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H Ree 
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Hans Ree
Number of games in database: 818
Years covered: 1963 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 2325
Highest rating achieved in database: 2520
Overall record: +164 -250 =398 (44.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      6 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (56) 
    A10 A15 A17 A16 A13
 King's Indian (39) 
    E83 E81 E92 E88 E62
 Nimzo Indian (34) 
    E32 E39 E33 E42 E21
 Sicilian (34) 
    B36 B40 B82 B48 B69
 Queen's Indian (24) 
    E15 E12 E14 E19 E13
 English, 1 c4 e5 (19) 
    A29 A21 A26 A22 A27
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (76) 
    B81 B36 B84 B83 B32
 Ruy Lopez (42) 
    C67 C96 C99 C60 C64
 King's Indian (41) 
    E60 E90 E92 E97 E81
 Sicilian Scheveningen (26) 
    B81 B84 B83 B80 B82
 English, 1 c4 e5 (25) 
    A22 A21 A29 A28 A20
 English (25) 
    A15 A10 A14 A13 A16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   H Ree vs Hort, 1986 1/2-1/2
   Speelman vs H Ree, 1978 1/2-1/2
   H Ree vs Ftacnik, 1978 1-0
   H Ree vs Miles, 1981 1-0
   H Ree vs Piket, 2001 1-0
   H Ree vs Korchnoi, 1971 1-0
   H Ree vs A Matanovic, 1968 1/2-1/2
   H Ree vs E Torre, 1981 1-0
   Tal vs H Ree, 1968 1/2-1/2
   P Biyiasas vs H Ree, 1980 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1979)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   IBM Amsterdam (1972)
   Netanya (1968)
   Sukhumi (1972)
   Teesside (1972)
   Lone Pine (1981)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   IBM Amsterdam 1972 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1968 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1968 by WCC Editing Project
   Amsterdam IBM 1977 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1982 by suenteus po 147

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(born Sep-15-1944, 70 years old) Netherlands
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Hans Ree was born in Amsterdam. Awarded the IM title in 1968 and the GM title in 1980, he was Dutch champion in 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1982. He was also joint European Junior Champion in 1964-65 and 1965-66. Although in 1971 he beat Jan Hein Donner in match play (+2, =5, -1), and has achieved some notable tournament victories, he is perhaps best known as a journalist and commentator.

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 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 818  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. H Ree vs C Zuidema  0-148 1963 IBM-BC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
2. H Ree vs A Dunkelblum  ½-½27 1963 IBM-BB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
3. H Crabbendam vs H Ree  1-032 1963 IBM-BC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
4. H Ree vs Rellstab  1-041 1963 IBM-BC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
5. M Bertok vs H Ree  ½-½60 1963 IBM-BC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
6. H Lehmann vs H Ree 1-036 1963 IBM-BB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
7. M J Franklin vs H Ree 0-130 1963 ENG-NED mA16 English
8. Kieninger vs H Ree  ½-½75 1963 IBM-BC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
9. H Ree vs R Hartoch  1-062 1963 IBM-BA44 Old Benoni Defense
10. H Ree vs M J Franklin  ½-½37 1963 ENG-NED mB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
11. H Ree vs G Kool 1-039 1963 IBM-BC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
12. H Ree vs Leo Willems  1-029 1964 WchT U26 11th fin-BA10 English
13. H Ree vs Miron Nacu  0-127 1964 WchT U26 11th fin-BA07 King's Indian Attack
14. C F Woodcock vs H Ree 0-134 1964 Groningen opC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
15. H Ree vs Jansa 0-127 1964 WchT U26 11th qual-AB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
16. H Ree vs G Dahlin  1-037 1964 WchT U26 11th fin-BA00 Uncommon Opening
17. H Ree vs H P Lohsse  1-036 1964 FRG-NEDC41 Philidor Defense
18. H Ree vs S Noorda  1-037 1964 EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 3rdB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
19. T Stanciu vs H Ree  ½-½38 1965 Ch Europe (team)C25 Vienna
20. H Ree vs Taimanov  0-140 1965 HamburgE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
21. Savon vs H Ree 1-021 1965 WchT U26 12th prelE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
22. H Ree vs Taimanov  1-042 1965 ?A10 English
23. Kupreichik vs H Ree 1-024 1965 GroningenC77 Ruy Lopez
24. Savon vs H Ree  ½-½39 1965 WchT U26 12th fin-AB40 Sicilian
25. D Neukirch vs H Ree  ½-½39 1966 Orebro Stud olm fAC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 818  PGN Download
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  WannaBe: Happy Birthday to you!
Aug-03-07  ragtag: Hans Ree is synonymous with a Dutch chatterbox.
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  WannaBe: Happy Birthday to you! =)
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  DrNyet: Hans Ree's columns at are some of my favorite reading.
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  WannaBe: Happy Birthday Hans!
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  moronovich: Hapy birthday Hans ! And may many more come.

