Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Jan Timman.
White to move and win.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
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a)
Timman vs Hans Bouwmeester, Vleuten, 1967
r1b1kb1r/pp1npp1p/5np1/3P2B1/3P4/5N2/Pq1N1PPP/R2QKB1R w - - 0 1
[ Nc4 ]

b)
Timman vs Terje, Jerusalem, 1967
r1b3k1/2p2Rb1/p2p2Pp/1p1Pp3/1Pn4q/3QB1N1/P1B4P/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Qf1 w/Rxg7+ ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Timman vs H Crabbendam, Amsterdam, 1967
1r2nrk1/1p1nq1pp/pb1p1pB1/2pP1PP1/4NP1P/4B3/1P3K2/R2Q3R w - - 0 1
[ Bxh7+ ]

d)
Timman vs Kick Langeweg, Netherlands, 1970
8/1b2k2N/pP5R/4p3/4qp2/8/5BP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh4+ ]

e)
Timman vs Bjorn Brinck-Claussen, Wijk aan Zee, 1971
r5k1/p1pp1rp1/bp2pBQp/4P3/2nP3P/P1q2P1N/5KP1/3R3R w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 ]



Timman, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Timman vs Kick Langeweg, Amsterdam, 1971
r3n1k1/pp3r1p/q3n1p1/1pP1b3/6b1/2N1B3/P3N1BP/2QR1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 w/Rd7+ & Bxb7 ]

b)
White Mates in 7. Timman vs Arend Van Dop, Leeuwarden, 1972
1r2rn2/2R2pk1/1p4Pp/2p1P3/3q1R2/3b2PP/P1Q3BK/8 w - - 0 1
[ R4xf7+ if Kg8 Rg7+ & Qd2 ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Timman vs Jan Donner, Amsterdam, 1973
3rkb2/pp3R1R/8/2p1P3/3pKB2/6P1/PrP2P2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bh6 if Bxh6 e6 ]

d)
Timman vs Lev Polugaevsky, Hilversum, 1973
2kr1b1r/1b3pp1/p2ppn1p/qp1N4/3NPP2/3B3Q/PPP3PP/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Nb3 ]

e)
Timman vs Bakkali, Nice (OL), 1974
rn1qkb1r/p1p1pppp/1p6/2Pn4/3P2b1/1Q3N2/PP3PPP/RNB1KB1R w - - 0 1
[ Ne5 w/Bb5+ ]

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Timman, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Timman vs Chris Baljon, Leeuwarden, 1974
4q1kb/p4r2/b2r1pp1/P1N1p3/1B1n4/1P4P1/3Q1PB1/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxa6 w/Qxd4 ]

b)
Timman vs Werner Hug, Nice (OL), 1974
1k2q3/1p1b4/2n2r2/1N3p2/R7/3BQ3/2P2K1P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Ra8+ w/Nc7+ ]

c)
Timman vs Werner Hug, Haifa, 1976
2r2rk1/p4b1p/3p2p1/2q2Pp1/4P3/1PN1R3/P2Q2PK/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 if Qxc1 Ne7+ mates ]

d)
Timman vs Francisco Sanz Alonzo, Orense, 1976
brr3k1/5p1p/2n3p1/1p2p3/1q2N3/2RP2P1/5PBP/R3Q1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ w/Nd7 ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Timman vs Leo Hofland, Leeuwarden, 1977
1qr1r1k1/p2bBpP1/1p1p2p1/3P3p/4N2Q/P6P/1PP3P1/4nRK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ ]

Timman, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 6. Timman vs Robert Huebner, Tilburg, 1977
bqr1r2k/4b2p/pp1ppN2/2n4n/2P4B/1PN2P2/P2QB2P/2RR3K w - - 0 1
[ Qh6 ]

b)
White Mates in 3. Timman vs Borislav Ivkov, Geneva, 1977
1r2bk2/1p3ppp/p1n2q2/2N5/1P6/P3R1P1/5PBP/4Q1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe8+ ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Timman vs Arturo Pomar Salamanca, Las Palmas, 1977
r3r1k1/pq3p1p/4pQp1/1p6/2pP2N1/2P4R/PP3PbP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh6+ w/Nf5 ]

d)
Timman vs Van der Vliet, Leeuwarden, 1979
r1b2q1r/pp2k2p/5p2/1P1pp3/2B1p2Q/6R1/PP4PP/2K2R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 ]

e)
Timman vs Robert Huebner, Wijk aan Zee, 1982
7b/2r2p1k/pN5p/1p2q3/4nN1P/P2QP3/1P4R1/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Nd7 if Qe7 Ne6 ]

Timman, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Timman vs Lajos Portisch, London, 1982
r1bq1r1k/p1b1nppp/npp2N2/3pP1B1/8/2N3P1/PP3PBP/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nfxd5 ]

b)
Timman vs Krunoslav Hulak, Indonesia, 1983
2rr2k1/4bpp1/1qb1p2p/3nP3/p1p1NP2/P5P1/1P3QBP/2BRR2K w - - 0 1
[ Rxd5 ]

c)
Timman vs Wlodzimiers Schmidt, Indonesia, 1983
6k1/7p/5pp1/8/4P3/p3B3/r1BK2PP/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bd4 w/Kc1 ]

d)
Timman vs Fred Van der Vliet, Hilversum, 1983
6k1/1b6/p4p1p/1pPpqB1P/1P3Q2/P7/6P1/5K2 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe5 w/Bd7 ]

e)
Timman vs Krunoslav Hulak, Zagreb, 1985
2r5/5k2/5r1p/p1qP1pp1/P1PQp3/2P1P3/3N2PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6+ w/Nxe4+ ]

Timman, Part VI. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Timman vs Garry Kasparov, Hilversum, 1985
8/2q2p2/2p2kpp/3Pp3/bP6/rBQ4P/6P1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ d6 w/Qf3+ ]

b)
Timman vs Kuijk, Wijk aan Zee, 1985
rq2k2r/2pb1p2/p3p2p/2b1P3/4pQ2/2N4P/PPP2PP1/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7 w/Qxf7+ ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Timman vs Marcel Sisniega, Taxco, 1985
r4k2/PR6/1b6/4p1Np/2B2p2/2p5/2K5/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nh7+ ]

d)
Timman vs Anthony Miles, Brussels, 1986
3nkr2/pb3p2/2p2R2/2Qpp1qp/6p1/3B2P1/P5PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ R1f5 ]

e)
Timman vs Liafbern Riemersma, Hilversum, 1987
4q1k1/R3brpp/3r4/3Qp3/1p2P3/5R2/1P1N1PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra8 ]

Timman, Part VII. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Timman vs Arthur Yusupov, Tilburg, 1987
r2r2k1/2p3p1/4R2p/p7/2Pq4/2Qp4/1P3PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ ]

b)
Timman vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic, Linares, 1993
4r3/1p2qpk1/p4npp/2P1Qb2/2p1N2P/2N2P2/PP4P1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe7 w/Nxf6 & Nd5+ ]

c)
Timman vs Nigel Short, El Escorial, 1993
1k3b1r/1p1r1b2/p1pP1p2/N1P1pn1p/qP4p1/P2NB3/4QPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb2 w/Qe1 & a4 ]

d)
Timman vs Artur Yusupov, Dortmund, 1994
4r1k1/2pqrp2/R2n3p/1p2R1p1/3P1Q2/2PB3P/5PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg5+ ]

e)
Timman vs Peter Leko, Groningen, 1996
5k1r/4qpp1/3N1n1p/pB2p3/2Q5/P7/1PP2PPb/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Qc8+ w/Nf5 ]

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