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Jan Willem te Kolste
  
Number of games in database: 169
Years covered: 1895 to 1932

Overall record: +49 -86 =29 (38.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (34) 
    C66 C80 C87 C84 C67
 French Defense (12) 
    C14 C01 C12 C11 C10
 Four Knights (11) 
    C49 C48
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C87 C84 C89 C98
 Ruy Lopez, Open (7) 
    C80 C83 C82
 Sicilian (5) 
    B21 B45 B86 B40 B43
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C84 C80 C66 C79 C77
 Vienna Opening (7) 
    C29 C25 C26
 Orthodox Defense (6) 
    D63 D67 D61 D60
 French Defense (6) 
    C10 C12 C14 C00
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A46 D00 D02
 French (5) 
    C12 C10 C00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Lasker vs J W te Kolste, 1908 0-1
   A Neumann vs J W te Kolste, 1903 0-1
   J W te Kolste vs F W Pelzer, 1899 1-0
   J W te Kolste vs Tarrasch, 1925 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Scheveningen (1913)
   Scheveningen (1905)
   DCA Congress 27th (1899)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Scheveningen 1913 by Phony Benoni


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JAN WILLEM TE KOLSTE
(born Sep-11-1874, died Jan-31-1936, 61 years old) Netherlands

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Jan Willem te Kolsté was born in 1874 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He passed away in The Hague in 1936.

Wikipedia article: Jan Willem te Kolsté

Last updated: 2017-03-09 03:33:29

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 169  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J W te Kolste vs J F Heemskerk  0-1511895DCA Congress 23rdD00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. J D Tresling vs J W te Kolste  1-0341897AmsterdamA07 King's Indian Attack
3. Loman vs J W te Kolste  1-0331897UtrechtC25 Vienna
4. N van Lennep vs J W te Kolste  1-0271897AmsterdamC54 Giuoco Piano
5. J W te Kolste vs Olland  1-0441897MatchC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. J W te Kolste vs Albin  0-1631898MatchB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
7. J W te Kolste vs Albin  0-1561898MatchA07 King's Indian Attack
8. J W te Kolste vs Swiderski  0-1281899DCA Congress 27thC14 French, Classical
9. J W te Kolste vs J Dimer  ½-½251899DCA Congress 27thC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
10. D Bleijkmans vs J W te Kolste  0-1651899DCA Congress 27thC44 King's Pawn Game
11. J W te Kolste vs J D Tresling  0-1481899DCA Congress 27thC01 French, Exchange
12. H E Atkins vs J W te Kolste 1-0191899DCA Congress 27thD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
13. J W te Kolste vs J F Heemskerk  0-1411899DCA Congress 27thC67 Ruy Lopez
14. J Partaj vs J W te Kolste  1-0471899DCA Congress 27thC48 Four Knights
15. J W te Kolste vs N Mannheimer  0-1341899DCA Congress 27thC01 French, Exchange
16. Olland vs J W te Kolste 1-0361899DCA Congress 27thC14 French, Classical
17. J W te Kolste vs W Schwan  ½-½651899DCA Congress 27thC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
18. J W te Kolste vs W Meiners  ½-½431899DCA Congress 27thC77 Ruy Lopez
19. C Trimborn vs J W te Kolste  ½-½411899DCA Congress 27thA07 King's Indian Attack
20. A van Foreest vs J W te Kolste  1-0281899DCA Congress 27thC50 Giuoco Piano
21. J W te Kolste vs F W Pelzer 1-0181899DCA Congress 27thD00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. J Moquette vs J W te Kolste  1-0291899DCA Congress 27thC39 King's Gambit Accepted
23. J W te Kolste vs Olland  1-0661901ttC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
24. J W te Kolste vs W Meiners  0-1341901DCA Congress 29thC87 Ruy Lopez
25. B Leussen vs J W te Kolste  0-1271901DCA Congress 29thC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-15-09
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  GrahamClayton: The highlight of Te Kolste's internatonal career was Baden-Baden, 1925. How did such a lesser-known player receive an invitation to such a prestigious tournament?
Nov-08-09
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  GrahamClayton: I have found out the answer to my own question. Max Euwwe withdrew from the Baden-Baden tournament, and the organisers wanted to replace him with another Dutch competitor, hence Te Kolste receiving the invitation.

