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Loek van Wely
Van Wely 
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Number of games in database: 2,953
Years covered: 1985 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2615 (2635 rapid, 2593 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2714
Overall record: +870 -538 =966 (57.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 579 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Indian (178) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16 E19
 King's Indian (173) 
    E97 E94 E92 E91 E90
 Queen's Gambit Declined (147) 
    D37 D38 D31 D39 D30
 Slav (126) 
    D15 D18 D11 D12 D17
 Nimzo Indian (113) 
    E32 E20 E34 E21 E38
 Queen's Pawn Game (89) 
    A41 E10 A40 A46 A45
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (594) 
    B90 B84 B33 B80 B22
 King's Indian (180) 
    E97 E67 E92 E81 E60
 Sicilian Scheveningen (146) 
    B84 B80 B81 B82 B83
 Sicilian Najdorf (134) 
    B90 B93 B96 B97 B92
 Grunfeld (72) 
    D85 D97 D71 D73 D80
 Pirc (66) 
    B07 B09 B08
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Van Wely vs K Georgiev, 1997 1-0
   P Schlosser vs Van Wely, 2012 0-1
   Van Wely vs Leko, 1996 1/2-1/2
   Van Wely vs Svidler, 2007 1-0
   Van Wely vs Morozevich, 2004 1-0
   Van Wely vs Short, 2010 1-0
   Shirov vs Van Wely, 2007 0-1
   Van Wely vs Radjabov, 2009 1-0
   Van Wely vs T F Rumph, 2011 1-0
   Aronian vs Van Wely, 2014 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2000)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Amsterdam Lost Boys Open (1998)
   Dutch Championship (2004)
   Dutch Championship (2002)
   Donner Memorial Open (1994)
   20th World Open (1992)
   Leeuwarden Open (1993)
   Dutch Championship (1994)
   Baku Chess Festival (2007)
   Foxwoods Open (2009)
   Lost Boys Open (1998)
   World Cup (2005)
   Bundesliga 2017/18 (2017)
   New York Open (1993)
   European Junior Championship 1988/89 (1988)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Exchange sacs - 4 by obrit
   Grunfeld emotions by Yopo
   Wijk aan Zee 2003 by Chessdreamer
   Corus Group A 2003 by Tabanus
   1995 Capablanca memorial by gauer

   🏆 Bundesliga
   Van Wely vs A Korobov (Oct-21-23) 0-1
   M Palac vs Van Wely (Oct-22-22) 0-1
   Van Wely vs F Urkedal (Oct-09-22) 1/2-1/2
   A Zajogin vs Van Wely (Oct-08-22) 0-1
   Van Wely vs Movsesian (Oct-07-22) 1-0

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(born Oct-07-1972, 51 years old) Netherlands
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Loek van Wely was born in Heesch. He gradually rose to the top of Dutch chess in the mid-1990s, reaching the final eight in the 1998 FIDE World Championship. Van Wely won six consecutive Dutch Championships from 2000-2005, and drew a four-game match against the computer program REBEL (Computer) in 2002. Other career highlights include joint second at the 2002 Rubinstein Memorial, 7.5/8 at Amsterdam 2002, equal fourth at Corus 2003 (beating Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov, and Evgeny Bareev), winning the 2010 Chicago Open ahead of 22 GMs, winning the 2011 Berkeley International ahead of 10 GMs, and winning the 2013 Sydney International Open ahead of Li Chao. He won his seventh national title in 2014 and was runner up to Anish Giri in 2015. Van Wely is married to Lorena Zepeda. He won the Dutch Championships (2017), the 8th time Van Wely won the Dutch Championship.

References / Sources

(1) (2017 podcast interview with Ben Johnson of Perpetual Chess).

