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Arnold van den Hoek
Number of games in database: 17
Years covered: 1941 to 1942
Overall record: +6 -6 =5 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-01-1921, died Jan-14-1945, 23 years old) Netherlands

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Arnoldus Johannes van den Hoek was born on December 1, 1921. In August 1942, he tied with Adrianus Dingeman de Groot and Nicolaas Cortlever for first place in the qualifier of the Dutch Chess Championship in Leeuwarden. He won the playoff, and then lost a match for the title to Max Euwe. In January 1943, he won the top section at the Wijk aan Zee tournament. He has the highest total percentage score of any player in the tournament's long history. Later in 1943 he was deported to do forced labor in a German military plant. He was killed there by an Allied bombardment on January 14, 1945.

Wikipedia article: Arnold van den Hoek

Last updated: 2019-11-18 05:26:21

 page 1 of 1; 17 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A van den Hoek vs L Stumpers  1-0271941BondswedstrijdenB10 Caro-Kann
2. C Sammelius vs A van den Hoek 0-1211942NEDE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
3. A van den Hoek vs N Cortlever  1-0721942NED-ch12 playoffA22 English
4. A van den Hoek vs H Kramer  1-0341942NED-ch12A15 English
5. A D de Groot vs A van den Hoek  0-1421942NED-ch12 playoffA22 English
6. Euwe vs A van den Hoek 0-1281942AmsterdamE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
7. Euwe vs A van den Hoek ½-½461942Dutch Championship MatchB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
8. A van den Hoek vs Euwe 0-1251942Dutch Championship MatchA15 English
9. Euwe vs A van den Hoek  1-0411942Dutch Championship MatchC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
10. A van den Hoek vs Euwe  0-1591942Dutch Championship MatchA16 English
11. Euwe vs A van den Hoek  1-0231942Dutch Championship MatchB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
12. A van den Hoek vs Euwe 0-1251942Dutch Championship MatchC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. Euwe vs A van den Hoek 1-0341942Dutch Championship MatchC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
14. A van den Hoek vs Euwe ½-½351942Dutch Championship MatchA28 English
15. Euwe vs A van den Hoek  ½-½101942Dutch Championship MatchC48 Four Knights
16. T D van Scheltinga vs A van den Hoek ½-½471942Max Euwe Chess BattleE17 Queen's Indian
17. A van den Hoek vs Euwe  ½-½431942Dutch Championship MatchA19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-05-05  Calli: Arnoldus Johannes van den Hoek was killed in WWII during a raid at a slave labor camp.
Nov-07-05  Petrocephalon: <Calli> Can you expand on that biographical note: was he a prisoner at the camp, killed accidentally, or was he one of the liberators?

If you haven't already, his win against Euwe and the annotated game are well worth looking at. The Euwe game is especially rich (IMO).

Nov-08-05  Calli: Prisoner/laborer killed accidentally, I assume.

Seems like there should be more games available from the Dutch qualifier in 1942. He won and therfore got the match with Euwe.

Nov-08-05  Petrocephalon: Sad. Having just played over his annotated game and then clicking his profile to see who he was, your brief biographical note struck me as poignant.
Nov-08-05  Calli: Sorry can't add anything more. It was just a brief one line note I read somewhere. Maybe some Dutch members may have more on this promising player whose career was cut tragically short.
Nov-08-05  nescio: I don't know if much more is known. Van den Hoek was transported by the Germans to the "Ruhrgebiet" for the purpose of "Arbeitseinsatz" (forced labour). He was killed there by an English bomb.

See also the Salo Landau page.

After the war a book was published in memory of the Dutch chess players who were killed in the time of the German occupation. I remember the title as "Partij verloren...", and if by chance I come across it in a second-hand book shop I will certainly be able to expand on the information.

Nov-08-05  sneaky pete: Born Amsterdam, December 1, 1921; died Watenstedt, suburb of Braunschweig (Brunswick), January 14, 1945. The Leeuwarden "qualifier" he won in August, 1942, ahead of strong players like Cortlever, Van Scheltinga and Haije Kramer, was a "candidates tournament", giving the winner the right to challenge Euwe for the national title. In January 1943 he won the Beverwijk "Hoogovens" tournament. Later that year he was deported to do forced labour in a German defence plant. Info from "Partij verloren ...".
Nov-08-05  Calli: Thanks to <Sneaky Pete> and <Nescio> . Can someone do the bio from the info already provided?

