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Jan Timman
Number of games in database: 3,503
Years covered: 1963 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2556 (2592 rapid, 2500 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2680
Overall record: +1177 -697 =1493 (57.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      136 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (336) 
    B31 B40 B90 B30 B46
 Ruy Lopez (156) 
    C69 C92 C67 C95 C93
 Queen's Indian (107) 
    E15 E12 E19 E17 E16
 French Defense (96) 
    C11 C02 C18 C19 C16
 King's Indian (87) 
    E81 E88 E87 E92 E82
 Nimzo Indian (84) 
    E30 E31 E41 E20 E32
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (201) 
    B46 B81 B83 B22 B69
 Queen's Indian (179) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E19
 Nimzo Indian (144) 
    E32 E41 E45 E43 E21
 Ruy Lopez (117) 
    C80 C82 C72 C95 C78
 French Defense (117) 
    C18 C19 C11 C16 C05
 Grunfeld (100) 
    D85 D99 D87 D86 D97
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Timman vs Kasparov, 1985 1-0
   Timman vs Short, 1990 1-0
   T C Fox vs Timman, 1970 0-1
   Timman vs C van Wijgerden, 1977 1-0
   Timman vs Korchnoi, 1991 1-0
   F Braga vs Timman, 1982 1/2-1/2
   Timman vs Polugaevsky, 1973 1-0
   L Day vs Timman, 1980 1/2-1/2
   Timman vs J Vogel, 1974 1-0
   Timman vs H Bouwmeester, 1967 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Mar del Plata (1982)
   Taxco Interzonal (1985)
   Howard Staunton Memorial (2009)
   Sigeman & Co (2006)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1980)
   London (1975)
   Hastings 1973/74 (1973)
   Howard Staunton Memorial (2006)
   Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979)
   President's Cup (2008)
   Politiken Cup (2013)
   Politiken Cup (2012)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   Politiken Cup (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Exchange sacs - 4 by obrit
   Jan Timman: Chess The Adventurous Way by Resignation Trap
   Brussels Blitz 1987 by KingG
   i.abderrahim's favorite games by i.abderrahim
   Tallinn 1973 by sneaky pete
   Las Palmas 1977 by suenteus po 147

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(born Dec-14-1951, 64 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 141; games 1-25 of 3,503  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Timman vs B Cafferty  ½-½17 1963 corrB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
2. Timman vs J van Baarle 1-028 1964 Rotterdam ch-NED jrE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
3. Timman vs A van den Berg  ½-½39 1964 Rotterdam ch-NED jrD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
4. S Noorda vs Timman 1-09 1964 Rotterdam ch-NED jrC02 French, Advance
5. Timman vs J Willemsen  0-165 1964 The Hague jrB40 Sicilian
6. Timman vs J Toorman  1-041 1964 Rotterdam ch-NED jrE15 Queen's Indian
7. J Marcus vs Timman  0-143 1964 RotterdamC49 Four Knights
8. F van der Vliet vs Timman  0-136 1964 The Hague ch-jrD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
9. Timman vs M Simon  1-035 1964 Rotterdam ch-NED jrE83 King's Indian, Samisch
10. F Hoorweg vs Timman 0-125 1964 HaagD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Meinders vs Timman  0-129 1964 The HagueA03 Bird's Opening
12. L J Kerkhoff vs Timman  1-034 1964 Rotterdam ch-NED jrC02 French, Advance
13. Timman vs N Schouten  1-025 1964 Rotterdam ch-NED jr 0B08 Pirc, Classical
14. Timman vs M De Bolster  1-035 1965 The Hague ch-jrD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. P Nieuwenhuis vs Timman  0-137 1965 Nederland ttA13 English
16. Timman vs J Willemsen  ½-½20 1965 The Hague ch-jrC50 Giuoco Piano
17. Wisse vs Timman 0-130 1965 The Hague ch-jrA91 Dutch Defense
18. Mooijaart vs Timman  0-153 1965 The Hague ch-jrB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
19. Timman vs R Van Dijken  1-027 1965 The Hague ch-jrA51 Budapest Gambit
20. De Wind vs Timman 0-132 1965 The Hague ch-jrA65 Benoni, 6.e4
21. Timman vs P Dijkhuis  1-046 1965 Nederland ttA56 Benoni Defense
22. Timman vs J Tuk  1-042 1966 The HagueE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
23. Timman vs C Klaassen  1-031 1966 Delft ch-NED jrE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
24. Timman vs G Svensson  ½-½41 1966 Groningen Ech-jr preA58 Benko Gambit
25. Timman vs J M Glendinning  ½-½45 1966 Paris tt jrE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
 page 1 of 141; games 1-25 of 3,503  PGN Download
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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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  TheFocus: <The thing is, back then you didn't have this transfer of information, this influence of computers and databases. This meant that everything you needed to pick up, you needed to pick up from what happened around you, what happened at tournaments, what the strongest players were doing. You could rely on your talent. It was a fantastic time. You didn't need to learn a lot, you didn't need to prepare a lot; it was all natural. That's why I liked it so much> - Jan Timman.
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  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.
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  TheFocus: <Some studies make such a deep impression on you that they stay etched in your memory forever> - Jan Timman.
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  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)
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  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.
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  TheFocus: <Once you’re no longer young, open tournaments are very hard work. - Jan Timman (page 90, New in Chess, 2012/6.
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  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.
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  lost in space: Happy birthday, champ.
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  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 this title.
Dec-14-15  sire: Happy birthday, GM Jan Timman.
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