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Herman van Riemsdijk
H van Riemsdijk 
Number of games in database: 743
Years covered: 1968 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2265 (2370 rapid, 2352 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2460

Overall record: +239 -215 =282 (51.6%)*
   * 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 (178) 
    B95 B43 B30 B76 B56
 Ruy Lopez (59) 
    C91 C80 C67 C78 C60
 French Defense (47) 
    C18 C16 C11 C00 C13
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (28) 
    C91 C92 C95 C90 C85
 French Winawer (27) 
    C18 C16 C15 C19
 Sicilian Najdorf (27) 
    B95 B90 B97 B94 B96
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (54) 
    B45 B40 B33 B43 B22
 Ruy Lopez (34) 
    C99 C68 C77 C86 C95
 Modern Benoni (32) 
    A58 A57 A56
 Benko Gambit (24) 
    A57 A58
 English (22) 
    A14 A13 A15 A16 A17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (22) 
    D38 D30 D31 D35 D37
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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)
   Sao Paulo Zonal (1989)
   Brazilian Championship (1978)
   Santiago pre-zt B (1989)
   107th New Zealand Championship (1999)
   Fortaleza Zonal (1975)
   New Zealand Championship (2008)
   Sao Paulo Zonal (1972)
   New Zealand Open (2015)
   Mar del Plata Zonal (1969)
   Hogeschool Zeeland Tournament (2007)
   Queenstown Chess Classic (2012)
   Queenstown Classic (2006)
   21st World Seniors Championship (2011)
   35th Barbera Open A (2012)

   🏆 130th New Zealand Congress
   D Gong vs H van Riemsdijk (Jan-10-23) 1/2-1/2
   N Braganza vs H van Riemsdijk (Jan-09-23) 0-1
   H van Riemsdijk vs L McLaren (Jan-08-23) 1/2-1/2
   David Junyang Zhu vs H van Riemsdijk (Jan-07-23) 0-1
   H van Riemsdijk vs E Moradiabadi (Jan-06-23) 0-1

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(born Aug-26-1948, 74 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 41; games 1-25 of 1,015  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D van Riemsdijk vs H van Riemsdijk  ½-½301964Rio Grande do Sul ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Mecking vs H van Riemsdijk  1-0321964Rio Grande do Sul ChampionshipD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
3. H van Riemsdijk vs C Peixoto  ½-½411964Rio Grande do Sul ChampionshipC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
4. H van Riemsdijk vs F Caldas Kruel  1-0591964Rio Grande do Sul ChampionshipC10 French
5. F Trois vs H van Riemsdijk  1-0251964Rio Grande do Sul ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. F Alsina Lemos vs H van Riemsdijk  0-1351964Rio Grande do Sul ChampionshipA21 English
7. H van Riemsdijk vs N Silveira  1-0431964Rio Grande do Sul ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
8. A C Rocha vs H van Riemsdijk  ½-½111968Brazilian ChampionshipC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
9. H van Riemsdijk vs M Everard Jr  0-1261968Brazilian ChampionshipC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. H van Riemsdijk vs J Ladeira  1-0441968Brazilian ChampionshipC34 King's Gambit Accepted
11. J Pinto Paiva vs H van Riemsdijk  0-1261968Brazilian ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. H van Riemsdijk vs A de Souza  1-0341968Brazilian ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
13. H van Riemsdijk vs S L Teixeira Mendes  1-0311968Brazilian ChampionshipC00 French Defense
14. H van Riemsdijk vs J Machado Borges  1-0601968Brazilian ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. F Trois vs H van Riemsdijk  ½-½541968Brazilian ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
16. O Gadia vs H van Riemsdijk  ½-½581968BRA-ch+A20 English
17. H van Riemsdijk vs H Camara  0-1551968Brazilian ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
18. H van Riemsdijk vs A C Souza  1-0291968Brazilian ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
19. G W Fonrobert vs H van Riemsdijk  ½-½191968Brazilian ChampionshipB72 Sicilian, Dragon
20. C Duarte vs H van Riemsdijk  ½-½561968Brazilian ChampionshipC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
21. F Vasconcellos vs H van Riemsdijk  ½-½501968Brazilian ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
22. H van Riemsdijk vs J Rubinetti  1-0491969Mar del Plata ZonalB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
23. H van Riemsdijk vs P Garcia Toledo  ½-½121969Mar del Plata ZonalC00 French Defense
24. H Rossetto vs H van Riemsdijk  ½-½421969Mar del Plata ZonalB33 Sicilian
25. H van Riemsdijk vs Mecking 0-1191969Mar del Plata ZonalB06 Robatsch
 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,015  PGN Download
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Apr-22-05  WorldChampeen:

These would appear to be the writings of this Brasilian IM.

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.
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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