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Jan Timman
Number of games in database: 3,497
Years covered: 1963 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2561 (2592 rapid, 2500 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2680
Overall record: +1170 -702 =1491 (57.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      134 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (334) 
    B31 B40 B90 B30 B46
 Ruy Lopez (157) 
    C69 C92 C67 C93 C95
 Queen's Indian (109) 
    E15 E12 E19 E17 E16
 French Defense (96) 
    C11 C02 C18 C19 C16
 King's Indian (91) 
    E81 E88 E87 E83 E94
 Nimzo Indian (84) 
    E30 E31 E41 E20 E32
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (201) 
    B46 B81 B83 B22 B30
 Queen's Indian (181) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E19
 Nimzo Indian (144) 
    E32 E41 E45 E43 E21
 Ruy Lopez (116) 
    C82 C80 C95 C78 C72
 French Defense (116) 
    C18 C19 C11 C16 C05
 Grunfeld (100) 
    D85 D99 D87 D86 D97
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   T C Fox vs Timman, 1970 0-1
   Timman vs Short, 1990 1-0
   Timman vs C van Wijgerden, 1979 1-0
   Timman vs Kasparov, 1985 1-0
   L Day vs Timman, 1980 1/2-1/2
   F Braga vs Timman, 1982 1/2-1/2
   Timman vs Polugaevsky, 1973 1-0
   Timman vs J Vogel, 1974 1-0
   Short vs Timman, 2008 0-1
   Timman vs Yusupov, 1987 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship (1993)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Taxco Interzonal (1985)
   Mar del Plata (1982)
   Howard Staunton Memorial (2009)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1980)
   London (1975)
   Howard Staunton Memorial (2006)
   Hastings 1973/74 (1973)
   Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979)
   Dutch Open (2009)
   16th Unive Open (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2004)
   Politiken Cup (2013)
   Politiken Cup (2012)
   Politiken Cup (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1980-1989 (Part 2) by Anatoly21
   Exchange sacs - 4 by obrit
   Jan Timman: Chess The Adventurous Way by Resignation Trap
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1980-1989 (Part 3) by Anatoly21
   Brussels Blitz 1987 by KingG
   i.abderrahim's favorite games by i.abderrahim

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(born Dec-14-1951, 63 years old) Netherlands
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Jan Hendrik Timman was born in Amsterdam. He was awarded the GM title in 1974 and gradually climbed up the ranks of the chess elite. His tournament successes include first place finishes at Mar Del Plata 1982, Bugojno 1984, Tilburg 1987 and Linares 1988.

This 9-time Dutch champion was a consistent contender for the world title throughout the 1980's and early 1990's, and in 1993 he contested a match for the FIDE World Championship with Anatoly Karpov, but fell short, losing 6-2 with 13 draws. He is also the younger brother of Ton Timman and a well respected chess author. His "The Art of Chess Analysis" can be found in the library of many chessplayers worldwide.

Wikipedia article: Jan Timman

 page 1 of 140; games 1-25 of 3,497  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Timman vs B Cafferty  ½-½17 1963 corrB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
2. J Marcus vs Timman  0-143 1964 RotterdamC49 Four Knights
3. F van der Vliet vs Timman  0-136 1964 The Hague ch-jrD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
4. Timman vs M Simon  1-035 1964 Rotterdam ch-NED jrE83 King's Indian, Samisch
5. F Hoorweg vs Timman 0-125 1964 HaagD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Meinders vs Timman  0-129 1964 The HagueA03 Bird's Opening
7. L J Kerkhoff vs Timman  1-034 1964 Rotterdam ch-NED jrC02 French, Advance
8. Timman vs N Schouten  1-025 1964 Rotterdam ch-NED jr 0B08 Pirc, Classical
9. Timman vs J van Baarle 1-028 1964 Rotterdam ch-NED jrE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
10. Timman vs A van den Berg  ½-½39 1964 Rotterdam ch-NED jrD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
11. S Noorda vs Timman 1-09 1964 Rotterdam ch-NED jrC02 French, Advance
12. Timman vs J Willemsen  0-165 1964 The Hague jrB40 Sicilian
13. Timman vs J Toorman  1-041 1964 Rotterdam ch-NED jrE15 Queen's Indian
14. Mooijaart vs Timman  0-153 1965 The Hague ch-jrB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
15. Timman vs R Van Dijken  1-027 1965 The Hague ch-jrA51 Budapest Gambit
16. De Wind vs Timman 0-132 1965 The Hague ch-jrA65 Benoni, 6.e4
17. Timman vs P Dijkhuis  1-046 1965 Nederland ttA56 Benoni Defense
18. Timman vs M De Bolster  1-035 1965 The Hague ch-jrD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. P Nieuwenhuis vs Timman  0-137 1965 Nederland ttA13 English
20. Timman vs J Willemsen  ½-½20 1965 The Hague ch-jrC50 Giuoco Piano
21. Wisse vs Timman 0-130 1965 The Hague ch-jrA91 Dutch Defense
22. A Westermeier vs Timman  1-045 1966 Groningen Ech-jr finB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
23. Timman vs W Davies  1-032 1966 Parijs Glorney-CupE81 King's Indian, Samisch
24. H De Wilde vs Timman  ½-½26 1966 Delft ch-NED jr 09A03 Bird's Opening
25. Timman vs J Moles  1-029 1966 Groningen Ech-jr preE20 Nimzo-Indian
 page 1 of 140; games 1-25 of 3,497  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-14-11  HeMateMe: Burn one for me, Jan! Viva la Amsterdam!
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  talisman: happy birthday Jan.
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  Penguincw: Happy 60th birthday! Keep on playing.
Dec-14-11  JoergWalter: Happy birthday. A lot more to come. Remember, life starts at 66.
Dec-19-11  bronkenstein: Happy late B-day Jan , I just `discovered` it by checking Chessvibes.

