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Henri Weenink
Number of games in database: 157
Years covered: 1916 to 1931
Overall record: +49 -59 =49 (46.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Oct-17-1892, died Dec-02-1931, 39 years old) Netherlands

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Henri Gerard Marie Weenink was both a problem composer and a player. At Amsterdam 1930 he was 1st in a field that included Max Euwe and Rudolf Spielmann. Sadly he died an early death because of tuberculosis.

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 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 157  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Marchand vs Weenink  1-0381916VAS AmsterdamD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Euwe vs Weenink  1-0211918VAS AmsterdamC53 Giuoco Piano
3. P F van Hoorn vs Weenink  1-0331918AmsterdamC26 Vienna
4. Weenink vs H van Hartingsvelt  1-0541918VAS AmsterdamC49 Four Knights
5. Weenink vs Loman  ½-½351919RotterdamC66 Ruy Lopez
6. P A Koetsheid vs Weenink  0-1331919RotterdamD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Weenink vs W A T Schelfhout  ½-½141919RotterdamC42 Petrov Defense
8. J W te Kolste vs Weenink  1-0441919RotterdamC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. G Oskam vs Weenink  0-1441919RotterdamD00 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Reti vs Weenink  1-0301919RotterdamB56 Sicilian
11. Weenink vs Reti 1-0321919AmsterdamC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
12. Reti vs Weenink  0-1241919Blind simul, 10bC37 King's Gambit Accepted
13. Weenink vs Euwe  0-1861920AmsterdamC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
14. L Gans vs Weenink  0-1541920VAS AmsterdamC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. Weenink vs De Brie  1-0271920VAS-UtrechtB41 Sicilian, Kan
16. Tartakower vs Weenink  ½-½391920AmsterdamA03 Bird's Opening
17. Weenink vs W A T Schelfhout  ½-½481920AmsterdamC42 Petrov Defense
18. M Marchand vs Weenink  1-0371920AmsterdamE10 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Weenink vs Reti  ½-½341920AmsterdamA52 Budapest Gambit
20. Euwe vs Weenink 1-0281920AmsterdamC66 Ruy Lopez
21. Weenink vs Maroczy ½-½341920AmsterdamB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
22. Weenink vs Euwe  ½-½331921AmsterdamD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Euwe vs Weenink  ½-½361921AmsterdamC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
24. Weenink vs G Filep  0-1361921Student ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
25. Weenink vs W A T Schelfhout  1-0291921VAS winterD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-06-05  aw1988: No doubt a Dutch Master.
Mar-08-06  yoozum: Juding by his percentage, it doesn't look like he did a lot of Wineenk.
Mar-08-06  blingice: Notice who he is playing, though, people like Euwe, Alekhine, Maroczy, Sultan Khan, Mieses, etc.

I'm gonna just act like you never wrote that atrocity of a pun...:)

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  TheAlchemist: If I combine <yoozum>'s idea with mine, we might get: more Wineenk than Weenink.
Mar-08-06  yoozum: Yeah, I admit that the pun was really pretty awful... ;-)
Jul-10-07  capanegra: This is a pretty study composed by Weenink in 1917.

White to play and win.

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Jul-10-07  dbquintillion: 1. a7 Rg8
2. Bg3
Jul-10-07  capanegra: <dbquintillion> After 1.a7 Rg2+ comes first, and the King must not dare go to the third rank because of 2...Rg8 3.Bg3+ Rxg3+. So, what should White play instead?
Jul-11-07  dbquintillion: hmm... puzzle was obviously more difficult than i thought.

How about 2. Kb1 Rg1+ 3. Be1 Rg8 (if 3. ... Rxe1+ 4. Kb2 Re2+ 5. Kb3 Re3+ 6. Kb4 Re4+ 7. Kb5 wins) 4. Bg3+ followed by Rxg3 and white queens the pawn or K to anywhere and Bb8 wins.

Is that right?

Jul-11-07  capanegra: Yes, you got it!
Jul-11-07  dbquintillion: Thanks for the puzzle!
Jul-13-07  capanegra: Here's another Weenink (1922), a bit more difficult, but also more nice.

