Jan Timman

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Jan Timman (born 14 December 1951) is a Dutch chess Grandmaster who 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".[1][2] He has won the Dutch Chess Championship nine times and has been a Candidate for the World Championship several times.


Early career

He was an outstanding prospect in his early teens and at Jerusalem 1967, played in the World Junior Championship, aged fifteen, where he finished third.

Timman received the International Master title in 1971 and in 1974 attained Grandmaster status, making him the Netherlands' third after Max Euwe and Jan Hein Donner. In that year he also 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 Szabo.[3] A string of victories quickly followed at Sombor 1974 (with Boris Gulko), Netanya 1975, Reykjavik 1976 (with Fridrik Olafsson), Amsterdam IBM 1978, Niksic 1978[4] and Bled/Portorož 1979.

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