Van Kampen represented the Netherlands in the 2014 Chess Olympiad. He began playing chess at the age of seven and competing in club chess at the age of 8. Dutch Youth Chess Championships
He was coached by Pascal Losekoot from 8 to 11 years of age.
Rising to Grandmaster title
During this period, van Kampen"s FIDE ratings trajectory and satisfaction of key norms led him to be awarded FIDE Master (FM) in 2008.
Van Kampen earned his third and last IM norm at the Atlantis Chess Closed Tournament in 2009. In October 2009, FIDE officially awarded him the IM title, thus becoming the youngest Dutch IM in history, a distinction he still holds.
At the end of 2009 at the Groningen Chess Festival in Groningen, Netherlands, the newly-minted IM played a four game match with Timman, losing the match 2.5-1.5 after a last round defeat and exchanging wins in the first two rounds. On 31 July, 2011 at the Helmut-Kohls Tournament in Dortmund, Germany (a closed General Motors tournament), van Kampen earned his final General Motors norm with a draw with the white pieces against Arnd Lauber in a Caro-Kann (B12).
Van Kampen reached his highest ever FIDE Elo rating in October 2014, peaking at 2641.
Several Notable Tournament Finishes
Van Kampen has continued to be very active in professional chess tournament play, with several notable performances throughout his teenage years and now into his early twenties. In 2010, he made his debut at the traditional Wijk aan Zee Tata-Steel/Corus closed tournament in the Grandmaster groups, placing third with the notable distinction of best performing Dutch competitor in the C-group. In 2013, he placed second, coming in one-half point behind Li Chao.
But van Kampen also clinched two other titles that year with first place finishes at both the Basel Open and Riga Open.
The next year van Kampen made his Chess Olympiad debut at Tromso, scoring 5/8 as reserve. Most recently, van Kampen placed 4th in the B group of the 77th Tata Steel Masters 2015 tournament in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands behind General Motors Wei Yi, David Navara and Sam Shankland.