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J Smeets 
Photograph courtesy of Babak Zahmat.  
Jan Smeets
Number of games in database: 661
Years covered: 1995 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2625 (2617 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2669
Overall record: +211 -139 =274 (55.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      37 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (136) 
    B90 B33 B76 B42 B84
 Ruy Lopez (63) 
    C67 C91 C95 C78 C69
 French Defense (35) 
    C02 C12 C18 C11 C10
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (27) 
    C91 C95 C89 C92 C99
 Sicilian Najdorf (26) 
    B90 B92 B96 B98
 Caro-Kann (22) 
    B18 B12 B19 B14
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (77) 
    D12 D11 D10 D17 D18
 Semi-Slav (50) 
    D45 D44 D47 D43
 Sicilian (45) 
    B90 B22 B50 B52 B40
 Ruy Lopez (29) 
    C80 C65 C77 C78 C95
 Petrov (22) 
    C42 C43
 Sicilian Najdorf (19) 
    B90 B97 B91 B96 B92
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Giri vs J Smeets, 2011 1/2-1/2
   J Smeets vs K Bulski, 2013 1/2-1/2
   D van Kerkhof vs J Smeets, 2012 0-1
   J Smeets vs Short, 2008 1-0
   J Smeets vs Carlsen, 2005 1-0
   J Smeets vs Carlsen, 2004 1/2-1/2
   J Smeets vs Nakamura, 2010 1/2-1/2
   R Rapport vs J Smeets, 2013 0-1
   J Smeets vs L Dominguez, 2009 1/2-1/2
   Radjabov vs J Smeets, 2009 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dutch Championships (2008)
   11th Essent Open (2007)
   Howard Staunton Memorial (Scheveningen Match) (2009)
   Howard Staunton Memorial (2008)
   Tata Steel (Group B) (2013)
   European Union Championships (2008)
   Youth - Experience (2006)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   World Junior Championship (Boys) (2005)
   Corus Group B (2007)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   5th Individual European Chess Championship (2004)
   6th European Individual Championship (2005)
   Bundesliga 2011/12 (2011)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2004 Wijk Aan Zee (group C) by gauer
   2005 Corus (group B) by gauer
   2002 Corus (group A) by gauer

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(born Apr-05-1985, 29 years old) Netherlands

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Jan Smeets was born in Leiden, Netherlands on April 5th, 1985, the same day as fellow Dutch GM Erwin L'Ami. Dutch champion in 2008 and 2010. =2nd (14th on tiebreak) at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012), scoring 8/11 and qualifying for the World Cup (2013), where he lost his first round match to Russian GM Maxim Matlakov, and therefore exited the contest.

Wikipedia article: Jan Smeets

 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 661  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Smeets vs Naiditsch  ½-½62 1995 EU-ch U10A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
2. V Golnev vs J Smeets 0-138 1996 Ch Europe cadets undC34 King's Gambit Accepted
3. S Gashimov vs J Smeets  0-145 1996 EU-ch U12C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
4. J Smeets vs V Jianu  ½-½18 1996 Wch U12 DisneyB72 Sicilian, Dragon
5. J Smeets vs V Jianu  0-157 1996 EU-ch U12B73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
6. D Abilmazhinov vs J Smeets  1-022 1997 Wch U12D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. A Lazar vs J Smeets 0-157 1998 Eu Youth bu14C39 King's Gambit Accepted
8. J Smeets vs D Stojanovski  0-163 1998 EU-ch U14B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
9. J Smeets vs S Glinert  ½-½34 1998 Wch U14B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
10. J Owczarzak vs J Smeets  ½-½29 1998 EU-ch U14B01 Scandinavian
11. S Zawadzki vs J Smeets  ½-½73 1998 EU-ch U14B01 Scandinavian
12. J Smeets vs M M Pavlovic  1-055 1998 EU-ch U14B58 Sicilian
13. J Smeets vs S Plantet  1-050 2000 Glorney and Faber CupB32 Sicilian
14. M Ciprys vs J Smeets  0-142 2000 Glorney and Faber CupB01 Scandinavian
15. J Smeets vs P Van Landeghem  1-017 2000 Glorney and Faber CupB01 Scandinavian
16. J Smeets vs N Frost  1-029 2000 Glorney and Faber CupC02 French, Advance
17. B Bratovic vs J Smeets  ½-½32 2001 EYCC B16C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
18. J Smeets vs Gaetan Didderen 1-018 2001 Glorney CupB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
19. J Smeets vs Mamedyarov  ½-½17 2001 WYB16C42 Petrov Defense
20. J Smeets vs D Rogozenko  0-144 2001 Dutch OpenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
21. J Smeets vs H Happel 1-040 2001 Lost Boys OpenC02 French, Advance
22. S Chapar vs J Smeets  ½-½24 2001 EYCC B16D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. J Smeets vs R Bloemhard  1-056 2001 Dutch OpenC45 Scotch Game
24. M Solleveld vs J Smeets  ½-½24 2001 Tch-NEDC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. B Delafargue vs J Smeets 0-136 2001 Lost Boys OpenC81 Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack
 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 661  PGN Download
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Sep-11-06  Bobak Zahmat: Hungary? No man :) From Afghanistan, but I live in the Netherlands (Europe). By the way I think kiwi ROCK! Especially PETER JACKSON!


