Young Lions

Young Lions

Jorden van Foreest , Dutch youngest GM ever, shares his 2017 World Juniors’ road…successful opening preparation… and missed chances.

Jorden starts with his World Juniors’ Najdorf preparation and shows how his ideas in (still) little played line netted him sizeable opening advantages. In important game however Van Foreest lets his advantage slip and loses dynamic (better) endgame.

Consequence of that loss was a ‘must win’ situation in the last round versus Aryan Tari. Playing white (and) fearing ‘direct preparation’ in Scotch (leading to forced drawish position), Jorden choose Italian and though obtaining an advantage -not being able to notch up full point, Aryan Tari becoming World Junior Champion.

Van Foreest, Jorden (2616) - Liu,Yan (2422) [B92]
World Junior Open 2017 Tarvisio ITA (5.15), 17.11.2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2

[6.Be3 e5 7.Nf3 is more popular]

6…e5 7.Nf3

This White’s plan is relatively new and ‘the main line’ is yet to be established.


[7…Be7 8.Bg5 has been recently played at the top level and Jorden gives his insights;

7…h6 8.Nd2 White’s ideas are positional in this line and are instructively explained by Jorden

8…b5 9.a4! b4 10.Nd5 Nxd5 11.exd5 Be7?! 12.a5± White is already better and celebrated quick (impressive) victory in 1–0 Van Foreest,J (2616)-Sorokin,A (2483)/Tarvisio ITA 2017 (28)]

8.Nd2 White follows on his strategic plans ….to obtain sizeable advantage later in the game…

[8.Bg5 Nbd7]

Tata Steel Challengers presented an opportunity for redemption. Eager to find out what would have had been, had he chosen ‘the Scotch’ …opening choice (in this game) was no brainer…

Jorden surprised Aryan in the opening quickly celebrating spectacular win…

Van Foreest, Jorden (2629) - Tari,Aryan (2599) [C45]
80th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee NED (8.2), 21.01.2018

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6
6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Nb6 9.Nc3 Qe6 10.Qe4 g6

According to theoretical ‘state of affairs’ White has no advantage here, White’s main line being 11.Bd3. Jorden surprises his rival and gets (sort of) redemption for his missed World juniors title chance…