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|Jan-14-12|| ||Penguincw: Van Wely off to a good start by holding Kamsky to a draw. Next opponent: Topalov (with black).|
|Jan-15-12|| ||Stonehenge: <Penguin> He got another draw, so a good start indeed.|
|Jan-15-12|| ||Penguincw: < Stonehedge >
Yep. Maybe he can make it through the tournament. Tomorrow he has white against Gashimov (who is at -1). I'm already starting to reconsider Van Wely vs. Carlsen in Round 13.
|Jan-21-12|| ||JoergWalter: <Iron> van Wely. invincible up to now.|
|Jan-21-12|| ||Penguincw: Remaining opponents for Van Wely:
IMO, Round 12 looks the most dangerous (right when the penultimate round starts).
|Jan-24-12|| ||Billy Vaughan: Drawn Wely's one of just three undefeated players left. He managed it pretty quickly today.|
|Jan-24-12|| ||Billy Vaughan: One more draw and he slips in above 2700. :)|
|Jan-25-12|| ||Billy Vaughan: Welcome back to 2700 Loek :)|
|Jan-26-12|| ||Penguincw: But can he hold it? With three rounds to go, anything can happen.|
If he wins all 3 games (!) he will gain about 19 rating points. More real would be to draw all 3 games, and gain an additional 4 rating points. Lastly, if he were to lose all 3 games, it would lose 11, to profit -3.
|Jan-27-12|| ||technical draw: After todays loss Van Wely has to go, uh, back to the drawing board! hahahahahaˇˇ|
|Jan-29-12|| ||Diarrhea: Van Wely was the only player not to win a game all two weeks; it must be depressing as a professional to not be able to win a single game in a 2 week tournament. Is there any point inviting players like Van Wely who you know have as much chance of winning the tournament as the Queen Mother would have at winning the London Marathon? They already have a serious Dutch player - Giri - who actually wins games and has the potential to do really well, but Van Wely has just been there for cannon fodder every time. In general what is the point of hosting a tournament containing players who you know have no chance of winning? Surely everyone participating should have the potential to win.|
|Jan-29-12|| ||Diarrhea: <technical draw: After todays loss Van Wely has to go, uh, back to the drawing board! hahahahahaˇˇ> Good one. |
< Billy Vaughan: One more draw and he slips in above 2700. :)> What is the meaning of a rating when a player doesn't win a single game? The expected 'draw death' in chess (due to computers) has been proven wrong in recent years by the elite players, but it's still possible if someone is playing to not lose at all costs.
|Jan-30-12|| ||Billy Vaughan: <td> :)
Normally Van Wely's uncompromising style brings him a win or two (as well as more losses than he suffered this year). Didn't happen this time, but if Wijk aan Zee has to have its Dutch players Van Wely can be no worse a pick than Tiviakov or Sokolov or Smeets or the others.
|Feb-13-12|| ||King Sacrificer: Nothing to do with chess but i have to say that Loek Van Wely looks like legendary Dutch winger Marc Overmars.|
|Feb-24-12|| ||Diarrhea: <Billy Vaughan: <td> :)|
Normally Van Wely's uncompromising style brings him a win or two (as well as more losses than he suffered this year). Didn't happen this time, but if Wijk aan Zee has to have its Dutch players Van Wely can be no worse a pick than Tiviakov or Sokolov or Smeets or the others.>
As I said in my post, Giri is a talented Dutch player who wins games so why do they need to invite Van Wely. Giri is so young and already beating top players that I can imagine him have serious chances of winning the tournament in the future, however Van Wely will definitely never win the tournament, even if it were played every month for the next 20 years.
|Feb-24-12|| ||Diarrhea: And in addition to that, I disagree and think Tiviakov is a much better player than Van Wely and more likely to do well in the tournament.|
|Mar-18-12|| ||Billy Vaughan: Tiviakov and Van Wely have competed in some of the same Wijk aan Zee tournaments (2010 and 2007 at least) and they score about evenly as far as I recall.|
|Jul-09-12|| ||PhilFeeley: None of his Curacao 2011 games are here, even though he went 8-0 for the championship. If you're interested the games are here:|
|Jul-15-12|| ||achieve: For those interested in the <Loek van Wely> pronunciation: I submitted the correct one to CG and you can hear it by clicking the "PRONUNCIATION" button located at the top of the Bio section.|
|Jul-16-12|| ||twinlark: |
Lucky van Wely didn't end up in Guantanamo after committing the heinous crime of landing in the USA for a holiday during which time he would have coached a few kids.
He landed at Newark Liberty International Airport, and was detained for 8 hours and then handcuffed and escorted by police to a plane and deported to London.
|Jul-17-12|| ||waustad: Here's an article describing his misadventure.
|Oct-07-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: Happy 40th Birthday, GM Van Wely!
|Oct-07-12|| ||waustad: Happy 40th today!|
|Jan-13-13|| ||Cemoblanca: "Good Loek" in the TATA Tournament! :)|
|Jan-26-13|| ||blunderclap: King Loek seems to be undervalued at times for some reason, but he's proving again that he's an uncompromising player who can beat top players.
He'll lose often as well, but where so many complain of boring draws, you'd think his presence at a tournament is always to be welcomed.|
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