Dutch Chess Championship

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The Dutch Chess Championship was officially established in 1909, although unofficial champions stretch back to the 1870s.


Early years

11873 The Hague Henry (H.W.B.) Gifford
21874 Amsterdam Adrianus (A.A.G.) de Lelie
31875 Rotterdam Henry (H.W.B.) Gifford
41876 Gouda Julius (J.G.C.A.) de Vogel
51877The Hague Ansel Polak Daniels
61878Amsterdam Maarten van 't Kruijs
71879RotterdamCharles (C.E.A.) Dupré
81880Gouda Henry Edward Bird
91881The Hague Levi Benima
101882The Hague Christiaan Messemaker
111883RotterdamLevi Benima
121884GoudaChristiaan Messemaker
131885The Hague Dirk van Foreest
141886 Utrecht Dirk van Foreest
151887AmsterdamDirk van Foreest
161888Rotterdam Rudolf Loman
171889Gouda Arnold van Foreest
181890The HagueRudolf Loman
191891UtrechtRudolf Loman
201892Amsterdam Robbert van den Bergh
211893 Groningen Arnold van Foreest
Rudolf Loman
221894RotterdamRudolf Loman
231895 Arnhem Adolf Georg Olland
241896 Leiden Dirk Bleijkmans
251897UtrechtRudolf Loman
261898The Hague Jan Diderik Tresling
271899Amsterdam Henry Ernest Atkins
281900Groningen Gerard Oskam
291901 Haarlem Adolf Georg Olland
301902RotterdamArnold van Foreest
311903 Hilversum Paul Saladin Leonhardt
321904 Leeuwarden Dirk Bleijkmans
331905 Scheveningen Frank James Marshall
341906Arnhem Bernard Wolff Beffie
351907Utrecht Jan Willem te Kolsté
361908Haarlem Jan F. Esser

Official championships

The official championship was established in 1909 as a biennial, twelve-player, round-robin tournament. As of 1970, the top five finishers were seeded into the next championship, one player was nominated by the Selection Committee and six came from preliminary qualifying tournaments. Three regional qualifying tournaments of eight to twelve players each were held over four weekends. Grandmasters were not required to qualify to play in the championship. [1] In 1970, annual championships were instituted. In 1935 a championship for women was established.

YearCity (men)WinnerWomen's winner
1909 Leiden Adolf Georg Olland
1912 Delft Rudolf Loman
1913 Amsterdam Johannes Esser
1919 The Hague Max Marchand
1921 Nijmegen Max Euwe
1924 Amsterdam Max Euwe
1926 Utrecht Max Euwe
1929 Amsterdam Max Euwe
1933 The Hague Max Euwe
1935 Catharina Roodzant
1936 Rotterdam Salo Landau Catharina Roodzant
1937 Fenny Heemskerk
1938 Amsterdam Max Euwe Catharina Roodzant
Euwe - Landau
Max Euwe Fenny Heemskerk
Euwe - van den Hoek
Max Euwe
1946 Fenny Heemskerk
1947match Max Euwe
Euwe - van Scheltinga
Max Euwe Fenny Heemskerk
1950 Amsterdam Max Euwe Fenny Heemskerk
1952 Enschede Max Euwe Fenny Heemskerk
1954 Amsterdam Jan Hein Donner Fenny Heemskerk
19551954 match Max Euwe
1956 Fenny Heemskerk
1957 Amsterdam Jan Hein Donner
1958 Amsterdam Jan Hein Donner Fenny Heemskerk
1960 Corry Vreeken
1961 The Hague Hiong Liong Tan Fenny Heemskerk
1962 Corry Vreeken
1963 The Hague Franciscus Kuijpers
1964 Corry Vreeken
1965 The Hague Lodewijk Prins
1966 Corry Vreeken
1967 Zierikzee Hans Ree
1968 Ingrid Tuk
1969 Leeuwarden Hans Ree
1970 Leeuwarden Eddy Scholl Corry Vreeken
1971 Leeuwarden Hans Ree Rie Timmer
1972 Leeuwarden Coen Zuidema Rie Timmer
1973 Leeuwarden Genna Sosonko Ada van der Giessen
1974 Leeuwarden Jan Timman Cathy van der Mije
1975 Leeuwarden Jan Timman Erika Belle
1976 Leeuwarden Jan Timman Cathy van der Mije
1977 Leeuwarden Viktor Korchnoi Cathy van der Mije
1978 Leeuwarden Jan Timman
Genna Sosonko
Cathy van der Mije
1979 Leeuwarden Gert Ligterink Cathy van der Mije
1980 Leeuwarden Jan Timman Erika Belle
1981 Leeuwarden Jan Timman Erika Belle
1982 Amsterdam Hans Ree Carla Bruinenberg
1983 Hilversum Jan Timman Carla Bruinenberg
1984 Hilversum John van der Wiel Carla Bruinenberg
Heleen de Greef
1985 Hilversum Paul van der Sterren Jessica Harmsen
Hanneke van Parreren
1986 Hilversum John van der Wiel Heleen de Greef
1987 Hilversum Jan Timman Jessica Harmsen
1988 Hilversum Rudy Douven Jessica Harmsen
1989 Hilversum Marinus Kuijf Mariette Drewes
1990 Hilversum Jeroen Piket Renate Limbach
1991 Eindhoven Jeroen Piket Anne Marie Benschop
1992 Eindhoven Jeroen Piket Erika Sziva
1993 Eindhoven Paul van der Sterren Iwona Bos-Swiecik
1994 Amsterdam Jeroen Piket Erika Sziva
1995 Amsterdam Ivan Sokolov Marisca Kouwenhoven
1996 Amsterdam Jan Timman Erika Sziva
1997 Rotterdam Predrag Nikolić Peng Zhaoqin
1998 Rotterdam Ivan Sokolov Erika Sziva
1999 Rotterdam Predrag Nikolić Erika Sziva
2000 Rotterdam Loek van Wely Peng Zhaoqin
2001 Leeuwarden Loek van Wely Peng Zhaoqin
2002 Leeuwarden Loek van Wely Peng Zhaoqin
2003 Leeuwarden Loek van Wely Peng Zhaoqin
2004 Leeuwarden Loek van Wely Peng Zhaoqin
2005 Leeuwarden Loek van Wely Peng Zhaoqin
2006 Hilversum Sergei Tiviakov Peng Zhaoqin
2007 Hilversum Sergei Tiviakov Peng Zhaoqin
2008 Hilversum Jan Smeets Peng Zhaoqin
2009 Haaksbergen Anish Giri Peng Zhaoqin
2010 Eindhoven Jan Smeets Peng Zhaoqin
2011 Boxtel Anish Giri Peng Zhaoqin
2012 Amsterdam Anish Giri Tea Lanchava
2013 Amsterdam Dimitri Reinderman Lisa Schut
2014 Amsterdam Loek van Wely Anne Haast
2015 Amsterdam Anish Giri Anne Haast
2016 Amsterdam Jorden van Foreest Anne Haast
2017 Amsterdam Loek van Wely Anne Haast
2018 Amsterdam Sergei Tiviakov Peng Zhaoqin
2019 Amsterdam Lucas van Foreest Iozefina Păuleţ


  1. Sunnucks 1970 , p. 318. Organization of the championships changed some time after 1967.

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