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P Van der Sterren 
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Paul van der Sterren
Number of games in database: 568
Years covered: 1972 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 2475
Highest rating achieved in database: 2605
Overall record: +154 -197 =211 (46.2%)*
   * 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:
 King's Indian (38) 
    E97 E92 E94 E87 E81
 Queen's Indian (33) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16
 Sicilian (21) 
    B92 B39 B33 B42 B69
 Queen's Gambit Declined (18) 
    D38 D37 D30 D31 D06
 English (15) 
    A15 A13 A11 A10 A17
 Slav (14) 
    D15 D11 D16 D17 D13
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (38) 
    D37 D35 D36 D31 D30
 Ruy Lopez (36) 
    C95 C69 C92 C77 C94
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (27) 
    C95 C92 C94 C86 C93
 Orthodox Defense (20) 
    D58 D55 D54 D64 D59
 Sicilian (19) 
    B31 B22 B45 B32 B83
 English (12) 
    A13 A16 A15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P Van der Sterren vs S Kindermann, 1988 1/2-1/2
   Kamsky vs P Van der Sterren, 1994 0-1
   Leko vs P Van der Sterren, 1992 0-1
   P Van der Sterren vs Korchnoi, 1978 1-0
   P Van der Sterren vs P Gelpke, 1985 1-0
   P Van der Sterren vs Hort, 1993 1-0
   P Van der Sterren vs K Berg, 1991 1-0
   P Van der Sterren vs Kamsky, 1994 1/2-1/2
   P Van der Sterren vs Smirin, 1993 1-0
   J Bosch vs P Van der Sterren, 2001 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens (1998)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   Lone Pine (1979)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1987 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee 1977 B by EmperorAtahualpa
   Wijk aan Zee 1983 B by EmperorAtahualpa

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(born Mar-17-1956, 58 years old) Netherlands

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Paul van der Sterren was born in Venlo. Awarded the IM title in 1979 he was Dutch champion in 1985. In 1989 he got his GM title. He qualified for the FIDE Candidates Tournament of 1994-6 by coming =2nd in the Biel Interzonal, but was defeated in the first round match by Gata Kamsky by 4.5-2.5.

Wikipedia article: Paul van der Sterren

 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 568  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J De Lange vs P Van der Sterren  1-044 1972 NED-ch U20E73 King's Indian
2. J Van Gijzen vs P Van der Sterren  0-121 1972 NED-ch U20A16 English
3. P Van der Sterren vs C Baljon  0-146 1972 NED-ch U20E81 King's Indian, Samisch
4. C Koopmans vs P Van der Sterren  1-027 1972 NED-ch U20E92 King's Indian
5. P Van der Sterren vs J Bij de Vaate  1-032 1972 NED-ch U20A10 English
6. Henk Bernink vs P Van der Sterren  0-127 1972 NED-ch U20E73 King's Indian
7. P Van der Sterren vs L Schneider  1-043 1974 EU-ch U20 fin-AB69 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6
8. P Meinsohn vs P Van der Sterren  0-128 1974 EU-ch U20 fin-AB22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. E Gigerl vs P Van der Sterren  0-141 1974 EU-ch U20 qualD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. P Van der Sterren vs W Bichsel  1-044 1974 EU-ch U20 qualB64 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
11. P Van der Sterren vs F Borkowski  0-150 1974 EU-ch U20 fin-AB33 Sicilian
12. A Ivanov vs P Van der Sterren  0-131 1974 EU-ch U20 qualB22 Sicilian, Alapin
13. P Scheeren vs P Van der Sterren  1-037 1974 NED-ch U20B06 Robatsch
14. P Van der Sterren vs Y Gruenfeld  1-034 1974 EU-ch U20 fin-AB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
15. Nunn vs P Van der Sterren  1-040 1974 EU-ch U20 fin-AB32 Sicilian
16. A Van Dieren vs P Van der Sterren  0-137 1974 NED-ch U20B32 Sicilian
17. R Dieks vs P Van der Sterren  0-152 1974 EU-ch U20 fin-AB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
18. P Van der Sterren vs V Kozlov  1-031 1974 Training GameB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
19. P Van der Sterren vs Podzielny  0-129 1974 EU-ch U20 fin-AB42 Sicilian, Kan
20. P Van der Sterren vs J Herman  1-026 1974 NED-ch sfB72 Sicilian, Dragon
21. W Bichsel vs P Van der Sterren  0-134 1974 EU-ch U20 fin-AB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
22. P Van der Sterren vs F Borm  ½-½53 1975 30. NED-chB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
23. P Van der Sterren vs J Vogel  ½-½22 1975 30. NED-chC16 French, Winawer
24. P Van der Sterren vs R Dieks  1-068 1975 30. NED-chB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
25. P Van der Sterren vs N Schouten  0-161 1975 30. NED-chC77 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 568  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-13-05  WTHarvey: Here are some diagrams of the critical positions in Paul's games.
Mar-17-06  BIDMONFA: Paul Van der Sterren


