GM Jan Timman

Full name
Jan Timman
Born
Dec 14, 1951 (age 67)
Place of birth
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Federation
Netherlands
Profiles

One of the best Dutch players in the history of chess, Jan Timman was among the world’s elite throughout his career. Especially in the 1980s and 1990s when won multiple tournaments and challenged for the World Championship, Timman proved his style of chess-fighting could be a tough nut to crack. One of the first players to employ a wide variety of openings with both white and black, his opening mix-ups became extremely popular with all of the world class players.

Jan Timman learned to play chess early in his life and was a strong player at a young age. He became an International Master in 1971 and a Grandmaster in 1974. The same year he became a Grandmaster, he also won the Dutch Championship. He continued to have strong tournament results, especially in the 1980s where he won many high-caliber tournaments. One of his best performances was in a rapid tournament in 1991 where he won four matches in a row against incredibly strong players including Gata Kamsky, Anatoly Karpov, Viswanathan Anand and Garry Kasparov on his way to winning first place. In 1993 he played against Anatoly Karpov for the World Championship but lost the match. Nowadays he continues to be a strong chess player but is no longer considered among the world’s elite.

Best Game


Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Reti Opening (43) : A05 A04 A09
King's Indian Attack (27) : A07 A08
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (7) : B06
Bogo-Indian Defense (24) : E11
Scotch Game (21) : C45
Pirc Defense (43) : B07 B08 B09
Scandinavian Defense (13) : B01
Queen's Gambit Accepted (26) : D20 D27 D22 D24 D28 D21 D25
Semi-Slav Defense (28) : D43 D45 D44 D47 D48 D46
Tarrasch Defense (12) : D32 D34
Italian Game (5) : C58 C57 C59 C50
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (1) : A40
Queen's Pawn Opening (20) : A40 D03 D00 A41
Dutch Defense (10) : A81 A93 A90 A80
Queen's Indian Defense (107) : E15 E18 E17 E19 E16 E12 E14
Old Indian Defense (10) : A53 A54
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (8) : D44
Petrov's Defense (38) : C42 C43
Philidor Defense (6) : C41
Budapest Defense (2) : A52
Alekhine Defense (12) : B04 B03 B05
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (9) : D78 D73 D71
Modern Defense (12) : A42 B06
Torre Attack (18) : A48 A46
Trompowsky Attack (6) : A45
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (2) : A57
Benko Gambit Declined (1) : A57
Four Knights Game (2) : C47 C48
Catalan Opening (4) : E01
Giuoco Piano Game (5) : C50 C52 C51 C53
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (2) : B00
King's Pawn Opening (2) : B00
Bird's Opening (1) : A03
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (2) : A58
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (3) : A01
Hungarian Opening (5) : A00
Old Benoni Defense (1) : A43
Black Pieces
King's Indian Attack (13) : A07
Reti Opening (39) : A05 A04 A09 A06
Pirc Defense (101) : B07 B09 B08
Vienna Game (5) : C29 C26
Italian Game (13) : C55 C57 C59 C58
Scotch Game (16) : C45
Queen's Pawn Opening (30) : D00 A41 A40 D02 E00 D03
Catalan Opening (30) : E00 E01
Queen's Indian Defense (175) : E16 E15 E12 E18 E17 E14 E19
Bogo-Indian Defense (23) : E11
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (10) : D71 D78 D79 D73
Trompowsky Attack (7) : A45
Giuoco Piano Game (11) : C53 C52 C51 C50
Four Knights Game (12) : C48 C49 C46 C47
Modern Defense (25) : B06 A41 A40 A42 B07
Petrov's Defense (33) : C42 C43
Alekhine Defense (33) : B04 B03 B02 B05
Bishop's Opening (4) : C24 C26 C28
Tarrasch Defense (7) : D34 D32
Old Indian Defense (3) : A54 A53
Colle System (2) : D05
London System (3) : A48
King's Gambit Accepted (4) : C33 C39
Queen's Gambit Accepted (16) : D27 D25 D24 D20 D23 D22 D21
Center Game Accepted (1) : C22
Semi-Slav Defense (9) : D45 D44 D47 D43
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (4) : D44
Torre Attack (8) : A46 A48
Bird's Opening (3) : A03 A02
Dutch Defense (2) : A90 A88
Hungarian Opening (4) : A00
Anderssen Opening (1) : A00
Richter-Veresov Attack (2) : D01
Blumenfeld Countergambit (1) : E10
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (2) : A40
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (1) : A01
Saragossa Opening (1) : A00
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (3) : B06

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