'Tactics in the Sicilian' series



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Jan Timman.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your mouse from one bracket to the other.
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a)
Black mates in 2.
Brian Denman vs Jan Timman, Paris, 1966
1q2r3/6pk/3P1r1p/2B2b2/R7/5B2/1P5P/2QK2R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qb3+ ]

b)
Jan Timman vs Hans Bouwmeester, Vleuten, 1967
r1b1kb1r/pp1npp1p/5np1/3P2B1/3P4/5N2/Pq1N1PPP/R2QKB1R w - - 0 1
[ Nc4 ]

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

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

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

Jan Timman puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Jan Timman vs Bjorn Brinck-Claussen, Wijk aan Zee, 1971
r5k1/p1pp1rp1/bp2pBQp/4P3/2nP3P/P1q2P1N/5KP1/3R3R w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 ]

b)
Jan Timman vs Kick Langeweg, Amsterdam, 1971
r3n1k1/pp3r1p/q3n1p1/1pP1b3/6b1/2N1B3/P3N1BP/2QR1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 w/Rd7+ & Bxb7 ]

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

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

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

Jan Timman puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Jan Timman vs Bakkali, Nice, 1974
rn1qkb1r/p1p1pppp/1p6/2Pn4/3P2b1/1Q3N2/PP3PPP/RNB1KB1R w - - 0 1
[ Ne5 w/Bb5+ ]

b)
Jan Timman vs Chris Baljon, Leeuwarden, 1974
4q1kb/p4r2/b2r1pp1/P1N1p3/1B1n4/1P4P1/3Q1PB1/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxa6 w/Qxd4 ]

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

d)
Eddie Scholl vs Jan Timman, Leeuwarden, 1974
3r4/1kr2p1p/3p1p1b/p2PpP2/1p6/1PqN1QP1/P1P1R2P/1K2R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd2 if Rd1 Qxc2+ ]

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

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Jan Timman puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Jan Timman vs Francisco Sanz Alonzo, Orense, 1976
brr3k1/5p1p/2n3p1/1p2p3/1q2N3/2RP2P1/5PBP/R3Q1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ w/Nd7 ]

b)
Salvatore Matera vs Jan Timman, Reykjavik, 1976
3r3k/3r3p/p5p1/1p1np1P1/1P2q3/1Q4P1/P2RPB2/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4 ]

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

d)
White mates in 6.
Jan Timman vs Robert Huebner, Tilburg, 1977
bqr1r2k/4b2p/pp1ppN2/2n4n/2P4B/1PN2P2/P2QB2P/2RR3K w - - 0 1
[ Qh6 ]

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

Jan Timman puzzles, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Jan Timman vs Arturo Pomar Salamanca, Las Palmas, 1977
r3r1k1/pq3p1p/4pQp1/1p6/2pP2N1/2P4R/PP3PbP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nh6+ w/Nf5 ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Kick Langeweg vs Jan Timman, Amsterdam, 1978
2R5/5rk1/1p4p1/1P2p3/Q2n4/3P1PNp/3qP3/5K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf3+ exf3 Qg2+ ]

c)
Gudmundur Sigurjonsson vs Jan Timman, Wijk aan Zee 1980
5rk1/pqp1ppb1/3p2p1/8/3n1PQP/2N3R1/P1PB4/2KR4 b - - 0 1
[ ...f5 if Qh3 Ne2+ mates ]

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

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

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Jan Timman puzzles, pt. vi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Jan Timman vs Wlodzimiers Schmidt, Indonesia, 1983
6k1/7p/5pp1/8/4P3/p3B3/r1BK2PP/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bd4 w/Kc1 ]

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

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

d)
Jan Timman vs Garry Kasparov, Hilversum, 1985
8/2q2p2/2p2kpp/3Pp3/bP6/rBQ4P/6P1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ d6 w/Qf3+ ]

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

Jan Timman puzzles, pt. vii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4.
Jan Timman vs Marcel Sisniega, Taxco, 1985
r4k2/PR6/1b6/4p1Np/2B2p2/2p5/2K5/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nh7+ ]

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

c)
Jan Timman vs Arthur Yusupov, Tilburg, 1987
r2r2k1/2p3p1/4R2p/p7/2Pq4/2Qp4/1P3PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ ]

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

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

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

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

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