Mar-31-06  blingice: You would think 411 games and a GM title would get you SOME kibitzing. It absolutely doesn't, apparently. Your career must be filled with conflict, politics, and drama.
Mar-31-06  AlexanderMorphy: i love his game against Leko(GOTD today!)
Mar-31-06  EmperorAtahualpa: "van der Sterren" means "of the Stars" in Dutch! :)
Mar-31-06  Open Defence: oh, i thought Sterren was probably a place or town
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  dakgootje: < oh, i thought Sterren was probably a place or town> Well...yes in some way you can consider the stars as being a place...;-)
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  Gypsy: Qualified for FIDE candidates in 1993. (Lost match to Kamsky.)
Mar-17-08  brankat: A strong GM, not active in last few years.

Happy Birthday GM Sterren!

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  GrahamClayton: Van Der Sterren was the centre of a controversy during the 2000 Dutch Championships when he refused to play the chess computer "Fritz", which had been given a wildcard entry into the tournament by the Dutch Chess Federation. He forfeited the game.
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  waustad: He beat Cramling today in the Euwe memorial. They split in the double RR. White won both games.
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  wordfunph: author of the book Fundamental Chess Openings published by Gambit..

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  Sneaky: More up to date photo -
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  technical draw: <Mar-31-06
dakgootje: < oh, i thought Sterren was probably a place or town> Well...yes in some way you can consider the stars as being a place...;-)>

Hmmm, <dakgootje> was a witty man 6 years ago.

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  optimal play: Paul van der Sterren competed in the 1986-87 Adsteam-Lidums International Chess Tournament, Adelaide (28th December 1986 to 10th January 1987) finishing =9th on 8/11 [+07/=02/-02].

I've noticed this database only has his two losses (against Miles & Torre - nothing to be ashamed of), but perhaps he should have at least one of his wins from that tournament included here:-

[Event "Adsteam-Lidums International"]
[Site "Adelaide, Australia"]
[Date "1987.01.02"]
[EventDate "1986.12.28"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Mark Chapman"]
[Black "Paul van der Sterren"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C77"]
[WhiteElo "2365"]
[BlackElo "2475"]
[PlyCount "52"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. Qe2 b5 6. Bb3 Be7 7. c3 O-O 8. d3 d6 9. Nbd2 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. h3 Nc6 12. Nf1 d5 13. g4 c4 14. Ng3 cxd3 15. Bxd3 Bb7 16. exd5 Nxd5 17. Bd2 Qc7 18. g5 Rad8 19. O-O-O Nd4 20. Nxd4 exd4 21. Nf5 dxc3 22. Bxc3 Bxg5+ 23. Kb1 Nxc3+ 24. bxc3 Bxh1 25. Rxh1 Qxc3 26. Rd1 Bf6 0-1

An interesting game and well-played by Van der Sterren.


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