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Lodewijk Prins
Number of games in database: 479
Years covered: 1930 to 1993

Overall record: +178 -176 =120 (50.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (62) 
    B54 B40 B50 B20 B88
 French Defense (31) 
    C01 C00 C07 C05 C09
 Queen's Pawn Game (30) 
    A45 D02 D05 D00 D04
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C71 C84 C68 C78 C83
 Caro-Kann (14) 
    B13 B18 B17 B14 B15
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E46 E41 E47 E20 E21
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (30) 
    C61 C79 C72 C84 C73
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D95 D93 D97 D85 D70
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    A40 A45 A46 E00 A41
 Sicilian (16) 
    B28 B20 B23 B39 B21
 King's Indian (14) 
    E60 E61 E92
 English (12) 
    A10 A16 A15 A14
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Barcza vs Prins, 1952 1/2-1/2
   Prins vs A Medina Garcia, 1951 1-0
   Prins vs Rellstab, 1951 1-0
   Alekhine vs Prins, 1933 0-1
   Prins vs Yanofsky, 1948 1-0
   Prins vs E Ploegh, 1940 1-0
   Prins vs W J Fry, 1950 1-0
   Prins vs E Paoli, 1949 1-0
   Prins vs Euwe, 1946 1-0
   Prins vs Golombek, 1949 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Madrid (1951)
   Amsterdam Olympiad qual-1 (1954)
   Venice (1949)
   Bad Pyrmont Zonal (1951)
   Maastricht (1946)
   Hoogovens (1955)
   Munich Olympiad Final-B (1958)
   Reti Memorial (1949)
   London A (1946)
   Lugano Olympiad Final-B (1968)
   Stockholm Olympiad (1937)
   Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-A (1939)
   non-FIDE Munich Olympiad (1936)
   Havana Olympiad Final-B (1966)
   Dubrovnik Olympiad (1950)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   London A 1946 by Tabanus
   Maastricht 1946 by sneaky pete

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(born Jan-27-1913, died Nov-11-1999, 86 years old) Netherlands

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Lodewijk Prins was born in Amsterdam. Awarded the IM title in 1950, was made an International Arbiter in 1960, and was awarded the Emeritus GM title in 1982. He was Dutch champion in 1965. His best tournament result was 1st at Madrid in 1951.

He organized Amsterdam 1950, Amsterdam 1954 (the Olympiad) and Amsterdam 1956 (the Candidates tournament). Prins was an arbiter and an endgames judge, and in his later years he had a problems column, organizing yearly composing competitions. He also was a well respected writer and coauthored several chess books with Max Euwe.

Wikipedia article: Lodewijk Prins

 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 486  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Gans vs Prins  1-0221930AmsterdamC44 King's Pawn Game
2. Rubinstein vs Prins 0-1101931Simul, 32bA40 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Spielmann vs Prins 1-0231933EbenseeC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
4. Prins vs H Razinger  1-0271933Ebensee fin-BB32 Sicilian
5. T Demetriescu vs Prins  0-1621933Ebensee fin-BC46 Three Knights
6. Prins vs T Demetriescu  0-1271933EbenseeB40 Sicilian
7. G Harum vs Prins 0-1261933EbenseeA40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Prins vs G Harum  1-0481933Ebensee fin-BB40 Sicilian
9. Alekhine vs Prins 0-1471933Simul, 33bA40 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Prins vs N Ticoulat  0-1431934SitgesC00 French Defense
11. J Sunyer vs Prins 0-1451934SitgesA00 Uncommon Opening
12. Spielmann vs Prins 1-0221934SitgesA48 King's Indian
13. Lilienthal vs Prins 1-0471934SitgesE60 King's Indian Defense
14. Prins vs Koltanowski  0-1341934SitgesB20 Sicilian
15. Prins vs S Landau  0-1361934ZandvoortC00 French Defense
16. Prins vs Menchik  1-0261935BCF-ch Major OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Prins vs A Sacconi  0-1501936HastingsD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Prins vs Saemisch 0-1171936AmsterdamB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
19. Prins vs L Stumpers  1-0391936NED-ch prelimB20 Sicilian
20. Jan Veerkamp vs Prins  0-1251936NED-chA04 Reti Opening
21. Prins vs S Landau  0-1231936NED-chD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. Bogoljubov vs Prins  1-0421936ZandvoortD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
23. A Becker vs Prins  ½-½381936ZandvoortD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Prins vs G van Doesburgh  0-1521936ZandvoortD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Maroczy vs Prins  ½-½581936ZandvoortB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
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  sneaky pete: Het moeilijkst is voor mij te antwoorden op wat Euwe schreef in <Het Vrije Volk> van 8 december onder de kop: "Reactie Donner onbegrijpelijk'. Hij geeft mij duidelijk ongelijk. 'Lodewijk Prins behoort sinds jaar en dag tot de vooraanstaande Nederlandse spelers en het is verwonderlijk, dat hem de grote worp niet eerder is gelukt.'

