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Robin van Kampen
Number of games in database: 430
Years covered: 2005 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2658 (2653 rapid, 2478 blitz)

Overall record: +166 -78 =164 (60.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 22 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (74) 
    B90 B30 B42 B32 B33
 Ruy Lopez (55) 
    C67 C78 C84 C65 C92
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (24) 
    C84 C92 C93 C91 C87
 French Defense (20) 
    C18 C11 C10 C14 C16
 Caro-Kann (17) 
    B12 B11 B10
 Sicilian Najdorf (12) 
    B90 B94
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (68) 
    B90 B51 B94 B22 B48
 King's Indian (26) 
    E97 E90 E92 E63 E61
 Sicilian Najdorf (20) 
    B90 B94 B96 B91 B92
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    A46 A41 E10 A40 A45
 Slav (15) 
    D11 D12 D17 D19 D10
 Queen's Gambit Declined (9) 
    D37 D38 D35 D39
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Van Kampen vs S Plukkel, 2010 1-0
   Van Kampen vs Sevian, 2015 1-0
   Morozevich vs Van Kampen, 2013 1/2-1/2
   Van Kampen vs R Swinkels, 2010 1-0
   H Bharathakoti vs Van Kampen, 2014 0-1
   J Rindlisbacher vs Van Kampen, 2014 0-1
   M A Tabatabaei vs Van Kampen, 2014 0-1
   Van Kampen vs A Mellema, 2012 1-0
   J Krassowizkij vs Van Kampen, 2016 0-1
   Van Kampen vs Rapport, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   15th Unive Open (2011)
   London Chess Classic Open (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Corus Group C (2010)
   16th Unive Open (2012)
   Groningen Open (2012)
   Tata Steel Challengers (2015)
   Politiken Cup (2013)
   Bundesliga 2015/16 (2015)
   Wch U14 (2008)
   World Junior Championship (2014)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Gibraltar Masters (2014)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)

   🏆 PRO League Group Stage
   Van Kampen vs Eljanov (Jan-16-19) 1-0, rapid
   D Fernandez vs Van Kampen (Jan-16-19) 1-0, rapid
   A Katz vs Van Kampen (Jan-15-19) 0-1, rapid
   Van Kampen vs T Wang (Jan-15-19) 1-0, rapid
   L Bregadze vs Van Kampen (Jan-08-19) 0-1, rapid

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(born Nov-14-1994, 28 years old) Netherlands
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FIDE Master (2008); International Master (2009); Grandmaster (2011).


Formerly one of the top Juniors in the Netherlands, van Kampen is now one of the top players in that country. He was born in Bussum and started playing chess when he was 7.

Master norms

Van Kampen's three IM norms came at the Batavia Amsterdam Tournament in February 2009 where she scored 6/9, the norm requisite; the Cappelle la Grande (2009), scoring 5.5/9, half a point above the norm requisite; and at the Atlantis Masters Tournament 2009 where he scored 7.5/9, 1.5 points above the norm requisite. His IM title was conferred a few weeks before his 15th birthday. (1)

His three GM norms came at the BDO Premier Tournament 2010 that was staged in Haarlem in the Netherlands, where he scored 6/9, the norm requisite; at the Groningen Open 2010, where he scored the norm requisite of 6.5/9; and at the Helmut Kohl Tournament of 2011, where he scored the norm requisite of 6.5/9. He gained his GM title at the age of 16 years, 8 months and 17 days. (2)


<Youth> Dutch U12 Champion in 2006; Dutch U14 Champion in 2007 and Dutch U16 Champion in 2008. (3), † Runner-up at the 2009 European U16 Championship. (3), †

<Junior> Dutch Junior (U20) Champion in 2009 at the age of 14, the youngest since Jan Timman. (3), †

<National> =3rd alongside Benjamin Bok at the category 15 RR Dutch Championship 2015 behind Anish Giri and Loek van Wely.


1st the the Batavia Amsterdam Tournament of 2009 and at the Atlantis Tournament of 2009. 3rd at the BDO Premier Tournament 2010, =1st at the Groningen Open in 2010. Outright 1st at the Helmut Kohl Tournament of 2011. In 2012, he took first place win at the London Chess Classic Open Division. In 2013 he was first at both the Basel Open and the Riga Open. He was 4th at the Tata Steel Group B (2015), Netherlands behind GM Wei Yi, David Navara and Samuel Shankland.

Team events (4)

<National Team representative> Van Kampen played reserve for the Netherlands at the European Team Championship (2013), helping his team to 11th place He represented the Netherlands as a reserve at the Chess Olympiad (2014), scoring 5th for his board from his individual +3 =4 -1 result and helping his team to 14th place.

<Continental and National Leagues> He played board 2 for Iceland's Skákfélag Huginn team at the European Club Cup (2014). He was a member of the Guildford 1 team that won the 2013-14 4NCL, his personal contribution to that win being +7 =2 for an 88.9% result.

<PRO Chess League> He plans to play as a foreign player for the Montreal Chessbrahs team(4, 6).


Van Kampen's rating progress has been steady. It crossed 2500 in July 2011 and 2600 in August 2013, in neither case crossing back below these thresholds. His highest rating to date was 2641 in October 2014, not far below the top 100 in the world. (5)

Sources and References

General source is Van Kampen's FIDE player card.






(6) (he, Eric Hansen, Aman Hambleton, Lefong Hua etc are all part of the team).

