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G Welling 
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Gerard Welling
Number of games in database: 1,093
Years covered: 1973 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2338
Highest rating achieved in database: 2405
Overall record: +543 -234 =299 (64.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      17 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (99) 
    A46 A45 D00 A40 D02
 Uncommon Opening (83) 
    A00 B00
 Sicilian (51) 
    B23 B20 B50 B30 B22
 Reti System (29) 
    A04 A06 A05
 Nimzo-Larsen Attack (27) 
 King's Indian Attack (26) 
    A07 A08
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (85) 
    A40 D02 A50 A46 A41
 Robatsch (44) 
 Ruy Lopez (36) 
    C60 C63 C64 C61 C66
 Reti System (28) 
    A04 A06
 English (26) 
    A10 A15 A14 A11 A12
 French Defense (26) 
    C10 C05 C01 C11 C03
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Welling vs Kappler, 1983 1-0
   G Welling vs A Faber, 1978 1-0
   G Welling vs Brinkhorst, 1980 1-0
   G Welling vs E Ten Haaf, 1981 1-0
   M Scheeren vs G Welling, 1974 0-1
   G Welling vs Eingorn, 2006 1-0
   G Welling vs F Obers, 1992 1-0
   R Hubert vs G Welling, 1997 0-1
   G Welling vs F Sergent, 1998 1-0
   R Koemetter vs G Welling, 1995 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2009)
   Oslo Chess International (2011)
   21st European Club Cup (2005)
   Gibraltar (2008)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   European Club Cup (2009)
   Isle of Man International (2007)
   Reykjavik Open (2015)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   PokerStars IoM Masters (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Gerard Welling's favorites of his own games by Caissanist
   Sokolsky by saintdc07
   White king's fianchetto by saintdc07
   goommba88's favorite games by goommba88
   Welling: Well beyond belief by chocobonbon

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(born Apr-03-1959, 56 years old) Netherlands

[what is this?]
Born in Veldhoven (Netherlands) in 1959, Gerard Welling learned to play chess at the age of 9 but did not take it seriously until the match in 1972 between Robert James Fischer and Boris Spassky. Partly due to numerous blitz matches with longtime friend Johan van Mil, Gerard was able to win the under 20 Dutch Blitz Championship in 1978 and was a finalist in the 1978 Philips Duphar Dutch Blitz Championship.

Willing to play a number of offbeat variations, Gerard has one of the most broad opening repertoires of any international competitor. With the white pieces, Gerard is known to have played 19 of the 20 legal opening moves (the only exception being 1.f3). (1)

He gave up quickplay tournaments and concentrated on regular matchplay. He won the Dutch team championship with Eindhoven chess club in 1984, and the Dutch blitz championship for teams as well. He achieved his international master norms in the period 1989-1992 to finally achieve the IM title. He is a five times competitor in the European club cup with Dutch and Belgian teams.

He participates at as User: Gejewe.

(1) Repertoire Explorer: Gerard Welling (white)

 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,093  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. G Welling vs J Van Mil ½-½14 1973 Eindhoven U16 ch.C33 King's Gambit Accepted
2. G Welling vs H Van Luyk 1-022 1973 MatchC01 French, Exchange
3. Pachman vs G Welling  ½-½29 1973 Eindhoven simulA57 Benko Gambit
4. M Scheeren vs G Welling 0-16 1974 EindhovenA40 Queen's Pawn Game
5. G Welling vs B van der Grinten 1-026 1974 Eindhoven,offhandA03 Bird's Opening
6. G Welling vs J Raap  1-025 1974 NBSB leagueA04 Reti Opening
7. Meyer vs G Welling  ½-½38 1974 NBSB leagueC40 King's Knight Opening
8. L Riemersma vs G Welling 1-026 1975 KNSB leagueA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
9. G Welling vs G Van der Wall  1-033 1975 Eindhoven,clubA00 Uncommon Opening
10. J Weenink vs G Welling  ½-½27 1975 Eindhoven,clubA02 Bird's Opening
11. Van Lier vs G Welling 0-152 1975 Bavaria teamsA50 Queen's Pawn Game
12. G Welling vs W Hensbergen  1-027 1975 Eindhoven,PlaquettetournamentD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
13. G Welling vs P Kok 1-055 1975 MatchA45 Queen's Pawn Game
14. G Welling vs H Grooten  1-040 1976 Provincial U20 ch.B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
15. G Welling vs A De Wit  1-038 1976 Eindhoven,clubA40 Queen's Pawn Game
16. P Egmond vs G Welling  ½-½40 1976 Provincial U20 ch.A07 King's Indian Attack
17. L Van Rey vs G Welling  0-131 1976 Eindhoven,clubC55 Two Knights Defense
18. Korchnoi vs G Welling  ½-½26 1976 DeurneC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
19. Euwe vs G Welling 0-147 1976 Oirschot,simulA52 Budapest Gambit
20. G Welling vs R Druon  1-021 1976 Eindhoven city ch.B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
21. G Welling vs P A Boll 1-023 1976 Uden,juniortournamentC71 Ruy Lopez
22. G Welling vs R Verhey 1-038 1976 Eindhoven,clubA00 Uncommon Opening
23. G Welling vs J Van Mil  0-129 1976 Eindhoven U20 ch.A45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. G Welling vs P A Boll  0-142 1976 Provincial U20 ch.C10 French
25. G Welling vs R Druon  1-031 1976 Eindhoven,clubB12 Caro-Kann Defense
 page 1 of 44; games 1-25 of 1,093  PGN Download
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Dec-31-08  satch boogie: <Gejewe> Thank you very much for the games and your time, Happy New Year everybody!
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  wordfunph: Jules and Gerard Welling the same person?