Het is niet waar, grand maître. Hij kan er niets van. Hij is de zwakste speler van de hele wereld. In een wedstrijd van tien partijen geef ik hem 4 punten vóór.


Beste Lodewijk. Je kunt het ook niet helpen dat je kampioen van Nederland bent geworden. Ze zeggen dat ik me onsportief tegenover je heb gedragen. Je bent kampioen van Nederland geworden en ik wil je daarmee feliciteren. Maar ik ben van mening dat je geen paard van een loper kunt onderscheiden en ik kan het bewijzen ook.

Ik daag je uit tot een tweekamp. Je kunt zelf de voorwaarden stellen. Je hebt je drukke werkzaamheden. Je zou je vrij moeten maken. We spelen een tweekamp. Wat er ook gebeurt, het zal zijn tot meerdere glorie van het schaakspel.

J. H. Donner, De Tijd, 15 december 1965.

Mar-23-08  Sem: When in 1950 the World Chess Tournament, planned to be held in Argentina, threatened to fall through, it was Lodewijk Prins who managed to transfer it to Amsterdam. An important tournament, it was won by Miguel (Moshe) Najdorf.
Sep-06-08  myschkin: . . .

Bio (in English):

Obituary (in Dutch):

Interview (in Dutch, by Max Pam 1975):

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  GrahamClayton: The Prins variation of the Grunfeld Defence is 1. d4 ♘f6 2. c4 g6 3. ♘c3 d5 4. ♘f3 ♗g7 5. ♕b3 dc4 6. ♕c4 0-0 7. e4 ♘a6

Source: David Hooper and Kenneth Whyld "Oxford Companion to Chess", OUP, 1992

Dec-22-08  Karpova: From Edward Winter's feature article "Chess: Hitler and Nazi Germany", 2000:

BCM of May 1943, page 104:

<‘Referring to our remarks in our last issue about L. Prins, Mr Belinfante says there is a much more serious reason why his name does not appear in any tournament. The Germans have barred Jews in occupied countries from playing chess even in private clubs. For the same reason, Landau’s name does not appear anywhere. As nearly all Jews in Holland are in concentration camps or have been sent to Poland, very few, it is feared, will survive the ordeal.’>

May-01-09  blacksburg: <The acquisition of even a mildly reasonable judgment about a chessgame or position is an extraordinarily lengthy process of reasoning, searching, examining, comparing, rejecting, correcting, evaluating and criticising.>

that's why 5 minute games are so great. you don't have to worry about any of that silly stuff :)

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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

" Possibly, over the course of time, the brain capacity of homo sapiens will have made such great progress, that complications as contained in this game can be fathomed instantly with a shrug and a smile. Then, not only will the game of chess have ceased to exist, but also will the remembrance of frequently missed objectives elicit pity, as a reaction to the shortcomings of a lower organized form of life. "

-- Lodewijk Prins

Nov-06-09  kellmano: Prins' quote of the day today is dead right.
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  Stonehenge: More dead than right, if you ask me.
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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

" The acquisition of even a mildly reasonable judgment about a chessgame or position is an extraordinarily lengthy process of reasoning, searching, examining, comparing, rejecting, correcting, evaluating and criticising. "

-- Lodewijk Prins

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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

" In short: analyse as well as you can, or do not analyse at all; the writing down of statements that cannot be sustained by proof, is something that only the very few can permit themselves. "

-- Lodewijk Prins

Oct-12-10  nick77: Isn't the profile photo that of Gligoric ?
Oct-12-10  TheFocus: <nick77> No, it is not Gligoric. Gligo was more handsome.
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  YoungEd: Maybe Gligoric was more handsome, but Lodewijk was still a Prins of a fellow.
Jan-27-12  brankat: An inquisitive and eccentric mind for sure.

