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Jan Timman
Timman 
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Number of games in database: 3,624
Years covered: 1963 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2533 (2472 rapid, 2501 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2680

Overall record: +1209 -704 =1514 (57.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 197 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (337) 
    B31 B30 B81 B40 B46
 Ruy Lopez (160) 
    C69 C92 C67 C95 C93
 Queen's Indian (108) 
    E15 E12 E19 E17 E16
 French Defense (98) 
    C11 C02 C18 C19 C16
 King's Indian (87) 
    E81 E88 E87 E80 E82
 Nimzo Indian (84) 
    E30 E31 E41 E20 E32
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (201) 
    B46 B81 B83 B30 B22
 Queen's Indian (189) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E19
 Nimzo Indian (151) 
    E32 E41 E45 E43 E20
 Ruy Lopez (123) 
    C80 C82 C72 C84 C78
 French Defense (118) 
    C18 C05 C11 C19 C16
 Grunfeld (102) 
    D85 D87 D99 D97 D86
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Timman vs Kasparov, 1985 1-0
   T C Fox vs Timman, 1970 0-1
   Timman vs Short, 1990 1-0
   Timman vs Korchnoi, 1991 1-0
   Timman vs C van Wijgerden, 1977 1-0
   Timman vs Quinteros, 1973 1-0
   Timman vs Polugaevsky, 1973 1-0
   F Braga vs Timman, 1982 1/2-1/2
   Timman vs Smyslov, 1979 1/2-1/2
   Timman vs Ljubojevic, 1985 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship Match (1993)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reykjavik (1976)
   Bled / Portoroz (1979)
   Las Palmas (1981)
   Dutch Championship (1975)
   Amsterdam IBM (1978)
   Taxco Interzonal (1985)
   Linares (1988)
   Mar del Plata (1982)
   First Lady's Cup (1983)
   Dutch Championship (1987)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Amsterdam Zonal (1978)
   Linares (1992)
   Hastings 1973/74 (1973)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad (1978)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Challenger Timman by Gottschalk
   Exchange sacs - 4 by obrit
   Jan Timman: Chess The Adventurous Way by Resignation Trap
   Jan Timman: Chess The Adventurous Way by hakkepof
   T Players Tease Fredthebear by fredthebear
   Timman's triumphs by Popaluap
   Timman's triumphs by nizmo11
   Timman's triumphs by hakkepof
   Brussels Blitz 1987 by KingG

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   Timman vs J van Foreest (Dec-01-19) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   S Ernst vs Timman (Dec-01-19) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   F Sawatzki vs Timman (Jul-28-19) 1-0

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JAN TIMMAN
(born Dec-14-1951, 70 years old) Netherlands
PRONUNCIATION:
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Timman was one of the world's leading players from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. At the peak of his career he was considered to be the best non-Soviet player and was known as "The Best of the West". He has won the Dutch Chess Championship nine times and has been a Candidate for the World Championship several times. He lost the title match of the 1993 FIDE World Championship against Anatoly Karpov.

Jan is the son of mathematics professor Rein Timman and his wife Anneke, who as a schoolgirl was a mathematics student of former world champion Max Euwe. Jan's older brother Ton Timman (1946-2014) was a FIDE Master. Jan Timman was an outstanding prospect in his early teens, and at Jerusalem 1967 played in the World Junior Championship, aged fifteen, finishing third.

He received the International Master title in 1971, and in 1974 became a Grandmaster, making him the Netherlands' third after Max Euwe and Jan Hein Donner. In the same year he won the Dutch Championship for the first time, having finished second in 1972. He was to win it again on many more occasions through 1996. His first notable international success was at Hastings 1973/74, where he shared victory with Tal, Kuzmin, and Szabó.4 A string of victories quickly followed at Sombor 1974 (with Boris Gulko), Netanya 1975, Reykjavík 1976 (with Fridrik Olafsson), Amsterdam IBM 1978, Nikšić 1978, and Bled/Portorož 1979.

By 1982 Timman was ranked second in the world, behind only Anatoly Karpov. In the 1980s he won a number of very strong tournaments, including Amsterdam IBM in 1981, Wijk aan Zee in 1981 and 1985, Linares in 1988, the 1989 Euwe Memorial, and the 1989 World Cup tournament in Rotterdam. Other major successes included Las Palmas 1981, Mar del Plata 1982, Bugojno 1984, and Sarajevo 1984. One of his notable later successes was the 2nd Immopar Rapid Tournament in 1991, a weekend event which attracted a huge amount of prize money. In this knock-out format tournament he defeated Gata Kamsky 1.5–.5, Karpov 2–0, Viswanathan Anand 1.5-.5, and finally the World Champion Garry Kasparov 1.5–.5 to win the first prize of approximately 75,000 USD. His performance was equivalent to an Elo rating of 2950.