Thanks for the writing!

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  WannaBe: Happy Birthday, Hans!!
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  whiteshark: "Do chessplayers exist who lose a game without being handicapped by an appointment at the consulate, or by being ill or having dined too heavily the day before? Chessplayers who lose just because their opponent was better? They exist, but they are a rare find."

-- Hans Ree

Dec-30-09  HeMateMe: "The comparison between a prearranged draw and a crime such as robbery which I just made will seem too harsh to most chess players. I didn't really mean it. There are surely some chess pros who in their whole career have never prearranged a draw I think <Bobby Fischer > was one of them but they are a tiny minority, to which I have not the honor to belong."

.....from a recent article by Ree. I'm kind of surprised--collusion is cheating, really, without much to gain by either side. I can see where tournament leaders from the same country might do it, to safeguard prize money in a late round, but Ree makes it sound like all the players are just making a joke of the game.

Nov-02-10  aragorn69: Anybody knows what happened to Ree's column at chesscafe's ?? Even his archived articles seem to have disappeared... ://
Jan-07-11  Chesschatology: <aragorn69: Anybody knows what happened to Ree's column at chesscafe's ?? Even his archived articles seem to have disappeared... ://>

Yes, I noticed this. Very strange. And I miss them greatly!

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  moronovich: It is a pity as he is one of the best aficinadowriters ever IMO.

Hope everything is fine with him.
Perhaps he will inform us in NIC were he write regularly.

Jan-13-11  Chesschatology: Yes, his book title "the human comedy of chess" says it all. In his writing there is more wit and wisdom than you can find in a hundred other columnists.
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  wordfunph: happy birthday GM Ree!

"When I am in the USSR, I have the feeling that every tram conductor plays chess better than I do."

- GM Hans Ree

Sep-15-11  brankat: Re: the quote. Very perceptive, and possibly true, too :-)

Best wishes for Your birthday Mr. Ree!

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  Fusilli: <In his writing there is more wit and wisdom than you can find in a hundred other columnists.> I agree. He is a gifted writer, engaging, makes you keep reading. I love his regular column in New In Chess.
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  Fusilli: <aragorn69: Anybody knows what happened to Ree's column at chesscafe's ?? Even his archived articles seem to have disappeared... ://>

Was this mystery solved? My first guess would be that GM Ree may have owned the copyright and decided to pull them out to make them part of a new book--so that they would not be available online to everyone for free. Or something like that.

Jun-21-12  achieve: Ree's commentary during tournaments, live, as a guest commentator at tournaments in Holland, was priceless, and far superior to any skilled younger hot shot GM.

He wasn't spouting one line after the other, he paused to think deeply about certain positions, and only spoke when he really had something to say.

If time allowed, he would indeed venture into telling one of his many priceless anecdotes, with a cander and honesty and charm that has yet to be rivaled.

Jul-15-12  achieve: For those interested in the "Hans Ree" pronunciation: I submitted the correct one to CG and you can hear it by clicking the "PRONUNCIATION" button located at the top of the Bio section.
Sep-15-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Ree!
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  wordfunph: happy birthday <brankat> and GM Ree!
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  Caissanist: The columns that Ree wrote for ChessCafe (when that site was owned by Hanon Russell) are still offline, but Ree has started writing columns for Russell's new website: .
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  wordfunph: "When someone smokes during a game, his mental alertness will decrease, but each time he lights a cigarette, it briefly increases. This is not a subjective delusion but a scientifically proven fact."

- GM Hans Ree (from his book My Chess)

Jan-08-14  john barleycorn: <wordfunph> Actually, that is an insight gained when the tobacco industry spend millions of dollars in order to document a positive side effect of smoking.

And now you know, why some guys smoke after sex and then go home...

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  whiteshark: Hans Ree (1944) is a four-time Dutch champion, and represented his country from 1966 through 1994 in every chess Olympiad. From 2001-2007, he was the wearer of the "Euwe Ring, an award for outstanding service to Dutch chess. He writes about chess in NRC Handelsblad, New in Chess magazine, and on the American website Internationally he is considered to be one of the best chess writers of his era.

<"A grandmaster, excellent writer and careful researcher who doesn't seek out controversy, but is equally unafraid to plumb the sometimes murky depths of chess politics, Ree is an ideal chess journalist.>

- Jon Speelman, The Observer

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