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Jan van Reek
Jan van Reek 
Loek van Wely (background) and Jan van Reek analyzing.
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Number of games in database: 3
Years covered: 1976 to 1980
Last FIDE rating: 2325

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(born Jul-10-1945, died Aug-08-2015, 70 years old) Netherlands (federation/nationality Thailand)

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Jan van Reek vs J Staal 0-191976KNSBD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. A Kox vs Jan van Reek  0-1281977?E46 Nimzo-Indian
3. Jan van Reek vs H Bouwmeester  ½-½281980Hoogovens M-4KE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
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  acirce: Read the second half of - this van Reek guy doesn't seem to impress that much as a writer...
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  EmperorAtahualpa: His website is very informative though.
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  Karpova: Book Reviews:

"Grand Strategy: 60 Games by Boris Spassky", 176 pages, 2nd Edition distributed by New In Chess




"Hypermodern Strategy", 112 pages, Chess Digest


Jan van Reek:

<In chess, Lasker, Botvinnik and Nunn are mentioned as scientists, although they never made an intellectual achievement of lasting value, like I did.>

<Theory about chess strategy made a leap forward in 1927, when Euwe wrote sagacious articles about pawns in the center and the attack on the King, and Nimzovich published his system of prophylaxis. Van Reek completed, clarified and combined these approaches into a general theory for human and computer chess in 1997.>

<A player needs Russian intuition at the board and Dutch science during the analysis. We cannot judge the quality of this approach, but we have no serious alternative.>

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  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).

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  diagonal: According to the two sources below, Jan van Reek, composer of endgames studies and author has already passed away in last summer (2015). R.I.P.

His well-known homepage, offering a synopsis of famous international chess tournament (series), matches and chess analysis with databases is still up and running, let us hope that his work and significant contribution to chess history can be retained.

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  zanzibar: Some of his site has by now gone off line, though still available via internet archives.

I hadn't realized that he died. His history pages were nicely illustrated, and good starting points.


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  zanzibar: I'm not sure, but does anybody know the exact year he emigrated to Thailand?
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  cro777: Jan van Reek was well-known as a composer of endgame studies and as an author. Before his emigration to Ban Phu, Thailand he had lived in Margraten, South Limburg, Netherlands.

The exact year he emigrated to his adopted home in Thailand, where he died in August 2015, is hard to find.

This is one of his last pictures with Winat van Reek and family:

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