Physically, Te Kolste would have to be one of the most imposing players in chess history - nearly 7 foot tall, weighing near 250 pounds and with hands the size of a chessboard.

Nov-08-09  returnoftheking: His performance at Baden-Baden was less imposing: 1.5/20. Thanks for the info Graham!
Feb-28-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Willem Wallekers: The correct spelling is Jan-Willem <t>e Kolst<é>
Oct-17-13  Karpova: Haag (The Hague), 3-player tournament of the Chess Association <Discendo-Discimus>, 1925:

1. Kolste 2.5
2. Fontein 2.0
3. Loman 1.5

Source: Page 312 of the October 1925 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Nov-01-13  Karpova: J W te Kolste became Discendo Discumus Champion (The Hague Chess Club) in 1924.

He has been a club member for 27 years now.

He writes for the 'Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant'.

1902: Match win over Janowski

1905: Match vs Mieses ends 1.5-1.5

Drew a match against Reti (1-1)

From page 172 of the June 1924 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Nov-05-13  thomastonk: <Karpova: Drew a match against Reti (1-1)> I tried to find this match, but did not succeed. The WSZ does not explicitly speak here of a match, I would say. So, match or no match is the question.
Nov-06-13  Karpova: <thomastonk>

At least a match is suggested as the passage reads <So gewann er zum Beispiel im Jahre 1902 gegen Janowski ein Match, gegen Mieses spielte er 1905 unentschieden (1 1/2 : 1 1/2) und ebenso gegen Reti 1:1.>

The encounter with Janowski is called a match (I couldn't find info on it so far), the encounter with Mieses was a match http://www.edochess.ca/matches/m145...

I didn't find anything on the games with Reti also, but as they were speaking of matches in the other two examples, I doubt that they were merely referring to a lifetime score up until 1924 (but possible, for sure). Match probably defined very loosely as merely two connected games minimum. The match against Janowski could have been informal, and also the one against Reti. He may have faced Reti after WWI, when Richard went to the Netherlands.

Nov-06-13  Stonehenge: Yes, they played two games in June / July 1919. I have been uploading some Reti games lately but I forgot which ones. Both 1919 games were adjourned, the first complete one I've already found.

from http://kranten.kb.nl/view/article/i...:

"What Réti of life in Vienna tells defies all description, and he says, that it is strangely weary for him, to eat bread without ground wood, and butter... of which one couldn't even get no more ersatz, because eventually there was a lack of everything."

Nov-06-13  thomastonk: <Stonehenge> I've 4 games they played in 1919: one game in the Rotterdam tourney (te Kolste lost), one game in D.D. (te Kolste lost after a adjournment), one game from a simul in The Hague (te Kolste lost), and one game with incomplete game score which has been adjourned in this position:


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Réti is playing Black and has the move and a clear advantage. Do you have the missing moves for this one?

Nov-06-13  Stonehenge: No, I couldn't find the missing moves.
Nov-06-13  thomastonk: Hello, <Karpova>! I wrote the message of yesterday, because I thought the quoted passage could be dubois: the match with Janowski has no result, and the result with Réti has no year. I spent much more than one hour with the Réti games, before I felt it is justified to ask the match/no match question.

That you could not find the match with Janowski so far, doesn't make things better. Today I've also tried to find it, but I only found a single game that te Kolsté won(!) against Janowski on October 15, 1901. It was one game of a serious of games that Janowski played against Dutch players like Olland, Speijer, and Leussen. The reports differ (as usual), but with respect to te Kolsté's game they are consistent (which means on the other hand, that there are no signs for more than one game).

Nov-06-13  Karpova: <Stonehenge>

Thanks for the info on the Reti games!

<Stonehenge> <thomastonk>

So these two Reti games from 1919 - could they constitute the match (in the widest sense) that ended 1:1? The link now doesn't work for me.

