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Joop van Oosterom
Number of games in database: 78
Years covered: 1955 to 2009
Last FIDE rating: 2260
Overall record: +39 -8 =31 (69.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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B90 Sicilian, Najdorf (7 games)
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E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical (2 games)
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E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3 (2 games)
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JOOP VAN OOSTEROM
(born Dec-12-1937, 76 years old) Netherlands
PRONUNCIATION:
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GMC Joop van Oosterom was born in Hilversum on December 12th, 1937, five days after Max Euwe lost the world title. His first notable success at chess occurred in April of 1955, when he became the Dutch Youth Champion in Enschede. However, financial and professional interests would soon separate him from competitive chess for many decades.

In 1966, two ex-IBM employees, Van Oosterom and J. C. Mol, founded the Automation Center Volmac, the first Dutch software company. In 1988 Volmac went public and Van Oosterom and Mol became multi-millionaires, obtaining cash and stock for their stake in the company. According to Dutch financial magazine "Quote 500," Van Oosterom's wealth is currently estimated in excess of 1 billion Euros.

In the early 1980s Van Oosterom was secure enough to devote attention to his first love. He was Dutch CC champion in 1980-1981, and played in a number of other correspondence events, including winning the Three-Quarter-Final Candidates section of the 14th World Championship which began November 1987, and was awarded the CC-IM title as a result. In February of 2005, Van Oosterom achieved his lifelong goal as he became the 18th World Chess Correspondence Champion. He crowned this success by becoming the 21st World Chess Correspondence Champion in 2007 also.

A true philanthropist, Van Oosterom became involved in chess sponsorship, through the Max Euwe Association that he founded. Starting in 1992, he began to sponsor the innovative Melody Amber tournaments, involving leading GMs in both rapid and "blindfold" games. This tournament was conducted annually for 20 years.

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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 78  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Mednis vs J van Oosterom  1-035 1955 Wch U20 final-AC59 Two Knights
2. Spassky vs J van Oosterom 1-022 1955 AntwerpenE85 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Variation
3. J van Oosterom vs Tringov  ½-½41 1955 Wch U20 final-AE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
4. Portisch vs J van Oosterom  1-038 1955 Wch U20 final-AA44 Old Benoni Defense
5. J van Oosterom vs A Hollis  1-040 1960 WchT U26 07thA16 English
6. J van Oosterom vs Y Nikolaevsky  1-040 1960 WchT U26 07thA07 King's Indian Attack
7. J van Oosterom vs M Romi  1-035 1967 ImperiaA30 English, Symmetrical
8. G Timmerman vs J van Oosterom  ½-½41 1980 NED-ch10 corrC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. P Seewald vs J van Oosterom  0-136 1980 Ch Netherlands (corr.)E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
10. J Sinke vs J van Oosterom 0-112 1981 corres NLDC33 King's Gambit Accepted
11. J van Oosterom vs G Timmerman 0-131 1982 Volmac-A corr8286C47 Four Knights
12. J van Oosterom vs R E Booij  1-027 1982 corr Holland ch 10C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. J J Carleton vs J van Oosterom  0-127 1989 Corr. World Ch. 1987/89C55 Two Knights Defense
14. T Wibe vs J van Oosterom  ½-½54 1991 NED jub25 corr9193C27 Vienna Game
15. J van Oosterom vs J Kolenbrander  1-049 1991 25 years jubileeE81 King's Indian, Samisch
16. H Rittner vs J van Oosterom  ½-½68 1991 NED jub25 corr9193B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. G Timmerman vs J van Oosterom  ½-½50 1991 NED jub25 corr9193B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
18. E Bang vs J van Oosterom  ½-½30 1994 NOR jub50 corrE15 Queen's Indian
19. J van Oosterom vs M Prizant  1-060 1996 WC15 FinalE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. V Gefenas vs J van Oosterom  0-137 1996 WC15 FinalE92 King's Indian
21. A Sychev vs J van Oosterom  ½-½38 1996 WC15 FinalC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. J van Oosterom vs V Maes  ½-½48 1996 WC15 FinalD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. R Cayford vs J van Oosterom  ½-½58 1996 WC15 FinalC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. A Poulsen vs J van Oosterom  ½-½59 1996 WC15 FinalC88 Ruy Lopez
25. J van Oosterom vs G Gottardi ½-½54 1996 WC15 FinalA52 Budapest Gambit
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Feb-22-05  WMD: Miaow!
Feb-22-05  csmath: <<the way I understand the Keres attack you can only play it against the Scheveningen move order i.e. 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cd 4 Nxd4 Nf6 5 Nc3 d6 6 g4. Against the Najdorf 6 g4 ? would lose a pawn. The Keres is certainly the most intimidating line for a Scheveningen player to face, but if White plays it he needs something else against the Najdorf. White can of course play 6 Be3 e6 7 g4 against the Najdorf, known as the Perenyi, and very sharp. >> Keres Attack is idea and it is just fine with Naydorf.