"Without his opening preparation, Kasparov would be satisfied with a place at the bottom of the World's Top Ten." Jules Welling

Apr-03-10  BIDMONFA: Gerard Welling


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  Gejewe: <wordfunh>
No, Jules is about a decade older, has been a journalist most of his life, one of the main topics being chess. He has not been active as a tournament player. Jules quest to chess fame is a nice endgame he won from Pachman in a simul in the early 70ties, and that made it into several endgames books and columns. Often attributed to his namesake, which is incorrect.. I can assure you - although the two live in the same region - that there is not even a family bond. And I should know !
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  Stonehenge: Happy Birthday :)
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  Caissanist: <Gejewe> - do you know the British GM Matthew Sadler? As you probably know, he recently won a Dutch tournament game with 1. e4 a6 2. d4 h6, which made me think he must have been studying at the Welling School.

[Event "Nova College"]
[Date "2010.07.02"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Van Oosterom, Chiel"]
[Black "Sadler, Matthew"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B00"]
[WhiteElo "2413"]
[BlackElo "2617"]

1. e4 a6 2. d4 h6 3. Bd3 c5 4. dxc5 e6 5. Be3 Qc7 6. b4 Nc6 7. c3 d6 8. cxd6 Bxd6 9. Nf3 Nf6 10. h3 g5 11. a3 g4 12. Nd4 Ne5 13. Be2 Nxe4 14. hxg4 Bd7 15. g5 O-O-O 16. gxh6 Bc6 17. Nxc6 Qxc6 18. Qb3 Bc7 19. a4 Ng3 20. fxg3 Qxg2 21. Rf1 Nd3+ 22. Bxd3 Rxd3 0-1

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  Gejewe: <Caissanist> Matthew Sadler found an IT related job and settled in the Netherlands,also married here.He gave up professional chess about a decade ago, but somehow regained his appetite for the game recently. Not as a professional player, but as an immensely strong amateur, allowing himself to have fun. Regarding your question, I have played Matthew once in regular tournament chess, back in 1991 when he was already quite strong, but not the world class player he was going to be. In "New in chess" magazine, he recently wrote about this NOVA college tournament, annotating this game against van Oosterom. There he also writes about his new approach to chess, his "nopenings" etc. The only chess he played the last say 10 years were some rapid games for his employers team (second time we played but this time he won convincingly) and a few simuls. He decided deep mainline knowledge was not his thing anymore, and started to play experimental openings. Thus we come to the second part of your question : Matthew plays openings like 1.e4 a6 2.d4 h6, 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 b6 and 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Qe7 (for example in the NOVA college tournament) out of his own - new - chessconvictions. After a mutual friend showed me the 1.e4 h6 2.d4 a6 openings that Matthew played in a rapidtournament earlier this year, I provided him with a selection of Basman games for further inspiration. Look at the game Basman-Jansen, Amsterdam 1996, which he mentions as a trigger to the pawnsacrifice in the game with IM Chiel van Oosterom.
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  Caissanist: Thanks as always! Glad to hear that Sadler is enjoying chess again, so many GMs give up the game completely after they've stopped trying to be pros.
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  parisattack: <Gejewe:>

Hello. I am preparing a revised edition of the North Sea Variation of the Modern Defense to which you so kindly provided a History.

I am wondering if you would have new information and or games to contribute to the 2nd edition?

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  Gejewe: It took some time for me to reply, because I have not been around on this site for quite a while. Sometimes there is not much time for chess, other priorities can intervene etc. :-( Answering your question, I am not aware of new information or games, except for the Olympiad game between Michael Adams and Magnus Carlsen in 2010 which has been discussed on It seems that Carlsen was quite ok. after the opening but got careless. You can check this on the page of that particular game. And yes, I remember to have provided the history part for the first edition of the book a few years ago, mutual chess friend John Donaldson acting as an intermediate. Unfortunately, after having submitted this text I never heard anything - nor did I get a (more or less promised) copy of the new book. Forgotten in the euphoria of having the book finished and published ? ;-)
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  parisattack: Hello <Gejewe>

The primary author passed away soon after the North Sea was published. It was a bit chaotic and - long story - most of the copies of the book vanished.

I have a few here and will email John D for your address and dispatch a copy to you ASAP; my apologies.

And, yes, Carlsen was OK in that game!

