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Loek van Wely
Van Wely 
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Number of games in database: 2,630
Years covered: 1985 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2669 (2609 rapid, 2558 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2714

Overall record: +768 -514 =874 (55.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 474 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 (124) 
    D37 D38 D31 D35 D30
 Slav (112) 
    D15 D19 D11 D12 D17
 Nimzo Indian (110) 
    E32 E20 E34 E21 E38
 Queen's Pawn Game (83) 
    A41 A40 A46 E00 A45
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (524) 
    B90 B84 B33 B22 B30
 King's Indian (166) 
    E67 E97 E92 E81 E70
 Sicilian Najdorf (146) 
    B90 B96 B93 B97 B92
 Sicilian Scheveningen (107) 
    B84 B80 B81 B82 B83
 Grunfeld (57) 
    D97 D85 D80 D73 D78
 Pirc (56) 
    B09 B07 B08
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Aronian vs Van Wely, 2014 0-1
   Van Wely vs Kiril D Georgiev, 1997 1-0
   Van Wely vs Leko, 1996 1/2-1/2
   Van Wely vs Radjabov, 2009 1-0
   Van Wely vs J Torres, 1993 1-0
   Van Wely vs Morozevich, 2004 1-0
   Shirov vs Van Wely, 2007 0-1
   Van Wely vs L'Ami, 2014 1-0
   Van Wely vs R van Kampen, 2014 1-0
   Nakamura vs Van Wely, 2014 0-1

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)
   Berkeley International (2011)
   Foxwoods Open (2009)
   Baku Chess Festival (2007)
   Staunton Memorial (2007)
   39th World Open (2011)
   French Team Championship (2012)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   HB Global Chess Challenge (2005)
   14th Dubai Open (2012)
   European Team Championship (2015)
   112th US Open (2011)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Exchange sacs - 4 by obrit
   Grunfeld emotions by Yopo
   1995 Capablanca memorial by gauer
   1989 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   1994 Capablanca memorial (group A) by gauer
   Tilburg Fontys 1996 by suenteus po 147

   Van Wely vs C Schoppen (Mar-11-17) 1-0
   Van Wely vs Egor Bogdanov (Mar-04-17) 1-0, rapid
   L Rogule vs Van Wely (Mar-04-17) 0-1, rapid
   Van Wely vs M Vavulin (Mar-04-17) 1-0, rapid
   T Kantans vs Van Wely (Mar-04-17) 0-1, rapid

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(born Oct-07-1972, 44 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.

Wikipedia article: Loek van Wely

 page 1 of 106; games 1-25 of 2,630  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Van Wely vs H van Gelder  0-139 1985 Oss m rapidA52 Budapest Gambit
2. H van Gelder vs Van Wely  0-162 1985 Oss m rapidE00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Van Wely vs H van Gelder  1-049 1985 Oss m rapidB33 Sicilian
4. Van Wely vs H van Gelder  0-120 1985 Oss m rapidD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. H van Gelder vs Van Wely 0-139 1985 Oss m rapidB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. H van Gelder vs Van Wely 1-086 1985 Oss m rapidA43 Old Benoni
7. Van Wely vs H Dalderop 1-024 1987 ?B06 Robatsch
8. H Hamdouchi vs Van Wely  0-150 1987 Wch U18B06 Robatsch
9. F van der Vliet vs Van Wely  1-047 1987 NEDE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
10. Van Wely vs H Polee  1-038 1987 NEDE97 King's Indian
11. Lautier vs Van Wely  ½-½52 1987 Wch U18E99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
12. Van Wely vs H de Greef  1-055 1987 NEDD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
13. Van Wely vs T Nielsen  1-020 1988 Lyngby opA80 Dutch
14. L Riemersma vs Van Wely  0-164 1988 NEDE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
15. Van Wely vs Khmelnitsky  1-034 1988 LyngbyA46 Queen's Pawn Game
16. A van den Berg vs Van Wely  0-135 1988 EindhovenB40 Sicilian
17. Van Wely vs F Krudde  1-039 1988 Dieren opE91 King's Indian
18. J Neumann vs Van Wely  1-052 1988 Lyngby opB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
19. P Boersma vs Van Wely  1-040 1988 NEDB08 Pirc, Classical
20. Van Wely vs C Overgaard  0-140 1988 Lyngby opE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
21. K Langeweg vs Van Wely  1-048 1988 NED-ch sf AE73 King's Indian
22. Van Wely vs Nyholm  1-039 1988 Lyngby opA77 Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2
23. J Bronnum vs Van Wely ½-½64 1988 Lyngby opE92 King's Indian
24. Van Wely vs J B Nielsen  1-039 1988 Lyngby opA46 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Van Wely vs Nijboer  0-163 1988 NEDE92 King's Indian
 page 1 of 106; games 1-25 of 2,630  PGN Download
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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.
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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.
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.
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  whiteshark: GM van Wely plays <banter blitz chess> ... while tal♔ about his moves:
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