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Jan Timman
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Number of games in database: 3,554
Years covered: 1963 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2528 (2472 rapid, 2501 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2680

Overall record: +1191 -697 =1494 (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.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (328) 
    B31 B30 B81 B40 B46
 Ruy Lopez (156) 
    C69 C92 C67 C95 C93
 Queen's Indian (107) 
    E15 E12 E19 E17 E16
 French Defense (97) 
    C11 C02 C18 C19 C16
 King's Indian (87) 
    E81 E88 E87 E82 E94
 Nimzo Indian (84) 
    E30 E31 E41 E32 E20
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
 French Defense (117) 
    C18 C05 C11 C19 C02
 Ruy Lopez (117) 
    C80 C82 C72 C78 C84
 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 H Bouwmeester, 1967 1-0
   Timman vs Ljubojevic, 1985 1-0

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Mar del Plata (1982)
   Taxco Interzonal (1985)
   Linares (1988)
   Howard Staunton Memorial (2009)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Hastings 1973/74 (1973)
   Linares (1992)
   Howard Staunton Memorial (2006)
   Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979)
   Haifa Olympiad (Men) (1976)
   Politiken Cup (2013)
   IBM Amsterdam (1973)
   Politiken Cup (2012)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   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
   Brussels Blitz 1987 by KingG
   i.abderrahim's favorite games by i.abderrahim

   🏆 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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(born Dec-14-1951, 68 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 143; games 1-25 of 3,554  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. 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. P Nieuwenhuis vs Timman  0-1371965NED-chTA13 English
15. Timman vs M De Bolster  1-0351965The Hague ch-jrD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. Timman vs J Willemsen  ½-½201965The Hague ch-jrC50 Giuoco Piano
17. Wisse vs Timman 0-1301965The Hague ch-jrA91 Dutch Defense
18. Timman vs R Van Dijken  1-0271965The Hague ch-jrA51 Budapest Gambit
19. Mooijaart vs Timman  0-1531965The Hague ch-jrB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
20. Timman vs P Dijkhuis  1-0461965NED-chTA56 Benoni Defense
21. De Wind vs Timman 0-1321965The Hague ch-jrA65 Benoni, 6.e4
22. Timman vs J M Glendinning  ½-½451966Paris tt jrE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
23. A Westermeier vs Timman  1-0451966Groningen Ech-jr finB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
24. Timman vs J Tuk  1-0421966The HagueE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
25. B Denman vs Timman 0-1351966ParisB22 Sicilian, Alapin
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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


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  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!
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  HeMateMe: Burn one for me, Mr. Timman!
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  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.
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  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
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  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.

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  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.

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  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:
Aug-28-19  Chesgambit: beats karpov
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