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Herman C van Riemsdijk
H C van Riemsdijk 
Number of games in database: 509
Years covered: 1968 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2265 (2370 rapid, 2352 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2460

Overall record: +168 -163 =171 (50.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 7 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (124) 
    B43 B95 B87 B30 B57
 Ruy Lopez (44) 
    C91 C80 C67 C92 C72
 French Defense (35) 
    C18 C11 C00 C12 C13
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (22) 
    C91 C92 C95 C85 C84
 Sicilian Najdorf (19) 
    B95 B90 B97 B94 B96
 Sicilian Kan (19) 
    B43 B41 B42
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (39) 
    B45 B40 B33 B23 B22
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C99 C68 C77 C95 C86
 Modern Benoni (21) 
    A58 A57 A56
 Benko Gambit (17) 
    A58 A57
 Sicilian Taimanov (17) 
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E59 E38 E58 E48 E39
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Manotas vs H C van Riemsdijk, 2001 0-1
   H C van Riemsdijk vs Larsen, 1991 1/2-1/2
   Smyslov vs H C van Riemsdijk, 1990 0-1
   H C van Riemsdijk vs S Hmadi, 1990 1-0
   H C van Riemsdijk vs S Lukey, 2008 1-0
   H C van Riemsdijk vs Y Gruenfeld, 1979 1-0
   H C van Riemsdijk vs Tarjan, 1979 1-0
   H C van Riemsdijk vs Tal, 1979 1/2-1/2
   H C van Riemsdijk vs Morovic Fernandez, 1981 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Nice Olympiad Final-C (1974)
   107th New Zealand Championship (1999)
   Fortaleza Zonal (1975)
   New Zealand Championship (2008)
   Sao Paulo Zonal (1972)
   Queenstown Classic (2006)
   New Zealand Open (2015)
   Mar del Plata Zonal (1969)
   Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007)
   Queenstown Chess Classic (2012)
   2nd Queenstown Chess Classic (2009)
   Skopje Olympiad Final-C (1972)
   21st World Seniors Championship (2011)
   35th Barbera Open A (2012)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984)

   🏆 World Senior 65+
   H C van Riemsdijk vs E Torre (Nov-17-17) 0-1
   H C van Riemsdijk vs Tarjan (Nov-15-17) 1/2-1/2
   H C van Riemsdijk vs P Chan (Oct-08-17) 1/2-1/2
   T Reilly vs H C van Riemsdijk (Oct-07-17) 1/2-1/2
   H C van Riemsdijk vs R W Smith (Oct-06-17) 0-1

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(born Aug-26-1948, 73 years old) Netherlands (federation/nationality Brazil)

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Herman Claudius van Riemsdijk was born in Tiel, the Netherlands. His elder brother is Dirk Dagobert Van Riemsdijk. He was awarded the IM title in 1978 and has been Brazilian Champion three times: in 1970, 1973 and 1988. He was also Pan American Champion at Santa Cruz 1977. South American champion (jointly) with Jaime Sunye Neto at Sao Paulo, zt 1989.

