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Jan Hein Donner
J H Donner 
Number of games in database: 1,235
Years covered: 1943 to 1982
Highest rating achieved in database: 2500

Overall record: +341 -328 =561 (50.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (162) 
    E41 E54 E55 E53 E45
 King's Indian (131) 
    E60 E62 E64 E67 E92
 Modern Benoni (57) 
    A56 A79 A77 A61 A57
 Grunfeld (50) 
    D72 D79 D86 D71 D87
 Queen's Gambit Declined (26) 
    D35 D37 D31 D30 D38
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    E00 A40 A41 A50 E10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (70) 
    B99 B92 B90 B23 B93
 Pirc (68) 
    B09 B07 B08
 King's Indian (56) 
    E94 E88 E63 E92 E70
 Ruy Lopez (53) 
    C97 C86 C77 C69 C70
 Caro-Kann (48) 
    B17 B14 B15 B16 B18
 French Defense (46) 
    C07 C11 C02 C14 C12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Matanovic vs J H Donner, 1965 0-1
   Smyslov vs J H Donner, 1967 0-1
   J H Donner vs Portisch, 1968 1-0
   Fischer vs J H Donner, 1962 0-1
   Botvinnik vs J H Donner, 1970 1/2-1/2
   J H Donner vs W Balcerowski, 1962 1-0
   C B van den Berg vs J H Donner, 1963 0-1
   Spassky vs J H Donner, 1970 1/2-1/2
   J H Donner vs Rossolimo, 1968 1-0
   Fischer vs J H Donner, 1966 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Wageningen Caltex (1958)
   Hastings 1951/52 (1951)
   Hoogovens (1960)
   IBM Amsterdam (1972)
   Havana (1965)
   Palma de Mallorca (1971)
   Palma de Mallorca (1967)
   Hoogovens (1972)
   Zurich (1959)
   Amsterdam (1950)
   Bled (1961)
   Gothenburg Interzonal (1955)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1965 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   Amsterdam IBM 1977 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1970 by suenteus po 147

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(born Jul-06-1927, died Nov-27-1988, 61 years old) Netherlands
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Johannes Hendrikus Donner was born in The Hague. Donner was a three time Dutch Champion (1954, 1957, and 1958) and earned the Grandmaster title in 1959. He first gained international notice by winning at Beverwijk in the Hoogovens tournament 1950, finishing in front of Max Euwe and Nicolas Rossolimo. He also scored triumphs at Beverwijk 1963, and Venice 1967 ahead of then-World Champion Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian. Donner won the Amsterdam IBM tournament in 1965. At Oegstgeest (1970) he placed second behind only Boris Spassky, and ahead of Mikhail Botvinnik and Bent Larsen. A prolific chess writer in his own country, he produced a huge body of work with his essays, bulletins, and newspaper columns.

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Last updated: 2017-02-24 07:46:23