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  Willem Wallekers: Is Zahmat your real name or does it mean checkmate in one of the languages of Afghanistan?
Sep-12-06  Bobak Zahmat: Haha :). Yes Zahmat is my real name and no it doesn't mean checkmate. But well found it. Zahmat means brave or something in that corner.
Jan-14-07  Bobak Zahmat: Wow, this guy may be as suprising as two years ago. I really didn't think he able to beat a strong GM as Sargissian. Only time well tell whether this was just a coincidence or not.
Apr-13-08  Piti: well done, Jan!
Apr-13-08  brankat: Congratulations Jan!

Jan Smeets has been a fairly well known young GM in last 3-4 years. A strong potential. So I wonder why is there no Bio here?

Aug-19-08  achieve: Very good result for Smeets at the Staunton Memorial -- strong finish!

Well done, Jan!

Dec-04-08  Alphastar: he plays in group A of corus 2009.
Jan-17-09  piatos blue: Congratulations!!! You beat Ivanchuk.
Jan-23-09  Billy Vaughan: And he's still keeping his head above water with 3.5/6, tied for second and performing nicely above expected.
Mar-16-09  volvak: Jan Smeets is only 23 but he's already suffering from hair loss.
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  wordfunph: <volvak> ahehe! you're right!

Happy Birthday GM Jan Smeets!

Apr-05-09  WhiteRook48: Happy Birthday GM Smeets!
Jun-06-09  Edwin M: I'll be playing a clock simul against GM Smeets the 27th of june in Amsterdam at the yearly MEC festival. I'll post the game on my blog.
Jun-26-09  Edwin M: -edit- There's been a change. Instead i'll be taking on GM Jan Werle.
Jan-22-10  Troller: I hope Jan can keep his spirits high despite his poor play in Corus. Last year he scored a respectable 6/13, losing two and winning one. He had some very decent results since that in 2009, notably qualifying for Amber by having the best score on the "Rising Stars" team. But he also played top board for the Netherlands in the Euro Team Championships, finishing with an even score against opponents rated 2653 on average. His 6/10 in the Staunton Scheveningen was equally convincing. He certainly looked like one who could hold his own against the best, but something has gone completely wrong for him in Corus 2010. Especially his round 5 loss against Kramnik was pitiful, going as White into an inferior endgame right out of the opening, then spending practically all his time before move 25...

Well, cheer up Jan! And start playing decent chess again.

Jan-29-10  Whitehat1963: Seems to be out of his league at Corus this year.
Jan-31-10  Paraconti: This guy is NO GM. Can't even find easy winning combinations. His reputation in chess is destroyed after his last game agst Short in Corus.
Jan-31-10  Mr. Bojangles: <His reputation in chess is destroyed after his last game agst Short in Corus?


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  wordfunph: Jam Smeets was born in Leiden, Netherlands on April 5th, 1985, the same day as fellow Dutch GM Erwin L'Ami. i tried to search their head-to-head battle but to my dismay...nada, i wish to see them face each other over the board.

birthday happy GM Smeets!

Apr-05-10  percyblakeney: <their head-to-head>

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  GrahamClayton: Jan answers some questions about himself:

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  lostemperor: So from his bio his major feat is only that he is born the same day as l'Ami. Pretty meager ..

(born Apr-05-1985) Netherlands
Jam Smeets was born in Leiden, Netherlands on April 5th, 1985, the same day as fellow Dutch GM Erwin L'Ami.

Must be something in the Dutch stars that night :)

Mar-03-11  YourNickname: Hehe look Ponomariov on the background.
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  Penguincw: Happy 27th! Same age as Erwin L'Ami.
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