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|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.|
|Jul-20-13|| ||csmath: Loek is one of the most educated players, his games are always important for the opening theory. Therefore I would like him to check this database as scores of his games are missing. |
These are the types of games that need to be here as opposed to many trivial games this database is loaded with.
Loek, please check what is missing and upload accordingly.
|Oct-06-13|| ||RedShield: <I do not believe in the innocence of top chess players.>|
Shocking revelations about Vishy, Radjabov and Ponomariov.
Pono hits back:
<Yes, I've seen that interview before. Perhaps the run in the fresh air was a little too much for Loek [Editor's note: referring to the fact that van Wely gave the interview straight after a 10-mile cross-country run]. I'd nevertheless advise him to try and improve and work on himself rather than looking for the flaws in others. That same Radjabov, who he criticises so much, has achieved a great deal more in chess.
As for our work together, I was preparing for a match against Kasparov and seriously studying 1. d4 for White - at the time I hadn't yet played that way. Van Wely had helped Topalov in the Candidates Tournament in Dortmund. Veselin lost in the final match to Leko and stopped being a candidate for the World Championship title in that cycle, and he kindly agreed to help me again after we'd successfully worked together before for the match against Ivanchuk. Silvio Danailov was the one who advised me to do some work with Loek.
We had an agreement to hold two training camps in Yalta: sometimes we'd look at something together, while Loek would spend some of the time analysing with Veselin or Misha Podgaetz. At other times we'd play opening systems in blitz games. Preparing for a World Championship match takes up quite a lot of time and energy, and it was never a walk in the park for anyone. That work, of course, was far from gratuitous, and was actually quite well paid.
Frankly, I expected more from our work together. Perhaps Loek didn't want to show all of his ideas. He did, however, show a certain "database of Kasparov's analysis", which was allegedly sold to him by Azmaiparashvili. I remember one of the ideas was extremely short 1. d4 d5 2. Bg5 Qd6!? I don't know to what extent all of that information was genuine. Another thing: although it was only 2003, Loek, it seemed to me, was already misusing computers: in any position he trusted them more than he trusted himself.
In any case, after that experience of working with him I never had the desire to repeat it. As far as I know, after Veselin and me, van Wely also worked with Kramnik. I won't try and judge how productive his work with Vladimir was.>
|Oct-06-13|| ||AsosLight: Thanks <RedShield>, of great interest.|
|Oct-07-13|| ||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|
|May-16-15|| ||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.|
|Jun-14-15|| ||Penguincw: Congrats to Loek van Wely for beating Daniel Fridman 2-0 in the playoff to win the Dutch Lightning Championship.|
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