GM Robin van Kampen

Full name
Robin van Kampen
Nov 14, 1994 (age 25)‎
Place of birth
Blaricum, Netherlands
in 2018



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.

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