Burgemeester Rotterdam bezoekt BASAMRO Chess Tournament op ss Rotterdam

Burgemeester Rotterdam bezoekt BASAMRO Chess Tournament op ss Rotterdam

Today we received the exciting news that the mayor of Rotterdam, Mr. A. Aboutaleb, has accepted our invitation to visit the BASAMRO CHESS TOURNAMENT. The mayor will meet amongs others the Russian ambassador Mr. Roman A. Kolodkin, international grand master in chess Jan Timman and the participating teams.
The Russian television network of Murman will be making a documentary on Rotterdam and the chess tournament.
As a token of appreciation, a unique Rotterdam Chess game will be donated to the inhabitants of Murmansk and to the management of the ss Rotterdam.

Jan Timman (born 14 December 1951) is a well-known  Dutch Chess Grandmaster who was one of the world’s leading players from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. At the peak of his career he was considered to be the best non-Soviet player and was known as “The Best of the West”. His highest ranking was second on the world list.

He has won the Dutch Championship  nine times and has been a  candidate  for the World Championship  several times. In 1993 he lost the title match against Anatoly Karpov..

Jan Timman represented the Netherlands in 13  Chess Olympiads  from 1972 to 2004, mostly playing on the top board. In 1976 he won the gold medal for the best individual performance on that board.

He played in the gold medal-winning Dutch team at the European Team Chess championship in Gothenburg in 2005..

Jan Timman played against  most of the world champions from the former Soviet-Union :  Vasily Smyslov, Michael Tal, Tigran Petrosian, Boris Spassky, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov and the Russian Vladimir Kramnik.

Vasily Smyslov (1921 – 2010)
Smyslov played three matches against Botvinnik, lost two and won one in 1957. Smyslov liked the same openings as Max Euwe the  Dutch World Champion in 1935. Smyslov loved composing endgame studies and the same goes for Timman.

JT: I had the opportunity to play quite often often against Smyslov,due to the fact that he remained active till a high age.In the beginning I had problems playing him,but later on I managed to beat him twice.In Tilburg 1984 I played my last game against himIf I had won,iI would have evened the score.I reached the famous ending Rook+ Bishop vs Rook.He defended easily.

Mikhail Tal (1936 -1992)
Tal was the most beloved of the champions. He was world champion for only one year. He beat Botvinnik in 1960 and lost in 1961.His style was imaginative and attacking.

JT: The same story with the early games. After two initial losses many draws followed. Then I beat him in Wijk aan Zee 1982 .I actually got a plus score against him after a win in the 2nd game in the KRO-match in Hilversum 1988.He took his revanche in the 4th and 5th game.

We played an important match in 1985 in Montpellier.I qualified for the Candiadate Matches by equalling the score: 3-3

Tigran Petrosian (1929-1984)
Petrosian won the title from Botvinnik in 1963. He was perhaps the least favorite champion, at least from a fan’s point of view. He had a defensive and maneuvering style that was hard for amateurs to understand.

In 1966 he defended his title successfully against Spassky but lost his title against him in 1969.

JT: I never managed to beat Petrosian. He won twice, with 5 draws. So we didn’t play so many games. He was a tough opponent for me.

Boris Spassky (1937- )
In 1969 he won the title from Petrosian and lost in 1972 his title against Bobby Fischer. Spassky is known as an universal player, comfortable in many types of positions.

JT: With Spassky I had the same initial problem as wit Smyslov and Tal. Later on our score was approximately equal with many draws. Memorable was my win with Black in Montpellier after a long, interesting struggle.

Anatoly Karpov (1951 – )
Karpov ranks amongst the greatest in the pantheon. He won the title twice by default. In 1975 when Bobby Fischer refused to defend, and in 1993, when Kasparov bolted FIDE for his own organization. Karpov played against Timman and won. Karpov seeks a small advantage in the opening, confident he will be able to maintain and exploit it.

JT: Against Karpov I have played over 90 games. He won 28 against 8 victories from my side. There was a long period of ten years (1982-1992) that I didn’t  manage to beat him in a single game. Afterwards I did all right .Memorable are my two wins in Rapid Chess in the Immopar Cup in Paris 91.

Garry Kasparov (1963 -)
He is perhaps the greatest player in history. He played many matches with Karpov, all successful save the first one, a marathon match in 1984 and 1985 that spanned six months and 48 games. In 1993 he bolted FIDE.

JT: In the early 80’s I let him escape from a lost position twice. Afterwards it became increasingly difficult to play him. So I have a terrible overall score. Still,I beat him in the Final of the Immopar Cup in Paris. Eight years later we played an exhibition game in the port of Rotterdam. While we played  in a normal room with wooden pieces and plenty of time, our moves were then played with containers on the ground:two battlefields! I won that game.

Vladimir Kramnik (1975 – )
He was the champion from 2000 to 2006, after he defeated Kasparov in London in 2000. And he was the undisputed  World Chess Champion from 2006 to 2007 after he beated Topalov in a reunification match. In 2007 he lost the title to Anand who is still World Chess Champion.

