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Nicolaas Cortlever
N Cortlever 
Number of games in database: 302
Years covered: 1936 to 1979
Overall record: +102 -81 =119 (53.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-14-1915, died Apr-05-1995, 79 years old) Netherlands

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International Master Nicolaas Cortlever first came to notice in 1938 when he finished 2nd after Max Euwe in the Dutch Championship. He has since performed this feat on a number of occasions. He played for the Netherlands Olympic teams of 1939, 1950, 1952, 1954 and 1956 and was also a member of the Dutch team in the Anglo-Dutch matches from 1946 to 1960. He was a good endgame study composer and a number of studies were published in 'Schaakwereld' 1936-41. By the 1970's he'd given up active play in preference to being the non-playing captain of the Dutch Olympiad teams.

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Last updated: 2021-06-09 08:48:58

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 302  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Cortlever vs S Landau  0-1281936NED-chC01 French, Exchange
2. T D van Scheltinga vs N Cortlever  1-0231936NED-chD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
3. O Krassnig vs N Cortlever 1-0201936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadC41 Philidor Defense
4. J Francez vs N Cortlever  0-1261936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadA83 Dutch, Staunton Gambit
5. N Cortlever vs K Salbu  0-1401936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. E Breider vs N Cortlever  1-0311936non-FIDE Munich OlympiadC41 Philidor Defense
7. N Cortlever vs C Struylaart 0-1261938VVGA AmsterdamC02 French, Advance
8. G van Doesburgh vs N Cortlever  0-1571938Dutch ChampionshipD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
9. E Mulder vs N Cortlever  1-0461938Dutch ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
10. N Cortlever vs Euwe  0-1331938Dutch ChampionshipC56 Two Knights
11. N Cortlever vs J van den Bosch  ½-½201938Dutch ChampionshipB15 Caro-Kann
12. N Cortlever vs S Landau  ½-½261939Amsterdam VARAB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
13. N Cortlever vs A D de Groot  1-0371939Amsterdam-chB03 Alekhine's Defense
14. N Cortlever vs G Fontein  0-1341939Amsterdam/HilversumB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
15. N Cortlever vs Flohr  0-1691939Amsterdam/HilversumC46 Three Knights
16. Szabo vs N Cortlever 1-0441939Amsterdam/HilversumC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. N Cortlever vs Euwe ½-½351939Amsterdam/HilversumC38 King's Gambit Accepted
18. S Landau vs N Cortlever  0-1321939Amsterdam/HilversumA95 Dutch, Stonewall
19. G Fontein vs N Cortlever  0-1401939Amsterdam VARAD85 Grunfeld
20. Flohr vs N Cortlever  1-0341939Amsterdam VARAD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
21. N Cortlever vs Szabo  1-0401939Amsterdam VARAB83 Sicilian
22. Euwe vs N Cortlever  ½-½471939The Hague VARAD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
23. R Broadbent vs N Cortlever  1-0391939NED-ENGB72 Sicilian, Dragon
24. N Cortlever vs R Broadbent 0-1551939NED-ENGC05 French, Tarrasch
25. Saemisch vs N Cortlever 0-1291939Bad HarzburgA95 Dutch, Stonewall
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Jun-14-05  Knight13: Happy birthday, Nicolaas Cortlever! Now you are 90 years old! 10 more years to go!
Jun-14-05  aw1988: Until what? Death?
Jun-14-05  Knight13: <aw1988> 50 more years and 7 days to go!
Jun-14-05  aw1988: WHAT? What on earth are you going on about????
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  TheAlchemist: <aw1988> You will be 120 then :-)
Jun-14-05  aw1988: Well, I hope to live until 160 if possible, but Knight13 is really quite odd...
Jun-14-06  BIDMONFA: Nicolaas Cortlever


Sep-06-06  sneaky pete: Cortlever died April 5, 1995, at age 79. Still not bad for someone whose name translates as short liver.
Apr-21-07  brm786: Would like to see the Clarke_Cortlever_1958 (Ruy Lopez) game in the database
Mar-24-08  Sem: I am not too overawed by Cortlever's partaking in a tournament in Munich 1941.
Mar-24-08  MichAdams: True, he only scored +2 =5 -8.
Mar-31-08  Sem: MichAdams, what I meant was that a Dutchman, living in a country occupied by the Nazi's, had no business in Munich 1941.
Mar-31-08  MichAdams: Why not? The new Europa and all that. Do you know if he had a job or profession apart from his chess?
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  GrahamClayton: Cortlever owned a gemstone and marble business in Amsterdam.
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  GrahamClayton: Source: Andy Soltis "Chess Lists", 2nd edition, McFarland Publishing, 2002
Oct-17-08  Sem: MichAdams, The new Europa almost wiped out my family. Yes, Cortlever had a profession, but I forgot which. He lived in the village of Almen (province of Gelderland) and until his death in a beautiful house in Zutphen, where I live.
Jul-31-09  returnoftheking: <what I meant was that a Dutchman, living in a country occupied by the Nazi's, had no business in Munich 1941> I won't take Alekhine or Keres as example, but even Euwe travelled across Europe for chess during the war. Only once as far as I know, but still. I don't think chess has anything to do with politics and Cortlever was not important enough to be a tool in Nazi propaganda. So to me it's not something to hold against him.
Feb-02-10  Sem: <I don't think chess has anything to do with politics> returnoftheking, ideally: no, but I can think of circumstances when it does. The Soviet regime was a perfect example, of course, aiding or hindering great chess players to foster its case. And indeed, Cortlever was probably small fry to the Nazi propaganda, but his mere taking part in Munich 1941 still was a contribution, however small. His own moral judgment should have told him to stay at home.
Jan-31-13  Kikoman: Rest In Peace Sir Nicolaas Cortlever.
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  FSR: Yasser Seirawan claims in his chessable course on endgames that Cortlever "is still going strong." That appears to be a minority view.
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  GrahamClayton: Neat study by Cortlever - White to play and win:

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1. Qf6 Rg6 2. Qc6+ Rxc6 3. dxc6+ Ka7 4. Ke6 h5 5. Kd5 h4 6. Kc4 h3 7. Kb4 h2 8. Ka5 h1=Q 9. b6+ cxb6+ 10. cxb6#

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