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Loek van Wely (born 7 October 1972) is a Dutch chess grandmaster. He earned his grandmaster title in 1993, and was rated among the world's top ten in 2001 with a rating of 2714.

Loek van Wely
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Loek van Wely at the 2005 Corus chess tournament
Full nameLoek van Wely
Born (1972-10-07) 7 October 1972 (age 46)
Heesch, The Netherlands
TitleGrandmaster (1993)
FIDE rating2622 (February 2019)
Peak rating2714 (October 2001)

Chess careerEdit

He has won the Dutch Chess Championship on eight occasions: six consecutive times from 2000 through 2005, in 2014 and in 2017.

In 2002, in Maastricht, Netherlands, van Wely took on the computer program Rebel in a four-game match, scoring 2/4 (+2–2=0). In 2005, he led the Dutch team to victory at the European Team Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Van Wely is a frequent participant in the elite Tata Steel Chess Tournament, held in Wijk aan Zee. As of 2010, he has participated in the tournament 19 years consecutively.[1]

In May 2010, van Wely won the 14th Chicago Open.[2] In 2011, he came in first at Berkeley International tournament in Berkeley.[3]

On 9 July 2012, Van Wely was denied access to the United States because he lacked a work visa.[4]

In 2016, he won the Hogeschool Zeeland tournament with 8 points out of 9 games.[5]


  1. ^ Greengard, Michael (18 January 2010). "GM Peter Svidler's Game Of the Day". Internet Chess Club. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Loek van Wely wins Chicago Open (UPDATE: Interview)". Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  3. ^ "2011 Berkeley International". Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Van Wely denied entry to U.S. for lacking a work visa". Archived from the original on 2014-03-30. Retrieved 19 July 2012.
  5. ^ einduitslag Hogeschool Zeeland toernooi 2016

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