ChessVibes has a nice interview with Dutch GM Jan Timman, a former world championship finalist. Timman is playing in the B-group in Wijk aan Zee starting Saturday, and I appreciate his attitude about his chances there. He's realistic about where he is now, at 60 and some years separated from his time at the top, but this realism isn't a depressed fatalism. He is confident about his ability to play good games and doesn't rule out the possibility a successful result. I hope he has one!
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Jan Timman was one of the world's absolute elite players from the late 1970s through at least the middle of the 1990s. At one time he was rated #2 in the world, and made it as far as a world championship match with Anatoly Karpov in the era of divided titles. He's also a terrific endgame composer, and putting it all together let me suggest that readers check out this brief summary of Timman's career, which also takes note of a new biography of the man.
Unfortunately for most of us, it's in Dutch, but as a consolation there's a new book by Timman himself entitled The Art of the Endgame: My Journeys in the Magical World of Endgame Studies. If you're a study fan, you'll want to get this, while even if you're not you still might (unless you're resolutely opposed to studies - not to be confused with problems). I have the book and have been enjoying it thus far.
Anyway, happy (slightly belated) 60th birthday, Grandmaster Jan Timman!