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Max Euwe vs Joseph Kersten
Dutch Championship (1926), Utrecht NED, rd 3, Jul-??
Rubinstein Opening (D05)  ·  1-0



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Nov-15-12  sneaky pete: Dutch Championship, Utecht 1926. Standing from left to right: J.H. Pannekoek, H. Meyer, J.L. Kersten, Dr. M. Euwe, P.F. van Hoorn, G.W. Kloosterboer. Sitting from left to right: J.G. Hartogensis, Dr. L. Fick, G. Kroone, R.J. Loman, Jhr. A.E. van Foreest, W.A.T. Schelfhout.

Nov-16-12  thomastonk: I have found a picture taken during <this> game. It was played in Amsterdam at the V.A.S. a few days before the Dutch Championship begun in Utrecht.

Jacques Davidson made a protest against this favour to Euwe, and then he withdrew from the event.

Nov-16-12  sambo: This is a fun game overall, but 22. Bxd4 is especially cute. If 22...Rxd4 then 23. Qe5, threatening mate and rook. Now 23...Qf6?? doesn't defend the rook since the pawn on g7 is pinned, so 23...f6 is forced and white wins the exchange. Nice.
Nov-18-12  thomastonk: <sneaky pete> The Dutch Championship, Utrecht 1926 has been played with 12 players, and 12 men are on that picture. A less sharp copy can be found here:, where Hartogenius (sic) is marked as arbiter. Contemporary crosstables contain the names of the other 11 men, and the pseudonym "De Oude". Do you know who played under the pseudonym and why?
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Een paar borden verder op speelde Adolf Georg Olland, net als Arnold van Foreest drievoudig Nederlands kampioen. In 1909 zelfs de eerste officiële Nederlandse kampioen. Olland wordt in de verslagen telkens <"de Oude"> genoemd. Waarom? Ik zou het niet weten, maar heb wel een vermoeden. Bij de reflectie op dit toernooi wordt geschreven: Het spelen onder een pseudoniem is algemeen verwerpelijk. De medespelenden hebben het recht gepubliceerd te zien van wie zij verloren of van wie zij wonnen. (...) In Utrecht was er in de lagere klasse een speler die speelde onder de naam C & A. Wij vrezen binnenkort een wedstrijd waarin behalve C & A ook Vroom & Dreesman en Peek & Cloppenburg (...) zullen deelnemen. Het eenvoudigst zou zijn het spelen onder een pseudoniem te verbieden.

In de hoofdgroep is er maar één speler van wie niet de eigen naam gebruikt werd. Met andere woorden: ik vermoed dat Olland zichzelf deze 'eretitel' heeft gegeven. Met zijn 59 jaar zal hij ongetwijfeld respectabel zijn geweest in die tijd, maar Arnold van Foreest is vier jaar ouder dan hij en Rudolf Loman zelfs 6 jaar. Met schaken is hij anders net zo brutaal als altijd. Alleen de resultaten zijn er niet meer naar.

Nov-18-12  thomastonk: <Stonehenge> Thanks. Maybe his absence from the picture indicates that the pseudonym was more than an 'eretitel'.

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