White to play and win.

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Jul-13-07  dbquintillion: 1. Bh7 Kc3
2. Kb5 Kd4
3. Kc6 Ke5
4. Kd7 Kf4
5. g6 Kf5
6. Ke7
and wins?

Looks right to me, but I'm at work and can't check over the board. Seems like it might be too simple since you said this once was more difficult.

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <dbquintillion> After 4.Kd7 Black, instead of 4...Kf4?, moves 4...g6! 5.Bxg6 Kf4 and 6...Kxg5 drawing. So you must put a bit more effort in. ;-)
Jul-13-07  dbquintillion: I shouldn't post when I haven't checked these through carefully... makes me look a bit dumb!
Jul-14-07  sneaky pete: M. Franken: Zijn laatste probleem

Wij hebben samen om je graf gestaan
- bedolven onder veler bloemen pracht -
Hoe werd je goedheid, kennis droef herdacht:
Wl was je leven rijk met vrucht belan ...

Wij hebben je een laatste groet gebracht
en zijn verslagen weer naar huis gegaan.
Wij hadden nog zoo veel van jou verwacht
en niets dan donk're leegte grijnst ons aan ...

Wat heeft je werkzaam brein gesteld ons vaak
't probleem te vinden, dat je denken wrochtte.

Dit op te lossen is t zwaar een taak:
O, dat wij eens 't probleem doorgronden mochten
dat jij z vroeg van ons bent heengegaan.

Wij hebben samen om je graf gestaan ...

Aug-20-07  Karpova: <"And the rigidity of the material with which we have to compose, is a more formidable opponent than Lasker or Capablanca. Because these lifeless opponents do not have any moments of human weakness!"

Henri Weenink, Het Schaakprobleem, 1921>

Sep-02-08  capanegra: Solution of the Jul-13-07 puzzle:

The straight march to the Pawns is no good: 1.Kb4 Kxc2 2.Kc4 Kd2 3.Kd4 Ke2 4.Ke4 Kf2 5.Kf5 Kg3 6.Kg6 Kg4 and draws.

The retreat of the Bishop to h7 is useless as <SwitchingQuylthulg> demonstrated. So, is there another place on the b1-h7 diagonal were the Bishop can go without losing a tempo because of the black King's attack marching to the King side? The answer is yes: <1.Bb1!!> Now, if 1Kc3 2.Kb5 Kd4 3.Kc6 Ke5 4.Kd7 Kf4 (4g6 5.Ke7) 5.g6 wins.

Therefore, Black has nothing better than taking the Bishop with <1Kxb1>, but after <2.Kb3!> White has the opposition one rank more distanced from the Pawns, just enough to win: <2Kc1 3.Kc3 Kd1 4.Kd3 Ke1 5.Ke3 Kf1 6.Kf3 Kg1 7.Kg3 Kh1 8.g6! Kg1 9.Kf4>

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  brankat: No doubt, a strong master. Wins against the likes of Marshall, Rubeinstein, Reti, Euwe, Spielmann, Draws against Tartakower, Mieses, Colle, Euwe, Maroczy.

Unfortunately, Master Weenink was in poor health .

Oct-17-08  Karpova: Some information on Henri Weenink:

C.N. 5768 mentions a book he wrote: "David Przepirka A Master of Strategy" (Amsterdam, 1932). Apparently, it was published posthumously.

Where he lived: <Weenink, H.: Helmersstr. 64, Amsterdam, 1, the Netherlands ("Ranneforths Schach-Kalender", 1929, page 70).> Source:

C.N. 5070 gives a photo from Liege 1930 where Weenink also participated.


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  wordfunph: <Henri Weenink (1892-1931) was one of the most versatile of chess composers. His fame rests mainly on his book The Chess Problem,

but he was more than just an outstanding problemist; he was good enough to have beaten Euwe in tournament play, and his studies, elegant and pungent, are among the best.>

Source: Endgame Magic by John Beasley & Tomothy Whitworth

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