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Daniel Noteboom
Number of games in database: 87
Years covered: 1927 to 1932

Overall record: +36 -27 =24 (55.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (8) 
    D51 D69 D66 D63 D52
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A46 A40 E00 E10
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E37 E42 E24
 Slav (4) 
    D11 D15 D12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (9) 
    B92 B73 B40 B88 B72
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D51 D52 D63 D55 D66
 Queen's Gambit Declined (7) 
    D31 D37 D30
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E38 E20 E22
 Alekhine's Defense (5) 
    B02 B03
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    A46 D02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Noteboom vs S Van Mindeno, 1927 1-0
   Noteboom vs G van Doesburgh, 1931 1-0
   Noteboom vs A Gromer, 1931 1-0
   Flohr vs Noteboom, 1930 0-1
   H Steiner vs Noteboom, 1931 0-1
   J Vilardebo Picurena vs Noteboom, 1931 0-1

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(born Feb-26-1910, died Jan-12-1932, 21 years old) Netherlands

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DaniŽl Noteboom was a promising Dutch player who scored well at the 1930 Hamburg Olympiad and at Hastings 1931-32. His name is associated with an extremely complex variation in the Semi-Slav: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.♘c3 c6 4.♘f3 dxc4 5.a4 ♗b4 6.e3 b5 7.♗d2 a5 8.axb5 ♗xc3 9.♗xc3 cxb5 10.b3 ♗b7. This sequence is commonly known as the Noteboom Variation, or the Abrahams-Noteboom Variation after Gerald Abrahams.

Noteboom's career was tragically cut short by pneumonia when he was only 21 years of age.

Wikipedia article: DaniŽl Noteboom

Last updated: 2016-10-17 05:47:35

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 87  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Noteboom vs S Van Mindeno 1-0211927HollandB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
2. Noteboom vs S Van Mindeno  1-0461927UtrechtB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
3. Noteboom vs E Spanjaard  0-1361927DD tournamentB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
4. Koltanowski vs Noteboom  ½-½431928BCF-ch 21st Major OpenE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
5. Znosko-Borovsky vs Noteboom 1-0291928BCF-ch 21st Major OpenA15 English
6. P C Littlejohn vs Noteboom  0-1441928BCF-ch 21st Major OpenB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
7. S Landau vs Noteboom  0-1471928matchD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
8. Noteboom vs S Landau  0-1421928matchE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
9. Noteboom vs J Rejfir  0-1341928HastingsA28 English
10. Noteboom vs Menchik 1-0241928Hastings IID63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
11. Noteboom vs S G H Smith 1-0241929Ramsgate-BD66 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
12. W H Thompson vs Noteboom 0-1271929Ramsgate-BB56 Sicilian
13. A Vajda vs Noteboom 1-0371929RamsgateB02 Alekhine's Defense
14. Noteboom vs A Gibaud 1-0331929Ramsgate-BE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
15. Rellstab vs Noteboom  ½-½391929Ramsgate-BB02 Alekhine's Defense
16. Noteboom vs H H Cole  ½-½831929Ramsgate-BD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. W Gibson vs Noteboom  1-0381929Ramsgate-BD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. A van Foreest vs Noteboom  0-1441929Utrecht-NRSVB02 Alekhine's Defense
19. Noteboom vs S Takacs  ½-½271930RotterdamE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. E M Jackson vs Noteboom  1-0391930ScarboroughB02 Alekhine's Defense
21. Noteboom vs N B Rometti  1-0381930Nice-BA53 Old Indian
22. Noteboom vs G Constantin 1-0321930Nice-BD66 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
23. E M Holloway vs Noteboom  1-0391930Nice-BB03 Alekhine's Defense
24. J van den Bosch vs Noteboom 0-1271930The HagueB72 Sicilian, Dragon
25. Koltanowski vs Noteboom  1-0441930HastingsE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
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Feb-26-06  DeepBlade: Happy Birthday!

He also has his own opening named after him
Queen's Gambit Declined (D31)
Queens Gambit, Noteboom variation
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 dxc4

Slav, Noteboom variation
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 e6 4.Nf3

Feb-09-08  Cibator: The so-called "Noteboom Variation" was actually devised several years earlier, in 1925, by the UK player Gerald Abrahams - it's often referred to as the Abrahams Defence.

Noteboom popularised it, but he didn't invent it. So says the "Oxford Companion to Chess", and their scholarship is generally accepted as impeccable.

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  Benzol: <Cibator> See Gerald Abrahams
Feb-10-08  nescio: Too few games here. Before the anniversary of his birth on Feb 26 I'll submit some more. For now, please have a look at the following, remarkable for the unhurried sequence 13...0-0-0, 14...Kb8, 15...Ka8.

