Saturday, October 29, 2016

Van Geet vs Jan Timman

The 1.Nc3 opening is most often called the Van Geet Opening and for good reason. Dirk Daniel Van Geet was an International Master and an International Correspondence Grandmaster.

For more than 50 years he played 1.Nc3 and published analysis. Van Geet was born in 1932 and died at age 80 in 2012. The first move 1.Nc3 was not the only thing Van Geet played, but it was by far the most common. He defeated many masters.

Why do I use the descriptive term Queens Knight Attack for 1.Nc3? It is because it is easier for most to understand it. I mean no disrespect to Van Geet or Dunst or Aasum or any other prominent 1.Nc3 player. I have seen a huge pile of 1.Nc3 players. In my mind, Van Geet belongs at the top of the pile.

Here Van Geet played his fellow countryman Jan Timman. Both were from the Netherlands, but this is not a Dutch Defence. In 1968 Jan Timman was about 16 years old. The previous year he finished third in the World Junior Championship in Jerusalem.

Jan Timman earned the titles of International Master in 1971 and Grandmaster in 1974. Later in his career Timman became best known for New In Chess. Timman has served as one of the chief editors for many years. Jan Timman also wrote many books.

Timman is a contemporary of Anatoly Karpov. In 1993 Timman lost the FIDE World Championship title match to Karpov 12.5-8.5 after Gary Kasparov had been stripped of his title by FIDE. But most players still considered Kasparov to be the world champion.

Van Geet - Timman, The Hague (3), 1968 begins 1.Nc3 d5 2.d4 [More often Van Geet plays 2.e4.] 2...e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 [4...Be7 5.e3 0-0 6.Bd3 h6 7.Bh4=] 5.e3 h6 6.Bf4 a6 [6...Ne4 7.a3 Ba5 8.Bd3 Nxc3 9.Qd2 Nd7 10.bxc3 c5=] 7.Ne5 [7.a3 Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 c5=] 7...c5 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.Bd3 Nc6 10.0-0 Bd6 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Bxd6 Qxd6 13.e4 0-0 14.f4 dxe4 15.Bxe4 Nxe4 16.Nxe4 Qb4 17.Qd3 Qxb2? [17...Qb6+ 18.Kh1=] 18.Rfb1 1-0


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