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A novel aspect of the Hoogovens Grandmaster tournament in Wijk aan Zee in the Netherlands is the award of a best game prize in each round, based on votes given by the spectators. In the sixth round, they gave it to Vassily Ivanchuk, for his exciting win over Ivan Sokolov, but the eccentric Ukrainian grandmaster, evidently less impressed with his victory than the spectators had been, refused to accept it.

Even Ivanchuk, however, would probably admit that his tenth-round win over Jan Timman was a pretty good effort. Black's king looked vulnerable after the opening, but his bishop on b7 and rook on the g-file combined in latent threats against g2.

The move 20...f5! was brave and well-judged, weakening White on the a8- h1 diagonal and Black on the a1-h8 one. After 24...exd5, when 25.Bxd5 Qd6 loses White material, Black gained the initiative and never let it go again. At the end there is no defence to Re3 and Re1.

White: Jan Timman

Black: Vassily Ivanchuk

1 d4 d5 23 Qc3 Rg7

2 c4 c6 24 Bxe4 exd5

3 Nc3 Nf6 25 Bf3 Qb6

4 e3 e6 26 Rd2 d4

5 Nf3 Nbd7 27 Qd3 Rd8

6 Bd3 dxc4 28 Bxb7 Qxb7

7 Bxc4 b5 29 Re1 Rg6

8 Bd3 Bb7 30 h3 c4

9 0-0 a6 31 Qe4 Qxe4

10 e4 c5 32 Rxe4 d3

11 d5 Qc7 33 Kg1 Re6

12 Qe2 Bd6 34 Rxe6 fxe6

13 Bg5 0-0 35 Kf2 e5

14 Bxf6 gxf6 36 fxe5 Rd5

15 Rad1 Ne5 37 Ke1 b4

16 Nxe5 Bxe5 38 Rf2 c3

17 f4 Bd4+ 39 bxc3 bxc3

18 Kh1 Kh8 40 Rf8+ Kg7

19 Bb1 Rg8 41 Rc8 d2+

20 Qc2 f5 42 Kd1 Rd3

21 Nxb5 axb5 White resigns

22 Rxd4 fxe4