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Jeroen Piket
Number of games in database: 1,514
Years covered: 1981 to 2002
Last FIDE rating: 2624
Highest rating achieved in database: 2670

Overall record: +393 -282 =574 (54.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 265 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Indian (117) 
    E12 E15 E17 E16 E19
 King's Indian (81) 
    E94 E99 E97 E60 E81
 Queen's Pawn Game (74) 
    A46 A41 A45 D02 A40
 Semi-Slav (53) 
    D47 D43 D44 D45 D46
 Grunfeld (53) 
    D97 D85 D82 D98 D91
 Slav (46) 
    D15 D18 D17 D10 D19
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (138) 
    E97 E92 E94 E62 E67
 Ruy Lopez (121) 
    C92 C80 C96 C99 C90
 Sicilian (84) 
    B63 B89 B32 B67 B58
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (60) 
    C92 C96 C99 C90 C95
 Queen's Gambit Declined (42) 
    D39 D38 D37 D31 D30
 Semi-Slav (41) 
    D45 D44 D43 D47 D49
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Piket vs Smirin, 1993 1-0
   Piket vs Kasparov, 1995 1-0
   Van Wely vs Piket, 1996 0-1
   B Spycher vs Piket, 1986 0-1
   Piket vs Kasparov, 2000 1-0
   Piket vs Kasparov, 1997 1/2-1/2
   Piket vs Kramnik, 1999 1-0
   L Riemersma vs Piket, 1988 0-1
   Piket vs K Bischoff, 2001 1-0
   Piket vs Gulko, 1990 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Tilburg Fontys (1996)
   Dortmund Sparkassen (1994)
   Hoogovens Group A (1997)
   Hoogovens Group A (1999)
   Amsterdam (1996)
   Montecatini Terme (2000)
   Tilburg Fontys (1998)
   Corus Group A (2000)
   Hoogovens Group A (1996)
   Madrid (1997)
   Corus Group A (2002)
   Hoogovens Group A (1998)
   Amsterdam (1995)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Melody Amber 1995 by amadeus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1992 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1996 by suenteus po 147
   Hoogovens Group A 1999 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1997 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1998 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1989 by suenteus po 147

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(born Jan-27-1969, 51 years old) Netherlands
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Jeroen Piket was born in Leiden. He achieved the grandmaster title in 1989 and, until retiring from classical chess in 2002, was a regular participant in top international events. His results from these events distinguish him as one of a handful of players to defeat Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand in tournament play. His most notable tournament victories include Gronigen 1992, Dortmund 1994 and Tilburg 1996 (shared with Boris Gelfand). He also took first place in four Dutch Championships (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994).

Wikipedia article: Jeroen Piket

 page 1 of 61; games 1-25 of 1,514  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Piket vs L J Kerkhoff  1-0311981NED-ch TeamE70 King's Indian
2. Piket vs G Timmerman  ½-½391983NED-ch sf BA48 King's Indian
3. Z Krnic vs Piket  0-1331984Amsterdam OHRA-BB08 Pirc, Classical
4. Piket vs J Van Mil  1-0441984Amsterdam OHRA-BD85 Grunfeld
5. Barlov vs Piket ½-½891984Amsterdam OHRA-BE92 King's Indian
6. Piket vs B Enklaar 0-1681984Amsterdam OHRA-BD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
7. Piket vs J Sunye Neto  0-1391984Amsterdam OHRA-BA47 Queen's Indian
8. F van der Vliet vs Piket  ½-½391984Amsterdam OHRA-BE92 King's Indian
9. Piket vs P Gelpke  ½-½441984Amsterdam OHRA-BA48 King's Indian
10. R Hartoch vs Piket  ½-½261984Amsterdam OHRA-BB07 Pirc
11. Piket vs J van Baarle 1-0351984Amsterdam OHRA-BE46 Nimzo-Indian
12. Piket vs Anand 0-1441984Wch U20A48 King's Indian
13. K Pulkkinen vs Piket  0-1311984Wch U20A56 Benoni Defense
14. G Rechlis vs Piket 1-0311984EU-ch U20E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
15. O Renet vs Piket  0-1621984EU-ch U20B89 Sicilian
16. Piket vs E G F Hellers  ½-½281984EU-ch U20E66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
17. K A Hynes vs Piket  ½-½621984EU-ch U20E92 King's Indian
18. Barlov vs Piket  0-1311985Hoogovens-BE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
19. H Bohm vs Piket  1-0411985Hoogovens-BE61 King's Indian
20. H Grooten vs Piket  0-1341985Hoogovens-BE92 King's Indian
21. R Hartoch vs Piket  ½-½341985Hoogovens-BA07 King's Indian Attack
22. Piket vs H Peters  1-0291985NED-ch opD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
23. Piket vs P Van der Sterren  0-1411985Hoogovens-BD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Barlov vs Piket 0-1311985Hoogovens-BE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
25. Piket vs G J de Boer  ½-½191985Hoogovens-BD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 61; games 1-25 of 1,514  PGN Download
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Jun-09-07  Arribarri: But here in Holland, of course, we pronounce Piquet the same way as Piket!;-)
Oct-06-07  ahmadov: Does anyone know why this man does not play professional chess nowadays?
Oct-06-07  Karpova: Yasser Sairawan:

