'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 if Qc3+ Bd2 or if Qb5 Nd6+ ]

c)
Jan Timman vs Terje, Jerusalem, 1967
r1b3k1/2p2Rb1/p2p2Pp/1p1Pp3/1Pn4q/3QB1N1/P1B4P/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Qf1 if Nxe3 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+ if Kxh7 Qh5+ or if Kh8 Bg6 ]

e)
Jan Timman vs Kick Langeweg, Netherlands, 1970
8/1b2k2N/pP5R/4p3/4qp2/8/5BP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bh4+ if Kf7 Ng5+ or if Ke8 Nf6+ ]


mate in 7
Jan Timman vs Arend Van Dop

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 if Rxf6 exf6 or if hxg5 hxg5 ]

b)
Jan Timman vs Kick Langeweg, Amsterdam, 1971
r3n1k1/pp3r1p/q3n1p1/1pP1b3/6b1/2N1B3/P3N1BP/2QR1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf7 Kxf7 Rd7+ if Kg8 Bxb7 or if Kf6 Nd5+ ]

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+ Kh8 Qd2 Bxg6 Qxh6+ ]

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 if Qa4 Nb6+ ]


mate in 4
Jan Timman vs Jan Donner

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 if Bh5 Bb5+ ]

b)
Jan Timman vs Chris Baljon, Leeuwarden, 1974
4q1kb/p4r2/b2r1pp1/P1N1p3/1B1n4/1P4P1/3Q1PB1/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxa6 Nf3+ Bxf3 Rxd2 Rxd2 ]

c)
Jan Timman vs Werner Hug, Nice, 1974
1k2q3/1p1b4/2n2r2/1N3p2/R7/3BQ3/2P2K1P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Ra8+ Kxa8 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 or if Bxd5 Rxc5 dxc5 Qxd5+ ]


Jan Timman vs Francisco Sanz Alonzo

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+ Kg7 Nd7 if Rb7 Rxa8 Rxa8 Bxc6 ]

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+ Kxg7 Nxh5+ gxh5 Qg5+ ]

d)
White mates in 6.
Jan Timman vs Robert Huebner, Tilburg, 1977
bqr1r2k/4b2p/pp1ppN2/2n4n/2P4B/1PN2P2/P2QB2P/2RR3K w - - 0 1
[ Qh6 Bxf6 Bxf6+ Kg8 Rg1+ Kf7 Qxh5+ ]

e)
White mates in 3.
Jan Timman vs Borislav Ivkov, Geneva, 1977
1r2bk2/1p3ppp/p1n2q2/2N5/1P6/P3R1P1/5PBP/4Q1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe8+ Rxe8 Nd7+ ]


mate in 5
Jan Timman vs Leo Hofland

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+ Kf8 Nf5 exf5 Rxh7 ]

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 mates ]

e)
Jan Timman vs Krunoslav Hulak, Indonesia, 1983
2rr2k1/4bpp1/1qb1p2p/3nP3/p1p1NP2/P5P1/1P3QBP/2BRR2K w - - 0 1
[ Rxd5 if Qxf2 Rxd8+ ]


mate in 4
Kick Langeweg vs Jan Timman

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 Kf7 Kc1 ]

b)
Jan Timman vs Fred Van der Vliet, Hilversum, 1983
6k1/1b6/p4p1p/1pPpqB1P/1P3Q2/P7/6P1/5K2 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe5 fxe5 Bd7 ]

c)
Jan Timman vs Krunoslav Hulak, Zagreb, 1985
2r5/5k2/5r1p/p1qP1pp1/P1PQp3/2P1P3/3N2PP/5RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6+ Kxf6 Nxe4+ ]

d)
Jan Timman vs Garry Kasparov, Hilversum, 1985
8/2q2p2/2p2kpp/3Pp3/bP6/rBQ4P/6P1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ d6 Qxd6 Qf3+ Ke7 Qxf7+ Kd8 Rd1 ]

e)
Jan Timman vs Kuijk, Wijk aan Zee, 1985
rq2k2r/2pb1p2/p3p2p/2b1P3/4pQ2/2N4P/PPP2PP1/2KRR3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd7 Kxd7 Qxf7+ Qxf7+ Kc8 Qxe6+ Kb7 Qd5+ ]


Jan Timman vs Wlodzimiers Schmidt

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+ Ke8 Nf6+ Kd8 Rd7+ ]

b)
Jan Timman vs Liafbern Riemersma, Hilversum, 1987
4q1k1/R3brpp/3r4/3Qp3/1p2P3/5R2/1P1N1PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra8 if Rd8 Rxd8 Bxd8 Rxf7 ]

c)
Jan Timman vs Arthur Yusupov, Tilburg, 1987
r2r2k1/2p3p1/4R2p/p7/2Pq4/2Qp4/1P3PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ if Rxe8 Qxd4 or if Kh7 Qxd4 ]

d)
Jan Timman vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic, Linares, 1993
4r3/1p2qpk1/p4npp/2P1Qb2/2p1N2P/2N2P2/PP4P1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxe7 Rxe7 Nxf6 Kxf6 Nd5+ ]

e)
Jan Timman vs Nigel Short, El Escorial, 1993
1k3b1r/1p1r1b2/p1pP1p2/N1P1pn1p/qP4p1/P2NB3/4QPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nb2 Qb5 Qe1 w/a4 ]

f)
Jan Timman vs Artur Yusupov, Dortmund, 1994
4r1k1/2pqrp2/R2n3p/1p2R1p1/3P1Q2/2PB3P/5PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg5+ if Kf8 Rg6 or if hxg5 Qxg5+ mates ]

g)
Jan Timman vs Peter Leko, Groningen, 1996
5k1r/4qpp1/3N1n1p/pB2p3/2Q5/P7/1PP2PPb/1K6 w - - 0 1
[ Qc8+ Ne8 Nf5 Qe6 Bd7 ]


mate in 4
Jan Timman vs Marcel Sisniega

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