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Van der Wiel 
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John van der Wiel
Number of games in database: 1,682
Years covered: 1976 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2399
Highest rating achieved in database: 2590
Overall record: +482 -313 =843 (55.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      44 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (353) 
    B90 B32 B33 B82 B93
 French Defense (119) 
    C07 C05 C03 C11 C10
 Ruy Lopez (90) 
    C91 C69 C92 C67 C78
 French Tarrasch (78) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09 C04
 Sicilian Najdorf (72) 
    B90 B93 B96 B97 B92
 Caro-Kann (64) 
    B12 B17 B19 B11 B10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (214) 
    B67 B33 B32 B40 B62
 Queen's Indian (109) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E19
 Nimzo Indian (67) 
    E32 E41 E42 E39 E20
 Queen's Pawn Game (59) 
    A46 A45 A41 E00 E10
 King's Indian (57) 
    E92 E63 E98 E97 E73
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (43) 
    B67 B62 B64 B63 B60
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Van der Wiel vs Tiviakov, 2001 1-0
   Van der Wiel vs J van Baarle, 1983 1-0
   G Andruet vs Van der Wiel, 1985 0-1
   Van der Wiel vs Ehlvest, 1989 1-0
   Van der Wiel vs J Van Mil, 1977 1-0
   Van der Wiel vs Karpov, 1987 1/2-1/2
   Van der Wiel vs Hort, 1981 1-0
   Van der Wiel vs W Iclicki, 1985 1-0
   Anand vs Van der Wiel, 1989 0-1
   Van der Wiel vs Sax, 1983 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Harmonie (2004)
   Corus Group C (2006)
   Biel Interzonal (1985)
   Corus Group C (2008)
   Dutch Championship (2006)
   Corus Group C (2007)
   Amsterdam Chess Tournament (2005)
   Wijk aan Zee (2003)
   Groningen Chess Festival (2009)
   15th Unive Open (2011)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Biel Interzonal 1985 by suenteus po 147
   Rotterdam World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1992 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1982 by suenteus po 147
   Chessaholics Anonymous by southpawjinx
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1989 by suenteus po 147

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(born Aug-09-1959, 56 years old) Netherlands
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John T. H. 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.

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 page 1 of 68; games 1-25 of 1,682  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Van der Wiel vs Petursson  0-143 1976 Wattignies Wch-16B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
2. Van der Wiel vs Kasparov 1-042 1976 WattigniesB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
3. Groszpeter vs Van der Wiel  0-139 1976 Wattignies Wch-16B40 Sicilian
4. Van der Wiel vs G Franzoni  1-033 1976 Wattignies Wch-16B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
5. Van der Wiel vs D Cramling ½-½20 1976 Wattignies Wch-16B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. S Semkov vs Van der Wiel  0-135 1976 Wattignies Wch-16A33 English, Symmetrical
7. I Rogers vs Van der Wiel 1-052 1976 World Cadet Ch U17A69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
8. P Nikolic vs Van der Wiel 1-031 1976 Wattignies Wch-16A37 English, Symmetrical
9. Skembris vs Van der Wiel 0-147 1977 EU-ch 7778 U20A45 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Van der Wiel vs J Van Mil 1-09 1977 NEDB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
11. B Carlier vs Van der Wiel  0-136 1977 Student teamsA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
12. E Pedersen vs Van der Wiel  1-034 1977 Nykobing FB40 Sicilian
13. Plaskett vs Van der Wiel  ½-½34 1978 GroningenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. K Mokry vs Van der Wiel  1-061 1978 Wch U20B33 Sicilian
15. Van der Wiel vs S Taulbut 0-121 1978 GroningenB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
16. Yusupov vs Van der Wiel  1-041 1978 Wch U20A04 Reti Opening
17. Van der Wiel vs T Karolyi Sr.  1-028 1978 GroningenC10 French
18. Van der Wiel vs R Kuijf  1-044 1978 NEDB33 Sicilian
19. T Karolyi Sr. vs Van der Wiel  0-132 1978 GrazC02 French, Advance
20. Van der Wiel vs Dolmatov  ½-½35 1978 EU-ch U20 7879B33 Sicilian
21. I Gelfer vs Van der Wiel  ½-½15 1978 NEDE73 King's Indian
22. Van der Wiel vs Yusupov 0-129 1978 Telex MatchB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
23. J A Grefe vs Van der Wiel  ½-½46 1979 Lone PineB33 Sicilian
24. Van der Wiel vs H Van Riemsdijk  0-149 1979 Amsterdam IBM IIC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
25. Van der Wiel vs K Langeweg  1-056 1979 Dieren op 10thB83 Sicilian
 page 1 of 68; games 1-25 of 1,682  PGN Download
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Dec-27-04  percyblakeney: And winning is indeed what Kuzubov is doing, it will be even at the top with three rounds to go.
Dec-27-04  erasmus: it certainly looks like it <percyblakeney>. Kuzubov is one pawn up and looks in control of the game.
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.
Feb-10-05  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.
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  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!!!

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  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.
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  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.
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  TheFocus: <When you absolutely don't know what to do anymore, it is time to panic> - John van der Wiel.
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