Jan Timman was one of the world’s leading players from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. In 1982 he was ranked 2nd in the world behind only Anatoly Karpov – who he would challenge for the World Chess Championship in 1993.
At the peak of his career, Timman was considered to be the best non-Soviet player and was known as “The Best of the West”. He has many tournament victories to his name, including Wijk aan Zee twice, Linares, and the World Cup in 1989.
Timman represented The Netherlands in chess olympiads 13 times, and is a gold medalist. In 1991 he defeated Gata Kamsky, Anatoly Karpov, Viswanathan Anand and the then-reigning World Champion Garry Kasparov to win first prize of a weekend rapid tournament with a performance rating of 2950 Elo.
Much is known of the achievements of the world champions, but less is known about the achievements of players who were just a bit below that level, although on their day, they were able to beat anybody. Tibor Karolyi sets that right in this book, as the author drives you through the very rich chess career of Jan Timman while interviewing him.
This unique concept makes the book easy to read and gives the reader some inside information about what was also happening off the board, things you normally wouldn’t get to know about.