Robin van Kampen

Grandmaster

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Read about my career as a Professional Chess Player or have a look at some of my published work.

Biography

About Me


Growing up with Chess

Young Robin I was born on the 14th of November, 1994, in Blaricum, Netherlands. Being an only child, I'd often find myself with little to do, and thus in the evenings it was always a joy to play board games with my family. It was when I played chess with my father for the first time that something special happened: I won – and without much of a struggle. And so, my journey as a chess player started at the young age of seven. At the age of eight, my parents brought me to a local chess club in Baarn. This gave me the opportunity to face some of the best local players and have a chance to work with professional chess coaches for the first time.

Excelling at the Game

Robin competing at a young ageRealizing that by studying chess, I could increase the gap of knowledge between the competition and myself, I soon got hooked on the game and started analyzing chess in my free time. My first big success came at the under 12 National Championships in Rijswijk. Finishing first allowed me to participate in the 2004 World Youth Chess Championships in Batumi, Georgia. Competing with the world's most talented kids was a lot tougher than I had imagined. It was disappointing not being able to compete for the top prizes at the event. However, this only motivated me to work even harder on my chess, and in the next few years I won the National titles under 14, 16, and 20. My ultimate crowning came at the age of 14 by matching Jan Timman's record from 1966 and achieving the status of the youngest Dutch International Master in history.

Going International

Robin adjusting his piecesFrom that moment onwards, I was regularly traveling around Europe competing in international tournaments, lecturing at local chess clubs and working with world-renowned coaches with the hope of taking the next step. Whilst trying to balance my new lifestyle with school, I enrolled in a special sports program in early 2010, which ultimately helped me to obtain, in 2011, the highest title in chess at the age of 16: The Grandmaster title.

A Professional Chess Player

Robin playing in Wijk aan ZeeFrom 2012 onwards, I played and taught chess professionally. Besides winning numerous tournaments, I've also produced online lectures for Chess24.com, written articles for chess.com, and worked as a freelance writer for New In Chess, one of the most widely published chess magazines.

Resume


  • May 2014 - Present

    Chess24.com

    Openings Specialist

    Producing video series for a major up-and-coming chess company in Europe.

  • November 2013 - Present

    Dutch Olympic Team

    5th Board Player

    Second youngest player to ever play for The Netherlands at an Olympiad.

  • July 2011 - Present

    International Grandmaster

    Became the youngest ever Dutch-born Grandmaster at the age of 16 years, 8 months, and 17 days.

  • 2011 - 2014

    Trainer of Anish Giri

    Helped one of the top players in the world prepare for his games in two major tournaments as well regular work throughout this time.

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Recognition

From 2006 to 2009, Robin won the Dutch Championship in each age category from Under-12 to Under-20. Before becoming a Grandmaster in 2011, Robin won the Groningen Open in 2010. His more recent tournament successes are listed below:

  • Tata Steel B-section

    Best performing Dutch Player

    Wijk Aan Zee (2015)

  • Reykjavik Open

    Runner up

    Reykjavik, Iceland (2014)

  • Canadian Open

    Co-Champion

    Montreal, Canada (2014)

  • Riga Open

    Co-Champion

    Riga, Latvia (2013)

  • Basel Open

    Co-Champion

    Basel, Switzerland (2013)

  • London Open

    Co-Champion

    London, England (2012)


Hire me for your chess needs

I am available for private lessons, lectures, commentary, or other chess-related engagements.

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