zanzibar: His FIDE card is here:
I thought he was an IM, but I don't see it. But I know older players with titles aren't always properly tracked at the FIDE website.
The question remans, is he a titled player?
(If not FIDE, then within the Dutch system? (Is that possible?))
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At least the Watson link shown by <Karpova> is stale. This seems to be the case for many old book review links that point to Silman's site.
(Entropy wins again.)
Here is a link that at least works today:
<It's hard to imagine a worse vehicle for the great Boris Spassky's games than 'Grand Strategy' by Jan van Reek.>
Watson is an author and reviewer whose opinion I trust, especially after reading some of his opening books.
I use to think very highly of van Reek as well, but mostly from the brief historical introductions he has at this website:
But his game collections mostly consist of selected games which he has annotated. I haven't really looked deeply at any of his analysis before. But Watson really takes him to task, and so I'll be more circumspect utilizing his material from here on (meaning, from the half-way point of this post, when I actually first found/read the Watson review).