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Daniel Noteboom

Number of games in database: 92
Years covered: 1927 to 1932
Overall record: +37 -28 =27 (54.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (9) 
    D63 D69 D51 D52
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    E00 A46 E10 D01 A40
 Nimzo Indian (4) 
    E37 E42 E24
 Slav (4) 
    D11 D15 D12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (9) 
    B92 B40 B56 B20 B73
 Queen's Gambit Declined (7) 
    D31 D37 D30 D39
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D63 D51 D52 D55
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E38 E22 E20
 Alekhine's Defense (5) 
    B02 B03
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D02 A46
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Noteboom vs G van Doesburgh, 1931 1-0
   Noteboom vs S B van Mindeno, 1927 1-0
   Noteboom vs A Gromer, 1931 1-0
   Flohr vs Noteboom, 1930 0-1
   B Koch vs Noteboom, 1931 0-1
   S Takacs vs Noteboom, 1930 0-1
   H Steiner vs Noteboom, 1931 0-1
   J C Thompson vs Noteboom, 1929 0-1
   J Vilardebo Picurena vs Noteboom, 1931 0-1
   Noteboom vs V Buerger, 1932 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hamburg Olympiad (1930)
   Prague Olympiad (1931)

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(born Feb-26-1910, died Jan-12-1932, 21 years old) Netherlands

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Daniël Noteboom was a promising Dutch player who scored well at the 1930 Hamburg Olympiad and at Hastings 1931-32. His name is associated with an extremely complex variation in the Semi-Slav: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.♘c3 c6 4.♘f3 dxc4 5.a4 ♗b4 6.e3 b5 7.♗d2 a5 8.axb5 ♗xc3 9.♗xc3 cxb5 10.b3 ♗b7. This sequence is commonly known as the Noteboom Variation, or the Abrahams-Noteboom Variation after Gerald Abrahams.

Noteboom's career was tragically cut short by pneumonia when he was only 21 years of age.

Wikipedia article: Daniël Noteboom

Last updated: 2016-10-17 05:47:35

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 92  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Noteboom vs S van Mindeno 1-0211927HollandB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
2. Noteboom vs S van Mindeno  1-0461927UtrechtB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
3. Noteboom vs E Spanjaard  0-1361927DD tournamentB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
4. Koltanowski vs Noteboom  ½-½431928BCF-ch 21st Major OpenE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
5. Znosko-Borovsky vs Noteboom 1-0291928BCF-ch 21st Major OpenA15 English
6. P C Littlejohn vs Noteboom  0-1441928BCF-ch 21st Major OpenB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
7. S Landau vs Noteboom  0-1471928MatchD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
8. Noteboom vs S Landau  0-1421928MatchE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
9. Noteboom vs J Rejfir  0-1341928HastingsA28 English
10. Noteboom vs Menchik 1-0241928Hastings IID63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
11. L Rellstab vs Noteboom  ½-½39192922nd Kent CCA CongressB02 Alekhine's Defense
12. Noteboom vs H H Cole  ½-½83192922nd Kent CCA CongressD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Noteboom vs A Gibaud 1-033192922nd Kent CCA CongressE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
14. W Gibson vs Noteboom  1-038192922nd Kent CCA CongressD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. V Vukovic vs Noteboom  0-1511929BCF-ch Major OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Noteboom vs S Howell-Smith 1-0241929BCF-ch Major OpenD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
17. A Vajda vs Noteboom 1-0371929BCF-ch Major OpenB02 Alekhine's Defense
18. Noteboom vs C B Heath  0-1361929BCF-ch Major OpenD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. J C Thompson vs Noteboom 0-1271929BCF-ch Major OpenB56 Sicilian
20. Noteboom vs J A Seitz  ½-½381929BCF-ch Major OpenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. A van Foreest vs Noteboom  0-1441929Utrecht-NRSVB02 Alekhine's Defense
22. J van den Bosch vs Noteboom 0-1271930The HagueB58 Sicilian
23. Koltanowski vs Noteboom  1-0441930HastingsE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
24. E M Jackson vs Noteboom 1-0391930ScarboroughB02 Alekhine's Defense
25. Noteboom vs S Takacs  ½-½271930RotterdamE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
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Feb-26-08  whiteshark: Player of the Day: Daniël Noteboom

Olympic results:

CN <4352. Noteboom’s grave>

Other early passers: Ziggurat chessforum

Apr-16-09  Fanacas: We maybe could have had a second dutch champion. Rip.
Feb-26-11  YourNickname: He died much to early.
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  Penguincw: < YourNickname: He died much to early. > Yes.He did die early.Too early.And he was already ready had a career that was about to bloom.
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  fm avari viraf: It's very sad to pass away at such a tender age due to pnuemonia. Maybe, that time there was no effective remedy & many lives were lost. But to-day, it is not so since the world has made tremendous progress in medicine as well as in other spheres. Though, "Man is mortal" but due to his Noteboom variation, he is immortal! May God Bless His Soul Peace in Heaven, Eternally!
Feb-26-11  capanegra: Happy birthday, and RIP, Master Noteboom. Very sad to pass away so early, indeed.

As tribute, I'm posting a position shown in a tactics book of Roberto Grau, from a game between Noteboom and Winter in which White won with a very cute combination.

White to play and win.

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1.Rxc5!! dxc5 2.Nxe5! Nb5 3.cxb5 Kxe5 4.Qc3+ Kd6 5.Qg3+ e5 6.fxe6+ Ke7 7.exd7 (1-0)

Grau doesn't mention the date the game was played, or the tournament. Does anyone know anything about it?

