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Loek van Wely
Van Wely 
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Number of games in database: 2,641
Years covered: 1985 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2657 (2640 rapid, 2585 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2714

Overall record: +772 -515 =878 (55.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 476 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Indian (171) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16 E19
 King's Indian (152) 
    E97 E94 E92 E91 E90
 Queen's Gambit Declined (125) 
    D37 D38 D31 D35 D30
 Slav (112) 
    D15 D11 D19 D12 D17
 Nimzo Indian (110) 
    E32 E20 E34 E21 E38
 Queen's Pawn Game (82) 
    A41 A40 E00 A46 A45
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (526) 
    B90 B84 B33 B22 B30
 King's Indian (167) 
    E97 E67 E92 E81 E70
 Sicilian Najdorf (146) 
    B90 B96 B93 B97 B92
 Sicilian Scheveningen (107) 
    B84 B81 B82 B80 B85
 Grunfeld (58) 
    D97 D85 D73 D80 D72
 Pirc (56) 
    B09 B07 B08
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Van Wely vs Kiril D Georgiev, 1997 1-0
   Aronian vs Van Wely, 2014 0-1
   Van Wely vs Leko, 1996 1/2-1/2
   Van Wely vs Morozevich, 2004 1-0
   Shirov vs Van Wely, 2007 0-1
   Van Wely vs Radjabov, 2009 1-0
   Van Wely vs J Torres, 1993 1-0
   Nakamura vs Van Wely, 2014 0-1
   Van Wely vs R van Kampen, 2014 1-0
   Van Wely vs L'Ami, 2014 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dutch Championships (2004)
   Foxwoods Open (2009)
   Berkeley International (2011)
   Baku Chess Festival (2007)
   Dutch Championship (2006)
   39th World Open (2011)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   French Team Championship (2012)
   14th Dubai Open (2012)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   112th US Open (2011)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   European Team Championship (2015)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Exchange sacs - 4 by obrit
   Grunfeld emotions by Yopo
   Wijk aan Zee 2003 by Chessdreamer
   1989 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   1995 Capablanca memorial by gauer
   Tilburg Fontys 1996 by suenteus po 147
   Groningen 1996 by Phony Benoni

   🏆 TCh-BEL -18
   F Levin vs Van Wely (Nov-19-17) 0-1
   Van Wely vs G Gajewski (Nov-12-17) 1-0
   M Baldauf vs Van Wely (Nov-11-17) 1-0
   S Ernst vs Van Wely (Jul-02-17) 1/2-1/2
   Van Wely vs J van Foreest (Jul-01-17) 1-0

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(born Oct-07-1972, 45 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 106; games 1-25 of 2,641  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Van Wely vs H van Gelder  1-0491985Oss m rapidB33 Sicilian
2. Van Wely vs H van Gelder  0-1201985Oss m rapidD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. H van Gelder vs Van Wely 0-1391985Oss m rapidB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. H van Gelder vs Van Wely 1-0861985Oss m rapidA43 Old Benoni
5. Van Wely vs H van Gelder  0-1391985Oss m rapidA52 Budapest Gambit
6. H van Gelder vs Van Wely  0-1621985Oss m rapidE00 Queen's Pawn Game
7. H Hamdouchi vs Van Wely  0-1501987Wch U18B06 Robatsch
8. F van der Vliet vs Van Wely  1-0471987NEDE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
9. Van Wely vs H Polee  1-0381987NEDE97 King's Indian
10. Lautier vs Van Wely  ½-½521987Wch U18E99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
11. Van Wely vs H de Greef  1-0551987NEDD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
12. Van Wely vs H Dalderop 1-0241987?B06 Robatsch
13. Van Wely vs C Overgaard  0-1401988Lyngby opE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
14. K Langeweg vs Van Wely  1-0481988NED-ch sf AE73 King's Indian
15. Van Wely vs Nyholm  1-0391988Lyngby opA77 Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2
16. J Bronnum vs Van Wely ½-½641988Lyngby opE92 King's Indian
17. Van Wely vs J Madsen  1-0391988Lyngby opA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Van Wely vs Nijboer  0-1631988NEDE92 King's Indian
19. P Szekely vs Van Wely 1-0321988Lyngby opE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. J Alsbirk vs Van Wely  1-0301988Lyngby opB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
21. Van Wely vs M Bosboom  1-0281988NEDE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
22. Van Wely vs P Tolk  1-0471988EindhovenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
23. Van Wely vs T Nielsen  1-0201988Lyngby opA80 Dutch
24. L Riemersma vs Van Wely  0-1641988NEDE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
25. Van Wely vs Khmelnitsky  1-0341988LyngbyA46 Queen's Pawn Game
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  Penguincw: Happy 41st birthday to Loek Van Wely.
Jan-20-14  schweigzwang: I'm becoming a fan of this guy, based on his "En Passant" interviews from Round 6 and Round 7 of Tata Steel 2014.

Jan-26-14  Conrad93: Aronian thought he could get away with playing like crap, and van Wely showed the brat wrong.
Jan-26-14  hellopolgar: This guy has beaten, in classical games, all of the people that have been 2800+ but Garry Kasparov
Oct-07-14  crazyim5: Happy birthday KingLoek
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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!

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  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!

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  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.
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  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.
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  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!

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