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Nicolaas Cortlever
Number of games in database: 199
Years covered: 1936 to 1974

Overall record: +63 -62 =74 (50.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (38) 
    B54 B84 B91 B74 B50
 Four Knights (12) 
    C48 C47 C49
 French Defense (10) 
    C02 C05 C13 C12 C01
 Sicilian Najdorf (7) 
    B91 B90 B92
 Sicilian Scheveningen (6) 
    B84 B85 B83
 Sicilian Dragon (5) 
    B74 B72
With the Black pieces:
 Grunfeld (19) 
    D96 D90 D80 D85 D74
 Slav (13) 
    D15 D11 D18 D13 D19
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C83 C77 C63 C81 C80
 Sicilian (7) 
    B67 B22 B72 B30 B83
 Ruy Lopez, Open (6) 
    C83 C81 C80
 Dutch Defense (6) 
    A95 A97 A90 A94
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Cortlever vs W Schmidt, 1972 1-0
   Cortlever vs R Ortega, 1952 1-0
   Cortlever vs E R Lundin, 1941 1/2-1/2
   Stoltz vs Cortlever, 1946 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Zaandam (Kottnauer Hexathlon) (1946)
   Hoogovens (1946)
   Munich (1941)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1950 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   Hoogovens 1946 by Tabanus
   Zaandam 1946 - the Kottnauer hexathlon by sneaky pete

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(born Jun-14-1915, died Apr-05-1995, 79 years old) Netherlands

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Nicolaas Cortlever first came to notice in 1938 when he finished 2nd after Max Euwe in the Dutch Championship. He has since performed this feat on a number of occasions. He played for the Netherlands Olympic teams of 1939, 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1956 and was also a member of the Dutch team in the Anglo-Dutch matches from 1946 to 1960. He was a good endgame study composer and a number of studies were published in 'Schaakwereld' 1936-41. By the 1970's he'd given up active play in preference to being the non-playing captain of the Dutch Olympiad teams.

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 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 199  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Cortlever vs S Landau  0-1281936NED-chC01 French, Exchange
2. T van Scheltinga vs Cortlever  1-0231936NED-chD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
3. O Krassnig vs Cortlever 1-0201936Munich OlympiadC41 Philidor Defense
4. J Francez vs Cortlever  0-1261936Munich OlympiadA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
5. Cortlever vs K Salbu  0-1401936Munich OlympiadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. E Breider vs Cortlever  1-0311936Munich OlympiadC41 Philidor Defense
7. Cortlever vs C Struylaart 0-1261938VVGA AmsterdamC02 French, Advance
8. E Mulder vs Cortlever  1-0461938NED-chE60 King's Indian Defense
9. Cortlever vs S Landau  ½-½261939Amsterdam VARAB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
10. Cortlever vs A D de Groot  1-0371939Amsterdam-chB03 Alekhine's Defense
11. Cortlever vs G Fontein  0-1341939Amsterdam/HilversumB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
12. Cortlever vs Flohr  0-1691939Amsterdam/HilversumC46 Three Knights
13. Szabo vs Cortlever 1-0441939Amsterdam/HilversumC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
14. Cortlever vs Euwe ½-½351939Amsterdam/HilversumC38 King's Gambit Accepted
15. S Landau vs Cortlever  0-1321939Amsterdam/HilversumA95 Dutch, Stonewall
16. G Fontein vs Cortlever  0-1401939Amsterdam VARAD85 Grunfeld
17. Flohr vs Cortlever  1-0341939Amsterdam VARAD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
18. Cortlever vs Szabo  1-0401939Amsterdam VARAB83 Sicilian
19. Euwe vs Cortlever  ½-½471939The Hague VARAD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
20. R Broadbent vs Cortlever  1-0391939ENG-NEDB72 Sicilian, Dragon
21. Cortlever vs R Broadbent  0-1551939ENG-NEDC05 French, Tarrasch
22. Saemisch vs Cortlever 0-1291939Bad HarzburgA95 Dutch, Stonewall
23. Rellstab vs Cortlever  0-1641939Bad HarzburgC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
24. E Eliskases vs Cortlever  1-0611939Bad HarzburgA06 Reti Opening
25. Cortlever vs Keres  0-1651939BuenosC49 Four Knights
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-14-05  Knight13: Happy birthday, Nicolaas Cortlever! Now you are 90 years old! 10 more years to go!
Jun-14-05  aw1988: Until what? Death?
Jun-14-05  Knight13: <aw1988> 50 more years and 7 days to go!
Jun-14-05  aw1988: WHAT? What on earth are you going on about????
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  TheAlchemist: <aw1988> You will be 120 then :-)
Jun-14-05  aw1988: Well, I hope to live until 160 if possible, but Knight13 is really quite odd...
Jun-14-06  BIDMONFA: Nicolaas Cortlever


Sep-06-06  sneaky pete: Cortlever died April 5, 1995, at age 79. Still not bad for someone whose name translates as short liver.
Apr-21-07  brm786: Would like to see the Clarke_Cortlever_1958 (Ruy Lopez) game in the database
Mar-24-08  Sem: I am not too overawed by Cortlever's partaking in a tournament in Munich 1941.
Mar-24-08  MichAdams: True, he only scored +2 =5 -8.
Mar-31-08  Sem: MichAdams, what I meant was that a Dutchman, living in a country occupied by the Nazi's, had no business in Munich 1941.
Mar-31-08  MichAdams: Why not? The new Europa and all that. Do you know if he had a job or profession apart from his chess?
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  GrahamClayton: Cortlever owned a gemstone and marble business in Amsterdam.
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  GrahamClayton: Source: Andy Soltis "Chess Lists", 2nd edition, McFarland Publishing, 2002
Oct-17-08  Sem: MichAdams, The new Europa almost wiped out my family. Yes, Cortlever had a profession, but I forgot which. He lived in the village of Almen (province of Gelderland) and until his death in a beautiful house in Zutphen, where I live.
Jul-31-09  returnoftheking: <what I meant was that a Dutchman, living in a country occupied by the Nazi's, had no business in Munich 1941> I won't take Alekhine or Keres as example, but even Euwe travelled across Europe for chess during the war. Only once as far as I know, but still. I don't think chess has anything to do with politics and Cortlever was not important enough to be a tool in Nazi propaganda. So to me it's not something to hold against him.
Feb-02-10  Sem: <I don't think chess has anything to do with politics> returnoftheking, ideally: no, but I can think of circumstances when it does. The Soviet regime was a perfect example, of course, aiding or hindering great chess players to foster its case. And indeed, Cortlever was probably small fry to the Nazi propaganda, but his mere taking part in Munich 1941 still was a contribution, however small. His own moral judgment should have told him to stay at home.
Jan-31-13  Kikoman: Rest In Peace Sir Nicolaas Cortlever.
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