 page 1 of 50; games 1-25 of 1,235  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J H Donner vs Euwe 0-140 1943 casualD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. F Henneberke vs J H Donner  1-033 1945 AmsterdamD02 Queen's Pawn Game
3. C Groeneveld vs J H Donner 1-019 1947 BondswedstrijdenD85 Grunfeld
4. J H Donner vs H Bouwmeester  1-022 1947 BondswedstrijdenD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
5. J H Donner vs H Bouwmeester 0-110 1948 AmsterdamB59 Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3
6. J H Donner vs E Paoli  1-041 1950 VeniceE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. J H Donner vs Kotov  0-125 1950 Venice, ItalyD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Euwe vs J H Donner  ½-½25 1950 The Hague mC07 French, Tarrasch
9. J H Donner vs Pilnik  ½-½41 1950 Dubrovnik olmA10 English
10. H Lambert vs J H Donner 1-016 1950 Dubrovnik olmC03 French, Tarrasch
11. Szabados vs J H Donner  0-156 1950 VeniceE18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
12. J H Donner vs Rossolimo  ½-½21 1950 VeniceE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
13. Euwe vs J H Donner  ½-½21 1950 The Hague mE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
14. J H Donner vs A Maccioni  ½-½52 1950 Dubrovnik olmE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
15. J H Donner vs Pinzon 1-034 1950 Dubrovnik olmE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
16. J H Donner vs G Kramer  ½-½62 1950 Dubrovnik olmD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
17. H Steiner vs J H Donner  ½-½41 1950 VeniceE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
18. J H Donner vs Othoneos  1-038 1950 Dubrovnik olmD72 Neo-Grunfeld,, Main line
19. J H Donner vs M Czerniak  ½-½63 1950 VeniceE60 King's Indian Defense
20. Wade vs J H Donner  ½-½48 1950 VeniceA13 English
21. A Niemela vs J H Donner 1-030 1950 Dubrovnik olmE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
22. Pachman vs J H Donner  ½-½16 1950 VeniceC77 Ruy Lopez
23. Smyslov vs J H Donner 1-029 1950 VeniceC12 French, McCutcheon
24. J H Donner vs Euwe  ½-½30 1950 The Hague mD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. H Nielsen vs J H Donner  0-137 1950 Dubrovnik olmC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
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Feb-08-13  thomastonk: Here is a Donner quote from "The King", p 308: "I'd like to point out that my name is: J.H. Donner, to my friends: Hein. 'Jan Hein', however, I am not, have never been and wouldn't want to be either."

The original quote appeared in "Schaakbulletin" 136, March 1979 in occasion of a review of two book. Donner wrote that in both books occasionally a 'grandmaster Jan Hein Donner' appears, sometimes refereed to as 'our Jan Hein'.

Mar-24-13  Osbourne Cox: This is an excerpt from Jan Timmans "J.H. Donner: an obituary" (First published in New in Chess Magazine 1/1989): "...he was always in his best form during the Olympiads. Travelling with Donner was always a very special experience for his teammates. Once at Schiphol Airport I was next in line to him at the security check. "Have you got any weapons with you?" the ground stewardess asked. "Yes, a formidable brain", he answered, leaving a stunned pair of stewardesses behind." I love this guy. Do you know anybody like him out there today?
Jul-06-13  sneaky pete: Happy birthday, GM Donner. I'm sure you won't mind that A Matanovic vs J H Donner, 1965 is now your most famous game.
Jul-17-13  sneaky pete: <thomastonk> About the text


I had never seen this one before. No doubt Donner wrote it himself. Two things you maybe didn't know:

First, it's a wink to the most famous epitaph in Dutch literature, written by De Schoolmeester on the poet Hubert Korneliszoon Poot:

Hier ligt Poot
Hij is dood

Second, Donner was an ardent student of Heidegger (Sein und Zeit) all his life. So we must translate the epitaph in German


which even improves the rhyme, a clear indication that we are on the right track.

The second Sein, and maybe the first one too, is of course the Heideggerian Sein. Now withdraw in a log cabin in the Bavarian woods and contemplate the text for 30 or 40 years, and let us know if and what you found out.

Jul-18-13  thomastonk: <sneaky pete> Thank you for your thoughts.

It's true, I didn't know De Schoolmeester and Hubert Kornelisz Poot before. These epitaphs are really bestechend.

But I knew a little bit (and not more) of Donner's preference for Heidegger and 'Sein und Zeit' from 'Na mijn dood geschreven', and I know Heidegger's relation to Todtnau and so I see where the log cabin has its origin. ;-)

More than ten years ago I rent there a room for a week around Easter, but on the second day I fled to Deidesheim, a very friendly and sunny place and probably the best Rießling area in Germany. There are not too many destinations I would like to travel to nowadays, but your famous library is among them.

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  Penguincw: Quote of the Day

" The passed pawn has a soul, desires, and fears. "

-J.H. Donner

Mar-05-14  Volmac: Quote from Donner in "The King (English 2nd ed 2008) - article "Fifty": - My case happens to be less harrowing than it would have been if I had been totally dependent on the Dutch chess World, but not everyone gets the chance of marrying a rich woman. ...
I am curious, do you know if this statement was true? Was Donner financially independent? Or is this just another example of Donner's self-irony?
Mar-05-14  Gryz: Donner is from a rich family himself.