To cover some of my shame - a quote from your new biography by Jon Kuipers:

<He's seen as one of the last romantics in the chess world. At the board the player from Amsterdam was a brilliant strategist. He dominated chess in The Netherlands so much, that he became synonym for it, and thus a worthy successor of former World Champion Max Euwe. Away from the board, he was a pleasant bon-vivant who enjoyed life to the max.> , from

<Remember, life starts at 66.> ... and ends in 666?

Dec-19-11  SimonWebbsTiger: anyone interested in a holiday in Denmark, combining some chess too, would do well to plan for Politiken Cup 2012.

Jan has said he will play!

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  Penguincw: Timman is still is in form, today drawing blood against Illya Nyzhnyk in 97 moves!

Timman vs I Nyzhnyk, 2012

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  Stonehenge: <Penguin> :)
Jan-29-12  bronkenstein: Jah commenting on one of his games from TATA B -
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  whiteshark: <"I wasn't sure what square to take the rook to. Because there were three alternatives (e8, d8 and c8), I decided to go for the middle one.">

-Jan Timman

Which game? Anyone?

Jul-15-12  achieve: For those interested in the <Jan Timman> pronunciation: I submitted the correct one to CG and you can hear it by clicking the "PRONUNCIATION" button located at the top of the Bio section.
Jul-24-12  SimonWebbsTiger: Jan is one of 22 GMs playing this year's edition of Politiken Cup (28/7-5/8) in Helsingør (Elsinore), Denmark. Hungarian legend Lajos Portisch is in the field too.

The field here

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  whiteshark: "When you're good at something, you should continue to do it. Too many players have stopped at a relatively young age ..."

~ Jan Timman

Nov-07-12  ketchuplover: Good luck at Wijk Jan :)
Nov-17-12  ketchuplover: Here's a new "game" for Herr Timman...

Timman(2507) vs. Villemur Tamarit(1659) 12-17-11 Event "Open Mundial de Leon Equipos"

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Bf5 3.d3 Nf6 4.Bg2 c6
5.0-0 Nbd7 6.c4 e6 7.Qb3 Qb6 8.Be3 Bc5
9.Bxc5 Nxc5 10.Nbd2??? 0-0???? 11.Nd4????? Bg6?????? Black Resigns??????? 1-0

Dec-14-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Timman!
Dec-29-12  DanielBryant: Is his book Chess: The Adventurous Way worth reading?
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  Penguincw: ♔ Quote of the Day ♔

< "I wasn't sure what square to take the rook to. Because there were three alternatives (e8, d8 and c8), I decided to go for the middle one." >


So I'm guessing d8.

Dec-14-13  ketchuplover: what <brankat> said
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  Penguincw: Happy 62nd birthday to Dutch GM Jan Timman.
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  whiteshark: I'll second that, <ketchuplover>!
Jan-26-14  Conrad93: Shame that most chess players barely know who he is...
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  Karposian: What a great tournament by Jan Timman in Tata Steel Challengers. You are still a formidable chess player, well done!
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Sadly, Timman isn't doing so well in this year's Tata Steel Challengers.
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  Domdaniel: < Shame that most chess players barely know who he is...>

Can this be true?

Some people don't seem to know who anyone is.

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