh4 d5 29 Rxh6 Rc8

14 cxd5 Bxd5 30 Bd6+ Ke8

15 Re1 Qc7 31 Rxc8+ Bxc8

16 Ne5 Rfc8 32 f7+ resigns.

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