Robin van Kampen is a Dutch chess Grandmaster born on November 14, 1994, in Blaricum, Netherlands. Kampen was awarded the title of Grandmaster in 2011, the International Master title in 2009, and the Candidate Master title in 2008. As of November 2022, his FIDE rating was 2658, while his Peak rating was 2658 as of June 2018.
Robin van Kampen was born in the Dutch city of Blaricum and raised in Bussum. Kampen started playing chess at seven, and by the age of eight, Kampen was competing in club chess. Kampen played for the Netherlands in the 2013 European Team Chess Championship and the 41st and 42nd Chess Olympiads.
Robin van Kampen was the Dutch youth winner for four years: U12 in 2006, U14 in 2007, U16 in 2008, and U20 in 2009. This year-after-year dominance of all Dutch players in his category class was capped by his 2009 triumph, which matched Jan Timman’s 1966 record for the youngest Dutch Champion in the under-20 category. From the age of eight to eleven, Kampen was trained by Pascal Losekoot.
At the 2009 Groningen Chess Festival, the newly-minted International Master faced Timman in a four-game tournament, being defeated by 2.5 to1.5 following a final-round stalemate and swapping wins in the first two sets. Van Kampen won the 2011 Helmut-Kohls Championship in Dortmund, Germany, earning his last Grandmaster norm. At the age of 16 years, 8 months, and 17 days, Kampen became the youngest chess player from the Netherlands to meet the requirements for the Grandmaster title.
Jorden van Foreest has since broken this record. In 2010, Kampen made his first appearance in the Grandmaster Group C of the traditional Wijk aan Zee Corus Championship, finishing third to fourth with Daniele Vocaturo. In the London Chess Classic FIDE Open in 2012, Kampen shared victory with Hrant Melkumyan. Kampen finished second in the 2013 N1 Reykjavik Open, just a half-point behind Li Chao. He shared first place in the Basel Chess Festival and the Riga Technical University Open that year.
He also significantly contributed significantly to Guildford’s 4NCL victory, scoring 8 points out of the 9 maximum scores. Van Kampen finished fourth in the Challengers group of the 77th Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee in 2015, trailing only Wei Yi, David Navara, and Sam Shankland.
Kampen won the Dutch U20 Championship when he was 14 years old. Van Kampen won the 2011 Helmut-Kohls Championship in Dortmund, Germany, earning his last Grandmaster norm. In the London Chess Classic FIDE Open in 2012, Kampen shared victory with Hrant Melkumyan.
Robin van Kampen vs Richard Rapport – Reykjavik Open, Round 5 – Reykjavik, Iceland – March 07, 2014
Robin van Kampen vs Sjoerd Plukkel – Corus Group C, Round 4 – Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands – January 19, 2010
Jaroslaw Krassowizkij vs Robin van Kampen – Bundesliga, Round 15 – Solingen, Germany – April 24, 2015