Jorden van Foreest

GRANDMASTER

Netherlands

April 30, 1999

World Rank #37

Fide Rating

2701

Peak Rating

2701

'16 Dutch Chess Champion

'21 Tata Steel winner

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 January 2021, Van Foreest is the No. 2 ranked Dutch player.

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. 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).

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. He graduated from the Topsport Talent School in 2018 and since then he has been a professional chess player.

Jorden is the eldest child of his family and has five siblings: four brothers and one sister. His younger brother, Lucas (born 2001), earned the title of grandmaster in 2018. 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.

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