GM Robin Van Kampen

Full name
Robin Van Kampen
Nov 14, 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth
Blaricum, Netherlands

Another Dutch chess prodigy, Robin van Kampen has alerted everyone to his presence as an elite chess player. This young Grandmaster burst onto the scene by defeating Jan Timman in a 4-game match before he was even a Grandmaster. He ended up later getting the Grandmaster title at the early age of 16 years, 8 months and 17 days. Now that he’s broken through the 2600 rating mark and recently achieved his best rating ever, he’s sure to continue the upward surge heading towards the top of the elite players in the world.

Robin van Kampen was both in the Netherlands and quickly became recognized as a chess prodigy at a young age. He became a FIDE Master in 2008 and one year later he acquired the International Master tile. He did this by scoring his three International Master norms within a short amount of time. These norms came from the Batavia Amsterdam tournament that he won, the Dutch U-20 Championship where he finished in first place, and his second place result at the European U-16 Championship. Later that same year, van Kampen played in a 4-game match against the legendary Jan Timman. With the odds stacked against him and everyone expecting Timman to win easily, van Kampen shocked the observers when he rallied from a first game loss to win the match 2.5-1.5. The method in which van Kampen won was astounding as well, in that he outplayed Timman in technical positions and endgames where most people would expect Timman to hold the upper hand. A few years later, in 2011, van Kampen achieved the Grandmaster title, and at a young age too. He was 16 years 8 months and 17 days old when he earned the Grandmaster title. Recently he has achieved his best rating ever, 2658.

Best Game

Most Played Openings

White Pieces
English Opening (8) : A22 A27 A13 A20 A29
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (2) : B00
Petrov's Defense (4) : C42 C43
Reti Opening (1) : A05
Giuoco Piano Game (2) : C53 C50
King's Indian Attack (1) : A07
Modern Defense (6) : B06 A42
Slav Defense (1) : D10
Caro-Kann Defense (28) : B11 B12
Bishop's Opening (3) : C24
Four Knights Game (1) : C47
Dutch Defense (1) : A80
King's Indian Defense (2) : D70 E67
Scandinavian Defense (6) : B01
Pirc Defense (7) : B09 B07
Philidor Defense (10) : C41
Scotch Game (1) : C45
Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D90
Alekhine Defense (1) : B03
Queen's Gambit Declined (1) : D07
Black Pieces
Giuoco Piano Game (2) : C50 C53
Modern Defense (2) : B06 A40
Queen's Pawn Opening (10) : A41 A40 D00 D02
French Defense (6) : C07 C15 C00 C16
Queen's Gambit Declined (10) : D37 D30 D44 D38 D51
Queen's Gambit Accepted (5) : D20 D21
Reti Opening (12) : A05 A04 A09
King's Indian Attack (9) : A07
Nimzo-Indian Defense (5) : E34 E48 E47 E20
Scotch Game (2) : C45
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (1) : A01
Trompowsky Attack (3) : A45
Bogo-Indian Defense (1) : E11
Old Indian Defense (6) : A53
Gruenfeld Defense (9) : D90 D85 D80 D96
Hungarian Opening (3) : A00
Catalan Opening (3) : E00 E01
Pirc Defense (2) : B07
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (1) : A40
Caro-Kann Defense (1) : B12
Torre Attack (3) : A48
Queen's Indian Defense (3) : E15
Four Knights Game (1) : C49
Benoni Defense (1) : A56
Semi-Slav Defense (12) : D45 D44 D43 D48 D47
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Italian Game (1) : C58
Colle System (1) : D04
Old Benoni Defense (1) : A43
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (1) : A58