Grandmaster Jan Timman (b. 1951) was Dutch Champion nine times. He represented the Netherlands thirteen times at the Chess Olympiad. In the eighties Timman bore the honorary title ‘The Best of the West’ because he occupied third place on the world ranking list for a considerable amount of time behind Karpov and Kasparov.
In the battle for the World Championship Timman reached the Candidates Matches in 1985. In 1986 he lost his match against Yusupov. In the subsequent cyclus he beat Salov, Portisch and Speelman. In 1990 he lost in the final against Karpov. In the following cycles Timman defeated Hübner, Korchnoi and Yusupov. In 1993 he lost in the final to Short. After Kasparov and Short refused to play their match under the auspices of FIDE, Timman played a match against Karpov for the FIDE World Championship which he lost.
Timman has written a large number of chess books, e.g. The Art of Chess Analysis (1979) and The Thin Path (1988) and became editor in chief of chess magazine New in Chess in 1984. Lately he has been
composing endgame studies which won him international acclaim. In 1991 Jan Timman became the wearer of the Euwe ring, by way of recognition for his chess work.
Jan Timman will open the tournament by playing a simul on 13 November.