All Grandmasters are able to devote themselves body and soul to actually playing a game of chess, but few indeed are able to do the same when analysing the games of their fellow Grandmasters. Yet it was by this method that Timman, following the teachings of Botvinnik, trained himself to become one of the finest analysts in the world - and why his annotations to this carefully selected collection of games are acknowledged to be of a depth and quality rarely seen in chess literature.
Each game is critically dissected and each claim of a mistake backed up by hard analysis. In striving for perfection Timman seeks to discover the truth of each game: to provide not just a wonderful annotated game, but to present the definitive valuation behind a top-class struggle between two great minds.
Dutch Grandmaster Jan Timman has been one of the world's leading players since the mid 1970's. His outstanding tournament record includes victories at Linares, Wijk ann Zee and numerous other top-class events.