|Jan-02-05|| ||Benzol: Fenny Heemskerk
Born 3rd December 1919 in Amsterdam
Women's World Championship Challenger in 1949-50.
|Dec-03-06|| ||BIDMONFA: Fenny Heemskerk|
|Dec-03-06|| ||Eastfrisian: She won the female Dutch Championships in 1937, 1939, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1958 and 1961. She often played the Caro-Kann-Opening.|
|Jun-14-07|| ||bystander: Fenny Heemskerk died June 2007|
|Oct-20-08|| ||Karpova: From Hans Ree's "Fenny Heemskerk, Almost Kidnapped in Moscow", June 2007: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hans1...|
Hans Ree: <It was a creditable result which would be far surpassed two years later in the Candidates tournament of 1952, again in Moscow. The winner of that tournament would play a match for the World Championship against Rudenko, the winner of Moscow 1949/1950.
This time Fenny Heemskerk had a second, the Dutch master Lodewijk Prins. Having played in the men's interzonal in Salstj÷baden, he arrived in Moscow a few days late, lamenting as soon as he stepped off the train about a fold in his trousers, an un-ironed shirt or similar matters. Fenny worried. Was this the man who was supposed to assist her, or should she mother him during the next weeks as an additional burden to her, she thought. But she was wrong, as Prins proved to be an excellent assistant.
She played well in that tournament, so well that the Russians got worried and thought of a way to stop her. As Fenny once told me, one day suddenly some paramedics entered her hotel room, telling her that they had heard that she might have caught a cold, but that it could be much more serious, one never knew and one shouldn't take any risk with a distinguished foreign guest. Fenny would have to be brought to a hospital at once, where the best Russian doctors would take care of her. Of course they couldn't say on what day she would be dismissed from the hospital, that would be for the doctors to decide.
Luckily Prins was also present in the hotel room and he proved his worth as a second. Like a true knight he made it clear that Fenny would only be taken away over his dead body. The attempt of kidnapping her did not succeed.
At the end she shared second place with the Russian Olga Ignatieva. First place was for Elizaveta Bykova, who would go on to win the match against Rudenko and become world champion.>
|Dec-03-08|| ||brankat: Great story. Thank You <Karpova>.|
Fenny Heemskerk was born 89 years ago. Happy Birthday, wherever Yo may be!
|Sep-13-12|| ||Karpova: Heemskerk beat Catharina Roodzant in a match with 3.5-0.5 (she gave up the fight) in 1938 in Amsterdam.|
From page 85 of the 1938 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'
|Jul-04-18|| ||GrahamClayton: <Eastfrisian>
She won the female Dutch Championships in 1937, 1939, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1958 and 1961.
I presume that there was no Dutch womens championship held during WW2?
|Jul-27-18|| ||Stonehenge: In 1970 it was established that Heemskerk was manic depressive. She also suffered from delusions. She did not want to know anything about her illness, and if she did not take her medication, she argued. During a manic period, she left without informing anybody to Mongolia for chess. She was also regularly admitted to psychiatric institutions.|
|Sep-17-18|| ||GrahamClayton: <Stonehenge>,
Thank you for that informative biography. Heemskerk and her mother played in the same tournament, and then Heemskerk and her own daughter played in the same tournament - that wouldn't have happened too many times.