Wikipedia article: Robin van Kampen

Last updated: 2016-12-02 19:46:26

 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 448  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Petenyi vs Van Kampen  1-0402005EUnion-ch U12B32 Sicilian
2. Van Kampen vs O Wieczorek  0-1572005EUnion-ch U12B42 Sicilian, Kan
3. Van Kampen vs R Saptarshi  0-1592006Dieren opB01 Scandinavian
4. A Dardha vs Van Kampen  1-0522006Brasschaat opB83 Sicilian
5. Van Kampen vs W Maes  0-1652006Brasschaat opB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
6. G Cools vs Van Kampen  ½-½272006Brasschaat opB56 Sicilian
7. Van Kampen vs D Voet  1-0222006Brasschaat opA00 Uncommon Opening
8. Van Kampen vs N Abasov  0-1332006Wch U12B33 Sicilian
9. Haosu Zhang vs Van Kampen  ½-½412006Wch U12B91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
10. K van der Weide vs Van Kampen  1-0442007Dieren opB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
11. Van Kampen vs L Ootes  1-0302007Dieren opB40 Sicilian
12. S R Chowdhury vs Van Kampen 1-0602007Dieren opB50 Sicilian
13. Van Kampen vs T Kampman  1-0412007Dieren opD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. M Timmermans vs Van Kampen  0-1282007Dieren opB32 Sicilian
15. Van Kampen vs F van Assendelft  0-1252007Dieren opB54 Sicilian
16. P Schuurman vs Van Kampen  ½-½262007Dieren opA35 English, Symmetrical
17. Van Kampen vs L Hofland  1-0292007Dieren opB07 Pirc
18. R Pruijssers vs Van Kampen  0-1242007Dieren opB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
19. Van Kampen vs D Reinderman  ½-½50200711th Essent OpenB33 Sicilian
20. Hort vs Van Kampen  1-064200711th Essent OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Van Kampen vs J van der Veen  1-026200711th Essent OpenC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
22. M van Delft vs Van Kampen  1-036200711th Essent OpenB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
23. Van Kampen vs A Borg  1-051200711th Essent OpenB10 Caro-Kann
24. R Pruijssers vs Van Kampen 1-045200711th Essent OpenB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
25. Van Kampen vs O Sadallah 0-130200711th Essent OpenB07 Pirc
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-28-09  sneaky pete: Also known as Kampen Robin Van. Robin, 15 years old, is at the moment engaged in a match (4 games) against Jan Timman in Groningen. He lost the first game Saturday, won the second one yesterday and drew today's game. I guess the rating of his duplicate is closer to his present strength.
Jan-01-10  Alphastar: Yeah, he is the current (under 21!) dutch youth champion and an IM, I do not know whether he's scored any GM norms already.
Jan-17-10  jon01: Robin van Kampen has progressed very fast. In January 2007 his rating was only 2064. He has gained almost 400 points in three years! I'll certainly keep an eye on this guy at Corus C 2010.
May-18-10  Don Cossacks: Robin Van Kampen performed creditably in Corus C by scalping many strong players like Gupta,Swinkels and Robson.In a few years he would be one of top players of the Netherlands together with Anish Giri.
Jan-13-11  BIDMONFA: Robin Van Kampen


Jul-31-11  Raspje: And Robin van Kampen is now a grandmaster, the youngest ever in the Netherlands (Giri played for Russia when he became a Grandmaster).
Aug-05-11  Raspje: Interesting interview (in Dutch): When Robin van Kampen has a question regarding the opening, he says he can always ask his vriend Anish Giri :)
Aug-11-12  achieve: From the interview (thanks for posting, <raspje>!), a current and topical goal as worded by Van Kampen, which is "to try and become a Youth World Champion one time, starting 2012... I'm allowed to participate a few more years." --

<TB: Het grootmeesterschap was neem ik aan een doel, maar dat doel is nu weg. Kun je jezelf nieuwe doelen stellen?

RvK: Jawel. Ten eerste wil ik binnen afzienbare tijd de 2600 halen. Dat lijkt me wel reëel, na Dortmund sta ik ergens in de 2530 dus zover ben ik daar niet vandaan. Verder wil ik proberen om een keer jeugdwereldkampioen te worden, om te beginnen vanaf 2012. Ik mag nog een paar keer meedoen.>

Currently, Robin van Kampen is on 5.5/8 - and possibly within striking range of the leaders.

Aug-11-12  RookFile: His trainer is Van Batman.
Aug-11-12  achieve: Robin turns 18 in november, so he's a "kid" for just a couple more months.
Dec-06-12  notyetagm: Solution to Our Quiz:

Van Kampen(2570)–Gullaksen
(2384) London Classic Open (6), 2012

37.¦xf5! £xf4 38.¤e6+ ¢h6
39.¦xf4 1–0.

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  tamar: Big win today versus Michael Adams at Unive.
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  Penguincw: Happy 19th birthday to GM Robin Van Kampen!
Nov-19-14  jamesmaskell: Robin van Kampen is currently playing a couple of games on the ICCF site against David van der Hoeven.

His White game is a slow Slav and while there have been piece exchanges, everything else is behind the pawns. With Black its now in the endgame of a Botvinnik Semi-Slav (the Nxg5 sac), material equal. Interesting stuff.

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  Willem Wallekers: Robin made it to the life Top100 by winning his game in the Dutch club competition yesterday.
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  MissScarlett: His sister is pretty good too:

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