Wikipedia article: Herman Claudius van Riemsdijk

 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 596  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H C van Riemsdijk vs H Camara  0-1551968BRA-chA07 King's Indian Attack
2. H C van Riemsdijk vs A de Souza  1-0341968BRA-chA00 Uncommon Opening
3. H Rossetto vs H C van Riemsdijk  ½-½421969Mar del Plata ZonalB33 Sicilian
4. H C van Riemsdijk vs P Garcia Toledo  ½-½121969Mar del Plata ZonalC00 French Defense
5. H C van Riemsdijk vs J L Alvarez del Monte  1-0341969Mar del Plata ZonalC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. H C van Riemsdijk vs Mecking 0-1191969Mar del Plata ZonalB06 Robatsch
7. S Schweber vs H C van Riemsdijk  ½-½541969Mar del Plata ZonalA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
8. H C van Riemsdijk vs J A Rubinetti  1-0491969Mar del Plata ZonalB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
9. O Rodriguez Vargas vs H C van Riemsdijk  1-0381969Mar del Plata ZonalD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. H C van Riemsdijk vs Panno  0-1231969Mar del Plata ZonalB56 Sicilian
11. J Canobra vs H C van Riemsdijk  ½-½421969Mar del Plata ZonalC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
12. H Camara vs H C van Riemsdijk  1-0321969Mar del Plata ZonalE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
13. Najdorf vs H C van Riemsdijk  1-0301969Mar del Plata ZonalA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
14. V Riego vs H C van Riemsdijk  0-1431969Mar del Plata ZonalC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. A C Rocha vs H C van Riemsdijk  0-1301969Mar del Plata ZonalB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
16. H C van Riemsdijk vs Quinteros  0-1541969Mar del Plata ZonalB27 Sicilian
17. H C van Riemsdijk vs R Garcia  0-1291969Mar del Plata ZonalC19 French, Winawer, Advance
18. H C van Riemsdijk vs L Bronstein  ½-½601969Mar del Plata ZonalC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. I Mendivil vs H C van Riemsdijk  0-1301969Mar del Plata ZonalC55 Two Knights Defense
20. H C van Riemsdijk vs C Silva Sanchez 1-0241969Mar del Plata ZonalB15 Caro-Kann
21. J Szmetan vs H C van Riemsdijk  1-0261970Mar del Plata opB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
22. H C van Riemsdijk vs H Camara  1-031197037th Brazilian ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
23. H C van Riemsdijk vs A Medina Garcia  1-0411971MatchC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
24. H C van Riemsdijk vs A Medina Garcia  1-0421971MatchC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
25. H C van Riemsdijk vs A Medina Garcia  0-1451971MatchC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
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Feb-20-06  EmperorAtahualpa: It's interesting to hear about this chessplayer! I'm not sure where in Brazil he lives, but he might live in one of those tiny Dutch community villages that are leftovers of the Dutch colonial settlements along the Brazilian coastline.

A good example is the Dutch community in a Brazilian town called Castrolanda:

Feb-20-06  gmgomes: <EmperorAtahualpa: It's interesting to hear about this chessplayer! I'm not sure where in Brazil he lives, but he might live in one of those tiny Dutch community villages that are leftovers of the Dutch colonial settlements along the Brazilian coastline.> This city is Called "Castro" and is the south of Brazil.
Feb-21-06  vonKrolock: Interesting stuff <EmperorAtahualpa> and <gmgomes>! Castro is a municipality from my State, around 150 km west from here, what is really 'a little jump' in our country-continent - of course it's a city in the highlands, with a very mild climate: milk, cheese and youghurts from there are very appreciated in the centers all around the State. Herman Claudius' family was from Rio Grande do Sul, i can not recall the name of the city, but surely they lived (or at least his brother Dirk Dagobert) in the same southern city (Pelotas i believe) where Mecking started his career in the early 60ies (both youngsters studied Chess together) The van Riemsdijk brothers later moved to São Paulo - Herman Claudius is one of the leading personalities in our Chess comunity - as player, newspaper colunist (his section in "O Estado de São Paulo" is very important) and other activities related to Chess.
Jul-18-06  BIDMONFA: Herman Claudius van Riemsdijk

