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Loek van Wely

Loek van Wely

  • Born:
    Oct 7, 1972 (Age 47) Heesch, Netherlands
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  • Peak Rating:
    2714 (October 2001)
  • Rating:
    2609 (December 2019)
  • Rank:
    220 (December 2019)

Loek van Wely is a seven-time Dutch Champion, winning the tournament in consecutive years from 2000 to 2005, and again in 2014 after a blitz tiebreak match over Sergei Tiviakov.

At his 2001 rating peak of 2714, he briefly entered the Top 10 in the world, and has been a perennial competitor at the Wijk aan Zee super tournament for decades (through sponsors Hoogovens, Corus and Tata Steel).

Here's an interview from the 2015 edition, when van Wely spoke to webcast host Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam:

Van Wely is a poker aficionado and has played semi-professionally. He has also worked as a second for elite players such as Vladimir Kramnik and Ruslan Ponomariov.

In 2015, he won the Dutch Lightning Championship held in his hometown of Tilburg, where he still lives with his wife WIM Lorena Zepeda from El Salvador.

Loek and his wife Lorena braving a cold January in Wijk aan Zee in 2013 | photo: Macauley Peterson

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