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  parisattack: <Gejewe> Email that John D had for you bounced. Perhaps you could send him current, ask to FWD to me, please?
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  Gejewe: <parisattack> Thanks for your reply and your efforts to get me a copy after all. I really appreciate it. But I only just noticed your messages, have not been at this site lately,partly due to a chessvacation in Oslo last week and some other things to do :-). One minute ago I have mailed John Donaldson, he has probably given you an old adress at work -that ceased to exist in 2011. He always sent emails to both my email adresses! John can also provide you my postadress now.
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  TheFocus: <Gejewe> <parisattack> has not been in here since Oct. 1, so I will e-mail him that you have responded, and will forward your post.

Glad to help out.

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  Gejewe: <TheFocus> Thanks very much. Mailcontact with <parisattack> is realised now.
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  TheFocus: <Gejewe> Great. <paris> e-mailed me that he sent you a copy of the book.
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  wordfunph: <Gejewe: <wordfunh> No, Jules is about a decade older, has been a journalist most of his life.>

<Gejewe> thank you.

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  Caissanist: <Gejewe>: What do you think of the opening to today's game J L Hammer vs Wang Hao, 2013 ? Not quite as dadaesque as some of your opening experiments, but nonetheless not something you see often at this level--certainly not successfully!
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  Gejewe: <Caissanist>: The manoeuvering in the opening, particularly from the white knights, is remarkable to say the least. But it is funny that after the opening a perfectly "normal" position has arisen. Hammer commented on the weird g3.. on the tournament site, which provokes dangerous action from black's side. I can recommend you to look at that video, it has some very interesting insights. By the way I just missed this game, having spent mai 8-12 in ..Stavanger playing in a 6 round Swiss - a side event that had different playing times from the elite tournament. The big guys were playing at about 15 minutes by bus. And players at the open had free entry ! Great fun, I can assure you.
Aug-02-13  EvanTheTerrible: Mr. Welling, you appear to have an extremely versatile and exciting opening repertoire. Do you mind sharing how you prepare?
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  Gejewe: <EvanTheTerrible> The word "repertoire" might be a bit out of place here. It felt like wasting time, stuffing my memory up with mainlines, and being constantly alert on new developments. Many chessplayers seem to think that constantly repeating state of the art grandmaster theory is "real" chess. At a certain level you have to, you need very sophisticated preparation, otherwise there is no chance for any advantage. But nowadays even Magnus Carlsen shows it does not have to be that way.. :-) Of course I have studied the most important openings, but not in the detail that many others have. It is very important to grasp the ideas, to know what to do in a given situation, about good and bad sides. Because it also teaches you to build up your position, and about general strategy. For me it was important to get a reasonable position and a fighting game from the opening, and not spending more than a reasonable amount of time on opening preparation (I would rather skip it). There are many ways to do that, f.e. 1.e4 e6 2.d3.., 1.e4 d5 that often leads to Caro Kann structures at little risk - just two examples. On top of that, I was attracted by original strategists, such as Mike Basman, Max Ujtelky or Duncan Suttles. These players expand the boundaries of correct chess, well at least up to a certain level. Ujtelky's Hippo system has even been played by strong grandmasters, suggesting that flexibility might compensate for a lack of space ?! And then there are chessthinkers like Hugh Myers, trying do use wellknown information in an original way with moveorder ideas, or colours reversed ideas. Imagine Grob's 1.g4.., which is interesting but a bit marginal, after which 1..d5 2.Bg2 (2.h3) 2..c6 3.h3 e5 is solid and good, not exactly giving white a target for his dynamics. Hugh suggested 1.d3.., which can be played as a Kings Indian or Pirc defense with colours reversed, but even as a Grob after 1..c5 2.g4!? as the move ..c5 is not part of the best defensive setup(s) which makes it a better try than the original version. In my younger years I have played first moves like 1.Nh3 or 1.Na3 but you will see on closer inspection that the positions "normalized" after a few moves, and these first moves became part of a better known structure (such as a reversed Leningrad Dutch Basman-variation, or reversed Kings Indian with ..Na6 ) It is just a matter of toying with moveorders, colours, and (known) ideas. Part of it was improvisation, that is why I do not talk of a "repertoire". Nowadays, I am still no fan of mainlines, but there are many ways to play the opening without the necessity of excessive knowledge. Which is my way, and less improvisation because when you get older as a chessplayer, you do not have unlimited energy anymore, and should not waste it !
Dec-16-13  dit890le: great games, Mr. Gejewe
May-15-14  PJs Studio: Gejewe. That you have played 19 of the 20 legal first moves as white I find impressive, artistic, bold and very brave.

I've never done anything other than the standard four! e4 d4 c4 and Sf3. So hats off to you Sir!

Aug-15-14  graywyvern: i have scanned "Knightmare-1" here:

thanx to Javant Biarujia in Melbourne for his assistance!

Aug-19-14  spikester2848: You sir, are officially one of my top favorite players! I aspire to play Chess just like you - artistic, bold, and inspiring.
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