Timman's world championship career began at the zonal tournaments at Forssa/Helsinki 1972 and Reykjavík 1975. He failed to qualify for the next stage on both occasions. However his win at Amsterdam 1978 took him to his first interzonal tournament at Rio de Janeiro, where he failed to progress further. He finished in the middle of the field at the 1982 Las Palmas Interzonal, but won the Taxco 1985 Interzonal convincingly to qualify for the Candidates Matches for the first time. However, he lost in the first round to Artur Yusupov in 1986. In the next cycle, after winning the 1987 Tilburg Interzonal he defeated Valery Salov, Lajos Portisch, and Jonathan Speelman, but lost in the final to Anatoly Karpov in 1990. He reached the final round once again in 1993, having defeated Robert Hübner, Viktor Korchnoi, and Yusupov, but lost this time to Nigel Short. However, after Short and Garry Kasparov played their World Championship match outside of the auspices of the sport's governing body FIDE, Timman was invited to compete against Karpov for the FIDE version of the world title. He lost the match by 12.5 points to 8.5.

Timman represented the Netherlands in 13 Chess Olympiads from 1972 to 2004, playing on the top board on 11 occasions. In 1976 he won the gold medal for the best individual performance on that board.

Timman continues to play actively. In 2004 he placed equal first in a tournament in Reykjavík and was equal second at Amsterdam. He played in the gold medal-winning Dutch team at the European Team Chess Championships in Gothenburg in 2005, alongside Loek van Wely, Ivan Sokolov, Sergei Tiviakov, and Erik van den Doel. In 2006 he won the Sigeman Tournament in Malmö Sweden and was second in the Howard Staunton Memorial in London.

He is still active as of 2020.

Wikipedia article: Jan Timman

Last updated: 2021-12-15 09:28:25

 page 1 of 146; games 1-25 of 3,629  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Timman vs B Cafferty ½-½171963corrB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
2. F Hoorweg vs Timman 0-1251964The HagueD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Meinders vs Timman  0-1291964The Hague-ch JuniorsA03 Bird's Opening
4. F van der Vliet vs Timman  0-1361964The Hague ch-jrD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
5. Timman vs N Schouten  1-0251964NED-ch JuniorsB08 Pirc, Classical
6. Timman vs J Willemsen  0-1651964The Hague jrB40 Sicilian
7. L J Kerkhoff vs Timman  1-0341964NED-ch JuniorsC02 French, Advance
8. Timman vs J van Baarle 1-0281964NED-ch JuniorsE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
9. Timman vs M Simon  1-0351964NED-ch JuniorsE83 King's Indian, Samisch
10. J Marcus vs Timman  0-1431964NED-ch JuniorsC49 Four Knights
11. Timman vs J Toorman  1-0411964NED-ch JuniorsE15 Queen's Indian
12. S Noorda vs Timman 1-091964NED-ch JuniorsC02 French, Advance
13. Timman vs A van den Berg  ½-½391964NED-ch JuniorsD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
14. Timman vs J Willemsen  ½-½201965The Hague ch-jrC50 Giuoco Piano
15. Mooijaart vs Timman  0-1531965The Hague ch-jrB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
16. Timman vs M de Bolster  1-0351965The Hague ch-jrD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. P Nieuwenhuis vs Timman  0-1371965NED-chTA13 English
18. Timman vs P Dijkhuis  1-0461965NED-chTA56 Benoni Defense
19. De Wind vs Timman 0-1321965The Hague ch-jrA65 Benoni, 6.e4
20. Timman vs R van Dijken  1-0271965The Hague ch-jrA51 Budapest Gambit
21. Wisse vs Timman 0-1301965The Hague ch-jrA91 Dutch Defense
22. A Whiteley vs Timman  ½-½371966Groningen Ech-jr finD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. M Steinberg vs Timman  ½-½511966Groningen Ech-jr finD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
24. A Westermeier vs Timman  1-0451966Groningen Ech-jr finB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
25. Timman vs Svend Pedersen  0-1331966Groningen Ech-jr finA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
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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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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/... beats karpov
Aug-07-20  Ron: Elsewhere on chessgames.com I wrote that Korchnoi, Kramnik, and Tigran Petrosian were killers of the King's Indian Defense.

Timman is pretty good too against the KID. He seems to favor the Saemisch:

Repertoire Explorer: Jan Timman (white)

Oct-17-20  Ron: Timman's Triumphs: My 100 Best Games:

Jan Timman is one of the greatest chess players never to win the world title. For many years ‘the Best of the West’ belonged to the chess elite, collecting quite a few super tournament victories. Three times Timman was a Candidate for the World Championship and his peak in the world rankings was second place, in 1982.

For this definitive collection, Timman has revisited his career and subjected his finest efforts to fresh analysis supported by modern technology. The result is startling and fascinating. From the games that he chose for his Timman’s Selected Games (1994, also published as Chess the Adventurous Way), only 10(!) made the cut. Some games that he had been proud of turned out to be flawed, others that he remembered as messy were actually well played.