VAN RIEMSDIJK, Herman Claudius

Jul-21-06  arbivara: Born in Tiel, Netherlands, van Riemsdijk got to Brazil in 1958. His family first lived in a farm in Rio Grande do Sul, as vonKrolock stated (I'm not sure in which municipality, though). They soon moved to Pelotas (where his brother, Dirk Dagobert was Mecking's tutor), where Herman lived until the age of 15. Then he moved to State's capital, Porto Alegre, where he attended to High School. Finishing High School, he received an invitation to play chess for the municipality of Maringa in the State of Parana. He decided to become a chess professional and accepted Maringa's invitation. The invitation was made by Queenti Matsuura, chess pioneer in Parana State, and father of Everaldo Matsuura, International Master and 1 time Brazilian Champion. In his second year in Maringa, Herman started his College studies in Languages (English and Portuguese) and won Parana State Championship. Finishing that year, he moved to Presidente Prudente (in Sao Paulo State) for which he also played. In this year he won his first (of seven - he's the record holder) Sao Paulo State Championship. In the following year (I think that's 68) he started to play for the municipality of Santo Andre (in the Sao Paulo Metropolitan Area), moving to the Capital, where he still lives. In the following year he graduated in Languagues (having studied each of the 4 years in a different city: Maringa, Pres Prudente, Sto Andre and S Paulo). In 1970 he won his first Brazilian Championship, which happened before he was granted the Brazilian citizenship (which would occur in 1972 - year in which he latter married). In 70 he also started his chess column for the newspaper 'O Estado de S. Paulo', which went continously until 2001. In 1973 his first son was born and latter his second Brazilian title was conquered. He also has a third Brazilian Championship, conquered in 1989 in a play-off with Cicero Braga, played in the municipality of Guarulhos, also in Metropolitan Area and for which he played then. The original tournament was played in the previous year and held in the 'Clube de Xadrez Sao Paulo'. He would latter become Club's president for two consecutive terms (from Club's centennial year 2002 until 2005). He mantains a webpage (Portuguese) in I think I've alredy overdone his little bio, but I would gladly answer any Van Riemsdijk (Brazilian Branch of the family only, though) related question.
Jul-22-06  arbivara: BTW, game #7 (victory over Najdorf in Sao Paulo, 1978) is not Herman's but actually Dirk's. Herman's game with Najdorf in the given tournament (for which he was the organizer) is #12. The notable games section could include his 2 draws with Tal, and one draw and a victory against Smyslov (he also lost one to Vassily - game #14).
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  Benzol: <arbivara> Did Herman have only one brother?
Jul-22-06  arbivara: His father was married twice. In his first marriage, he had three children: 2 sons and a daughter. Then he got widower and remarried. His second wife, quite younger is a cousin of the first one. BTW, she lives in a tiny Dutch community, Holambra in the Sao Paulo State. They had four sons: Dirk, the third, and Herman, the fourth (and the only born post WWII), are the only chessplayers. Of course, all the others know how to play.
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  Benzol: If I'm not mistaken Herman's brother lives in my country New Zealand in a town called New Plymouth. BTW I've played Herman in a similtaneous exhibition.
Jul-22-06  arbivara: You're wright, as I've posted in your chessforum
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  Benzol: <arbivara> Thanks for your info. Do you have any details of his Pan-American Championship win. Just interested. Thanks in advance.
Jul-23-06  arbivara: For that, I'll have to make some research, which won't be possible for a whole week (since I'll be out of town).
Aug-26-07  vonKrolock: <Pan-American Championship, Santa Cruz, 1977> Was a 16 players Round-Robin

1st: van Riemsdijk, Herman C BRA 12.0

2nd: Garcia, Gildardo COL 11.0

3rd: Donoso, Pedro CHI 10.0

4th: Anelli, Antonio ARG 9.0

5th: Grimaldi, Rene ESA 9.0

6th Berry, Jonathan CAN 8.0

7th: Camaton, Carlos ECU 8.0

8th: Denker, Arnold USA 7.5

9th: Chavez, Romelio BOL 7.0

More in not yet the games (just one from 120 is visible) and not even the cross-table, just the stands

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  Benzol: <vonKrolock> Many thanks my friend.


Nov-17-07  arbivara: It took me much more than previously intended, but I finally managed to get things done. On the bright side it's exactly 30 years since van Riemsdijk achieved his Pan-American victory, so we decided to do a 'retro-coverage' of this tournament, releasing the information in the same dates the rounds were played. To see it - texts in Portuguese, include the games - go to Herman's page, HiperChess (
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  Benzol: <arbivara> I wish I could read and speak more than one language.


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  OhioChessFan: Purity of heart is the noblest inheritance, and love the fairest ornament of women.
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  Richard Taylor: Van Riemsdijk gave an interesting lecture here (NZ) in 2008. I was inspired - I met him also at a tournament - as he is my age! So if he can still play so well so can I - albeit not at his level... he looked very fit - and trim - and also very alert.

Great to have someone of his and my age group playing so well.

Nov-04-09  arbivara: Van Riemsdijk won the strong Arco Open, played in Italy, from October 17 to 25. Final standings can be found here (
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  Richard Taylor: I saw Herman this year here in NZ - he was out of form but won a lightening tourney.
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  Benzol: Happy birthday Herman.


Aug-26-10  rapidcitychess: Happy birthday mister.
Dec-09-13  Yopo: Two nice examples of the strong Herman's technique.

