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Louis van Vliet
Number of games in database: 66
Years covered: 1889 to 1907
Overall record: +27 -23 =16 (53.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Aug-17-1854, died Jun-15-1932, 77 years old) Netherlands (federation/nationality United Kingdom)

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Louis van Vliet was born in the Netherlands but sailed to England in the 1880s where he became a naturalized Englishman.

In 1889 he finished fourth at the First International Chess Congress in Amsterdam and was the runner-up at London 1891.

He was the chess editor of the "Sunday Times" and the "Hereford Times".

Wikipedia article: Louis van Vliet

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. L Van Vliet vs R Leather 1-053 1889 AmsterdamC53 Giuoco Piano
2. L Van Vliet vs Gunsberg  ½-½52 1889 AmsterdamC55 Two Knights Defense
3. L Van Vliet vs Lasker 1-024 1889 AmsterdamC41 Philidor Defense
4. L Van Vliet vs J Mason ½-½61 1889 AmsterdamC13 French
5. J Bauer vs L Van Vliet 0-147 1889 AmsterdamC13 French
6. Burn vs L Van Vliet 1-055 1889 AmsterdamC66 Ruy Lopez
7. A van Foreest vs L Van Vliet ½-½36 1889 AmsterdamB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
8. Loman vs L Van Vliet  ½-½29 1889 AmsterdamC51 Evans Gambit
9. L Van Vliet vs R Fenton 1-020 1890 GBR-chC29 Vienna Gambit
10. L Van Vliet vs Tarrasch  ½-½31 1890 ManchesterC46 Three Knights
11. Tinsley vs L Van Vliet  1-059 1890 ManchesterA80 Dutch
12. L Van Vliet vs Blackburne  0-137 1890 ManchesterC53 Giuoco Piano
13. O C Mueller vs L Van Vliet 1-038 1890 ManchesterA10 English
14. L Van Vliet vs Owen  0-156 1890 ManchesterA00 Uncommon Opening
15. L Van Vliet vs Mackenzie  1-034 1890 ManchesterC46 Three Knights
16. L Van Vliet vs Tinsley  1-048 1891 Simpson's DivanC13 French
17. Loman vs L Van Vliet  1-037 1891 Simpson's DivanC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
18. L Van Vliet vs J Mason  1-033 1891 LondonC32 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
19. L Van Vliet vs Lasker 0-137 1892 LondonD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Blackburne vs L Van Vliet  0-156 1893 LondonC45 Scotch Game
21. Bird / Allies vs L Van Vliet 1-043 1893 consultancyA02 Bird's Opening
22. L Van Vliet vs Teichmann 0-163 1893 London ''Black and White''C77 Ruy Lopez
23. Bird vs L Van Vliet 0-127 1893 London ''Black and White''A03 Bird's Opening
24. J Mason vs L Van Vliet  ½-½42 1893 London ''Black and White''A13 English
25. Blackburne vs L Van Vliet ½-½28 1893 London ''Black and White''C86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-06-08  Karpova: Olimpiu G. Urcan's article "Louis van Vliet: Master or Mugger?" from 2005:

Excerpt: <Dempster saw a man, who under later interrogation declared his name was Louis van Vliet, trying to pickpocket a group of ladies that were apparently unaware of the imminent danger to their assets. A swift arrest followed and the prisoner was taken into custody. He was later brought to court in front of Mr. Vaughan and he was defended by a Mr. Crawshaw, whose hands held van Vlietís fate at the moment.>

The article not only contains information on his life and the incident described above (there's an eye-witness account included) but also games from Louis van Vliet.

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  Stonehenge: He wasn't born in 1868, see
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  zanzibar: I was having my doubts about his chess adventures being so far-flung across the world, until I read his wiki page:

<Van Vliet was the son of Annaatje Philip van Cleef of Amsterdam and Moses van Vliet, a tailor and merchant originally from Rotterdam.[3] His father died in November 1865 and his mother in June 1868, and as a 13-year-old orphan he moved to England to live with his uncle Edward van Vliet. Another uncle, Eliazer Lion "Leon" van Vliet, was a pawnbroker in San Francisco and Louis moved there in 1884 at the age of 29. He apparently only learned chess from Leon and started playing tournaments. In 1887, when he was considered the "best player of the Pacific Coast", he moved back to London. In 1889 he came to Amsterdam to play his first international tournament, but he remained living in London for the rest of his life.[1]>

Having two uncles, one in San Francisco, the other in London, explains a lot.

PS- A pickpocket is quite different than a mugger, btw, at least here in the US.

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  zanzibar: Tartakower, in his <500 Master Games>, gives

Blackburne vs L Van Vliet, 1893

as a consultation game,

<Blackburne -- Van Vliet / Manlov, London (1883)>

which is also a bit strange. Anyone know more?

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  zanzibar: Tartakower G-124, p159.
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  zanzibar: He also contributed at least one endgame study to DSZ:

<DSZ v43 (1888) p310> #381

although it was misattributed to a "Von van Fliet" in London.

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  zanzibar: "... sailed to England (by way of San Francisco) ..."
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  Jim Bartle: <although it was misattributed to a "Von van Fliet" in London.>

Maybe Don van Vliet in a previous life.

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  zanzibar: Being unable to make a living as a rock musician in the SF scene - he returned to England to be unable to make a living on the chess scene apparently.
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  zanzibar: From <Otago Witness , Issue 2057, 27 July 1893, Page 38>


[Event "casual"]
[Site "Simpson's Divan, London ENG"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rev. H. Chapman / Bird"]
[Black "Rolland / Van Vliet"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C52"]
[Source "Otago Witness , Issue 2057, 27 July 1893, Page 38"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.Qb3 dxc3 8.Bxf7+ Kf8 9.O-O Qf6 10.Bxg8 Rxg8 11.Ng5 Qg6 12.f4 Bb6+ 13.Kh1 Nd4 14.Qd5 Rh8 15.f5 Qe8 16.f6 g6 17.e5 Ne6 18.f7 Qe7 19.Nxe6+ Qxe6 20. Ba3+ Kg7 21.f8=Q+ Rxf8 22.Bxf8+ 1-0


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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Louis van Vliet.
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