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Jan Timman
Timman 
Photo courtesy of www.dimitri.org.  
Number of games in database: 3,555
Years covered: 1963 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2533 (2472 rapid, 2501 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2680

Overall record: +1191 -697 =1495 (57.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 172 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (328) 
    B31 B30 B81 B40 B46
 Ruy Lopez (156) 
    C69 C92 C95 C67 C93
 Queen's Indian (107) 
    E15 E12 E19 E17 E16
 French Defense (97) 
    C11 C18 C02 C19 C16
 King's Indian (87) 
    E81 E88 E87 E94 E82
 Nimzo Indian (84) 
    E30 E31 E41 E20 E32
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (196) 
    B46 B81 B83 B22 B69
 Queen's Indian (185) 
    E15 E12 E17 E14 E19
 Nimzo Indian (148) 
    E32 E41 E45 E43 E21
 Ruy Lopez (117) 
    C80 C82 C95 C72 C78
 French Defense (117) 
    C18 C05 C11 C19 C16
 Grunfeld (98) 
    D85 D87 D99 D86 D97
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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 Suttles, 1974 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Mar del Plata (1982)
   Linares (1988)
   Taxco Interzonal (1985)
   Staunton Memorial (2009)
   Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1980)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Linares (1992)
   Staunton Memorial (2006)
   Politiken Cup (2013)
   Hastings 1973/74 (1973)
   Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979)
   Haifa Olympiad (Men) (1976)
   IBM Amsterdam (1973)
   Politiken Cup (2012)
   Xtracon Chess Open (2017)

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

RECENT GAMES:
   🏆 Xtracon Open
   F Sawatzki vs Timman (Jul-28-19) 1-0
   Isak Storme vs Timman (Jul-27-19) 0-1
   Timman vs T T Jepsen (Jul-26-19) 1-0
   Timman vs A Thaler (Jul-25-19) 1-0
   L Olsson vs Timman (Jul-24-19) 1-0

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JAN TIMMAN
(born Dec-14-1951, 68 years old) Netherlands
PRONUNCIATION:
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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 143; games 1-25 of 3,555  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Timman vs B Cafferty ½-½171963corrB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
2. Timman vs J Willemsen  0-1651964The Hague jrB40 Sicilian
3. F Hoorweg vs Timman 0-1251964The HagueD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. F van der Vliet vs Timman  0-1361964The Hague ch-jrD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
5. Meinders vs Timman  0-1291964The Hague-ch JuniorsA03 Bird's Opening
6. Timman vs N Schouten  1-0251964NED-ch JuniorsB08 Pirc, Classical
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. S Noorda vs Timman 1-091964NED-ch JuniorsC02 French, Advance
12. Timman vs J Toorman  1-0411964NED-ch JuniorsE15 Queen's Indian
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. Wisse vs Timman 0-1301965The Hague ch-jrA91 Dutch Defense
16. Timman vs R Van Dijken  1-0271965The Hague ch-jrA51 Budapest Gambit
17. Mooijaart vs Timman  0-1531965The Hague ch-jrB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. Timman vs P Dijkhuis  1-0461965NED-chTA56 Benoni Defense
19. De Wind vs Timman 0-1321965The Hague ch-jrA65 Benoni, 6.e4
20. P Nieuwenhuis vs Timman  0-1371965NED-chTA13 English
21. Timman vs M De Bolster  1-0351965The Hague ch-jrD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. B Denman vs Timman 0-1351966ParisB22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. A J Whiteley vs Timman  ½-½371966Groningen Ech-jr finD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Timman vs J Booth  1-0351966The HagueE81 King's Indian, Samisch
25. Timman vs W Davies  1-0321966Parijs Glorney-CupE81 King's Indian, Samisch
 page 1 of 143; games 1-25 of 3,555  PGN Download
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Dec-14-15  lost in space: Happy birthday, champ.
Dec-14-15  Sularus: happy birthday, GM timman!
Dec-14-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Burn one for me, Mr. Timman!
Dec-14-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Sep-10-16  dehanne: Documentary featuring all Dutch all time greats.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK9...

Dec-14-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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 Ďthe Best of the Westí 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 Timmanís 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.

Timmanís Triumphs includes wins against great players such as Karpov, Kasparov, Kortchnoi, Smyslov, Tal, Spassky, Bronstein, Larsen and Topalov. The annotations are in the authorís 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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
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