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Hans Ree
H Ree 

Number of games in database: 1,352
Years covered: 1963 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 2295
Highest rating achieved in database: 2520
Overall record: +338 -336 =669 (50.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 9 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (85) 
    A10 A15 A13 A17 A16
 King's Indian (81) 
    E81 E88 E92 E83 E84
 Sicilian (50) 
    B36 B46 B82 B48 B43
 Nimzo Indian (49) 
    E32 E39 E33 E31 E42
 Modern Benoni (39) 
    A57 A56 A65 A70 A67
 Queen's Indian (37) 
    E12 E15 E14 E19 E17
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (137) 
    B83 B81 B32 B84 B36
 King's Indian (60) 
    E60 E92 E81 E97 E94
 Ruy Lopez (56) 
    C96 C67 C99 C76 C64
 Sicilian Scheveningen (47) 
    B83 B81 B84 B80 B82
 French Defense (47) 
    C05 C12 C02 C11 C13
 English, 1 c4 e5 (35) 
    A22 A21 A28 A29 A20
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   H Ree vs Hort, 1986 1/2-1/2
   H Ree vs Piket, 2001 1-0
   Speelman vs H Ree, 1978 1/2-1/2
   H Ree vs Ftacnik, 1978 1-0
   Polugaevsky vs H Ree, 1981 0-1
   Tal vs H Ree, 1968 1/2-1/2
   Quinteros vs H Ree, 1973 0-1
   H Ree vs Tal, 1973 1/2-1/2
   H Ree vs Miles, 1981 1-0
   Najdorf vs H Ree, 1971 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dutch Championship (1969)
   Dutch Championship (1982)
   Dutch Championship (1967)
   Dutch Championship (1979)
   Dutch Championship (1976)
   Dutch Championship (1984)
   Dutch Championship (1981)
   Budapest Tungsram (1977)
   Caorle Zonal (1972)
   Dutch Championship (1983)
   Amsterdam IBM (1974)
   72nd US Open (1971)
   Amsterdam IBM (1977)
   Lost Boys Open (1997)
   Skopje Olympiad Final-A (1972)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1968 by WCC Editing Project
   Amsterdam IBM 1977 by suenteus po 147
   IBM Amsterdam 1972 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1968 by suenteus po 147

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(born Sep-15-1944, 79 years old) Netherlands
[what is this?]
Hans Ree was born in Amsterdam. Awarded the IM title in 1968 and the GM title in 1980, he was Dutch champion in 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1982. He was also joint European Junior Champion in 1964-65 and 1965-66. Although in 1971 he beat Jan Hein Donner in match play (+2, =5, -1), and has achieved some notable tournament victories, he is perhaps best known as a journalist and commentator.

Wikipedia article: Hans Ree

 page 1 of 55; games 1-25 of 1,357  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Ree vs R Hartoch  1-0621963Amsterdam IBM-BA44 Old Benoni Defense
2. G Kieninger vs H Ree  ½-½751963Amsterdam IBM-BC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
3. H Ree vs C Zuidema  0-1481963Amsterdam IBM-BC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
4. M Bertok vs H Ree  ½-½601963Amsterdam IBM-BC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
5. H Ree vs L Rellstab  1-0411963Amsterdam IBM-BC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
6. H Ree vs A Dunkelblum  ½-½271963Amsterdam IBM-BB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
7. H Crabbendam vs H Ree  1-0321963Amsterdam IBM-BC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
8. H Ree vs G Kool 1-0391963Amsterdam IBM-BC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
9. H Lehmann vs H Ree 1-0361963Amsterdam IBM-BB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
10. H Ree vs M J Franklin  ½-½371963Anglo-Dutch MatchB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
11. M J Franklin vs H Ree 0-1301963Anglo-Dutch MatchA16 English
12. C F Woodcock vs H Ree 0-1341964EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 3rdC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
13. H Ree vs H Lohsse  1-0361964FRG-NEDC41 Philidor Defense
14. H Ree vs Jansa 0-1271964WchT U26 11th qual-AB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
15. H Ree vs M Nacu  0-1271964WchT U26 11th fin-BA07 King's Indian Attack
16. H Ree vs Leo Willems  1-0291964WchT U26 11th fin-BA10 English
17. H Ree vs G Dahlin  1-0371964WchT U26 11th fin-BA00 Uncommon Opening
18. H Ree vs S Noorda  1-0371964EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 3rdB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
19. Hort vs H Ree 1-0261965WchT U26 12th fin-AD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
20. H Ree vs Huebner  ½-½151965EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 3rdC41 Philidor Defense
21. T Stanciu vs H Ree ½-½381965EUR-chT (Men) 3rdA07 King's Indian Attack
22. H Ree vs Taimanov  1-0421965EUR-chT (Men) 3rdA10 English
23. H Ree vs D Ciric  ½-½321965EUR-chT (Men) 3rdA07 King's Indian Attack
24. D Weise vs H Ree  1-0601965EUR-chT (Men) 3rdA57 Benko Gambit
25. H Ree vs Taimanov  0-1401965EUR-chT (Men) 3rdE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
 page 1 of 55; games 1-25 of 1,357  PGN Download
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Nov-02-10  aragorn69: Anybody knows what happened to Ree's column at chesscafe's ?? Even his archived articles seem to have disappeared... ://
Jan-07-11  Chesschatology: <aragorn69: Anybody knows what happened to Ree's column at chesscafe's ?? Even his archived articles seem to have disappeared... ://>

