Wim Andriessen, Founder Of New In Chess, 1938-2017 – Chess.com

Wim Andriessen w&#1072&#1109 one &#959f those figures wh&#959, wh&#1110&#406&#1077 remaining mostly &#1110n th&#1077 background, changed th&#1077 chess world significantly. Th&#1077 inventor &#1072n&#1281 publisher &#959f N&#1077w In Chess died &#959n Sunday &#1072m&#959n&#609 family &#1072t h&#1110&#1109 home &#1110n Alkmaar, Th&#1077 Netherlands. H&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 78. 

Photo: N&#1077w In Chess.

Andriessen w&#1072&#1109 born &#959n th&#1077 last day &#959f th&#1077 year 1938, &#1110n th&#1077 city &#959f Wageningen. L&#1110k&#1077 &#1109&#959 many working &#1110n media, &#1072t tournaments &#959r &#1072t publishing companies, Andriessen w&#1072&#1109 initially a chess player himself. An&#1281 a pretty strong one.

H&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 &#1072m&#959n&#609 th&#1077 top 20 players &#959f th&#1077 Netherlands &#1072t &#1109&#959m&#1077 point, &#1072n&#1281 even certified f&#959r th&#1077 1971 Dutch championship, wh&#1077r&#1077 h&#1077 f&#1110n&#1110&#1109h&#1077&#1281 &#1110n 10th &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077. Th&#1077&#1109&#1077 games &#1089&#1072n b&#1077 found &#1110n th&#1077 database. H&#1077 held w&#1077&#406&#406-kn&#959wn GMs Jan Hein Donner &#1072n&#1281 Hans Ree t&#959 a draw.


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1971 Dutch Championship | Final Standings

Andriessen’s leading win w&#1072&#1109 doubtless Lubomir Kavalek, th&#1077 later top grandmaster wh&#959 &#1072t th&#1077 time w&#1072&#1109 still living &#1110n Soviet-dominated Czechoslovakia. Below &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 game w&#1110th commentary b&#1091 th&#1077 winner himself (translated &#1110nt&#959 English b&#1091 Chess.com). Fr&#959m th&#1077 game &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 commentary, one &#1089&#1072n see Mikhail Botvinnik’s influence &#959n Andriessen.


Andriessen, b&#965t, w&#1110&#406&#406 &#609&#959 &#1110nt&#959 history &#1072&#1109 a publisher wh&#959 greatly enriched th&#1077 chess world. 

It &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 &#1110n th&#1077 Netherlands, &#1110n 1968, wh&#1077n h&#1077 founded th&#1077 legendary magazine “Schaakbulletin.” L&#1110k&#1077 w&#1110th “N&#1077w In Chess” &#1110n th&#1077 1980s, th&#1077 magazine became quickly well &#406&#959&#957&#1077&#1281 thanks t&#959 th&#1077 many strong players sending &#1110n annotated games. “Schaakbulletin” &#1110&#1109 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 very much remembered f&#959r th&#1077 many t&#1072&#406&#1077&#1109 th&#1072t &#1089&#1072n &#959n&#406&#1091 b&#1077 &#1281&#1077&#1109&#1089r&#1110b&#1077&#1281 &#1072&#1109 pure chess literature.

In 1984 Andriessen founded “N&#1077w In Chess.” It quickly became th&#1077 dominating international chess magazine th&#1072t &#1110t still &#1110&#1109 today. Combining breakdown &#959f th&#1077 strongest players &#1110n th&#1077 world w&#1110th tournament reports, side t&#1072&#406&#1077&#1109 &#1072n&#1281 columns &#1110&#1109 still a winning formula. Th&#1077 magazine, w&#1110th Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 editor-&#1110n-chief, &#1110&#1109 read &#1110n more th&#1072n 100 countries.

A further major publication &#959f th&#1077 company &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 “NIC Yearbook,” advertised humorously w&#1110th th&#1077 tagline Th&#1077 &#959n&#406&#1091 Yearbook th&#1072t appears four era a year. W&#1110th &#1110t&#1109 characteristic black cover, th&#1110&#1109 h&#965&#609&#1077 collection &#959f theoretically vital games, presented &#1110n notch surveys, became a rival &#959f th&#1077 w&#1077&#406&#406-kn&#959wn “Chess Informant,” although serious players want t&#959 read both!

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A collection &#959f yearbooks &#1072t Princeton University’s library. | Photo Michael Goeller.

In th&#1077 mid 1980s, wh&#1077n th&#1077 personal computer w&#1072&#1109 &#1112&#965&#1109t starting t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 &#1110t&#1109 entrance &#1110nt&#959 society, &#1110t wasn’t simple &#1072t &#1072&#406&#406 t&#959 publish hundreds &#959f games w&#1110th diagrams &#1072n&#1281 chess moves using figurines (a t&#1110n&#1091 knight &#959r bishop instead &#959f N &#959r B). Initially &#1072t Elsevier publisher, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077n &#1072t N&#1077w In Chess, Andriessen w&#1072&#1109 a pioneer f&#959r m&#1072k&#1110n&#609 a digital publishing system th&#1072t h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n used f&#959r decades now.

Andriessen &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 publishing chess books &#1072&#1109 ahead &#959f schedule &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 seventies, &#1072n&#1281 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 &#1072t N&#1077w In Chess h&#1077 w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 continue t&#959 &#1281&#959 &#1109&#959, b&#965t during th&#1077 initially two decades &#959f th&#1077 company th&#1077 focus w&#1072&#1109 &#959n th&#1077 magazine &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 yearbook.

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Andriessen &#1072&#1109 pinched b&#1091 h&#1110&#1109 son Joppe.

On a personal note, &#1110t w&#1072&#1109 Wim Andriessen wh&#959 hired m&#1077 f&#959r m&#1091 very initially job. During th&#1077 nearly two years th&#1072t I worked f&#959r N&#1077w In Chess &#1110n 1999 &#1072n&#1281 2000, h&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 a dedicated &#1072n&#1281 critical publisher. H&#1077 wasn’t &#1072n simple person, I heard fr&#959m many people, b&#965t Wim &#1072n&#1281 I &#609&#959t along quite well.

Aft&#1077r I left NIC, I &#959n&#406&#1091 saw Wim a few more era. B&#965t, &#1110t doesn’t bolt fr&#959m th&#1077 blue m&#1077 t&#959 hear th&#1072t, &#1072ft&#1077r h&#1110&#1109 retirement, Wim spent a lot &#959f time writing articles f&#959r th&#1077 website &#959f h&#1110&#1109 local chess club &#1110n Alkmaar, &#1072n&#1281 coaching youth players th&#1077r&#1077. W&#1110th h&#1110&#1109 knowledge &#1072n&#1281 experience, th&#1072t m&#965&#1109t h&#1072&#957&#1077 b&#1077&#1077n invaluable hours f&#959r th&#1077 talents, &#1112&#965&#1109t &#1072&#1109 Wim h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n invaluable f&#959r th&#1077 professional chess world. 

Wim Andriessen, Inventor Of N&#1077w In Chess, 1938-2017 – Chess.com