R.I.P.master Prins.

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday!
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  parisattack: His Master Chess a nice book. Also co-edited and translated with/for Euwe books such as Meet the Masters.
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  wordfunph: bad joke on Prins :)

<Prins is also the star of another joke attributed to Mikhail Botvinnik. During an exhibition game, Botvinnik and Polugaevsky were playing against Keres and Prins. Botvinnik observed that the game was unfair, because he and Polu had four hands to play with, while Keres had only one, as he needed the other to keep Prins from meddling in the game.>

Source: Invisible Chess Moves by Neiman & Afek

rest in peace GM Lodewijk Prins..

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  GrahamClayton: Here is a Prins victory that I have uploaded to the database:

[Event "1935 BCF-ch Major Open"]
[Site "Great Yarmouth"]
[Date "1935.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Lodewijk Prins"]
[Black "Vera Menchik"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 e6 2. c4 c6 3. ♘c3 d5 4. d4 dxe4 5. ♘xe4 ♘d7 6. ♘f3 ♘gf6 7. ♘c3 ♕c7 8. ♗g5 ♗e7 9. ♕d2 O-O 10. ♗f4 ♕a5 11. ♗d3 ♖e8 12. O-O ♕d8 13. ♖ad1 ♘f8 14. ♗b1 ♘g6 15. ♗g3 b6 16. ♕c2 ♗b7 17. ♘e5 ♕c8 18. f4 c5 19. d5 exd5 20. cxd5 ♖d8 21. f5 ♘xe5 22. ♗xe5 ♗d6 23. ♗xf6 gxf6

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24. ♕c1 ♗e5 25. ♕h6 ♗xc3 26. ♖f4 1-0

Source: CHESS Vol 1 No 1 14 September 1935

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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

" The acquisition of even a mildly reasonable judgment about a chessgame or position is an extraordinarily lengthy process of reasoning, searching, examining, comparing, rejecting, correcting, evaluating and criticising. "

-- Lodewijk Prins

Jan-27-13  thomastonk: Happy 100th Birthday!

This drawing appeared during the Euwe-Aljechin re-match in 1937: Young Lodewijk has a beard. I think Grünfeld, Kmoch, Fine and Eliskases are easy to recognize. The others are Maroczy, two members of the comitee and a Alekhine's cat.

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. Lodewijk Prins.

Probably his most famous game was a loss: Prins vs L Day, 1968.

May-02-15  TheFocus: <The only thing chess players have in common is chess> - Prins, Lodewijk.
Jan-27-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Lodewijk Prins.
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  WorstPlayerEver: Try to translate what <sneaky pete> wrote about Prins and Donner.

It was written after Prins became Dutch champion. Still the words of Donner are funny IMO, because Donner does not do much else than mirror the arrogance of Euwe, Donner was a far better player than Prins att.

----- the article ---

It's most difficult for me to react on what Euwe wrote in <HVV>, 8 dec, under the headline: 'Comments Donner Incomprehensible' (edit: comments, addressed to Prins, Donner wrote columns in Dutch mags <DeTijd/Time> and <Elsevier> att)

He obviously thinks I'm wrong. 'Since year and day LP is one of the most honourable Dutch chess players, it's a miracle he did not made the great cast at an earlier stage of his career in chesse.'

Far from the truth, grand maître. He simply cannot play chesse. He's the worst player ever. In a 10 game match, I'll give him 4 points for free in advance.

~JH Donner



The actual Donner comment that Euwe had commented on:

"Dear Lodewijk, it's not your fault you have become champion. They say I have treated you wrong in an unsporting manner. You have become champion. Therefore I want to congratulate you.

However, you can't determine the difference between a Knight and a Bishop IMO and you bet I'm willing to prove my statement.

I challenge you. A match under your conditions only. I know you are a busy man. Imagine you have some spare time to spend. Whatever happens.. it will be for the glory of chesse."

~JH Donner

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