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|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <Half the variations which are calculated in a tournament game turn out to be completely superfluous. Unfortunately, no one knows in advance which half> - Jan Timman.|
|May-16-15|| ||TheFocus: <Some studies make such a deep impression on you that they stay etched in your memory forever> - Jan Timman.|
|May-17-15|| ||TheFocus: <The best reason to abolish it, in my opinion, is that everyone should deal with his time in the best way; there is no good reason why you should get half a minute extra with each move, except that it's a bit easier for the arbiter> - Jan Timman (speaking about incremental time controls)|
|May-17-15|| ||TheFocus: <When you're good at something, you should continue to do it. Too many players have stopped at a relatively young age> - Jan Timman.|
|May-22-15|| ||TheFocus: <Once you’re no longer young, open tournaments are very hard work. - Jan Timman (page 90, New in Chess, 2012/6.|
|Dec-04-15|| ||john barleycorn: one of Timman's highly praised books is free for download|
|Dec-14-15|| ||ketchuplover: I prefer Unfortunately being replaced by Fortunately in the post six places before this one. Happy birthday young man.|
|Dec-14-15|| ||lost in space: Happy birthday, champ.|
|Dec-14-15|| ||Sularus: happy birthday, GM timman!|
|Dec-14-15|| ||HeMateMe: Burn one for me, Mr. Timman!|
|Dec-14-15|| ||paavoh: Is it true that now he, at 65, is eligible for the World Senior Championship? A force to be reckoned with. I say he deserves to win
|Dec-14-15|| ||sire: Happy birthday, GM Jan Timman.|
|Sep-10-16|| ||dehanne: Documentary featuring all Dutch all time greats.|
|Dec-14-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Jan Timman.|
|Feb-12-17|| ||Paarhufer: Timman has been playing for Porz for many years. Last week I witnessed the end of his game with IM Koch (White): |
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Black to move. I was not the only one who wondered about the black knight on g1! The game ended after 36.. ♖b8 37. ♕a7 ♖e8 38. ♕c5 ♗xe2 39. ♕xd5 ♕xd5 40. ♘xd5 ♗a6 41. ♗d6 ♘f3+ 42. ♗xf3 exf3+ 43. ♗e5+ ♔g8 44. g4 with Timman's resignation. He shook the hand of his opponent, stood up, took his bag and his jacket, and within a few seconds he had left the playing hall and went to the train station I assume. Similar things could be observed, when the games of GMs Reinderman (another loss) and van den Doel (a win) ended, though one of them needed some time to get his smartphone back. Eight GMs won for Porz, but can we call them a team?! Only GM Lutz, who was the first one to finish his game, stayed almost to the end of the match, when GMs Bok and van Wely secured the 4.5:3.5.
In previous years the players of Porz needed to be a little more patient: they got their money after the game and signed on the receipt block.
|Nov-19-17|| ||wtpy: Paarhufer,I can't find this game on the data base, but I wonder why GM Timman did not play Be2 followed by Bf3. If white tries to slide his king over to f1,to trap the knight then Bg2+ Kg2 looks like Timman could extract knight with Nh3 and white can't capture because of discovered check and queen coming to h3 with a probable mating attack.|
|May-04-19|| ||siggemannen: Bxe2 Qxd5 and black needs to exchange queens. Probably Timman didn't like his position there|
|May-27-19|| ||Fusilli: I love Timman. His column in New In Chess is always a delight to read, full of wisdom and very instructive.|
|May-27-19|| ||Olavi: <Fusilli: I love Timman. His column in New In Chess is always a delight to read, full of wisdom and very instructive.>|
One qualification must be made. He is very often wrong with his facts, particularly historical ones. He seems to write from memory and there's no fact checker obviously, sometimes it's embarrassing.
|May-27-19|| ||Fusilli: <Olavi> I didn't know that. For example?|
|May-27-19|| ||Olavi: <Fusilli> Well, my favourite, this is already some time back, is something in his piece about Paul Keres. He praises PK's book of selected games and tells us how much he has benefitted from it over the years; and next he mentions that Keres first played the Keres attack in the Scheveningen in the 60s. The game against Bogoljubov, Salzburg 1943, is of course in the book.|
And just the other day I happened to check the obituaries of Tony Miles, and Timman gets the famous story about the game vs. Karpov, Tilburg 1986, totally wrong - and differently than it was in NIC back then.
Rather sadly, there's no end to these. It would be easy to avoid the great majority of them.
|May-27-19|| ||Fusilli: <Olavi> I see your point. Some sloppiness there. |
On the other hand, if the sloppiness is confined to anecdotes and does not affect his chess analyses, I'd cut him some slack. I always finds his analyses very instructive.
|May-28-19|| ||Olavi: <Fusilli> Basically I agree. Sometimes his mistakes give a wrong picture about a certain important episode in chess history, and given his status, people probably take him on trust. For me, even getting anecdotes wrong is annoying.|
|Aug-28-19|| ||Chesgambit: http://www.chessmetrics.com/cm/CM2/...|
|Aug-28-19|| ||Chesgambit: http://www.chessmetrics.com/cm/CM2/...
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