[Event "Wch Seniors 23rd 2013"]
[Site "Rijeka"]
[Date "2013.11.21"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Herman C Van Riemsdijk"]
[Black "Miso Cebalo"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B51"]
[WhiteElo "2347"]
[BlackElo "2415"]
[PlyCount "121"]
[EventDate "2013.11.12"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. O-O Bd7 5. Re1 Nf6 6. c3 a6 7. Bf1 Bg4 8. h3 Bxf3 9. Qxf3 g6 10. d3 Bg7 11. Nd2 O-O 12. Qd1 b5 13. Nf3 Nd7 14. Be3 b4 15. Qa4 Qc7 16. d4 bxc3 17. bxc3 Rfc8 18. Rab1 Qa5 19. Qxa5 Nxa5 20. Rec1 Kf8 21. Nd2 e6 22. f4 Ke8 23. g4 Bf8 24. g5 Be7 25. Kf2 Bd8 26. h4 cxd4 27. cxd4 Rxc1 28. Rxc1 Nb6 29. f5 d5 30. f6 Kd7 31. Be2 Nc6 32. e5 Na4 33. h5 Bb6 34. Nb3 Nb4 35. a3 Na2 36. Rh1 N2c3 37. hxg6 hxg6 38. Rh7 Rf8 39. Bxa6 Nd1+ 40. Kf3 Nxe3 41. Kxe3 Kc6 42. Kd3 Ba7 43. Kc2 Bb6 44. Bd3 Bd8 45. Nd2 Ba5 46. Nf3 Nc3 47. a4 Ne4 48. Bb5+ Kb6 49. Kd3 Bb4 50. Ke3 Ba3 51. Kd3 Bc1 52. Rh2 Rc8 53. Rc2 Rxc2 54. Kxc2 Nxg5 55. Nxg5 Bxg5 56. Be8 Ka5 57. Bxf7 Kxa4 58. Bxe6 Kb5 59. Bxd5 Kb6 60. Bf7 Kc6 61. Kd3 1-0

[Event "Wch Seniors 23rd 2013"]
[Site "Opatija"]
[Date "2013.11.22"]
[Round "10"]
[White "Amanmurad Kakageldyev"]
[Black "Herman C Van Riemsdijk"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E38"]
[WhiteElo "2384"]
[BlackElo "2347"]
[PlyCount "182"]
[EventDate "2013.11.12"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 c5 5. dxc5 Bxc5 6. Nf3 Qb6 7. e3 a6 8. Be2 Qc7 9. O-O Be7 10. Rd1 b6 11. b3 Bb7 12. Bb2 d6 13. Rac1 Nbd7 14. Nd4 O-O 15. f3 Rfd8 16. Bf1 Nf8 17. Qf2 Rac8 18. g4 Ng6 19. g5 Ne8 20. f4 Nf8 21. h4 g6 22. Bg2 Ng7 23. Bf3 Nd7 24. Qg2 Bxf3 25. Qxf3 Nh5 26. Qh3 Nf8 27. Rf1 Qd7 28. Qf3 Ng7 29. Ne4 d5 30. Nf2 dxc4 31. Ng4 Kh8 32. Ne5 Qe8 33. bxc4 Bc5 34. Qb7 Nd7 35. Nec6 e5 36. Nxd8 Rxd8 37. fxe5 Nxe5 38. Qe4 Kg8 39. Rc2 Nh5 40. Nb3 Bd6 41. Rg2 Qe6 42. Bd4 Re8 43. Bxe5 Bxe5 44. Qd5 Ng3 45. Qxe6 Rxe6 46. Rf3 Nf5 47. Rg4 h5 48. gxh6 Nxh6 49. Rg2 Bg7 50. h5 gxh5 51. Rg5 Ng4 52. Nd4 Rg6 53. Rxg6 fxg6 54. Nc6 Bf6 55. e4 Kg7 56. Rb3 Bg5 57. Nb4 Ne5 58. Nxa6 Nxc4 59. Rc3 Ne5 60. Nc7 Bd2 61. Rb3 g5 62. Kg2 g4 63. Rb5 Ng6 64. Rxb6 h4 65. Nd5 h3+ 66. Kf2 Ne5 67. Rb1 Nf3 68. Kg3 Be1+ 69. Rxe1 Nxe1 70. Ne3 Nf3 71. Nxg4 Ng5 72. Nf2 Kf6 73. a4 Ke5 74. a5 Kd6 75. a6 Kc7 76. e5 Kb6 77. Nxh3 Ne6 78. Kg4 Kxa6 79. Kf5 Nd8 80. Kf6 Kb6 81. Ng5 Nc6 82. e6 Kc7 83. Nf3 Kd8 84. Kf7 Kc7 85. Kf6 Kd8 86. Ng5 Ke8 87. Nf7 Ne7 88. Ke5 Ng6+ 89. Kf6 Ne7 90. Nh8 Nd5+ 91. Ke5 Nc7 1/2-1/2

Jun-02-15  Yopo: Superb draw technique
May-31-20  LEPJe: Manila 1990, where is Herman Claudius van Riemsdijk ??? Notables torneios ?!
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