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Bart Michiels
Number of games in database: 244
Years covered: 1998 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2567 (2550 rapid)

Overall record: +69 -59 =100 (52.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 16 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (31) 
    B90 B41 B32 B92 B58
 Nimzo Indian (20) 
    E32 E36 E39 E33 E37
 French Defense (12) 
    C18 C12 C11
 Sicilian Najdorf (10) 
    B90 B92
 French Winawer (7) 
 Bishop's Opening (5) 
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (33) 
    C11 C05 C12 C02 C00
 French (18) 
    C11 C12 C00
 Sicilian (17) 
    B31 B48 B44 B40 B47
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (13) 
    D27 D20 D24
 Slav (10) 
    D11 D10
 French Tarrasch (10) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Duijker vs B Michiels, 2011 0-1
   F Decoster vs B Michiels, 2007 1/2-1/2
   Sevian vs B Michiels, 2015 0-1
   B Michiels vs I Ivanisevic, 2013 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lausanne Masters-Hopefuls 7th (2006)
   European Team Championship (2013)
   Antwerp (2008)
   Tata Steel Challengers (2015)
   Amsterdam Chess Tournament (2006)
   Groningen Chess Festival (2011)
   Czech Open A (2009)
   Amsterdam Lost Boys Open (1998)
   23rd Czech Open A (2012)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)
   French Team Championship (2015)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   European Championship (2013)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)
   FIDE Online Olympiad (2020)

   🏆 FIDE Online Olympiad
   V Kovalev vs B Michiels (Aug-16-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   B Michiels vs A Maznitsin (Aug-16-20) 1-0, rapid
   B Michiels vs R Svane (Aug-16-20) 0-1, rapid
   B Michiels vs R Barcenilla (Aug-15-20) 1-0, rapid
   S Megaranto vs B Michiels (Aug-15-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Oct-30-1986, 36 years old) Belgium

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Grandmaster. He was Belgian champion in 2004 and 2011. =1st at the 38th Eastman Open 2015 in Belgium.

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 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 245  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Michiels vs I Cheparinov  ½-½301998Wch U12B72 Sicilian, Dragon
2. Kasparov vs B Michiels  1-0232000Kasparov Chess simA40 Queen's Pawn Game
3. J Helstone vs B Michiels  0-1372000HZ OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
4. F Kuijpers vs B Michiels  1-0522000HZ OpenB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
5. B Michiels vs T Gelashvili  0-1352000HZ OpenB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
6. Fressinet vs B Michiels  1-0292000Abihome OpenB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
7. B Michiels vs S Megaranto  0-1522000Wch U14B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
8. B Michiels vs T Croonenborghs  0-1292001BEL-chT 2000/01C12 French, McCutcheon
9. L Villaflores vs B Michiels  0-1602001BEL-chT 2000/01B44 Sicilian
10. B Michiels vs Henk Wennekes  1-0252001HZ OpenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
11. Piket vs B Michiels  1-0282001HZ OpenD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
12. B Michiels vs E Van Driel  1-0392001HZ OpenC18 French, Winawer
13. Ka Chun Lui vs B Michiels  1-0372001HZ OpenD00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. B Michiels vs H Porte  1-0292001HZ OpenB02 Alekhine's Defense
15. H van Doorn vs B Michiels  0-1332001HZ OpenD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
16. B Michiels vs J van Zandwijk  0-1402001HZ OpenB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
17. W Bliek vs B Michiels  ½-½352001HZ OpenD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. B Michiels vs F Lucas ½-½692001HZ OpenB58 Sicilian
19. G J van der Hoeven vs B Michiels  ½-½322001Amsterdam Lost Boys OpenC02 French, Advance
20. B Michiels vs P Peelen  ½-½362001Amsterdam Lost Boys OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
21. S Strating vs B Michiels  ½-½322001Amsterdam Lost Boys OpenD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. B Michiels vs Smeets  ½-½512001Amsterdam Lost Boys OpenB32 Sicilian
23. M Peek vs B Michiels  ½-½432001Amsterdam Lost Boys OpenD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
24. B Michiels vs Y Afek  ½-½442001Amsterdam Lost Boys OpenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
25. H Gohil vs B Michiels  0-1642001Amsterdam Lost Boys OpenD00 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 245  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-12-04  STendefamMuitB: I think this is a very strong player who will become a GM very soon.
May-12-04  Okonedomoussa: Bart is a great Belgian player, but somethimes he plays too arrogant like his game against Van Mechelen and Piket After all he is a great player wat his game against Berkes demostrates.
May-12-04  STendefamMuitB: I think if he keeps improving at this speed he may become a strong 2600 gm. But only time can tell how good he will become. But it's a pitty though that he never was champion of belgium youth. A player of his class should definetely earn this title.
May-12-04  Okonedomoussa: I do not agree with StendefamMuitB because Bart was all too good when he was 6 years old or something. In Belgium there is none player who can tipp on him.
May-12-04  STendefamMuitB: I do not agree with you on this, because thibaut maenhout is already champion of belgium while he's only 14. En Bart didn't win the championchip at the age of 14 and 15 when he was the top seed. So i think he should proof he is the best by participating one last time and to win it.
Aug-29-04  nikolaas: There should be more games by him. I think I'll post some (and hope that they come through).
Sep-18-09  BIDMONFA: Bart Michiels


Dec-23-13  PivotalAnorak: He's just become a GM.
Dec-23-13  Captain Hindsight: <May-12-04 TendefamMuitB: I think this is a very strong player who will become a GM very soon.>

In this regard 'very soon' is kinda relative.

Jan-17-17  zanzibar: Here's a game, missing from the DB, where he schools Sokolov in the opening:


[Event "InventiChess GM"]
[Site "Antwerp BEL"]
[Date "2010.09.10"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Michiels, Bart"]
[Black "Sokolov, Ivan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2459"]
[BlackElo "2641"]
[ECO "C46h"]
[EventDate "2010.09.03"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Nd5 Ba5 5.Bc4 Nf6 6.O-O d6 7.c3 Nxd5 8. exd5 Ne7 9.d4 exd4 10.Qa4+ c6 11.dxc6 bxc6 12.Nxd4 Bd7 13.Re1 d5 14. Ba6 Qc7 15.Bf4 Qxf4 16.Rxe7+ Kxe7 17.Nxc6+ Bxc6 18.Qxf4 1-0


3...Bb4!? and 7...Nxd5?! are the start of Black's woes.

Jan-17-17  zanzibar: InventiChess (2010) time controls

<Tempo: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.>

Here's a picture of Michiels from the tournament (against Mehr Hovanishian, then current Belgian champion).

In the previous comment's game here is the position after Sokolov's 14...Qd8-c7:

(White to move)

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r3k2r /p1qbnppp/B1p5/b2p4/Q2N4/2P5/PP3PPP/R1B1R1K1 w - - 0 15

Sokolov's last move is losing, and even 15.g3 is winning. But Michiels finds a nice, and precise, attraction sacrifice to end the game with style.

(The material is even, but the eval sure isn't)

Jan-17-17  zanzibar: Here's a little more about InventiChess, from the 2009 version:

<The InventiChess event takes place on 18-26th September in the Inventi training center, a hundred meters away from the City Hall in the center of the historical downtown of Antwerp in Belgium. This beautiful renovated historical building was the former house of Peter Benoit, former Belgian composer. Nowadays this house is an inspiring environment where sales reps and managers are trained and sales strategies are developed. All the games will be played in the large meeting room on the ground floor.>

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