1. e4 ... c5
2. Nf3 ... d6
3. d4 ... cxd4
4. Nxd4 ... Nf6
5. Nc3 ... a6
6. Be3 ... e6
7. g4

This is the most dangerous weapon against Naydorf though there is no particularly good weapons against Naydorf. This is simply one opening to avoid unless you are very tactical player and believe in your guts. It is allowing black too much of a countergame.

Feb-22-05  euripides: <csmath> That's called the Perenyi in the books I'm familiar with. It differs from the Keres attack in the Scheveningen in that ...e5 is a more common response because Bb5+ is not possible.
Feb-22-05  csmath: I'd still call it Keres' Attack, the ideas are the same as in Scheveningen. I play Naydorf almost exclusively unless I am forced to play something else but I do not play e5 (well perhaps maybe few times), though you are right, that is quite popular. I just don't like it.
Feb-22-05  euripides: <csm> true, most of these lines can transpose into each other. After 7 g4 e5, there is a very sharp line as in

Shirov vs Judit Polgar, 1996

this is rather less normal, I think, after 6 g4 in the Scheveningen but can arise if Black plays 6...a6 (though White also has 7 g5).

Feb-22-05  russep: Are the games from the tournament in which he won coming to this site?
Feb-25-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <aragorn69: Hail to the new champ! But here is a piece of devious gossip by the usually very well-informed Tim Krabbé : <Some famous players and their operators.

The Turk was operated by William Schlumberger, Mephisto was operated by Isidore Gunsberg, Ajeeb was operated by Harry Pillsbury and Joop van Oosterom, the Dutch billionaire / new World Correspondence Chess Champion, is operated by Jeroen Piket.>> It is a very serious charge; Krabbé seems to be saying that Oosterom cheated in order to gain the world title. Piket has been retired from chess for a few years now. There is no argument that Oosterom was a great sponsor of him throughout his career, but has their relationship continued now that Piket is inactive.

Mar-01-05  aragorn69: It is indeed a serious charge. But has van Oosterom (or Piket for that matter, although the latter may rather take the quip as a compliment) sued Krabbé for it ??
Mar-01-05  maoam: <offramp: There is no argument that Oosterom was a great sponsor of him throughout his career, but has their relationship continued now that Piket is inactive.>

I knew I'd read about van Oosterom and Piket before, now I remember where:

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hans8...

Mar-01-05  maoam: <The career he had been preparing for turned out to be that of a close assistant to Joop van Oosterom, the Dutch chess patron (and a top correspondence chess player) who has spent millions on chess.>

-- Hans Ree

Mar-21-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: I'd like to make a bold plea to Mr. Oosterom on behalf of chess lovers around the globe. Help us sort out the world championship crisis!! All it would take to solve this mess is somebody who chess players can respect (that's you) and a little bit of money (that's you also.)

I'm sorry if I come across sounding brash but often I daydream about what I would do if I had a billion dollars. Somewhere on my "top 10 list" would be this: I would slap a few million on the table and say "We're having a world chess championship, right here, right now, no more excuses." I beg of you to share this daydream with me, because you're one of the only people on earth with both the wherewithal and interest to turn this dream into a reality. Who knows, we might even lure Kasparov back to the board.

Mar-21-05  DP12: Actually if you analyse this line with g4 against the Najdorf I think the critical game is Gormally v. Kaufman which showed close to a forced perpetual in the g4 lines. But to say that the English attack is not dangerous is not right at all... especially in the e6 lines white has a strong position although of course black has counterchances which if he exploits well, he can turn the game. e5 has Kasparov as has been used alot lately seems more solid but of course white still has to be at least slightly better although of course your point that whoever is most comfortable (i.e Kasparov) will win.
Apr-15-06  EmperorAtahualpa: An article in Dutch by GM Hans Ree about correspondence chess and world correspondence chess champion Joop van Oosterom:

"IS ALLES TE KOOP?