Yes, I noticed this. Very strange. And I miss them greatly!

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  moronovich: It is a pity as he is one of the best aficinadowriters ever IMO.

Hope everything is fine with him.
Perhaps he will inform us in NIC were he write regularly.

Jan-13-11  Chesschatology: Yes, his book title "the human comedy of chess" says it all. In his writing there is more wit and wisdom than you can find in a hundred other columnists.
Sep-15-11  wordfunph: happy birthday GM Ree!

"When I am in the USSR, I have the feeling that every tram conductor plays chess better than I do."

- GM Hans Ree

Sep-15-11  brankat: Re: the quote. Very perceptive, and possibly true, too :-)

Best wishes for Your birthday Mr. Ree!

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  Fusilli: <In his writing there is more wit and wisdom than you can find in a hundred other columnists.> I agree. He is a gifted writer, engaging, makes you keep reading. I love his regular column in New In Chess.
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  Fusilli: <aragorn69: Anybody knows what happened to Ree's column at chesscafe's ?? Even his archived articles seem to have disappeared... ://>

Was this mystery solved? My first guess would be that GM Ree may have owned the copyright and decided to pull them out to make them part of a new book--so that they would not be available online to everyone for free. Or something like that.

Jun-21-12  achieve: Ree's commentary during tournaments, live, as a guest commentator at tournaments in Holland, was priceless, and far superior to any skilled younger hot shot GM.

He wasn't spouting one line after the other, he paused to think deeply about certain positions, and only spoke when he really had something to say.

If time allowed, he would indeed venture into telling one of his many priceless anecdotes, with a cander and honesty and charm that has yet to be rivaled.

Jul-15-12  achieve: For those interested in the "Hans Ree" pronunciation: I submitted the correct one to CG and you can hear it by clicking the "PRONUNCIATION" button located at the top of the Bio section.
Sep-15-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Ree!
Sep-15-12  wordfunph: happy birthday <brankat> and GM Ree!
Feb-16-13  Caissanist: The columns that Ree wrote for ChessCafe (when that site was owned by Hanon Russell) are still offline, but Ree has started writing columns for Russell's new website: .
Jan-08-14  wordfunph: "When someone smokes during a game, his mental alertness will decrease, but each time he lights a cigarette, it briefly increases. This is not a subjective delusion but a scientifically proven fact."

- GM Hans Ree (from his book My Chess)

Jan-08-14  john barleycorn: <wordfunph> Actually, that is an insight gained when the tobacco industry spend millions of dollars in order to document a positive side effect of smoking.

And now you know, why some guys smoke after sex and then go home...

Jan-11-14  whiteshark: Hans Ree (1944) is a four-time Dutch champion, and represented his country from 1966 through 1994 in every chess Olympiad. From 2001-2007, he was the wearer of the "Euwe Ring,” an award for outstanding service to Dutch chess. He writes about chess in NRC Handelsblad, New in Chess magazine, and on the American website Internationally he is considered to be one of the best chess writers of his era.

<"A grandmaster, excellent writer and careful researcher who doesn't seek out controversy, but is equally unafraid to plumb the sometimes murky depths of chess politics, Ree is an ideal chess journalist.”>

- Jon Speelman, The Observer

May-02-15  TheFocus: <Chess is beautiful enough to waste your life for> - Ree, Hans.
May-08-15  TheFocus: <When you have a World Champion in your smartphone, the myth of the superior brainpower of human chess champions has lost its power> - Hans Ree.
May-23-15  TheFocus: <The exhilarating feeling that one walks in a minefield, that one has to be constantly on the alert for a tactical surprise, plotting at the same time to surprise one's opponent, these are the very things that make chess exciting> - Hans Ree.
May-25-15  TheFocus: <Some twenty years ago an English journalist complained that in sports, only chess and marbles were above suspicion. One wonders what has happened in the world of marbles> - Hans Ree.
Sep-15-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Hans Ree.
Sep-15-16  WorstPlayerEver: HappyBirthday, Hans Ray!
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  Check It Out: I love this guy's writing. Anyone have any links to his online articles?
Sep-15-20  login: (English until 2006, did not look further)

Dutch column (present)


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