Benjamin Bok has been among Netherlands’ top players for a couple of years. His
first major success came in December 2015 by winning the London Chess Classic FIDE Open with 8/9. He debuted for the Dutch national team at the 2016 Chess Olympiad in Baku and also represented his country at the 2017 European Team Championship on Crete. At the European Championship 2017, he earned a spot in the FIDE World Cup 2017 by finishing 15th. A year later, at the European Championship 2018, he repeated this success by finishing 18th and thus already secured his spot for the FIDE World Cup 2019. Benjamin hasn’t played in any tournaments in the U.S. before so the 2018 Summer Chess Classic will be his first; he hopes to bring some excitement to the Saint Louis Chess Club.