[Event "Hamburg olympiad"]
[Site ""]
[Date "1930.07.13"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Wolf, Siegfried Reginald"]
[Black "Noteboom, Daniel"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B20"]
[PlyCount "82"]

1. e4 c5 2. d3 Nc6 3. f4 g6 4. c3 d5 5. Nd2 Bg7 6. Be2 e6 7. Ngf3 Nge7 8. O-O b6 9. Rf2 Bb7 10. Qe1 Qc7 11. Nf1 dxe4 12. dxe4 h6 13. Ng3 O-O-O 14. Bd2 Kb8 15. Rc1 Ka8 16. b4 cxb4 17. cxb4 Qd7 18. Be3 Nd4 19. Nxd4 Bxd4 20. Bf3 Bxe3 21. Qxe3 Rc8 22. Rfc2 Rxc2 23. Rxc2 Rd8 24. a3 Kb8 25. Kf2 Qd3 26. Rc3 Qb1 27. Ne2 Qd1 28. g4 Ba6 29. f5 g5 30. f6 Ng6 31. e5 Bxe2 32. Bxe2 Rd2 33. Rd3 Rxd3 34. Bxd1 Rxe3 35. Kxe3 Nxe5 36. Ke4 Nd7 37. h3 Kc7 38. Ba4 Nxf6 39. Ke5 Nd7 40. Bxd7 Kxd7 41. Kf6 Kd6 0-1

Feb-10-08  nescio: On the lookout for some biographical facts I disovered that his name is still remembered in Leiden. Every year in February a weekend tournament is held there in his memory:

The site contains a biography, but only in Dutch, and a list of past winners, on which I found the following well-known names, among others:

1936, 1949 Euwe
1950, 1951 Donner
1965 Botvinnik (!)
1967 Jan Timman
1984 Welling
1996 Ian Rogers
1999, 2007. 2008 Pedrag Nikolic

Feb-10-08  Cibator: Thanks, Benzol. I guess a joint credit is the fairest resolution.
Feb-26-08  Eastfrisian: If he wouldn't have died so early, he probably would have been a world champion. But we will never now.
Feb-26-08  BIDMONFA: Daniel Noteboom


Feb-26-08  jamesmaskell: The games to this years Daniel Noteboom Memorial can be found at
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  whiteshark: Bio:



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  whiteshark: Player of the Day: DaniŽl Noteboom

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  whiteshark: Player of the Day: DaniŽl Noteboom

Olympic results:

CN <4352. Noteboomís grave>

Other early passers: Ziggurat chessforum

Apr-16-09  Fanacas: We maybe could have had a second dutch champion. Rip.
Feb-26-11  YourNickname: He died much to early.
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  Penguincw: < YourNickname: He died much to early. > Yes.He did die early.Too early.And he was already ready had a career that was about to bloom.
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  fm avari viraf: It's very sad to pass away at such a tender age due to pnuemonia. Maybe, that time there was no effective remedy & many lives were lost. But to-day, it is not so since the world has made tremendous progress in medicine as well as in other spheres. Though, "Man is mortal" but due to his Noteboom variation, he is immortal! May God Bless His Soul Peace in Heaven, Eternally!
Feb-26-11  capanegra: Happy birthday, and RIP, Master Noteboom. Very sad to pass away so early, indeed.

As tribute, I'm posting a position shown in a tactics book of Roberto Grau, from a game between Noteboom and Winter in which White won with a very cute combination.

White to play and win.

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1.Rxc5!! dxc5 2.Nxe5! Nb5 3.cxb5 Kxe5 4.Qc3+ Kd6 5.Qg3+ e5 6.fxe6+ Ke7 7.exd7 (1-0)

Grau doesn't mention the date the game was played, or the tournament. Does anyone know anything about it?

Also, he passed away after the Hastings 1931/1932 tournament, but in the database there figures only one game against Koltanowsky. Apparently, there are many Noteboom games missing.

Feb-27-11  sneaky pete: <capanegra> The fragment against Winter is given in the (Dutch) Noteboom memorial book. Unfortunately no date or location is given, but circumstantial evidence makes it very likely the game was played in the Ramsgate tournament of August 1929.

Yes, a lot of worthy Noteboom games are still missing here. In the book I mentioned, the next game is a win, not in this database, against Salo Flohr, from the Premier Reserves of the 1929/30 Hastings tournament, giving Noteboom a total score of +2 -1 against Flohr.

Feb-27-11  sneaky pete: Noteboom vs V Berger, 1931 is also from the Hastings 1931/32 tournament.
Feb-27-11  capanegra: <sneaky pete> Thanks for the info. In #5617 of there is another Noteboom game also missing in the database, though in this case it is a lost one. It was played in the Hastings Premier Reserve of 1930/1931.
Oct-05-13  pajaste: I thought the Slav Noteboom was because when analysing it, early masters had to use a 'boom of notes' to keep track of all the lines.
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  offramp: His name was obviously "Notebook" but somebody's finger slipped.
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  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Daniel Noteboom.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Daniel Noteboom.
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