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Norman van Lennep
Number of games in database: 8
Years covered: 1892 to 1896
Overall record: +6 -1 =1 (81.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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NORMAN VAN LENNEP
(born Sep-20-1872, died Sep-29-1897, 25 years old) Netherlands

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Norman Willem van Lennep was born in Amsterdam. He earned the master title by winning the Hauptturnier of the 9th congress of the German Chess Federation, Leipzig 1894. At the age of 25, he took his own life, jumping overboard from the ship Vienna into the North Sea.

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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. N van Lennep vs H Den Hertog  1-021 1892 ScheveningenC01 French, Exchange
2. Loman vs N van Lennep  0-137 1893 Amsterdam m (01)C26 Vienna
3. N van Lennep vs M Nauhaus  1-019 1894 9th German Chess CongressC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
4. N van Lennep vs E Varain 1-022 1894 9th German Chess CongressB06 Robatsch
5. Regensburger vs N van Lennep  0-128 1894 9th German Chess CongressC70 Ruy Lopez
6. J Peet vs N van Lennep  ½-½20 1894 HilversumC10 French
7. N van Lennep vs G Nierman  0-124 1895 Hilversum simulA07 King's Indian Attack
8. H H Cole vs N van Lennep 0-137 1896 UnknownC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
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Jun-03-08  sneaky pete: Born September 20, 1872; died September 29, 1897. Earned the master title by winning the Hauptturnier of the 9th congress of the German Chess Federation, Leipzig 1894.

The decisive (play-off) game from that tournament against Ernst Varain went 1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.Be3 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Be2 0-0 6.f4 Ne8 7.Nf3 a6 8.Qd2 e6 9.h4 Nf6 10.Ng5 Nh5 11.Bxh5 gxh5 12.Qe2 f6


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13.Qxh5 fxg5 14.hxg5 Qe7 15.Qxh7+ Kf7 16.Qh5 Kg8 17.f5 exf5 18.Nd5 Qxe4 19.g6 Rf7 20.gxf7+ Kf8 21.Qg6 Qxd5 22.Rh8+ 1-0

He was first reserve for the Hastings 1895 tournament, but when Gunsberg (because of heavy journalistic obligations) offered to withdraw in his favor, Van Lennep declined, because he didn't feel quite prepared to the exertion a strong and long tournament would require - he had come to Hasting only as a journalist.

Van Lennep came from an upper-class family, and was expected to study and earn a title - not a chess master's title! -, get a good job and marry a nice young lady. Unfortunately, all he wanted to do was play chess and nice young ladies didn't attract him - nice young men did. Driven to despair, not being able to fullfill his parents' expectations, one September night he jumped - or maybe stepped - overboard into the North Sea from the ship Vienna, on its way from Harwich to Hook of Holland.

Aug-28-08
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  GrahamClayton: Sneaky Pete,
Thanks for that excellent biography.
The game against Cole was probably played in London in 1896.
Sep-02-08
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  GrahamClayton: Source: CN K 1997 Edward Winter, "Kings, Commoners & Knaves", Russell Enterprises, 1999
Apr-28-10
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  GrahamClayton: Portrait can be seen at:

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Sep-20-11
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  brankat: A brief and unhappy life. Quite unfortunate.

N.Van Lennep did have talent for chess.

Apr-05-12
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  whiteshark: "Jonker ADOLF speelt schaak met den Jonker van IJSSELSTEYn; waarom zou het niet derhalve het spel zijn, dat hem aldus inspant en afgetrokken maakt!."

(Jacob van Lennep, Merkwaardige kasteelen in Nederland)

Apr-06-12  GITorquemada: Al final lo unico que tenemos a plenitud es la memoria que hemos tejido.
May-19-12
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  wordfunph: <sneaky pete> great story! another version on master Van Lennep's supposed Hastings 1895 participation, taken from the book The Great Chess Tournaments & Their Stories by GM Andy Soltis..

<Finally, there was poor N.W. Van Lennep of Holland, whose entry was placed in limbo. He was to be the reserve master in case one of the important names failed to show up. But they didn't fail, and Van Lennep disappeared from the pages of chess history.>

rest in peace, master Van Lennep..

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