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Carel van den Berg
C van den Berg 
Hoogovens 1961, photo by Jac. de Nijs  
Number of games in database: 279
Years covered: 1941 to 1971
Highest rating achieved in database: 2450

Overall record: +58 -113 =108 (40.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (30) 
    B43 B46 B80 B97 B42
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C96 C97 C89 C75 C67
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E41 E55 E39 E32 E59
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (14) 
    C96 C93 C97 C89 C92
 King's Indian (9) 
    E67 E97 E62 E60 E93
 Sicilian Najdorf (9) 
    B97 B96 B98 B99 B90
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (32) 
    B84 B97 B82 B92 B44
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E33 E26 E41 E56 E52
 King's Indian (13) 
    E63 E94 E64 E62 E87
 Sicilian Scheveningen (9) 
    B84 B82 B81
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C63 C96 C92 C90 C85
 Reti System (8) 
    A04 A05 A06
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C B van den Berg vs H Kramer, 1950 1-0
   C B van den Berg vs J H Donner, 1965 1-0
   C B van den Berg vs F Gaarenstroom, 1943 1-0
   C B van den Berg vs E Gereben, 1961 1-0
   J T Barendregt vs C B van den Berg, 1961 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dutch Championship (1957)
   Dutch Championship (1950)
   Clare Benedict Cup (1956)
   Dutch Championship (1954)
   Noteboom Memorial (1965)
   Amsterdam IBM (1962)
   Amsterdam IBM (1961)
   Dutch Championship (1958)
   Hoogovens (1966)
   Hoogovens (1963)
   Amsterdam (1950)
   Munich Olympiad Final-B (1958)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hoogovens 1961 by Tabanus
   1961 Beverwijk Hoogovens by jww
   Noordwijk 1965 by suenteus po 147

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(born Feb-12-1924, died Jun-30-1971, 47 years old) Netherlands

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Carel Benjamin van den Berg graduated in philosophy and sociology. He was awarded the IM title in 1963 and was also an eminent chess theorist and edited "Losbladige Schaakberichten." He collaborated with Max Euwe on the "Theorie der Schaakopeningen" series and was a member of the Dutch Olympiad team in 1958. He was Dutch CC champion in 1943.

Wikipedia article: Carel van den Berg

Last updated: 2022-08-22 06:01:00

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 279  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C van den Berg vs Euwe  0-1201941Weenink MemorialC50 Giuoco Piano
2. C van den Berg vs F Gaarenstroom 1-0101943NEDC78 Ruy Lopez
3. J H Marwitz vs C van den Berg  ½-½411946NED-ch prelim IE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
4. C van den Berg vs G Fontein  ½-½471946NED-ch prelim IA53 Old Indian
5. H van Steenis vs C van den Berg  1-0471946NED-ch prelim IB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
6. Euwe vs C van den Berg  ½-½391946NED-ch prelim IB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
7. C van den Berg vs L Stumpers  1-0581946NED-ch prelim ID19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
8. N Cortlever vs C van den Berg 1-0441946NED-ch prelim IC23 Bishop's Opening
9. C van den Berg vs W Wolthuis  1-0311946NED-ch prelim ID49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
10. C van den Berg vs B H Wood  1-0311947NED-ENGD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
11. P H Pruyt vs C van den Berg  0-1401947NED-ch sfE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
12. N Cortlever vs C van den Berg  ½-½511947NED-ch sfC48 Four Knights
13. L J Tummers vs C van den Berg  0-1371947NED-ch sfE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
14. H Kramer vs C van den Berg  1-0401947NED-ch sfE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
15. C van den Berg vs N Cortlever  ½-½561947NED-ch sfE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
16. C van den Berg vs T van Scheltinga  0-1291947NED-ch sfD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. C van den Berg vs O'Kelly  0-1321947MatchE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
18. O'Kelly vs C van den Berg  1-0191947MatchE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
19. C van den Berg vs O'Kelly  ½-½551947MatchB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
20. O'Kelly vs C van den Berg  1-0361947MatchD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. C van den Berg vs O'Kelly  0-1261947MatchE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
22. O'Kelly vs C van den Berg  1-0481947MatchD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
23. O'Kelly vs C van den Berg  1-0591947MatchE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
24. C van den Berg vs O'Kelly  0-1381947MatchE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
25. R H Newman vs C van den Berg  1-0351948ENG-NEDD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-12-07  BIDMONFA: Carel Benjamin Van den Berg

VAN DEN BERG, Carel Benjamin

Mar-14-09  Dredge Rivers: Could his name BE any longer?
Feb-12-10  Sem: Van den Berg's life was rather tragic. A kind and very intelligent man, he suffered from his father having been a Nazi collaborator in World War II. If I am correct it plagued him so much that he took his own life. More info welcomed!
Jun-09-12  wordfunph: he obtained his IM title by scoring 8/15 in the GM group Beverwijk 1963.

rest in peace, IM Van den Berg..

Oct-23-12  Abdel Irada: Is there really no better picture of this player?
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  HeMateMe: Hey, I love it! It's like bad, retro 1950s Sci fi. Mystery Theater 3000, anyone?

His skin blends into organic clothing, a long thread of endothelium tissue. A very human looking alien.

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  perfidious: <Abdel Irada> It may well be that there is no better photo of van den Berg available under fair use laws here in USA. The person most likely to know, in my opinion, would be <jessicafischerqueen>.
Feb-12-13  thomastonk: <Player of Today>

According to some newspaper obituaries van den Berg died in the night from 29 to 30 June 1971 in Leiden from heart failure (and hence he did not commit suicide as <Sem> wrote). Moreover, his academic studies are described in differently from the biography, I believe, but here someone with better Dutch knowledge is needed.

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  Stonehenge: <thomastonk>

I have changed the bio. I don't know where that 'lawyer' came from.

Feb-03-15  Nosnibor: Having died in 1971 he seems to have resurfaced again in 2000!The games collection includes a game from 2000 but of course this must be another Van den Berg.
Dec-15-15  ozmikey: Isn't the profile pic actually Semyon Furman instead?
Oct-16-18  Gejewe: <thomastonk> <stonehenge> <nosnibor> As a native Dutch speaker - and knowing from experience about the structure of Dutch university studies - I can easily sort that out : This newspaper obituary indicates that van den Berg graduated in philosophy and sociology in 1953. However he did his "candidates" exam in law, in 1948. That is the theoretical part of the studies, what remains to graduate then is to write a paper (which is not a doctoral thesis, that is a possible next step after graduation). So he studied law for a few years but did not graduate. Finally, the name "van den Berg" is really very common in the Netherlands, also among chessplayers, so it is easy to mix them up in a database.
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<ozmikey> is correct- the photo on this page is indeed <Semyon Furman>, as you can see from <Furman's> Wikipedia page:

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Here is a photo of Carel van den Berg from his Wikipedia page- he does look very similar eh:

Aug-22-22  au contraire: Où est harrylime?
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hmm... or the Furman Wikipedia photo is wrong...

Feb-13-23  whiteshark: hmm... or both photos are correctly assigned and someone else misunderstood. ;)

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