Door Hans Ree

In het correspondentieschaak mag alles. Je mag computers gebruiken en vrienden om raad vragen, zelfs als die vrienden veel sterker schaken dan jij zelf. Om het te verhinderen zou je een sterke geheime correspondentieschaakpolitie nodig hebben, dus een verbod is zinloos.

Vorig jaar werd de Nederlandse financiële zwaargewicht Joop van Oosterom de 18de wereldkampioen correspondentieschaak. Er wordt vaak gezegd dat hij bij het spelen van zijn partijen geholpen wordt door de topschakers die in zijn jaarlijkse Ambertoernooi mogen spelen, maar ik denk dat dat niet juist is uitgedrukt. De partijen die hij in dat wereldkampioenschap speelde en de analyses die hij er later over publiceerde zijn zo fantastisch goed dat ik er van overtuigd ben dat hij zich er zelf helemaal niet mee bemoeid heeft.

Zoals gezegd, het is niet tegen de regels, maar het zou zuiverder zijn als dat wereldkampioenschap zou zijn toegekend aan Van Oosterom Holding of iets dergelijks. Bij autoraces en in de paardensport is het ook niet zo dat de eigenaar van de renstal zelf tot wereldkampioen wordt benoemd.

Het lijkt me dat er voor de beste correspondentieschakers weinig aardigheid meer aan is om aan een wereldkampioenschap mee te doen waarvoor het anonieme collectief van Van Oosterom zich ook heeft ingeschreven. Misschien komt het daardoor dat twee oud-wereldkampioenen samen de strijd zijn aangegaan, man tegen man, net als vroeger.

Het zijn Mikhail Umansky, een Rus die in Duitsland woont, en de Nederlander Gert Jan Timmerman. Umansky was de 13de wereldkampioen in het correspondentieschaak, van 1998 tot 2000, en Timmerman de 15de, van 2001 tot 2003.

Sinds juli 2005 spelen ze een match van zes partijen. In vier daarvan waren gambieten voorgeschreven. De partijen kunnen worden gevolgd op de website www.chessevents.nl en ze zijn volgens mij van een grote diepzinnigheid die in het gewone schaak meestal niet haalbaar is. Als ik het goed begrepen heb is de bedenktijd in iedere partij 60 dagen voor 10 zetten.

Source: http://www.nrc.nl/rubrieken/schaken... (registration required)

(This link also contains an analysis of a game between Timmerman and Umansky.)

May-12-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Dear Mr. van Oosterom,

CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE WIN OF THE

<XXI CORRESPONDENCE CHESS WORLDCHAMPIONSHIP> !!!!!

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May-13-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: If Piket really did play Oosterman's games then his opening repertoire has undergone a huge change in a relatively short time. Piket never played the Najdorf Sicilian as black, and only rarely opened 1.e4 as white.
May-17-07  Manic: This is the guy who is our opponent in the next Chessgames challenge right?
May-17-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: No, Gert Jan Timmerman will be our opponent.
May-31-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: Now it's official: Joop van Oosterom is the new World Champion of Correspondence Chess!

The only one who could have caught him was our GM Nickel (with 6 points and four games not finished yet) but he said himself that he would likely score 2/4 from the last games.

He drew Hector Walsh (2649) but would have had to win all of the remaining games. Crosstable: http://www.iccf-webchess.com/EventC...

Congratulations to Mr. Oosterom!

Jul-02-07  Prokofiev fan: He probably used his billions to buy a supercomputer or two, and low and behold he is the WCCC.
Jul-02-07  russep: Exactly how is correspondance chess played what are the rules.
Jul-02-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <russep> For this particular game, Gert Jan Timmerman vs. World, visit the newly opened page Chessgames Challenge: The World vs G Timmerman, 2007, and read page 1.
Dec-12-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday Mr.Oosterom!
Dec-12-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Willem Wallekers: <offramp: ... but has their relationship continued now that Piket is inactive.> Yes, it has. Piket got a job in a company of Van Oosterom
Mar-12-11  gauer: Hats off to Mr. Oosterom for 20 years of sponsoring & organizing a gold standard of Melody blindfold / rapid events.
Jul-15-12  achieve: For those interested in the "Joop van Oosterom" 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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