He was the uncle of Piet Hein Donner, who is a 5-time minister in recent Dutch cabinets.

I believe the Donner family has produced a number of judges and politicians. Piet Hein (the minister) always seemed like a huge dick to me. So I bet the whole family is old-style old-money nose-in-the-air us-knows-us.

So I always assumed that Donner indeed was married to a rich woman.

Jul-02-14  sneaky pete: Donner talking about his favourite subject, the blunder, during the Oegstgeest 1970 quadrangular (starts around minute 8, after Larsen in pyjama doing a Walter Browne imitation)

Jul-02-14  Gryz: Thanks for that link. Very interesting and entertaining. Surprise to hear Larsen speak Dutch. He is almost fluent, he only has a little accent.

The whole episode is in Dutch. Not interesting for anyone who doesn't understand Dutch at all.

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  Stonehenge: Well, Bent Larsen in pajamas, doing a Browne in time trouble imitation (around 6:20), is quite funny.
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  perfidious: Having sat across the board from Browne in his time trouble, it is not at all difficult to picture Larsen's parody.
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  zanzibar: <The Youth Council of salsa dancing poured out of place>

Watching that clip with CC Dutch->English is quite hilarious:

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. GM Jan Donner.
Nov-04-14  Osbourne Cox: An excerpt from Sosonkos "Smart chip from St. Petersburg" (p.162): "When he was small his family called him Heini , and
when he grew older , Hein. He would get very angry if you called him anything else. ' Remember , ' he always said, ' my name is Donner , and to my few friends - Hein ; no one ever calls me ]an or ]an Hein , and I don ' t want anyone to call me that . '"
Nov-04-14  Osbourne Cox: He must have had a sense of foreboding, because he joked and laughed about it (another excerpt from p.188): "Ah,there's only one of me, and when I die, there won't be another. You know all the great men in history were known by just their first name - Rembrandt, Leonardo, Michelangelo. When I die, they'll call me Hein, just Hein, and everyone will know who they mean,' and, craning his neck, he imitated laughter, 'ha, ha, ha...'".

At least the "Hein-Donner-Bridge" in Amsterdam is not named "Jan-Hein-Donner-Bridge" ...

Nov-04-14  kellmano: <You know all the great men in history were known by just their first name - Rembrandt, Leonardo, Michelangelo>. To name but three. I could go on of course, but there is really no need. Actually, I can think of one more - Napoleon.
Nov-04-14  john barleycorn: And some just had one name. Sokrates etc.
Nov-04-14  kellmano: Don't know about Socrates, but Plato was a nickname of sorts. I remember reading a book that said it was unclear whether this was chosen because he had broad shoulders (he was a wrestler) or a flat head, but it was probably the former.

I elect to believe the latter.

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  TheFocus: <You cannot compare chess with anything. A lot of things can be compared with chess, but chess is just chess.> — Jan Hein Donner (1959.
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  offramp: I really liked this one, Donner talking about the magic of the <touch piece> rule:

<"In the split second you touch the piece, you’ll see more than you saw in the past 30 minutes you spent studying the position.">

That's pretty funny.

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  TheFocus: <This sacrifice of a pawn nowadays is only played for drawing purposes. Especially against the very strongest masters it has proved to be quite useful to this end> - 1966 on the Marshall - Jan Hein Donner.
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  TheFocus: <I love all positions. Give me a difficult positional game, I will play it. But totally won positions, I cannot stand them> - Jan Hein Donner.
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  TheFocus: <He was a figure one would least expect to encounter at a chess tournament. Much more likely one could see him as presiding judge of a court, or delivering a philosophy lecture, or in Parliament, depending on the garment he would be wearing> - (on Donner) - Grigor Piatigorsky.
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  TheFocus: <Everything that he said was exceptionally interesting , but it was all untrue!> - Bent Larsen on Jan Hein Donner.
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