Jorden van Foreest

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Jorden van Foreest
Jorden van Foreest, 2017
Born (1999-04-30) 30 April 1999 (age 22)
Utrecht, Netherlands
TitleGrandmaster (2016)
FIDE rating2688 (July 2021)
Peak rating2701 (March 2021)

Jhr. Jorden van Foreest (born 30 April 1999) is a Dutch chess grandmaster. He was Dutch Chess Champion in 2016, and won the Tata Steel Masters in 2021. As of April 2021, Van Foreest is the No. 2 ranked Dutch player behind Super GM Anish Giri.[1]

Chess career[edit]

Introduced to the game by his father, Van Foreest learned to play chess at the age of six but did not play regularly until he was nine.[2] He graduated from the Topsport Talent School [nl] in 2018 and since then he has been a professional chess player.[3]


In 2013, Van Foreest won the European U14 Chess Championship with a score of 7½/9 (+6–0=3).[4][5] He earned his international master title in 2014 at the age of 15 and secured all the norms needed for the grandmaster title in 2015 at the age of 16.[6] He was officially awarded his grandmaster title by FIDE in 2016.[7] This makes him the Netherlands' youngest ever grandmaster (Anish Giri was awarded the title at a younger age but was not a Dutch player at the time).[8]

In September 2015, he competed in the World Junior Chess Championship. He finished sixth, scoring 8/13 (+5–2=6).[9] In December, Van Foreest won the Groningen Chess Festival with a score of 7½/9 (+7–1=1).[10]

Van Foreest won the Dutch Chess Championship in August 2016. He scored 5½/7 (+5–1=1) for a performance rating of 2819.[11]


As of 2017, Van Foreest is coached by three-time Dutch Chess Champion Sergei Tiviakov.[12] From 26 June to 2 July 2017, he competed in the Dutch Chess Championship. He finished seventh, scoring 3/7 (+2–3=2).[13] From 28 October to 6 November, he competed for the Netherlands on board 4 at the 2017 European Team Chess Championship. He scored 5/7 (+4–1=2) for a performance rating of 2723.[14] From 13 to 25 November, he competed at the World Junior Chess Championship. He placed fifth with a score of 8/11 (+7–2=2),[15] half a point behind the winner Aryan Tari.[16]

From 13 to 28 January 2018, Van Foreest competed in the Tata Steel Challengers. He finished fifth, scoring 7½/13 (+4–2=7).[17] He competed in the 81st Tata Steel Masters in January 2019, placing thirteenth with 4½/13 (+3–7=3).[18] In July, Van Foreest shared first in the 2019 Dutch Championship with 5/7 (+3–0=4), losing on tiebreak to his younger brother Lucas van Foreest.[19]

At the 82nd Tata Steel Masters in January 2020, Van Foreest placed fourth with 7/13 (+3–2=8).[20]


Van Foreest competed in the 83rd Tata Steel Masters in January, and after 13 rounds was tied for first with Anish Giri on a score of 8½/13 (+4–0=9). After drawing both blitz tiebreakers, Van Foreest won the armageddon game, thus winning the tournament.[21] In the process, Van Foreest increased his Elo rating to 2700+ for the first time in his career,[22] and became the first Dutchman since Jan Timman in 1985 to win Wijk aan Zee.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Van Foreest was born in Utrecht on 30 April 1999 and raised in Groningen, and is a member of the Dutch noble family "Van Foreest" with the honorific of jonkheer.[24][25] He is the great-great grandson of Arnold van Foreest and great-great grandnephew of Dirk van Foreest. Both Arnold and Dirk were three-time Dutch Chess Champions (Arnold: 1889, 1893, 1902; Dirk: 1885, 1886, 1887).[2][11]

Van Foreest is the eldest child of his family and has five siblings: four brothers and one sister.[2] His younger brother, Lucas (born 2001), earned the title of grandmaster in 2018.[26] His sister, Machteld (born 2007), won the Dutch Girls' U10 Championship at the age of 6 and shared second place in the Dutch Girls' U20 Championship when she was 9. In 2017, she became the first girl ever to win the Dutch U12 Championship.[12] She has a FIDE rating of 2161 as of July 2021.[27]


  2. ^ a b c Derakhshani, Dorsa (4 January 2017). "Jorden van Foreest on his career so far". Chess24.
  3. ^ Jorden van Foreest: 'Ze nemen me nu écht serieus' RTV Noord
  4. ^ 23rd European Youth Chess Championship 2013 – Open U14
  5. ^ Final Ranking after 9 Rounds
  6. ^ 4th quarter Presidential Board Meeting 2015
  7. ^ Van Foreest, Jorden FIDE Chess Profile
  8. ^ Top-40 Nederlandse schakers. 27: Jorden van Foreest
  9. ^ Staff writer(s) (15 September 2015). "FIDE World Junior U20 Championship (Open)". Chess Results.
  10. ^ Silver, Albert (4 January 2016). "Groningen Festival won by Jorden van Foreest". ChessBase.
  11. ^ a b McGourty, Colin (30 August 2016). "17-year-old Van Foreest wins Dutch title". Chess24.
  12. ^ a b "De stelling Van Foreest, een schaakfamilie". Archived from the original on 2018-10-10. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  13. ^ "Dutch Championships (2017)".
  14. ^ Staff writer(s) (6 November 2017). "European Team Chess Championship 2017 Open Section". Chess Results.
  15. ^ Staff writer(s) (25 November 2017). "World Junior under 20 Championship 2017 (150309): Van Foreest Jorden". Chess Results.
  16. ^ Staff writer(s) (25 November 2017). "World Junior under 20 Championship 2017 (150309)". Chess Results.
  17. ^ Staff writer(s) (28 January 2018). "Results of Tata Steel Challengers 2018". Tata Steel Chess.
  18. ^ McGourty, Colin (28 January 2019). "Tata Steel 2019, 13: Carlsen's Magnificent Seven". Chess24.
  19. ^ Besenthal, Klaus (7 July 2019). "Niederländische Meisterschaft: Lucas van Foreest siegt nach Tiebreak" (in German). ChessBase.
  20. ^ Jorden van Foreest: 'Ze nemen me nu écht serieus' RTV Noord
  21. ^ Doggers, Peter (31 January 2021). "Jorden van Foreest Wins Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2021".
  22. ^ Jorden van Foreest wint Tata Steel-schaaktoernooi RTV Noord
  23. ^ Van Foreest stunt bij Tata-schaaktoernooi; eerste Nederlandse winnaar sinds 1985 Nederlandse Omroep Stichting
  24. ^ Jonkheer van 17 zet dynastie met schaaktitel voort
  25. ^ "Een wonderlijk Gronings schaakgezin" (in Dutch). Het talent zit in het bloed bij de familie Van Foreest – van het adellijk geslacht, met het predicaat jonkheer.
  26. ^ Van Foreest, Lucas FIDE Chess Profile
  27. ^ Van Foreest, Machteld FIDE Chess Profile

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