<The chess world is full of truly outstanding people and Jeroen is a pearl. He's an honest, forthright person. I've a tremendous respect for his skills as a player and even more for him as a person. Jeroen was fortunate to be born Dutch and to take up the game of chess in a nation that truly appreciates it. Following in the trail blazed by Max Euwe and Jan Timman, Jeroen has been the beneficiary of numerous great Dutch tournament invitations and had a wonderful benefactor in Joop Van Oosterom. Therefore it came as a puzzlement to hear him say in Prague, "So these two games (with Peter Svidler) are my parting gift to the chess world." "What," I asked Jeroen, "are you talking about?" Jeroen then proceeded to tell me that he was retiring as an active grandmaster, that he wouldn't be playing any further major events, only the occasional league, blitz and an exhibition simul and that was it; he was hanging up his spurs.

In a concentrated period full of surprises this was a completely unexpected blow from a different direction. I mean, my goodness! If Jeroen, with all his fortunate benefits as a leading Dutch grandmaster – and I don't mean to embarrass him with this mention – was giving up chess, what chance is there that others will pursue chess as a profession? Consider that Jeroen at one time had a rating above 2700, was Champion of Holland many times and is still only 33 years old. That is quite young. (Kasparov is 39 and playing the best chess of his life.)

Jeroen explained that with his family, including two small children, he was concerned about their future. He has no pension and who knows in a few years what the situation may be; what if chess continued its steep decline? If there was ever a chance to make a career change, now was the time. Ten years hence, there might be no such option.

I was shaken.

I've witnessed so many of America's promising players leave the game – wasn't I considering the same thing myself? – that I refocused yet again. If chess has a future, we need to have complete unity. Goodness gracious, how do you replace such a person as Jeroen Piket? What a loss! The thought of his absence from the chess world troubled me deeply.>

Oct-07-07  ahmadov: Thanks for the link, <Karpova>...
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  patzer2: <Piket retired from chess in 2001 to become the personal secretary of billionaire Joop van Oosterom. A few years later, in 2005, Van Oosterom won the Correspondence chess World Championship, causing Tim Krabbé to write: "The Turk was operated by William Schlumberger, Mephisto was operated by Isidore Gunsberg, Ajeeb was operated by Harry Pillsbury and Joop van Oosterom is operated by Jeroen Piket.">

Jun-29-08  MichAdams: Jeroen's elder brother: Marcel Piket
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  PhilFeeley: <plang: Just looked at a win by Piket with black (closed Ruy Lopez) against Shirov in the 1997 edition of Linares.>

Shirov vs Piket, 1997

Dec-24-08  zzzzzzzzzzzz: piket's good
Jul-15-12  achieve: For those interested in the Piket 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.

Piket's outstanding Hoogovens was in 1997, when he should have won; Jeroen stormed out of the Blocks with <5/6>, beating Salov in the first round, but threw away the tournament win by losing the final round game to Yermolinsky.

Jan-27-13  Kikoman: Happy 44th Birthday GM Jeroen Piket! ^^
Jan-25-15  Caissanist: Has there ever been any public information about what exactly Piket has been doing for the last thirteen years as a "personal secretary"? I did a google and there was absolutely nothing, not even a Facebook or LinkedIn page. He seems to be intentionally keeping a very low profile, I wonder why.
Jan-25-15  zanzibar: <caissanist> This article, in Dutch(?), has some speculation:

It's one of the wiki links on Piket's page.

Jan-25-15  zanzibar: <patzer2> quotes some of the article just above.
Mar-30-15  zanzibar: Beware of clickingon the link in the photograph above.

I get <Web Attack: Mass Injection Website> notice.

<CG> should deactivate the link.

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  diagonal: Happy birthday!

<Dutch Champion in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994>. Dutch Junior Champion U13, U16, and multiple U20.