Also, he passed away after the Hastings 1931/1932 tournament, but in the database there figures only one game against Koltanowsky. Apparently, there are many Noteboom games missing.

Feb-27-11  sneaky pete: <capanegra> The fragment against Winter is given in the (Dutch) Noteboom memorial book. Unfortunately no date or location is given, but circumstantial evidence makes it very likely the game was played in the Ramsgate tournament of August 1929.

Yes, a lot of worthy Noteboom games are still missing here. In the book I mentioned, the next game is a win, not in this database, against Salo Flohr, from the Premier Reserves of the 1929/30 Hastings tournament, giving Noteboom a total score of +2 -1 against Flohr.

Feb-27-11  sneaky pete: Noteboom vs V Berger, 1931 is also from the Hastings 1931/32 tournament.
Feb-27-11  capanegra: <sneaky pete> Thanks for the info. In #5617 of there is another Noteboom game also missing in the database, though in this case it is a lost one. It was played in the Hastings Premier Reserve of 1930/1931.
Oct-05-13  pajaste: I thought the Slav Noteboom was because when analysing it, early masters had to use a 'boom of notes' to keep track of all the lines.
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  offramp: His name was obviously "Notebook" but somebody's finger slipped.
Jan-12-16  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Daniel Noteboom.
Feb-26-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Daniel Noteboom.
Feb-26-18  schnarre: ...*takes a moment to remember*
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  MissScarlett: <The fragment against Winter is given in the (Dutch) Noteboom memorial book. Unfortunately no date or location is given, but circumstantial evidence makes it very likely the game was played in the Ramsgate tournament of August 1929.>

But Winter was playing in the British championship and Noteboom in the Major Open.

They also played in the other Ramsgate congress, of that year, in March/April, but, again, in separate events.

Feb-26-18  sneaky pete: Then the game must be from Hastings 1929/30.
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  MissScarlett: No. Winter played the Premier, and again, Noteboom, the support event, viz., the Premier Reserves. The Reserves did, however, feature William Arthur Winser. But I think their game was drawn. Hmmm.
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  MissScarlett: <But I think their game was drawn.>

Actually, Winser beat Noteboom, so there's no potential mix up there. Can't rule out the possibility they played elsewhere, though.

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  MissScarlett: <As tribute, I'm posting a position shown in a tactics book of Roberto Grau, from a game between Noteboom and Winter in which White won with a very cute combination.>

Yes, but White's a rook up. I'm guessing that's an omission.

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  MissScarlett: Linlithgowshire Gazette, January 29th 1932, p.8:

<Obituary: The death took place in London, about a week ago, of the brilliant young Dutch expert, D. Noteboom, who was only 23 [sic] years of age. We regret to note that Dutch chess has suffered the loss of two such front-rank players as H. Weenink and D. Noteboom, within a few weeks of each other, and at so early an age. Mr Noteboom we met first at Scarborough, but he also played at Nice the same year, and won first prize there; and did well at “B.C.F." Congresses. At the recent Hastings Congress, he won third prize in “Premier” Reserves Tourney, although he appeared unwell. Noteboom was a very fine player, who evidently bore the heavy handicap of some physical weakness. His mastership was undoubted anyhow. For a young man his mien was unusually sombre and serious, and doubtless there was a good reason for the habitual sadness, which was noted by other players. John Keeble (who knew him well as anybody probably) specially remarked to us on this characteristic. We do not know the cause of his death, but the loss is a big one to Dutch chess, as also to British chess, for he was becoming a regular visitor to congresses here. Unlike H. Weenink, we think D. Noteboom’s fame did not extend to the problem world — at any rate, we knew of him only a player, and not as a problemist.>

Feb-26-18  sneaky pete: This is the position against <Winter> given in the Noteboom memorial book, with 2 black Rooks.

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  Telemus: A portrait drawing:
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  Fusilli: This is a note mostly to fellow <CG editors>. Just thinking aloud about the business of editing bios. These thoughts are mostly ruminations prompted by my love of language. I am curious about others' thoughts on this subtle issue.

From the bio: <Noteboom's career was tragically cut short by pneumonia when he was only 21 years of age.>

I was slightly taken aback by this sentence. When you start reading it, you expect to read the reason why his career was cut short, not necessarily his life. Had I been the original editor, I would have written "life" instead of "career," because the end of his life includes the end of his career, but the end of his career does not imply the end of his life.

If I get picky, I could determine the sentence is flawed, since one can surely survive pneumonia, but if you survive it, why would you quit chess? A reader that thinks that way could theoretically wonder about this, while reading that it was Noteboom's life that was cut short leaves no room for further questions.

Still, it is accurate to say that his career was cut short (by pneumonia, at 21) and as chess enthusiasts, we care about that above all. So, I am refraining from editing, going with the precedent set by the earlier editor, since it seems to be a matter of preference rather than accuracy. I recall that the Chessgames Editor Guide advises us to be conservative when changing someone else's work, making sure that what we are changing does constitute an improvement.

Side note: Speaking of preferences, I favor omitting value-laden adverbs or adjectives in biographies. I would not use a word like "tragically." But again, its use is consistent with the <CG editor guide>, where point 7 reads: <Unless the cause or circumstances of the player's death were unusual, don't mention it in the bio. For example, "Sadly, personal problems led him to take his own life in Tallinn in 1999." is acceptable.>

OK, but to work (the one I am paid for). Chess break is over.

Jan-11-23  stone free or die: <Fusilli> - notes directed at <CG editors> are likely best noticed in the Bistro, which you can do just with a right-click perma-link.

I've left one there pointing to your above post.


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  Fusilli: <stone free> Thank you.
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