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Hans Ree
H Ree 
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Number of games in database: 1,037
Years covered: 1963 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 2295
Highest rating achieved in database: 2520

Overall record: +241 -294 =493 (47.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 9 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (66) 
    A10 A17 A15 A16 A13
 King's Indian (55) 
    E92 E84 E81 E98 E97
 Sicilian (41) 
    B36 B46 B82 B43 B48
 Nimzo Indian (37) 
    E32 E39 E33 E42 E21
 Modern Benoni (29) 
    A57 A56 A65 A67 A58
 Queen's Indian (27) 
    E15 E12 E14 E19 E16
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (101) 
    B81 B32 B83 B84 B36
 Ruy Lopez (49) 
    C96 C67 C60 C91 C99
 King's Indian (47) 
    E60 E92 E81 E97 E90
 Sicilian Scheveningen (36) 
    B81 B83 B84 B80 B82
 English, 1 c4 e5 (29) 
    A22 A21 A28 A25 A29
 French Defense (29) 
    C05 C12 C11 C02 C09
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   H Ree vs Hort, 1986 1/2-1/2
   H Ree vs Piket, 2001 1-0
   H Ree vs Ftacnik, 1978 1-0
   Speelman vs H Ree, 1978 1/2-1/2
   Polugaevsky vs H Ree, 1981 0-1
   H Ree vs J van Baarle, 1971 1-0
   Tal vs H Ree, 1968 1/2-1/2
   P Du Chattel vs H Ree, 1975 0-1
   H Ree vs Tal, 1973 1/2-1/2
   P Biyiasas vs H Ree, 1980 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1979)
   IBM Amsterdam (1972)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   Netanya (1968)
   Sukhumi (1972)
   Teesside (1972)
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Haifa Olympiad (Men) (1976)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Amsterdam IBM 1977 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1968 by WCC Editing Project
   Amsterdam IBM 1974 by Chessdreamer
   IBM Amsterdam 1972 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1968 by suenteus po 147

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(born Sep-15-1944, 75 years old) Netherlands
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Hans Ree was born in Amsterdam. Awarded the IM title in 1968 and the GM title in 1980, he was Dutch champion in 1967, 1969, 1971 and 1982. He was also joint European Junior Champion in 1964-65 and 1965-66. Although in 1971 he beat Jan Hein Donner in match play (+2, =5, -1), and has achieved some notable tournament victories, he is perhaps best known as a journalist and commentator.

Wikipedia article: Hans Ree

 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,037  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Ree vs R Hartoch  1-0621963Amsterdam IBM-BA44 Old Benoni Defense
2. Kieninger vs H Ree  ½-½751963Amsterdam IBM-BC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
3. H Ree vs C Zuidema  0-1481963Amsterdam IBM-BC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
4. M Bertok vs H Ree  ½-½601963Amsterdam IBM-BC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
5. H Ree vs Rellstab  1-0411963Amsterdam IBM-BC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
6. H Ree vs A Dunkelblum  ½-½271963Amsterdam IBM-BB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
7. H Crabbendam vs H Ree  1-0321963Amsterdam IBM-BC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
8. H Ree vs G Kool 1-0391963Amsterdam IBM-BC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
9. H Lehmann vs H Ree 1-0361963Amsterdam IBM-BB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
10. H Ree vs M J Franklin  ½-½371963ENG-NEDB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
11. M J Franklin vs H Ree 0-1301963ENG-NEDA16 English
12. C F Woodcock vs H Ree 0-1341964EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 3rdC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
13. H Ree vs H P Lohsse  1-0361964FRG-NEDC41 Philidor Defense
14. H Ree vs Jansa 0-1271964WchT U26 11th qual-AB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
15. H Ree vs Miron Nacu  0-1271964WchT U26 11th fin-BA07 King's Indian Attack
16. H Ree vs Leo Willems  1-0291964WchT U26 11th fin-BA10 English
17. H Ree vs G Dahlin  1-0371964WchT U26 11th fin-BA00 Uncommon Opening
18. H Ree vs S Noorda  1-0371964EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 3rdB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
19. H Ree vs Huebner  ½-½151965EU-ch U20 Niemeyer 3rdC41 Philidor Defense
20. T Stanciu vs H Ree ½-½381965EUR-chT (Men) 3rdA07 King's Indian Attack
21. H Ree vs Taimanov  1-0421965EUR-chT (Men) 3rdA10 English
22. H Ree vs D Ciric  ½-½321965EUR-chT (Men) 3rdA07 King's Indian Attack
23. D Weise vs H Ree  1-0601965EUR-chT (Men) 3rdA57 Benko Gambit
24. H Ree vs Taimanov  0-1401965EUR-chT (Men) 3rdE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
25. Savon vs H Ree  ½-½391965WchT U26 12th fin-AB40 Sicilian
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  WannaBe: Happy Birthday, Hans!!
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  whiteshark: "Do chessplayers exist who lose a game without being handicapped by an appointment at the consulate, or by being ill or having dined too heavily the day before? Chessplayers who lose just because their opponent was better? They exist, but they are a rare find."

