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Jan Timman vs Mikhail Tal
Hoogovens (1982), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 13, Jan-31
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Howell Attack (C81)  ·  1-0



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Jul-15-05  sneaky pete: Timman, in a magazine article, confessed he could win this last round game only by using a very special stimulant: before the game, he had greased his hands with tal fine essential oil. A strange power overtook him, he tried to wash away the oil with sea water, but in vain. His hands found their way to the right moves without any interference from the brain. Go to if you want to do the same.
Jul-15-05  aw1988: Sorry, that's a joke, right?
Jul-15-05  sneaky pete: <aw1988> It's really from the series "Uncle pete's believe it or not", but it is certainly no joke.
May-26-20  Cesareisma: Jan Timman wrote about the matter in his excellent book in Dutch titled: Schaakwerk I, Analyses en studies, 2nd edition 1991, p. 179. It might be translated. The title means: Chessaffairs I, Analysis and studies.

I try to translate and quote I hope with his permission the very kind and my fellow Dutchman who beat me twice in our two simultaneous matches which he opened both with 1. Nf3 (Réti):

“Hand lotion is something for women, I thought (...). When it was on, it felt so sticky that I tried to rinse it off with seawater. It didn’t work and with mixed feelings I shook hands with my opponent a bit later”. Is that a story or what!

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  harrylime: Timman's book about Fischer especially is pretty cooooooool
May-27-20  Cesareisma: My apologies, above I thought of another impressive book of Jan Timman called Schaakzaken from 1990, translated: Chessaffairs. Schaakwerk I means: Chesswork I.

The Dutch great-grandmaster as called Timman on 19-11-2019, was so very kind to sign both my copies. I am very proud of him and of them. And most of all that in this game Timman with the 2nd highest elo-rating of the world at the time behind worldchampion Karpov won from the former worldchampion Tal. And to me it seems that Timman won quite easily.

Mar-09-22  Whitehat1963: Excellent endgame play by Timman.

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