Won or shared first at Brussels Iclicki (Open) 1987, Spijkenisse (Mini-Tournament) 1987 (joint with WGM Nana Ioseliani), <Munich SKA-Mephisto 1989> (joint with Van der Sterren), Ostend (Open) 1990, <three-times winning in a row at Groningen GM in 1990, 1991, and 1992>: Groningen GM 1990, joint with Adams, Khalifman and Rogers, Groningen GM 1991 joint with C. Hansen, and Groningen GM 1992 outright. <Antwerp, Volmac Invitational 1993> (joint with Korchnoi, ahead of Christiansen, ten players), <Dortmund 1994> (clear first ahead of Adams, including Korchnoi, aged 60+, who beat in the tournament Karpov, Timman and Leko, ten players), <Antwerp, (4th) Lost Boys (Open)> 1.-3. shared with Van Wely and Ye Rongguang, <Tilburg 1996> (tying for first with Gelfand without either losing a game, ahead of Shirov, including also Leko, Karpov, Adams, Svidler, Lautier or Judit Polgar on last place, twelve players). <Biel 1999> (outright winner in a double round robin, six players), Vlissingen Hogeschool Zeeland Open 2001.

Dortmund ('94), Tilburg with Gelfand ('96) and Biel ('99) are his biggest tournament wins.

Piket also was =2nd-4th at Wijk aan Zee 1997, Salov won by half a point: As pointed out, Piket stormed out of the blocks with 5/6 points, beating Salov in the first round, but threw away the tournament win by losing the final round game to GM Yermolinsky.

In matches, Piket lost to John Van der Wiel 2˝-1˝ in 1986, lost to Viktor Korchnoi 2-6 in 1993, <beat Ljubomir Ljubojevic 6-2> and <beat Lev Polugaevsky 4˝-3˝> in 1994, lost to Alexei Shirov 5˝-2˝ and to Judith Polgar 6-2 in 1995, <beat Jan Timman 1˝-˝> and <beat Joel Lautier 2-0> in 1995, drew Anatoly Karpov 4-4 in 1999, and won an Internet match above Garry Kasparov.

In the friendly match against Lev Polugaevsky, Viktor Korchnoi acted as an assistant (second) for Jeroen Piket who worked himself several times as a second of Viktor Korchnoi.

A participant in the Olympiads between 1988 and 2000, Piket won a team bronze medal in 1988.

Also a member of the national team which won the European Team Championship 2001 where Piket collected an individual silver medal at board two.

Best ELO: 2670 in 1995, he was then the sole eleventh world ranked player. Jeroen Piket retired from chess at age of 33 in 2002; to become in the same year the personal secretary of dutch businessman and chess maecenas Joop van Oosterom.

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  wordfunph: "If you're playing badly you're always nervous."

- GM Jeroen Piket

Dec-08-18  Caissanist: I wonder what Piket is doing nowadays, now that the guy he was supposedly "personal secretary" for has passed on.
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  Ron: < Caissanist: I wonder what Piket is doing nowadays, now that the guy he was supposedly "personal secretary" for has passed on..>

This made made me recall the most unusual job I had. Back in the 1990s, I had a part time job as an assistant to a private math tutor. The math tutor had Mysophobia.
I worked at his home. I opened and went through his mail, typed correspondence, graded papers, assisted him in his analysis of the stock market. He kept a distance from me. For example, when he opened the door to let me in, he stepped back and kept about a two feet distance from me.

Jan-27-19  GumboGambit: < Caissanist: I wonder what Piket is doing nowadays, now that the guy he was supposedly "personal secretary" for has passed on..>

According to his LinkedIn profile, Piket is a Treasurer for Dutch Investment firm Wereldhave. So safe to say that his Chess smarts have translated well into Real World smarts.

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  WTHarvey: Here are some mates and combinations from his games: Find the winning moves!
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  jith1207: I think as Piket had stated during retirement, he has secured a nice job for himself where he could be assured of financial security than what Chess would have provided.

I hope that puts the peace on the quest here about what he's doing these days.

Jan-28-19  Caissanist: I wasn't questioning his ability to make a living, just curious about what he actually did/does. I don't know what exactly he did for van Oosterman, but I think it's safe to assume that he wasn't answering phones or taking dictation, his "personal secretary" title notwithstanding.

This seems to be part of a larger trend in society. More and more skilled work seems to have rather nebulous and/or secret job responsibilities. Kinda makes it harder for young people who want to figure out what to do in life.

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  jith1207: I agree, it's good to be curious about what he has been doing. If I have to guess, I think the role is sort of personal management team but may be when you work for a billionaire, they are designated as Secretary? I guess in these circles, secretary takes a whole different meaning, like the one in White House or the one for the President. The role probably handles all management stuff for the boss and the company.
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  OrangeTulip: it’s astonishing to read this stuff about Piket. So sad you have once in the twenty, thirty years a talent like that in Holland. But also so true he foresaw possible financial trouble arising. Like in music there are too much talents playing chess on a very high level, but without earning much. There are simply too many
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to GM Piket! After reading his profile, I can tell that he has beaten some of the best chess players of all time!
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