Van den Hoek, De Groot and Cortlever tied for first place in the qualifier (Leeuwarden 1942). Van den Hoek won the playoff.

Jun-24-06  sitzkrieg: Here a nice game out of the same book. van den Hoek seems to have been a very promising player who only started playing in '39.

The game seems typical for his style; he played strong positional chess and strangulated his opponents but didn't mind the occasional little combination.

E. Mulder- A.J. van den Hoek (august '42, dutch candidates t) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.Nc3 Ne4 8.Qc2 Nxc3 9.Qxc3 f5 10.Be3 Bf6 11.Qd2 Qe7 12.Rac1 d6 13.d5 e5 14.Ng5 Bc8 15.f4 h6 16.Nh3 Re8 17.Bf2 g5 18.fxg5 hxg5 19.Kh1 Nd7 20.Bg1 Nf8 21.b4 Ng6 22.c5 g4 23.Nf2 Bg5 24.e3 Ba6 25.Rfe1 e4 26.cxd6 cxd6 27.Rc2 Rac8 28.Rec1 Rxc2 29.Rxc2 Ne5 30.Nd1 Bd3 31.Rc1 Nc4 32.Qf2 Qe5 33.h4 Bh6 34.Bf1 b5 35.Qg2 a6 36.Rc3 Bxf1 37.Qxf1 Qxg3 38.Qxf5 Qxh4+ 39.Bh2 Rf8 0-1

Van den Hoek also used the larsen bronstein variation of the caro kann as his main weapon against e4, i will post some enertaining games with it when i have time to put them in fritz. The draw against Euwe in this line also easily could have been a win if you look at the game.

It is also noteworthy that van den Hoek was deported after he refused to sign a declaration of loyalty, according to "Partij verloren".

Apr-13-08  sitzkrieg: [Event "NED-ch12 playoff"]
[Site "Leeuwarden"]
[Date "1942.??.??"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Van den Hoek, Arnoldus"]
[Black "Cortlever, Nicolaas"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A29"]
[PlyCount "143"]
[EventDate "1942.??.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "3"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2001.11.25"]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Bg2 Nb6 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. O-O Be7 8. d3 O-O 9. Be3 f5 10. Na4 f4 11. Bc5 Bg4 12. Rc1 Bd6 13. Bxd6 cxd6 14. Qb3+ Kh8 15. Nxb6 axb6 16. a3 d5 17. Qc3 Qe7 18. Rfe1 Rad8 19. b4 fxg3 20. fxg3 e4 21. Nd4 Rd6 22. dxe4 dxe4 23. Nxc6 Rxc6 24. Qe3 Rxc1 25. Rxc1 Re8 26. h3 Bh5 27. Rc4 Bg6 28. Qxb6 Qg5 29. Qf2 h6 30. Rc7 Qd5 31. Kh2 b5 32. Qc5 Qa2 33. Qxb5 Qxa3 34. Qb6 Bh7 35. Qd4 Rg8 36. Bxe4 Bxe4 37. Qxe4 Qb2 38. Re7 Rb8 39. Re8+ Rxe8 40. Qxe8+ Kh7 41. Qe4+ Kh8 42. Kg2 Qb3 43. Qd4 Qe6 44. Qd8+ Kh7 45. Qd3+ g6 46. b5 h5 47. h4 Kg7 48. Kf2 Qf6+ 49. Ke3 Qe5+ 50. Kf3 Kh7 51. Qd7+ Kh6 52. Qc6 Qf5+ 53. Kg2 Qe5 54. e4 Qd4 55. b6 Qe3 56. Kf1 Qf3+ 57. Ke1 Qxg3+ 58. Kd2 Qxh4 59. b7 Qf4+ 60. Kd3 h4 61. Qc8 Qf3+ 62. Kd4 Qf2+ 63. Kd5 Qd2+ 64. Ke6 Qa2+ 65. Kd7 Qf7+ 66. Kd6 Qf4+ 67. e5 Qb4+ 68. Kd7 Qd4+ 69. Ke6 Qg4+ 70. Kf7 Qf4+ 71. Kg8 Qxe5 72. Qf8+ 1-0