<thomastonk>

So it seems that there is no doubt about the Mieses match and we have a likely candidate for a Reti "match", yet the only event, which is clearly stated to have been a match, we cannot find a trace of.

Perhaps it was only a most informal pair of games (maybe the moves haven't even been recorded), or the series of games against Dutch players were mistaken for a match.

Another possibility: Could it be that they meant "game" when writing "match" (and not "match" as an event consisting of more than one game between two players)?

For sure, just because it has been written down does not mean that it is the gospel truth and people make mistakes, even in excellent publications - that's also why I try to always cite the sources.

Nov-06-13  thomastonk: <Karpova> Okay, I forgot the good news: the three games with Mieses are not in question: they were played in January 1905 on three consecutive days; the first game was drawn, the second one was won by te Kolsté, the third one by Mieses (both wins with Black, btw). All games are published in the "Tijdschrift van den KNSB".

About the Reti match: I think it is possible, but not very likely. (A stupid remark. The correct answer is: it is unknown to me. ;-) )

The details. Behind <stonehenge>'s link I found the newspaper "Algemeen Handelsblad" of June 22, 1919, containing an announcement of a game between Réti and te Kolsté for tuesday. I assume that this is the game which I mentioned as won by Réti after adjournment, because its first part has been published on June 25 (a wednesday) and the remaining moves on July 5. The only game that I see to make a 1:1 possible, is the incomplete one (published on July 15). But if te Kolste managed to win this one, a source must exist. But maybe 1919 is the wrong year?!

The only win of te Kolsté over Réti that I know for sure is from 1922, but it belongs to a small tournament.

<Another possibility:..> No, I don't think so. I know only one prominent example where the German "Schachpartie" (chess game) has been used for "Match" or "Wettkampf" (match), but that's a sad story about translation.

Nov-19-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Introduction to Second Edition, p.10, <The Life and Games of Akiva Rubinstein, Volume 2: The Later Years> (Russell Enterprises, 2011):

<These resources proved to be quite reliable but others on the Internet less so. One account described the Dutch master Jan Willem te Kolste as "one of the most imposing players in chess history - nearly 7 foot tall, weighing near 250 pounds and with hands the size of a chessboard." This would be quite fascinating if it was true but we found no evidence to support these claims.>

Jul-16-17  Adriano Saldanha: te Kolste has the first game in this database with 2 ...f6 reply to the Levitsky attack. Does he deserves a "te Kolste!" defense named to it in his honour? I think this would definitely make him more famous. It should be a case to confirm the originality (historically speaking), because the other common requirements ("tournament use" and "consistency of the move") seems to be already proven by time.
Apr-28-18
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  zanzibar: RE: <... nearly 7 foot tall, weighing near 250 pounds and with hands the size of a chessboard. ...>

He is indeed a rather large man, who can be found seated at the far right of the <Scheveningen (1905)> tournament, hat in hand.

Like many men, his weight probably increased as he aged, so I'd like to see GC's source for context.

The hands as big as a chessboard might be a bit of an exaggeration, unless you're referring to this kind of chessboard:

https://images.chesscomfiles.com/pr...

I'm inclined to think te Kolste could palm it.

* * * * *

Is anybody able to get a high quality scan of <Scheveningen (1905)> group photo (say at 600 dpi)?

If so, care to share? I'd be most appreciative - it's a good source of portraits otherwise hard, or impossible, to find.

Apr-28-18
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  john barleycorn: <zanzibar: ...

The hands as big as a chessboard might be a bit of an exaggeration, unless you're referring to this kind of chessboard:

https://images.chesscomfiles.com/pr... ...>

just a question on the side. when I hear and read of all the playing through games just in their head ... why does Fischer need a pocket chess set besides the chess magazine?

Apr-29-18
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  MissScarlett: Why do people need to look at their phones all the time?
Apr-29-18
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  john barleycorn: to make sure it is not stolen?
Apr-29-18
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  WorstPlayerEver: Te Great Kolsté!
Pronounced as 'Kolstay'
Apr-29-18
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  zanzibar: Moved thread to Fischer...
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