Timman’s Triumphs includes wins against great players such as Karpov, Kasparov, Kortchnoi, Smyslov, Tal, Spassky, Bronstein, Larsen and Topalov. The annotations are in the author’s trademark lucid style, a happy mix of colourful background information and sharp, crystal-clear explanations.

Once again Jan Timman shows that he is not only one of the best players the game has seen, but also as one of the best chess analysts and writers.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KFM4YP...

Oct-17-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: Timman did a games collection years ago:

Jan Timman: Chess the Adventurous Way
that covered his prime 1983-93

If you have this book and are a subscriber to New in Chess I'm guessing there is not much new in this book (if anything).

I have always liked his chess but I am not a big fan of his analysis - not very clear and frequently with errors.

Reminds me of Anand who put out a book of his best games then a few years later, rather than putting out a second volume, just put out a second edition with a few games added and then a few years later did the same thing. I bought all three books but felt like I had been slightly ripped off.

Oct-17-20  Ron: < plang: Timman did a games collection years ago: Jan Timman: Chess the Adventurous Way
that covered his prime 1983-93

If you have this book and are a subscriber to New in Chess I'm guessing there is not much new in this book (if anything).

I have always liked his chess but I am not a big fan of his analysis - not very clear and frequently with errors.

Reminds me of Anand who put out a book of his best games then a few years later, rather than putting out a second volume, just put out a second edition with a few games added and then a few years later did the same thing. I bought all three books but felt like I had been slightly ripped off.>

The book's blurb, which I reprinted, says only 10 games from his previous game collection book is in this new book. Also, "Timman has revisited his career and subjected his finest efforts to fresh analysis supported by modern technology. "

Oct-17-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: The first book included 80 games from 1983-94.

If the new book only includes 10 games from the earlier volume then how could this new book be his "100 best games"?

Oct-17-20  Ron: <plang: The first book included 80 games from 1983-94. If the new book only includes 10 games from the earlier volume then how could this new book be his "100 best games"?>

Amazon's search inside feature is great. It shows as the following Chapters from Timman's new book:

Chapter 5: The world title starts getting out of reach (1994-2000)

Chapter 6: In the new millennium (2001-2019)

Timman's new book includes games played after the publication of his previous book.

Also, a separate logical point: chessgames.com has 2,326 games that Timman played from 1963 to 1992: https://www.chessgames.com/perl/che...

Timman had plenty of other games to choose from. Keep in mind, according the the blurb, Timman changed his opinion, "Some games that he had been proud of turned out to be flawed".

Oct-17-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: It is logical to assume that Timman's prime was during the years when he was a serious world championship candidate. It would follow that a large number of his best games come from that time. On the 1/1/94 rating list he is already ranked outside of the top 25 - his best years were behind him.
Jul-09-21  Albertan: My favorite game of Jan Timman:

https://en.chessbase.com/post/cbm-2...

Oct-16-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Photo of Jan Timman and his wife back in 1981. Some would say he was engaging in white genocide.

https://www.alamy.com/cremation-pro...

Dec-14-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: Happy 70th birthday to 1 of the best chess players of all time, former world chess championship challenger & 9-time Dutch chess champion, Jan Timman! <GSM> Thx for posting that pic of Timman & his wife. That’s a good pic
Dec-15-21  Albertan: Jan Timman célébrâtes 70th birthday:

https://en.chessbase.com/post/jan-t...

Dec-15-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: He always reminds me of the musician Glenn Tilbrook from Squeeze:

<https://www.bing.com/images/search?...>

Dec-15-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  0ZeR0: Happy birthday, GM Jan Timman. I will always remember your fighting games and esteemed writing.
Dec-15-21  fisayo123: Happy 70th birthday to one of the most significant players of the 80's era for which he was the 3rd best player, either him of Beliavsky but I give Timman a slight edge.

He was so close to being the World Champion but was opposed by a 2 headed monster. I believe that no player in chess history faced a more difficult task of trying to be World Champion than him

Dec-15-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Well, korchnoi had to get past petrosian, spassky, fischer, karpov and Kasparov. That's a tall order!
Oct-20-22  Olavi: We had an exchange with <Fusilli> three years ago about Timman's literary work. I have been re-reading Timman's Titans (2017), and it is really rather sad, the number of factual mistakes. He doesn't even remember his own games, he writes that after 1995 he didn't play Kasparov for three years. As every Russian schoolboy remembers, he himself annotated this Timman vs Kasparov, 1996 very eloquently in New in Chess.

The blurb says 'Timman has (...) a fabulous memory'

Oct-21-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <GSM>, my own view is that Timman made a good score.
Oct-21-22  Chessius the Messius: When Ton Sijbrands goes shopping, his wife gives him a list! You won't believe it ;)
Oct-21-22  Olavi: <Chessius the Messius> There's the story of Alekhine giving a 24 board blindfold simultaneous and asking a bystander for a cigarette; he complained about his memory, he always forgets them.
Oct-21-22  stone free or die: <Olavi> that's a great little vignette. Likely apocryphal, but good for a chuckle.
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