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John van der Wiel
Van der Wiel 
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Number of games in database: 1,845
Years covered: 1975 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2391 (2388 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2590
Overall record: +547 -331 =929 (56.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 38 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (386) 
    B90 B32 B93 B82 B33
 French Defense (126) 
    C05 C07 C03 C11 C10
 Ruy Lopez (92) 
    C69 C91 C92 C67 C78
 French Tarrasch (83) 
    C05 C07 C03 C09 C04
 Sicilian Najdorf (82) 
    B90 B93 B97 B96 B92
 Caro-Kann (73) 
    B12 B17 B18 B11 B10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (231) 
    B67 B33 B32 B45 B62
 Queen's Indian (115) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E19
 Nimzo Indian (70) 
    E32 E41 E42 E39 E20
 Queen's Pawn Game (70) 
    A46 A41 A45 E00 E10
 King's Indian (68) 
    E92 E63 E97 E98 E80
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (46) 
    B67 B62 B64 B63 B60
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Van der Wiel vs J van Baarle, 1983 1-0
   G Andruet vs Van der Wiel, 1985 0-1
   Van der Wiel vs Tiviakov, 2001 1-0
   Van der Wiel vs Sax, 1983 1-0
   W van Lankveld vs Van der Wiel, 2000 0-1
   Van der Wiel vs Ehlvest, 1989 1-0
   Van der Wiel vs Karpov, 1987 1/2-1/2
   Van der Wiel vs W Iclicki, 1985 1-0
   Van der Wiel vs J van Mil, 1977 1-0
   Van der Wiel vs Hort, 1981 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   ECI 2nd (1975)
   European Junior Championship 1978/79 (1978)
   Dutch Championship (1986)
   Hoogovens-B (1981)
   Amsterdam IBM-B (1979)
   Dutch Championship (1985)
   Dutch Championship (1983)
   Dutch Championship (1979)
   Hoogovens (1982)
   Biel Interzonal (1985)
   Corus Group B (2000)
   World Junior Championship (1978)
   Lucerne Olympiad (1982)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984)
   Yerevan Olympiad (1996)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Biel Interzonal 1985 by suenteus po 147
   Rotterdam World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1982 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Chessaholics Anonymous by southpawjinx
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1984 by suenteus po 147

   🏆 11th dMP Batavia GM
   Van der Wiel vs M Warmerdam (Mar-08-19) 1/2-1/2
   M Warmerdam vs Van der Wiel (Mar-08-19) 1-0, blitz
   Van der Wiel vs M Warmerdam (Mar-??-19) 0-1, blitz
   Van der Wiel vs J van Foreest (Dec-29-12) 1-0
   J van Foreest vs Van der Wiel (Dec-28-12) 0-1

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(born Aug-09-1959, 64 years old) Netherlands
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John van der Wiel was born in Leiden, the Netherlands. Awarded the IM title in 1979 and the GM title in 1982, he was Dutch champion in 1984 and 1986 and European Junior Champion in 1978-79. He was 1st at Novi Sad 1982, 1st= at Ter Apel 1987 and 1st at Amsterdam 1987.

Wikipedia article: John van der Wiel

Last updated: 2021-10-22 10:46:51

 page 1 of 74; games 1-25 of 1,845  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Ekstroem vs Van der Wiel 0-1521975ECI 2ndC77 Ruy Lopez
2. Van der Wiel vs Z Lisjak  ½-½331975ECI 2ndB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
3. J Baart vs Van der Wiel  1-0391975ECI 2ndA04 Reti Opening
4. Van der Wiel vs G Ondi  1-0401975ECI 2ndB01 Scandinavian
5. Van der Wiel vs B Barth Sahl  1-0321975ECI 2ndB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
6. Van der Wiel vs J Krijgelmans  1-0281975ECI 2ndB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
7. D Giacomazzi vs Van der Wiel  0-1471975ECI 2ndD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. C Crouch vs Van der Wiel  ½-½281975ECI 2ndB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
9. Van der Wiel vs S Jensen  1-0341975ECI 2ndB03 Alekhine's Defense
10. Van der Wiel vs A van den Berg 1-0151975ASC AlphenB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
11. G Ligterink vs Van der Wiel  1-0421975NED-ch TeamC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
12. Van der Wiel vs G Franzoni  1-0331976Wch U16B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
13. P Nikolic vs Van der Wiel 1-0311976Wch U16A37 English, Symmetrical
14. I Rogers vs Van der Wiel 1-0521976Wch U16A69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
15. A Groszpeter vs Van der Wiel  0-1391976Wch U16B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
16. Van der Wiel vs Petursson  0-1431976Wch U16B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
17. S Semkov vs Van der Wiel  0-1351976Wch U16A33 English, Symmetrical
18. Van der Wiel vs D Cramling ½-½201976Wch U16B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
19. Van der Wiel vs Kasparov 1-0421976Wch U16B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
20. E Pedersen vs Van der Wiel  1-0341977Nykobing FA07 King's Indian Attack
21. Van der Wiel vs J van Mil 1-091977NEDB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
22. Van der Wiel vs G Ludden  ½-½741977NED-ch U18B01 Scandinavian
23. B Carlier vs Van der Wiel  0-1361977Student teamsA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
24. T Klauner vs Van der Wiel  0-12819777th European Junior Championship 1977/78A18 English, Mikenas-Carls
25. Van der Wiel vs T Upton  0-15119777th European Junior Championship 1977/78C45 Scotch Game
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Dec-27-04  erasmus: Kuzubov has snatched at least a horse now. Kuzubov won for sure.
Dec-28-04  percyblakeney: Quick draws in the top games of the seventh round, van der Wiel-Visser after ten moves.
Dec-28-04  erasmus: He is living up to his reputation as a drawmaster, just like <PinkPanther> said. Drawing in just 10 moves...tsk tsk...
Dec-29-04  erasmus: And another quick draw for John today in the 8th round. This time after 14 moves.
Dec-30-04  percyblakeney: All the top board games of the last round have finished with draws, van der Wiel's game is the only one left, but it also looks drawish.
Dec-30-04  percyblakeney: Yep, now it's drawn there as well, which means that van der Wiel, Kuzubov, Nijboer and Visser all finished with 6/9.
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  WTHarvey: Here are some crucial positions from some of his earlier games
Dec-19-05  hidude: <nikolaas> my first name is John, not Johan
Dec-21-05  billiejoelover21: kool who ast?
Jan-08-06  Koster: His rating seems to have dropped quite a bit. He was moved down to the C group at Corus.
Aug-08-06  BIDMONFA: John Van der Wiel