[Event "NED-ch12 playoff"]
[Site "Leeuwarden"]
[Date "1942.??.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "De Groot, Adrianus Dingeman"]
[Black "Van den Hoek, Arnoldus"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A22"]
[PlyCount "84"]
[EventDate "1942.??.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "3"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2001.11.25"]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Bg2 Nb6 6. Nh3 Bf5 7. O-O Qd7 8. Ng5 Be7 9. d3 Nc6 10. a3 O-O 11. b4 Rab8 12. Nge4 Be6 13. Ng5 Bf5 14. Rb1 Nd4 15. a4 c6 16. Re1 Nd5 17. Nxd5 cxd5 18. Nf3 Nxf3+ 19. Bxf3 Rfc8 20. Qb3 Be6 21. a5 b6 22. axb6 Rxb6 23. Bd2 a5 24. b5 Bb4 25. Bxb4 Rxb5 26. Qa4 Rcb8 27. Qa1 axb4 28. Qxe5 d4 29. Qf4 b3 30. Rb2 Rc8 31. Ra1 Rbc5 32. h4 h6 33. Kh2 Rc2 34. Rxc2 Rxc2 35. Ra8+ Rc8 36. Rxc8+ Qxc8 37. Qxd4 Qb8 38. Qb2 Qa7 39. Kg2 Qa2 40. Qd4 b2 41. Be4 f5 42. g4 fxe4 0-1

On a sidenote, this is the same Adrianus de Groot who is "famous" for his early investigations into chess thinking translated in english as <Thought and choice in chess>

[Event "NED-ch12"]
[Site "Leeuwarden"]
[Date "1942.??.??"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Van den Hoek, Arnoldus"]
[Black "Kramer, Haije"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E72"]
[PlyCount "67"]
[EventDate "1942.??.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "7"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "2001.11.25"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. d4 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. Ne2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. Nbc3 a5 10. b3 Nd7 11. Be3 f5 12. Qd2 Nf6 13. Bg5 Bd7 14. Rac1 Rf7 15. f4 h6 16. fxe5 hxg5 17. e6 Rf8 18. exd7 Nh7 19. Nd4 Qxd7 20. Ne6 Rf7 21. exf5 gxf5 22. Nb5 Rc8 23. Nbd4 b6 24. Rf2 Bh6 25. Rcf1 f4 26. Bh3 g4 27. Bxg4 Nf6 28. Qe2 Nxg4 29. Qxg4+ Kh8 30. Qe2 Rg8 31. Nxf4 Bxf4 32. Rxf4 Rxf4 33. Qh5+ Kg7 34. Rxf4 1-0

Two "english" games and a crushing attack against a kings indian (!) to improve his score in this database.

Jun-22-09  returnoftheking: A short draw against a former wch completes the database.

[Event "NED-ch m"]
[Site "The Hague"]
[Date "1942.??.??"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Euwe, Max"]
[Black "Van den Hoek, Arnoldus"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C48"]
[PlyCount "19"]
[EventDate "1942.??.??"]
[EventType "match"]
[EventRounds "10"]
[EventCountry "NED"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "1997.11.17"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5 Nd4 5. Nxd4 exd4 6. e5 dxc3 7. exf6 Qxf6 8. dxc3 Qe5+ 9. Qe2 Qxe2+ 10. Bxe2 1/2-1/2

This man deserves to be remembered for both his chess and his behavior (against the nazis) and should be made player of the day some time.

Apr-24-14  zanzibar: I've found a game published in <De courant Het nieuws van den dag 24-10-1942> containing a game between <Th. D. v. Scheltinga -- A. J. v. d. Hoek>, both winners of the early <Hoogovens Beverwijk> tournament when it was known as <Nieuwjaarstoernooi>.