JT: Kramnik has been a very difficult opponent for me.I never managed to beat him,although I came close on two occcasions.Kramnik’s understanding of the game is very deep.


Special guest at BASAMRO Chess Tournament
Jan Timman is special guest at the first international BASAMROCHESS TOURNAMENT In Rotterdam on the 1st and 2nd of June 2013. The venue is the ss Rotterdam. One of the participants is a team from Russia (Murmansk).

For more information:


Teun Koorevaar

Mobile : 06 52 65 09 42  , mailto: info@basamrochesstournament.com 

Rotterdam, May 2013

Jan Timman

Jan Timman’s biography, written by John Kuipers, appeared in 2010.  In it I read among other things the following:

The 29 year old advertisement designer and painter Ada Hill painted his portrait back in 1975. The wellknown chess player posed two Sundays for her. Hill knew Timman pretty well from parties, which explained the chess player’s willingness. When she asked him to pose for her he immediately said yes. Ada was excited about her new model. “There is something serene about his face. I know for sure that if he had lived in the days of Leonardo da Vinci, he would have been a well sought after model.

63 Vrouwen
‘The fruits of Hills work was exhibited at the end of April that year at the exhibition “63 Vrouwen ”in the Doelen in Rotterdam. On the canvas (à la Rafaël, judged by Herman Hofhuizen) Timman is presented as a sort of Christ figure. He sits behind a table, but this time not surrounded by the last meal but instead with chess pieces. His arms are folded over each other and he looks down at the chess pieces (in the opening position).  What had happened with the painting?

Ada Hill

Several months ago, Bas Kuijper, a teammate of mine told me that his friend had painted a large portrait of Timman. I was directly interested because it would fit in well in the continuation of my series Chess in Art (Schaken in de Schilderkunst) on Schaaksite.nl. I visited her at the beginning of April and could admire the life size painting (1,10 by 1,30 meter) of Jan Timman. At that moment I realized that the painting was just as the biography had described it.


Ada Hill is a versatile Rotterdam’s artist and has an extensive range of work to her name. She has been active for many years making fashion-illustrations for different companies like De Bijenkorf, Vroom & Dreesman, Kennedy and Au Bon Marché.  She was involved in making Konmar Supermarkts house style and for many years she designed advertisements and illustrations for among others Ter Meulen department stores and Konmar supermarkets.

She made illustrations for daily newspapers like the AD, the Vrije Volk and the NRC, including courtroom scenes

She drew for 10 years the weather report, ‘Miesje’ on the front page of the Algemeen Dagblad. She has painted many portraits and has also exhibited.   One of her first portraits was that of a young Jan Timman.

In 2004 she exhibited a series of theme portraits at the exhibition, which was held in Rotterdam’s Ahoy.

On her nice website there are a number of her works to admire. Click here

Exhibition on the SS Rotterdam

Jan Timman and Ada Hill have not met since. On June 1st and 2nd her portrait of a young Jan Timman will be exhibited on the SS Rotterdam whereby Jan Timman himself is invited as a special guest for the first international BASAMRO CHESS TOURNAMENT. Jan Timman and Ada Hill shall, after almost 40 years, meet each other again on the SS Rotterdam and together share memories about a special year 1975.

Everybody is welcome to visit the chess tournament and to take a look at this special painting.  For our visitors Entrance to the SS Rotterdam is free!



translation : Kevin Fletcher

For more information:


Teun Koorevaar

Mobile phone: 06 52 65 09 42 Email: info@basamrochesstournament.com

Rotterdam -  May 2013

Rotterdam is truly a world city and world port. It’s impressive skyline is characterized by such landmarks as the Euromast observation tower and the swan-like curve of the Erasmus Bridge. They can be seen from afar thus enhancing the city’s imposing appearance. Rotterdam features many examples of innovative construction. It is known in the Netherlands and abroad as a city of great architecture.

The Rotterdam Chess game

The idea of the designer, Harry Hoek, was to use striking buildings of the Rotterdam architecture as pieces in the game of chess. He has carefully selected prominent buildings and used their shapes for the six chess pieces. A leading daily newspaper called it a beautiful design.
This game is an excellent promotion of Rotterdam and the Royal Chess game. Apart from the touristic aspects the game appeals to creativity, intelligence, decision making and strategic planning.

Rotterdam Schaakspel

Rotterdam Chess game
King Euromast (observation tower)
Queen Erasmus Bridge (with a swan-like curve)
Rook The Meuse (building)
Bishop World Trade Center
Knight Shipping and Transport College
Pawn Cube Houses

The Rotterdam Chess game is available in two versions, the table-version and the giant XL-version designed for use outside. The Rotterdam Chess game is an excellent idea for a business gift or birthday present.
Both versions will be presented during the chess tournament on the ss Rotterdam and our visitors are allowed to play with these unique chess sets!

The Rotterdam Chess game is available in the shop on board the ss Rotterdam.

translation: Kevin Fletcher

For more information:

Teun Koorevaar
Mobile: 06 52 65 09 42 , email: info@basamrochesstournament.com
Rotterdam, May 2013