Aug-09-06  Albertan: Van der Wiel can still play check out this game:

[Event "ch-NED"]
[Site "Hilversum NED"]
[Date "2006.??.??"]
[White "Van der Wiel,J"]
[Black "Stellwagen,D"]
[Round "7"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2511"]
[BlackElo "2543"]
[ECO "B42"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Bc5 6. Nb3 Ba7 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. Qg4 Nf6 9. Qg3 d6 10. O-O b5 11. Kh1 Bb7 12. Qxg7 Rg8 13. Qh6 Ne5 14. f3 Rg6 15. Qh4 Rc8 16. Bd2 Kd7 17. Rad1 Qg8 18. Bf4 Ke7 19. Ne2 Nxd3 20. Rxd3 Rxc2 21. Bxd6+ Ke8 22. Ng3 Qg7 23. e5 Rh6 24. exf6 Qg6 25. Be7 Rc8 26. Qf4 Bb8 27. Rd6 Bxd6 28. Qxd6 Qc2 29. Nc5 1-0

Jun-29-07  bystander: John van der Wiel played a fine Dutch championship 2007. Although all his games were draws (11 in a row, exceeding Andersson and Ribli in the Bazna Kings tournement 2007 with 10 draws each) some of his games were very interesting.
Mar-24-09  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

" When you absolutely don't know what to do anymore, it is time to panic. "

-- John van der Wiel

3..., 2..., 1..., paaaaaaanic!!!

Aug-09-09  wordfunph: Corus Tournament: Ivanchuk closely (and calmly) observed two patzers playing. So the game proceeded and Ivanchuk didn't say anything until they made a really obvious blunder which he pointed out to them. But these two guys became mad at Ivanchuk whom they were not able to distinguish! The shy Ivanchuk went on following the game silently. When John Van der Wiel walked by and one of the patzers said enthusiastically: "Look, there's the strong GM John Van der Wiel!!"

Happy Birthday GM John Van der Wiel!

Dec-20-11  acmilan03c1: Does anybody have any idea what the T.H. in his name stand for? I've searched everywhere on the web and I just can't seem to find any kind of a clue...
Dec-20-11  AlphaMale: According to Gaige's <Chess Personalia>, John's middle initial is <C>. Don't ask me what it stands for.
Dec-20-11  acmilan03c1: Thanks! Still not finding any potential middle names on the internet for the "C" initial either, though. Anybody have any other leads? I know it's kind of a specific issue so it doesn't seem very important (and it probably isn't), but it's just driving me nuts! I mean it's such a well known player - how can it be that it's impossible to find out what his middle name is? Online, at least... It's never happened to me with any other well known players and I've researched quite a few.
Mar-21-12  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

When you absolutely don't know what to do anymore, <it is time to <panic>>.

~ John van der Wiel

It that beyond the Pleasure Principle?

Jul-15-12  achieve: Van der Wiel's middle name may be Cornelis - Johannes Cornelis

For those interested in the "Van der Wiel" pronunciation: I submitted the correct one to CG and you can hear it by clicking the "PRONUNCIATION" button located at the top of the Bio section.

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  offramp: Sensors indicate that he is 55 years old today. Happy birthday to a superb player! May your gezelligheid always be gezellig.

One of my favourite J C v.d. Wiel games (although it's a draw) is Van der Wiel vs Karpov, 1987.

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  Penguincw: Happy 55th birthday to GM and WCC Candidate, John van der Wiel.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <When you absolutely don't know what to do anymore, it is time to panic> - John van der Wiel.
Aug-09-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, John van der Wiel.
Jan-23-17  TheFocus: <When you absolutely don't know what to do anymore, it is time to panic> - John van der Wiel.
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