Here's the game (still needs checking):

[Event "Max Euwe Camp Tournament"]
[Site "Amsterdam"]
[Date "1942.10.??"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Th. D. v. Scheltinga"]
[Black "A. J. v. d. Hoek"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "E18z"]
[EventDate "1942.10.??"]
[Source "De courant Het nieuw van den dag (Current News of the Day) (1942-10-24)"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.O-O O-O 7.Qc2 Ne4 8. Nc3 Nxc3 9.bxc3 f5 10.d5 Na6 11.Nd4 Nc5 12.Ba3 Ne4 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14. Bxe4 fxe4 15.Qxe4 Rae8 16.Qe5 Qc5 17.Nb5 exd5 18.Qxc7 Rxe2 $1 19.Qxc5 ( not 19.Qxb7 because then follows 19...Rfxf2 and White can resign (en wit kan opgeven) ) 19...bxc5 20.cxd5 Bxd5 21.Rad1 Bc4 22. Nd6 Be6 23.f4 Rxa2 24.f5 Bb3 25.Ra1 Rf6 26.Ne4 Rc6 27.Rxa2 Bxa2 28. Rd1 d5 29.Ra1 Bc4 30.Nd2 Ra6 31.Rxa6 Bxa6 32.Nb3 Bd3 33.Nxc5 Bxf5 34. Kf2 Kf7 35.Ke3 Ke7 36.Kd4 Kd6 37.Nb7+ Kc6 38.Nd8+ Kc7 39.Nf7 Bg6 40. Ne5 Kd6 41.h4 Be8 42.g4 h6 43.g5 hxg5 44.hxg5 Bb5 45.Nf7+ Ke7 46.Ne5 Ke6 47.Ng6 {remise gegeven)*

I believe this game is unfinished. Can anybody tell me what <remise gegeven> means in this context?

Apr-24-14  zanzibar: Here is the accompanying text, with a few minor corrections to the Dutch by me (e.g. "l" -> "i", etc.).

I tried to translate it myself, using Google. But the Dutch chess terms become confusing, and I often found myself wondering which color was being discussed, or exactly what a phrase meant (e.g. "In time trouble, however violent white drooping and partly by the fact that Leg looked simple quality gains over the head, was the proposition broken down in a perpetual position.")

Here is the Dutch, I know I would be appreciative if someone could help me translate it, and I believe many others would be as well. Thanks.

<Inzinking van Van den Hoek.

Tweemaal liet hij zijn tegenstander glippen.

AMSTERDAM, 22 Oct. — Hedenavond werd de vierde ronde gespeeld van den Max Euwe-schaakkamp. De belangrijk ste partij, welke tot een beslissing kwam, was echter die uit de 2de ronde tusschen v. Scheltinga en v.d.Hoek. v.d.Hoek, die zwart had, Verdedigde zich met de hoofdvariant van de Westlndische verdediging en wist na een pionoffer op den 14den zet het beste spel te verkrijgen Toen v. Scheltinga met 16. ds—d 6 zijn kans voorbij liet gaan, zwarts dreigingen te pareeren, scheen het, dat v.d.Hoek korte metten zou maken. In het verdere verloop der partij wist wit hoe langer hoe meer stukken te ruilen, en door zijn beweeglijk paard remise te forceeren.

v.d.Hoek, die na zijn match met dr. Euwe een inzinking schijnt te hebben, kwam ook in de vierde ronde tegen Been overwegend te staan. In deze c4-opening, verdedigde zwart zich klassiek met e 5 en f 5, doch kreeg zulk een slechte pionnenstelling, dat men ook deze partij voor v.d.Hoek gewonnen waande.

In hevigen tijdnood verslapte wit echter en mede door het feit, dat Been eenvoudige kwaliteitswinst over het hoofd zag, werd de stelling in een eeuwig schaakpositie afgebroken. Wolthuis kreeg tegen ir. v. Steenis in een Slavische verdediging, de beste stelling en wist met een aanval langs de g-lijn een pion te winnen. [qed]

Apr-26-14  zanzibar: OK, I think I can answer my question about the meaning of <remise gegeven>, though not as definitively as an authentic bilingual speak could.

The game is probably a draw. <Remise> by itself certainly means <Draw> in Dutch.

I was confused since <remise gegeven> translates to <remittance data>(!), and I was just getting oriented with Dutch.

But <gegeven> by itself translates as <given>. That strongly suggests <draw given> is the meaning.

In general, a nice (and full) multi-lingual table of chess terms can be found here:

to which I owe a nod of thanks. Thanks!

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Recalled seeing van den Hoek's win vs Dr Euwe--perhaps in one of the good doctor's works, long ago, but knew nothing else of this player.

Van den Hoek behaved with great courage in difficult circumstances, and his end was a most unfortunate one, as with so many other people during the two world wars.

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