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Robin van Kampen

Robin van Kampen

  • Born:
    Nov 14, 1994 (Age 24) Bussum, Netherlands
  • FIDE Title:
    Grandmaster
  • FIDE ID:
    1020854
  • Federation:
    Netherlands
  • Peak Rating:
    2658 (November 2018)
  • Rating:
    2658 (November 2018)
  • Rank:
    98 (November 2018)

Robin is a Dutch chess prodigy who gained the grandmaster title at the age of 16 years, 8 months and 17 days. He shot to prominence as a 14-year-old in 2009, when he scored three IM norms in quick succession. First he won the Batavia Amsterdam Tournament despite being lower rated than all but two of the ten players, then he won the Dutch U20 Championship and finally he finished runner-up in the European U16 Championship.

In December of the same year he pulled off the following win against the legendary Jan Timman in a 4-game match he eventually lost 2.5:1.5.

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. ♘c3 ♘f6 4. e5 ♘fd7 5. f4 c5 6. ♘f3 ♘c6 7. ♗e3 ♖b8 8. ♕d2 ♕a5 9. ♘e2 ♕xd2+ 10. ♔xd2 b6 11. c3 ♗a6 12. g4 cxd4 13. cxd4 ♗b4+ 14. ♔d1 f6 15. ♘g3 ♗xf1 16. ♖xf1 fxe5 17. fxe5 0-0 18. ♖c1 ♖bc8 19. ♔e2 b5 20. ♘g5 ♖fe8 21. ♘h5 ♖e7 22. ♘f4 ♘f8 23. h4 ♗a5 24. h5 ♗b6 25. a3 ♖ee8 26. ♔d3 b4 27. ♘e2 bxa3 28. bxa3 ♘a5 29. ♖xc8 ♖xc8 30. h6 ♘c4 31. ♗c1 gxh6 32. ♘f7 ♘g6 33. ♘xh6+ ♔g7 34. ♖f7+ ♔h8 35. ♗g5 ♗d8 36. ♗xd8 ♖xd8 37. ♖xa7 ♖b8 38. ♔c3 ♖c8 39. ♔b4 ♘d2 40. ♘g3 ♖b8+ 41. ♔c3 ♘e4+ 42. ♘xe4 dxe4 43. g5 ♘f4 44. ♘g4 ♘h3 45. g6 hxg6 46. ♘f6 ♘g5 47. a4 ♖b1 48. d5 ♖h1 49. d6 ♖d1 50. d7  1-0

After a bumpy following year Van Kampen has been improving steadily ever since, and in 2014 he’ll represent the Netherlands at the Chess Olympiad. Despite his youth he’s developed into a fine theoretician, and has worked as a second for his fellow Dutch contemporary and fixture among the elite Anish Giri.

Robin van Kampen has also produced an almost 7-hour video series for chess24, giving you all you need to know to play the King’s Indian Defence with Black. The following is a taster:   

Don’t miss the full video series:


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