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Jan van Reek,
a Dutch chess analyst, chess writer, journalist, and composer of endgame studies. Jan van Reek is further researching on historic chess tournaments [1], for instance the Baden-Baden 1870 chess tournament with Adolf Anderssen, Wilhelm Steinitz, Gustav Neumann, Joseph Henry Blackburne, and Louis Paulsen among other great chess players from that time [2] , and elaborated on Strategy and Planning in chess.
Jan van Reek [3]


In 1997, Jan van Reek [4] categorized Planning in chess to three main characteristics, Tactics, positional play, and Strategy, where positional play serves as guideline for planning of a strategy [5] :

Terms of Planning


Dominating abstraction


To gain material or to mate

Positional play


To improve the position



To swing the balance


Long-term planning by human chess players is usually made on the basis of reasoning, experience, and intuition, as investigated by De Groot in 1946 [6] .

Selected Publications

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External Links


  1. ^ Super chess tournaments
  2. ^ Baden-Baden 1870 by Jan van Reek
  3. ^ Chess Analyses by Jan van Reek
  4. ^ Jan van Reek (1997). Strategy in Chess. Schachfirma Fruth, Unterhaching, ISBN 3-9804896-9-8
  5. ^ Jan van Reek, Jos Uiterwijk, Jaap van den Herik (1998). Planning a Strategy in Chess. ICCA Journal, Vol. 21, No. 3, pdf
  6. ^ Adriaan de Groot (1946). Het denken van den Schaker, een experimenteel-psychologische studie. Ph.D. thesis, University of Amsterdam; N.V. Noord-Hollandse Uitgevers Maatschappij, Amsterdam. Translated with the help of George Baylor, with additions, (in 1965) as Thought and Choice in Chess. Mouton Publishers, The Hague. ISBN 90-279-7914-6
  7. ^ ICGA Reference Database (pdf)
  8. ^ Jan van Reek as author (pdf)
  9. ^ Carel Mann from Wikipedia.de (German)

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