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Carel Benjamin van den Berg
C B van den Berg 
Number of games in database: 270
Years covered: 1941 to 2000
Highest rating achieved in database: 2450

Overall record: +55 -111 =104 (39.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (29) 
    B80 B43 B46 B27 B96
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C96 C89 C67 C75 C93
 Nimzo Indian (16) 
    E41 E55 E32 E53 E58
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (13) 
    C96 C89 C93 C94 C84
 King's Indian (9) 
    E97 E67 E68 E60 E93
 Sicilian Najdorf (9) 
    B97 B96 B90 B99 B94
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (29) 
    B82 B97 B84 B20 B40
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E33 E26 E46 E41 E20
 King's Indian (13) 
    E63 E94 E64 E62 E87
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C63 C78 C90 C93 C85
 Reti System (8) 
    A04 A05 A06
 English (7) 
    A15 A17 A16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C B van den Berg vs H Kramer, 1950 1-0
   C B van den Berg vs J H Donner, 1965 1-0
   C B van den Berg vs F Gaarenstroom, 1943 1-0
   C B van den Berg vs E Gereben, 1961 1-0
   J T Barendregt vs C B van den Berg, 1961 1/2-1/2
   C B van den Berg vs Ujtelky, 1955 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Noteboom Memorial (1965)
   Amsterdam (1950)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1961 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   Hoogovens 1961 by Tabanus
   Noordwijk 1965 by suenteus po 147

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(born Feb-12-1924, died Jun-30-1971, 47 years old) Netherlands

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Carel Benjamin van den Berg graduated in philosophy and sociology. He was awarded the IM title in 1963 and was also an eminent chess theorist and edited "Losbladige Schaakberichten." He collaborated with Max Euwe on the "Theorie der Schaakopeningen" series and was a member of the Dutch Olympiad team in 1958. He was Dutch CC champion in 1943.

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 270  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C B van den Berg vs Euwe  0-1201941Weenink MemorialC50 Giuoco Piano
2. C B van den Berg vs F Gaarenstroom 1-0101943HollandC78 Ruy Lopez
3. J H Marwitz vs C B van den Berg  ½-½411946NED-ch prelim IE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
4. C B van den Berg vs G Fontein  ½-½471946NED-ch prelim IA53 Old Indian
5. H van Steenis vs C B van den Berg  1-0471946NED-ch prelim IB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
6. Euwe vs C B van den Berg  ½-½391946NED-ch prelim IB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
7. C B van den Berg vs L Stumpers  1-0581946NED-ch prelim ID19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
8. Cortlever vs C B van den Berg 1-0441946NED-ch prelim IC23 Bishop's Opening
9. C B van den Berg vs W Wolthuis  1-0311946NED-ch prelim ID49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
10. Cortlever vs C B van den Berg  ½-½511947NED-ch sfC48 Four Knights
11. H Kramer vs C B van den Berg  1-0401947NED-ch sfE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
12. L J Tummers vs C B van den Berg  0-1371947NED-ch sfE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
13. P H Pruyt vs C B van den Berg  0-1401947NED-ch sfE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
14. C B van den Berg vs B H Wood  1-0311947NED-ENGD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
15. C B van den Berg vs O'Kelly  0-1321947MatchE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. O'Kelly vs C B van den Berg  1-0191947MatchE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
17. C B van den Berg vs O'Kelly  ½-½551947MatchB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
18. O'Kelly vs C B van den Berg  1-0361947MatchD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. C B van den Berg vs O'Kelly  0-1261947MatchE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. O'Kelly vs C B van den Berg  1-0481947MatchD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
21. O'Kelly vs C B van den Berg  1-0591947MatchE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
22. C B van den Berg vs O'Kelly  0-1381947MatchE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
23. R H Newman vs C B van den Berg  1-0351948ENG-NEDD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. C B van den Berg vs R H Newman  1-0361948ENG-NEDE72 King's Indian
25. C B van den Berg vs A Bozic  ½-½561949YUG-NEDD99 Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov
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Feb-12-07  BIDMONFA: Carel Benjamin Van den Berg

VAN DEN BERG, Carel Benjamin

Mar-14-09  Dredge Rivers: Could his name BE any longer?
Feb-12-10  Sem: Van den Berg's life was rather tragic. A kind and very intelligent man, he suffered from his father having been a Nazi collaborator in World War II. If I am correct it plagued him so much that he took his own life. More info welcomed!
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  wordfunph: he obtained his IM title by scoring 8/15 in the GM group Beverwijk 1963.

rest in peace, IM Van den Berg..

Oct-23-12  Abdel Irada: Is there really no better picture of this player?
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  HeMateMe: Hey, I love it! It's like bad, retro 1950s Sci fi. Mystery Theater 3000, anyone?

His skin blends into organic clothing, a long thread of endothelium tissue. A very human looking alien.

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  perfidious: <Abdel Irada> It may well be that there is no better photo of van den Berg available under fair use laws here in USA. The person most likely to know, in my opinion, would be <jessicafischerqueen>.
Feb-12-13  thomastonk: <Player of Today>

According to some newspaper obituaries van den Berg died in the night from 29 to 30 June 1971 in Leiden from heart failure (and hence he did not commit suicide as <Sem> wrote). Moreover, his academic studies are described in differently from the biography, I believe, but here someone with better Dutch knowledge is needed.

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  Stonehenge: <thomastonk>

I have changed the bio. I don't know where that 'lawyer' came from.

Feb-03-15  Nosnibor: Having died in 1971 he seems to have resurfaced again in 2000!The games collection includes a game from 2000 but of course this must be another Van den Berg.
Dec-15-15  ozmikey: Isn't the profile pic actually Semyon Furman instead?
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  Gejewe: <thomastonk> <stonehenge> <nosnibor> As a native Dutch speaker - and knowing from experience about the structure of Dutch university studies - I can easily sort that out : This newspaper obituary indicates that van den Berg graduated in philosophy and sociology in 1953. However he did his "candidates" exam in law, in 1948. That is the theoretical part of the studies, what remains to graduate then is to write a paper (which is not a doctoral thesis, that is a possible next step after graduation). So he studied law for a few years but did not graduate. Finally, the name "van den Berg" is really very common in the Netherlands, also among chessplayers, so it is easy to mix them up in a database.
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