Eline Roebers: 16 years old, International Master

by André Schulz
11/15/2022 – The 16-year-old Eline Roebers from the Netherlands is an outstanding talent. She has already attracted attention with several successes and now fulfilled all the requirements to get the IM-title. On her way to the necessary norms, Roebers even skipped several other FIDE titles. | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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The 16-year-old Eline Roebers is the youngest player in the strong women's Bundesliga team of the Hamburger SK. She joined the team two years ago.

Like many other young players, Eline Roebers was hampered in her chess development by the pandemic, as there were no opportunities to play over the board. But in December 2020 she became U14 Online World Junior Champion.

After the end of the lockdown, however, she went from success to success. In August 2021 Eline Roebers won the Brugse Meesters with 7.5 out of 9. At the end of 2021 she scored 7 out of 9 in the Women's Team Championship in Brezice, Slovenia, had a rating-performance of 2504 and made her first IM norm. In January 2022 she won the Untergrombach Open with 6.5 out of 7, beating Grandmaster Ikonnikov in the final round.



YouTuber Levy Rozman, aka "Gotham Chess" already wondered if Eline Roebers is the real-life Beth Harmon, heroine of the Netflix series "The Queen's Gambit". In May 2022, Eline Roebers won the Dutch U18 Championship. At the Chess Olympiad in Chennai in the summer of 2022 she played on the top board of the Dutch women's national team and made her third and final IM norm.

Meanwhile, Roebers has also passed the mark of 2400 Elo, which is necessary for the title, and therefore she will officially receive the title from FIDE at the next opportunity. In fact, the young Dutchwoman did not even get the FM- or WIM-title before becoming an IM.

The Hamburger SK, which traditionally has very close ties with its Dutch chess friends, is particularly happy about the success of their teammate.

Article at the Hamburger SK (in German)...

André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.