Loek van Wely

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Loek van Wely in April 2019
Loek van Wely in Karlsruhe 2019
Association NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands
Born October 7, 1972
title International Master (1990)
Grand Master (1993)
Current  Elo rating 2615 (August 2020)
Best Elo rating 2714 (October 2001)
Tab at the FIDE (English)

Loek van Wely (born October 7, 1972 in Heesch , Noord-Brabant ) is a Dutch chess player of the world's elite and politician .

Chess career

Van Wely learned chess when he was 4 years old. It was as a teenager from the International Master Cor van Wijgerden trained and was already in the 1980s, one of the great hopes of his country.

Tournament successes

In 1992 he won the World Open in Philadelphia . In the same year he played for the first time for the national team at the Chess Olympiad in Manila (+4 = 3 −2) and decided on a professional career. A year later, gave him FIDE the Grandmaster title . In 1994 he won the Capablanca Memorial in Havana ( category 10), in 1995 the tournament in Buenos Aires (category 11), and in 1996 the New York Open. At the 1997 FIDE World Cup in Groningen , he reached the quarter-finals. He played a draw in 1997 against Jeroen Piket in Monaco 4: 4 (+2 = 4 −2) and in 1998 against Jan Timman in Breda 5: 5 (+3 = 4 −3). In 1999 he won the Rubinstein memorial tournament in Polanica-Zdrój , a year later he shared second place with Alexei Schirow in the same place . In 2001 he won together with Judit Polgár in Hoogeveen . Van Wely was national champion of the Netherlands for the first time in 2000 and then also won the five following championships, most recently in 2005 in Leeuwarden . He has repeated the record of former world champion Max Euwe , who also won six Dutch national championships in a row. Van Wely won further titles in 2014 and 2017. At the Dortmund Chess Days 2005 he was in the lead for a while, and finally finished second behind Arkadij Naiditsch . In October 2001 he had his best position in the world rankings: He was 10th with an Elo rating of 2714.

Van Wely took part in the World Chess Cup twice. 2005 reached by victories against Artasches Minassjan , Oleksandr Mojissejenko and Teymur Rəcəbov the last sixteen, in which he was defeated by Ruslan Ponomarjow . In 2007 he failed after an opening win against Nguyễn Ngọc Trường Sơn in the second round to Yevgeny Barejew . In 2016 he won the Hogeschool Zeeland tournament with 8 points from 9 games.

Trainer and author

Van Wely worked for a while as a second for Wladimir Kramnik . At ChessBase he published two instructional videos, about the Sveshnikov variant and the Botvinnik system of the Slavic defense .

National team

Van Wely has participated in all 14 Chess Olympiads with the Dutch national team since 1992 . He also represented the Netherlands at the 2013 World Team Championships and the European Team Championships in 1992, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2011 and 2015. In 2001 and 2005 he was European Team Champion.


Loek van Wely 2006 at a Bundesliga competition in Berlin
For Solingen in the 2018 Bundesliga finals in Berlin (also for the USV TU Dresden : Maximilian Neef)

In the Dutch Meester class , van Wely played for De Variant Breda until 2004 , with whom he won the Dutch team championship in 1996 , 1997 , 1998 , 1999 , 2000 , 2001 , 2002 , 2003 and 2004 and also took part in the European Club Cup five times , including the 1998 Won the competition and reached third place in 2000 and from 2004 to 2011 for the Hilversums Schaakgenootschap , with which he was champion in 2008 , 2009 , 2010 and 2011 . In the 2014/15 season he played for Charlois Europoort , with whom he became Dutch team champion, since the 2015/16 season for the team of Kennemer Combinatie , with which he was champion in 2017 . In the German 1st Bundesliga, van Wely played for SG Porz from 1992 to 2007 , with whom he became German team champion in 1994 , 1996 , 1998 , 1999 , 2000 and 2004 . He has been playing for SG Solingen since the 2017/18 season . In France he played for Clichy-Echecs-92 until 2003 , with whom he also participated twice in the European Club Cup, from 2007 to 2009 for Montpellier Echecs , from 2009 to 2011 for L'Echiquier Chalonnais , with whom he became French team champion in 2010 , since 2011 he has been playing again for Clichy-Echecs-92 , with whom he became champions in 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2016 and 2017 . In Belgium he played in the 2003/04 season for KSK Rochade Eupen-Kelmis , in the 2011/12 season for the Chess Club Anderlecht and since the 2015/16 season for the Koninklijke Gentse Schaakkring Ruy Lopez , with whom he became Belgian team champion in 2016 has been. In Spain, van Wely has been playing for the Gros XT since 2005 , with which he became champion in 2011 and took part in the European Club Cup six times. He competed in the European Club Cup in 2016 with the Zurich chess company .


Van Wely is a member of the right-wing populist Dutch party Forum voor Democratie . Through the mediation of a Dutch entrepreneur, van Wely came into contact with Thierry Baudet , the party founder of the FvD, in 2016 . Van Wely took part in the elections for the Second Dutch Chamber in 2017 at number 28 of his party on the list , in which only the first two list positions won parliamentary posts. In the elections for the First Dutch Chamber in March 2019, he was number 9 on the list and moved into parliament as a senator at the end of May 2019.

Private life

The Dutchman is married to Lorena Zepeda, an international chess master from El Salvador. The couple, who met in 2012, have two children and live in Oss .

Web links

Commons : Loek van Wely  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. Hogeschool Zeeland einduitslag toernooi 2016
  2. Loek van Wely's results at the Chess Olympiads on olimpbase.org (English)
  3. 42nd Olympiad Baku 2016 Open team line-up with individual results - Open Netherlands. In: chess-results.com. September 13, 2016, accessed July 14, 2019 .
  4. 43rd Olympiad Batumi 2018 Open team line-up with individual results - Open Netherlands. In: chess-results.com. October 5, 2018, accessed July 14, 2019 .
  5. Loek van Wely's results at team world championships on olimpbase.org (English)
  6. Loek van Wely's results at the European Team Championships on olimpbase.org (English)
  7. a b c d Loek van Welys results at European Club Cups on olimpbase.org (English)
  8. a b [1] Het opmerkelijkste lid van de Forum-fractie the next week in de Eerste Kamer aantreedt, is zonder twijfel Loek van Wely [The most notable member of the forum group who will enter the Senate next week is undoubtedly Loek van Wely ] (Dutch), De Volkskrant, June 5, 2019, accessed June 9, 2019.
  9. a b [2] Генна Сосонко: Идиоты и политики [Genna Sosonko: Idiots and Politicians] (Russian), Chess-News.ru, May 19, 2019, accessed June 10, 2019.
  10. [3] Grootmeester Loek van Wely naar Eerste Kamer [Grand Master Loek van Wely in the First Chamber] (Dutch), Schaakbond.nl, March 21, 2019, accessed on June 10, 2019.