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Jan Smeets
J Smeets 
Photograph courtesy of Babak Zahmat.  
Number of games in database: 743
Years covered: 1995 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2585 (2586 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2669

Overall record: +239 -149 =301 (56.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 54 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (151) 
    B90 B33 B76 B42 B30
 Ruy Lopez (76) 
    C67 C78 C95 C91 C69
 French Defense (41) 
    C02 C12 C10 C11 C18
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (31) 
    C95 C91 C89 C92 C84
 Sicilian Najdorf (25) 
    B90 B92 B96 B98
 Caro-Kann (25) 
    B18 B12 B14
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (85) 
    D12 D11 D10 D17 D18
 Sicilian (52) 
    B90 B22 B50 B97 B84
 Semi-Slav (51) 
    D45 D44 D47 D43
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C80 C77 C78 C65 C95
 Petrov (25) 
    C42 C43
 Sicilian Najdorf (24) 
    B90 B93 B97 B92 B94
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ljubojevic vs J Smeets, 2007 0-1
   Radjabov vs J Smeets, 2009 1/2-1/2
   Jonkman vs J Smeets, 2002 0-1
   Bologan vs J Smeets, 2011 0-1
   J Smeets vs Carlsen, 2005 1-0
   Timman vs J Smeets, 2007 0-1
   D van Kerkhof vs J Smeets, 2012 0-1
   Zherebukh vs J Smeets, 2011 0-1
   Mamedyarov vs J Smeets, 2005 0-1
   J Smeets vs I Sokolov, 2011 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dutch Championship (2008)
   Staunton Memorial (Scheveningen Match) (2009)
   Corus Group B (2005)
   Staunton Memorial (2008)
   Corus Group C (2004)
   Tata Steel Group B (2013)
   Bundesliga 2015/16 (2015)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   Bundesliga 2012/13 (2012)
   Bundesliga 2016/17 (2016)
   Bundesliga 2018/19 (2018)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   European Championship (2011)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   Bundesliga 2017/18 (2017)

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

   🏆 Tata Steel Challengers
   Max Warmerdam vs J Smeets (Jan-26-20) 1-0
   J Smeets vs A Smirnov (Jan-25-20) 1/2-1/2
   Eljanov vs J Smeets (Jan-24-20) 1/2-1/2
   J Smeets vs N Grandelius (Jan-22-20) 1/2-1/2
   Sarin Nihal vs J Smeets (Jan-21-20) 1/2-1/2

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(born Apr-05-1985, 36 years old) Netherlands

[what is this?]
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 30; games 1-25 of 743  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Smeets vs Naiditsch  ½-½621995EU-ch U10A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
2. J Smeets vs V Jianu  ½-½181996Wch U12 DisneyB72 Sicilian, Dragon
3. J Smeets vs V Jianu  0-1571996EU-ch U12B73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
4. V Golnev vs J Smeets 0-1381996EU-ch U12C34 King's Gambit Accepted
5. S Gashimov vs J Smeets  0-1451996EU-ch U12C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
6. D Abilmazhinov vs J Smeets  1-0221997Wch U12D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. J Owczarzak vs J Smeets  ½-½291998EU-ch U14B01 Scandinavian
8. S Zawadzki vs J Smeets  ½-½731998EU-ch U14B01 Scandinavian
9. J Smeets vs M M Pavlovic  1-0551998EU-ch U14B58 Sicilian
10. J Smeets vs D Stojanovski  0-1631998EU-ch U14B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
11. A Lazar vs J Smeets 0-1571998EU-ch U14C39 King's Gambit Accepted
12. J Smeets vs S Glinert  ½-½341998Wch U14B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
13. J Smeets vs N Frost  1-0292000Glorney and Faber CupC02 French, Advance
14. J Smeets vs P Van Landeghem  1-0172000Glorney and Faber CupB01 Scandinavian
15. M Ciprys vs J Smeets  0-1422000Glorney and Faber CupB01 Scandinavian
16. J Smeets vs S Plantet  1-0502000Glorney and Faber CupB32 Sicilian
17. B Lalic vs J Smeets  1-0352001KPMG WeekenderD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. J Smeets vs A H Wohl  1-0382001KPMG WeekenderB03 Alekhine's Defense
19. J Smeets vs T Willemze  1-0382001Tch-NEDC02 French, Advance
20. M Solleveld vs J Smeets  ½-½242001Tch-NEDC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
21. J Smeets vs I Rogers  0-1382001Tch-NEDC02 French, Advance
22. J Smeets vs I Rees  1-0232001Glorney CupB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. J Smeets vs Gaetan Didderen 1-0182001Glorney CupB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
24. P Stehno vs J Smeets  ½-½392001Glorney CupC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
25. J Smeets vs S Buckley  ½-½322001Glorney CupB32 Sicilian
 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 743  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
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  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>

Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Jan answers some questions about himself:

Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy 27th! Same age as Erwin L'Ami.
Apr-05-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Jan Smeets.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Troller: Smeets more or less retired some years ago, but apparently he has decided to earn a few bucks in the Bundesliga this season. Happy birthday!
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