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Loek van Wely

Loek van Wely at the 2005 Corus chess tournament
Full name Loek van Wely
Country Netherlands
Born 7 October 1972
Heesch, The Netherlands
Title Grandmaster (1993)
Peak rating 2714 (October 2001)

Loek van Wely (born 7 October 1972) is a chess Grandmaster from the Netherlands. He won the Dutch Chess Championship six consecutive times from 2000 through 2005 and was rated among the world's top ten in 2001. In 2002, in Maastricht, Netherlands, van Wely took on the computer program Rebel in a four-game match, with each player winning two games. In 2005, he led the Dutch team to victory at the European Team Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Van Wely is a frequent participant in the elite Tata Steel Chess Tournament. As of 2010, he has participated in the tournament 19 years consecutively.

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

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

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