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Norman van Lennep
Number of games in database: 39
Years covered: 1891 to 1897
Overall record: +27 -8 =4 (74.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Sep-20-1872, died Sep-29-1897, 25 years old) Netherlands

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Norman Willem van Lennep was born in Amsterdam. He earned the master title by winning the Hauptturnier of the 9th congress of the German Chess Federation, Leipzig 1894. At the age of 25, he took his own life, jumping overboard from the ship Vienna into the North Sea.

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 39  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N van Lennep vs H J den Hertog  1-0431891MatchC10 French
2. N van Lennep vs H J den Hertog  1-0211892ScheveningenC01 French, Exchange
3. V L Zaaijer vs N van Lennep  ½-½381892ScheveningenC53 Giuoco Piano
4. N van Lennep vs Carel Christiaan Wilhelm Mann  1-0271892ScheveningenC29 Vienna Gambit
5. N van Lennep vs G J Gantvoort  1-0161892DCA Congress 20th 2nd classC34 King's Gambit Accepted
6. L H Deelman vs N van Lennep  0-1211892DCA Congress 20th 2nd classC20 King's Pawn Game
7. N van Lennep vs J Vijzelaar  1-0331893AmsterdamC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
8. N van Lennep vs W Meiners  1-0461893ASC clubC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
9. N van Lennep vs A van Foreest  1-0311893Amsterdam m2C67 Ruy Lopez
10. N van Lennep vs Gunsberg  ½-½441893Simul, 28bC20 King's Pawn Game
11. N van Lennep vs Olland  1-0211893Utrecht-HilversumC25 Vienna
12. Loman vs N van Lennep  0-1371893MatchA07 King's Indian Attack
13. N van Lennep vs Loman  1-0401893MatchC60 Ruy Lopez
14. Loman vs N van Lennep  1-0291893MatchC33 King's Gambit Accepted
15. N van Lennep vs Loman 0-1661893MatchC77 Ruy Lopez
16. Loman vs N van Lennep  1-0341893MatchC33 King's Gambit Accepted
17. N van Lennep vs J F Heemskerk  1-0331893BredaC20 King's Pawn Game
18. A van Foreest vs N van Lennep  1-0501894AmsterdamC58 Two Knights
19. N van Lennep vs A van Foreest  0-1231894AmsterdamC49 Four Knights
20. N van Lennep vs J F Malta  1-0231894RotterdamC77 Ruy Lopez
21. N van Lennep vs M Nauhaus 1-01918949th German Chess CongressC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
22. Regensburger vs N van Lennep  0-12818949th German Chess CongressC70 Ruy Lopez
23. N van Lennep vs E Varain 1-02218949th German Chess CongressB06 Robatsch
24. J Peet vs N van Lennep  ½-½201894HilversumC10 French
25. N van Lennep vs Carel Christiaan Wilhelm Mann 1-0381894AmsterdamD00 Queen's Pawn Game
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Jun-03-08  sneaky pete: Born September 20, 1872; died September 29, 1897. Earned the master title by winning the Hauptturnier of the 9th congress of the German Chess Federation, Leipzig 1894.

The decisive (play-off) game from that tournament against Ernst Varain went 1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.Be3 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Be2 0-0 6.f4 Ne8 7.Nf3 a6 8.Qd2 e6 9.h4 Nf6 10.Ng5 Nh5 11.Bxh5 gxh5 12.Qe2 f6

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13.Qxh5 fxg5 14.hxg5 Qe7 15.Qxh7+ Kf7 16.Qh5 Kg8 17.f5 exf5 18.Nd5 Qxe4 19.g6 Rf7 20.gxf7+ Kf8 21.Qg6 Qxd5 22.Rh8+ 1-0

He was first reserve for the Hastings 1895 tournament, but when Gunsberg (because of heavy journalistic obligations) offered to withdraw in his favor, Van Lennep declined, because he didn't feel quite prepared to the exertion a strong and long tournament would require - he had come to Hasting only as a journalist.

Van Lennep came from an upper-class family, and was expected to study and earn a title - not a chess master's title! -, get a good job and marry a nice young lady. Unfortunately, all he wanted to do was play chess and nice young ladies didn't attract him - nice young men did. Driven to despair, not being able to fullfill his parents' expectations, one September night he jumped - or maybe stepped - overboard into the North Sea from the ship Vienna, on its way from Harwich to Hook of Holland.

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  GrahamClayton: Sneaky Pete,
Thanks for that excellent biography.
The game against Cole was probably played in London in 1896.
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  GrahamClayton: Source: CN K 1997 Edward Winter, "Kings, Commoners & Knaves", Russell Enterprises, 1999
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  GrahamClayton: Portrait can be seen at:

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  brankat: A brief and unhappy life. Quite unfortunate.

N.Van Lennep did have talent for chess.

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  whiteshark: "Jonker ADOLF speelt schaak met den Jonker van IJSSELSTEYn; waarom zou het niet derhalve het spel zijn, dat hem aldus inspant en afgetrokken maakt!."

(Jacob van Lennep, Merkwaardige kasteelen in Nederland)

Apr-06-12  GITorquemada: Al final lo unico que tenemos a plenitud es la memoria que hemos tejido.
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  wordfunph: <sneaky pete> great story! another version on master Van Lennep's supposed Hastings 1895 participation, taken from the book The Great Chess Tournaments & Their Stories by GM Andy Soltis..

<Finally, there was poor N.W. Van Lennep of Holland, whose entry was placed in limbo. He was to be the reserve master in case one of the important names failed to show up. But they didn't fail, and Van Lennep disappeared from the pages of chess history.>

rest in peace, master Van Lennep..

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  MissScarlett: The Standard, February 4th 1896, p.8:

<A match, five games up, was played at the Ludgate-circus Chess Club, between Heer van Lennep and Mr. H. H. Cole, and was won by Heer van Lennep by five games to one, and three draws, the latter not counting towards the score.


A short match between Heer van Lennep, of Amsterdam, and Mr. W. Donisthorpe, the best out of five games, played at the British Chess Club, resulted in favour of Mr. Donisthorpe, who won the first three games right off.>

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