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Paul van der Sterren

Full name Paul van der Sterren
Country Netherlands
Born 17 March 1956
Venlo, Nederland
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2605 (January-July 1994)

Paul van der Sterren ( born 17 March 1956 in Venlo, Netherlands) is a Dutch chess grandmaster. He won the Dutch Chess Championship twice, in 1985 and 1993. In 1993 he qualified for the Candidates Tournament for the FIDE World Chess Championship 1996, but was eliminated in the first round (+1 -3 =3) by Gata Kamsky.

Van der Sterren represented the Netherlands in 10 consecutive Chess Olympiads from 1982 through 2000.

He is the author of the one-volume opening encyclopedia Fundamental Chess Openings, which was published in 2009.