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Hendrik Gouwentak
Number of games in database: 14
Years covered: 1908 to 1912
Overall record: +3 -9 =2 (28.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Aug-09-1871, died Jun-25-1939, 67 years old) Netherlands

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President of the Dutch Chess Federation 1912 - 1913. Brother of J Gouwentak.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Gouwentak vs G Oskam  ½-½191908DCA Congress 36thC50 Giuoco Piano
2. H Gouwentak vs A C Splinter  1-0221909LeidenC25 Vienna
3. H Gouwentak vs Rotlewi 0-1231910Hauptturnier-AC52 Evans Gambit
4. M Kuerschner vs H Gouwentak  1-0401910HamburgC49 Four Knights
5. A G Conde vs H Gouwentak  1-0321910Hauptturnier-AC49 Four Knights
6. H Gouwentak vs K Geus  0-1381910AmsterdamC55 Two Knights Defense
7. H Gouwentak vs R Loman  1-0361910AmsterdamC77 Ruy Lopez
8. J Esser vs H Gouwentak  1-0301910AmsterdamD05 Queen's Pawn Game
9. J C Reeders vs H Gouwentak  1-0291911Den BoschD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
10. H Gouwentak vs J Esser  0-1351912Dutch ChampionshipC14 French, Classical
11. R Loman vs H Gouwentak  1-0361912Dutch ChampionshipC29 Vienna Gambit
12. H Baudet vs H Gouwentak  0-1201912Dutch ChampionshipC28 Vienna Game
13. H Gouwentak vs J W te Kolste  0-1321912Dutch ChampionshipC49 Four Knights
14. J Vijzelaar vs H Gouwentak  ½-½271912Dutch ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
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Nov-23-13  thomastonk: I think I've neglected my Dutch "friends" recently. Neither on nor in my few Dutch books I found more then "H.Gouwentak", and his brief presidency of the "Nederlandsche Schaakbond" (NSB).

"De Telegraaf" of June 27, 1939 and "Het Vaderland" of June 27 and 28, 1939 contain obituaries and a death notice: born August 9, 1871 in Leiden, and died on June 25, 1939 in Apeldoorn.

Moreover, we learn that he was a teacher for mathematics, zoology and botany. His schools are listed there, too. Among them the Rijks H.B.S. (Hoogere Burgerschool) in Amsterdam from 1908 to 1918. In 1910 the "Tijdschrift der Nederlandsche Dierkundige Vereeniging" (magazine of the Dutch zoological society) mentions Hendrik Gouwentak, teacher at the H.B.S. Oosterparkstraat, Amsterdam. So, his first name is known again! (When his wife died in May 1945, the "Hendrik" is mentioned once more.)

Gouwentak contributed to the third edition of an encyclopedia on plants and animals by Winkler Prins (

In chess he has been a player of the "hoofdklasse", the highest class in the Netherlands. He was a member of the managing board of the NSB, when his predecessor died (see below).

Among the good news, I have also to add a bad one: the game Lasker vs H Gouwentak, 1908 has been won by another Gouwentak, whose first name initial is "J." ( see "De Telegraaf" of December 30, 1908, and in "Het nieuws van den dag" of the following day, where one can verify that there have been indeed two Gouwentaks).

It seems that not much is known about Gouwentak's predecessor, too: W.Peekema, whose presidency lastet from 1910 to 1912. Since he has no own page on cg, I post here what I found about him: Wiebe Peekema, born July 20, 1865 in Poppingawier, died March 26, 1912 in Amsterdam.

More information can be found in his obituary in "Het nieuws van den dag" of may 4, 1912.

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  Stonehenge: <two Gouwentaks>

Here we have them together:

Dec-03-13  thomastonk: <Stonehenge: <two Gouwentaks>> The issue of "Het nieuws van den dag" I referred to proves this in the same way, and appeared only one day after the game with Lasker had been published. Please see (Hoofdklasse, Groep I and Eerste Klasse, Groep II).

I would have liked to give the link to the game, too, but unfortunately I have just now (and have had recently several times) problems to access single issues or whole newspapers in that wonderful database.


The J.Gouwentak could be an interesting player as well. He travelled several times to the Dutch colonies in Asia, and at least once with an offical order of the NSB, if I remember correctly what I read about 10 days ago. Before the submission of a correction slip one should try to search for his complete name, I think.

Dec-07-13  thomastonk: Once more <two Gouwentaks>.

<Stonehenge>'s link states Hendrik is from Brussels, and J. is from Leiden. At the beginning of the same tournament in Leiden, both are associated to Leiden here: Heendrik and his siblings were all born in Leiden, but I found no brother with an initial "J."

There are a Jakob and a Jan Gouwentak in Leiden around this time.

Ater WW I until approximatly 1926, "J." has visited and lived in the Dutch East Indies, and for some time he was even the president of the chess association there.

Maybe that help someone else to find him.

PS: I've permanent problems to access "De Telegraaf" of December 30, 1908, where the Lasker game is published.

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  Stonehenge: I tried but they only have a sister for him:

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  Tabanus: Lasker vs J. Gouwentak in De Telegraaf 30 Dec. 1908 is here:

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  Stonehenge: Perhaps it wasn't played in that simul?

First it says that Lasker lost against bla bla and J Gouwentak. Then it says "Against Lasker <also> the following interesting game was won."

"Black: J Gouwentak c s", c s means cum suis (and associates).

Dec-07-13  thomastonk: <Tabanus> Thank you very much. Your link works for me.

My itention was to give a link to the article (like the examples above). I begun daily at, added the date and searched for "Gouwentak". Two hits, but the article in "De Telegraaf" never worked (though it worked a few weeks ago). Alternatively, I searched for nothing, but selected "De Telegraaf". Again two hits, but both didn't work. Other issues of that year work fine.

Dec-07-13  thomastonk: <Stonehenge: Perhaps it wasn't played in that simul?> Very interesting observation. In that article as well as in, Gouwentak is named as one of the four winners in that simul. Looks like he got some support, or shall we believe he won twice?!
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  Stonehenge: Well, I think they just meant that they already published a Lasker loss and that's why they wrote <also>. And it wasn't and isn't uncommon that amateurs get help during a simul.
Dec-07-13  thomastonk: <Stonehenge: Well, ...> Yes, that is my impression, too, but you are the Dutch. ;-)
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  Tabanus: The chess column in Het Nieuws van den Dag 29 July 1896 mentions "J. Gouwentak en H. Gouwentak (uit Leiden)"

Algemeen Handelsblad 8 August 1896 has "H. Gouwentak, Brussel" and "J. Gouwentak, Leiden". Both are playing in Eerste klasse with Foreest, Meiners, Moquette etc.

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  Stonehenge: < Dec-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member Stonehenge: I tried but they only have a sister for him: >

That's his wife of course, I need glasses :)

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