-- Hans Ree

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  HeMateMe: "The comparison between a prearranged draw and a crime such as robbery which I just made will seem too harsh to most chess players. I didn't really mean it. There are surely some chess pros who in their whole career have never prearranged a draw I think <Bobby Fischer > was one of them but they are a tiny minority, to which I have not the honor to belong."

.....from a recent article by Ree. I'm kind of surprised--collusion is cheating, really, without much to gain by either side. I can see where tournament leaders from the same country might do it, to safeguard prize money in a late round, but Ree makes it sound like all the players are just making a joke of the game.

Nov-02-10  aragorn69: Anybody knows what happened to Ree's column at chesscafe's ?? Even his archived articles seem to have disappeared... ://
Jan-07-11  Chesschatology: <aragorn69: Anybody knows what happened to Ree's column at chesscafe's ?? Even his archived articles seem to have disappeared... ://>

Yes, I noticed this. Very strange. And I miss them greatly!

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  moronovich: It is a pity as he is one of the best aficinadowriters ever IMO.

Hope everything is fine with him.
Perhaps he will inform us in NIC were he write regularly.

Jan-13-11  Chesschatology: Yes, his book title "the human comedy of chess" says it all. In his writing there is more wit and wisdom than you can find in a hundred other columnists.
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  wordfunph: happy birthday GM Ree!

"When I am in the USSR, I have the feeling that every tram conductor plays chess better than I do."

- GM Hans Ree

Sep-15-11  brankat: Re: the quote. Very perceptive, and possibly true, too :-)

Best wishes for Your birthday Mr. Ree!

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  Fusilli: <In his writing there is more wit and wisdom than you can find in a hundred other columnists.> I agree. He is a gifted writer, engaging, makes you keep reading. I love his regular column in New In Chess.
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  Fusilli: <aragorn69: Anybody knows what happened to Ree's column at chesscafe's ?? Even his archived articles seem to have disappeared... ://>

Was this mystery solved? My first guess would be that GM Ree may have owned the copyright and decided to pull them out to make them part of a new book--so that they would not be available online to everyone for free. Or something like that.

Jun-21-12  achieve: Ree's commentary during tournaments, live, as a guest commentator at tournaments in Holland, was priceless, and far superior to any skilled younger hot shot GM.

He wasn't spouting one line after the other, he paused to think deeply about certain positions, and only spoke when he really had something to say.

If time allowed, he would indeed venture into telling one of his many priceless anecdotes, with a cander and honesty and charm that has yet to be rivaled.

Jul-15-12  achieve: For those interested in the "Hans Ree" pronunciation: I submitted the correct one to CG and you can hear it by clicking the "PRONUNCIATION" button located at the top of the Bio section.
Sep-15-12  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Ree!
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  wordfunph: happy birthday <brankat> and GM Ree!
Feb-16-13  Caissanist: The columns that Ree wrote for ChessCafe (when that site was owned by Hanon Russell) are still offline, but Ree has started writing columns for Russell's new website: .
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  wordfunph: "When someone smokes during a game, his mental alertness will decrease, but each time he lights a cigarette, it briefly increases. This is not a subjective delusion but a scientifically proven fact."

- GM Hans Ree (from his book My Chess)

Jan-08-14  john barleycorn: <wordfunph> Actually, that is an insight gained when the tobacco industry spend millions of dollars in order to document a positive side effect of smoking.

And now you know, why some guys smoke after sex and then go home...

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  whiteshark: Hans Ree (1944) is a four-time Dutch champion, and represented his country from 1966 through 1994 in every chess Olympiad. From 2001-2007, he was the wearer of the "Euwe Ring, an award for outstanding service to Dutch chess. He writes about chess in NRC Handelsblad, New in Chess magazine, and on the American website Internationally he is considered to be one of the best chess writers of his era.

<"A grandmaster, excellent writer and careful researcher who doesn't seek out controversy, but is equally unafraid to plumb the sometimes murky depths of chess politics, Ree is an ideal chess journalist.>

- Jon Speelman, The Observer

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  TheFocus: <Chess is beautiful enough to waste your life for> - Ree, Hans.
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  TheFocus: <When you have a World Champion in your smartphone, the myth of the superior brainpower of human chess champions has lost its power> - Hans Ree.
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  TheFocus: <The exhilarating feeling that one walks in a minefield, that one has to be constantly on the alert for a tactical surprise, plotting at the same time to surprise one's opponent, these are the very things that make chess exciting> - Hans Ree.
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  TheFocus: <Some twenty years ago an English journalist complained that in sports, only chess and marbles were above suspicion. One wonders what has happened in the world of marbles> - Hans Ree.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Hans Ree.
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  WorstPlayerEver: HappyBirthday, Hans Ray!
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