Wikipedia article: Loek van Wely

Last updated: 2017-11-20 23:02:26

 page 1 of 119; games 1-25 of 2,962  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Van Wely vs H van Gelder  1-0491985Oss m rapidB33 Sicilian
2. H van Gelder vs Van Wely 0-1391985Oss m rapidB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Van Wely vs H van Gelder  0-1391985Oss m rapidA52 Budapest Gambit
4. H van Gelder vs Van Wely  0-1621985Oss m rapidE00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. H van Gelder vs Van Wely 1-0861985Oss m rapidA43 Old Benoni
6. Van Wely vs H van Gelder  0-1201985Oss m rapidD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. F van der Vliet vs Van Wely  1-0471987NEDE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
8. Van Wely vs H Polee  1-0381987NEDE97 King's Indian
9. Van Wely vs H Dalderop 1-0241987?B06 Robatsch
10. Van Wely vs H van Arkel-de Greef  1-0551987NEDD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
11. H Hamdouchi vs Van Wely  0-1501987Wch U16B06 Robatsch
12. Lautier vs Van Wely  ½-½521987Wch U16E99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
13. P Szekely vs Van Wely 1-0321988Lyngby opE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
14. Van Wely vs T Nielsen  1-0201988Lyngby opA80 Dutch
15. A van den Berg vs Van Wely  0-1351988EindhovenB40 Sicilian
16. P Boersma vs Van Wely  1-0401988NEDB08 Pirc, Classical
17. Van Wely vs Nijboer  0-1631988NEDE92 King's Indian
18. J Neumann vs Van Wely  1-0521988Lyngby opB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
19. Van Wely vs H Holmsgaard  1-0341988Lyngby opA46 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Van Wely vs J Madsen  1-0391988Lyngby opA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. J Bronnum vs Van Wely ½-½641988Lyngby opE92 King's Indian
22. Van Wely vs J N Hansen  1-0391988Lyngby opA77 Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2
23. Van Wely vs P Tolk  1-0471988EindhovenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
24. Van Wely vs C Overgaard 0-1401988Lyngby opE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
25. L Riemersma vs Van Wely  0-1641988NEDE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Loek van Wely for re-joining the top 100 live ratings list. At 2653.0, he's currently inactive this term, but still gained 4 spots, and is now in 99th place.
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Loek van Wely for beating Daniel Fridman 2-0 in the playoff to win the Dutch Lightning Championship.

Jan-26-16  epistle: All my chess bucks to <Van Wely> today!

Loek up young man!

Jan-26-16  wordfunph: Loek Dick loek, loek at Jane. See Jane laugh and play..

Loek Dick loek, see pretty Jane. I'm gonna marry her someday..

fight Loek!

Jan-26-16  epistle: Pak ikaw paktay mo Wes, ikaw wely gud sakin. Ako patayo iyo ospital, pangalan St. Loek's Medical Center.

Pakbutihin mo!

Jan-26-16  wordfunph: 1-0

victory party in Ma Mon Loek!

Jan-26-16  epistle: Mami and siopao on me if Loek wins! Eat all you can!
Jan-26-16  epistle: Loek in his former life, before his present reincarnation--

Mar-07-16  sonia91: He won the Vladimir Petrov Memorial rapid tournament in Latvia on tiebreak over Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Shabalov and Arturs Neiksans:
Apr-03-16  Pyke: Loek playing some Blitz against amateurs. I really like the way he handles it:

Apr-03-16  Karposian: <Pyke: Loek playing some Blitz against amateurs.>

Loeks like he was having a good time.

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  tpstar: He played Wely well.
Jul-29-16  dehanne: Is Loek no longer living in the Netherlands?

Jan-28-17  Whitehat1963: I've never thought he belongs in elite-level tournaments, but he gets a lot of invites and rarely holds his own.
Jan-28-17  john barleycorn: < Whitehat1963: I've never thought he belongs in elite-level tournaments, but he gets a lot of invites and rarely holds his own.>

yes, but up to now he is able to hold his water. And being Dutch has seemingly an advantage nobody is aware off.

Jan-28-17  sonia91: <he gets a lot of invites> Only in Wijk aa Zee actually, as he is the top rated Dutch-born player, I suppose.
Jan-29-17  Conrad93: One of the nicest chess players on the circuit.
Feb-21-17  whiteshark: GM van Wely plays <banter blitz chess> ... while tal♔ about his moves:
Oct-07-17  Ironmanth: Happy Birthday to you, Grandmaster! Many happy returns of the day, and best of luck with your new family.
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  Richard Taylor: Loek is almost the same age as my son. Happy birthday Loek, if he's there of course, but it is a 'courtesy' we do...

He is strong enough for me, so I'm not going to quibble about how well he does against whoever is the current wonder person...He's done brilliantly in chess. He put a flea in Short's ear...

So: Happy Birhday!

Nov-12-18  posoo: Now here, DIS man is not as attractive as SOM of da other men on dis site! But MAYBE it is just a bad picture. CHUSGUMBS, do u h ave access to any othe rPHOTOGRAPHS?

JimNOrCal and I would like to TALK about WHO IS ATTRACTIVE!

Oct-07-21  Ironmanth: Happy and safe birthday, Loek! Many more to you, Grandmaster.
Dec-11-22  siggemannen: Did quite well in 37th European Chess Club Cup (2022) recently. Wonder what Loek does for his bills these days
Oct-26-23  dehanne: Remember the time when this guy got invited solely because of his ex-wife.
Oct-26-23  fabelhaft: <Wonder what Loek does for his bills these days>

He is a right wing politician nowadays, how far right seems to be debatable. According to a Redditor:

<The Dutch grandmaster Loek van Wely is a fascist. He will actually be a senator for a far-right party in a few weeks>

while according to Wikipedia:

<In March 2019, he was elected to the Dutch Senate for the right-wing Forum for Democracy; however, on 8 December 2020 he switched his party allegiance to the van Pareren group, which is now affiliated with the right-wing JA21 party>

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