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Van Wely, Loek

( chess-player)

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Born Oct. 7, 1972.
International grandmaster since 1991.

Dutch Champion 2000, 2001 and 2002. Winner of international tournaments KecskemцLt (1991), Capablanca Memorial (1994), Polanica Zdroj (1999), Lostboys Open (Amsterdam, 2001).


Professional rating on July 1, 2002. - 2584
FIDE rating of 1 April 2002. - 2642

In recent years, the question of who is the strongest chess player of Holland was very badly. It seems that finally the situation is cleared up completely. Two years in a row wins the championship mills perhaps the most interesting Western chess, Luc Van Wely, better known in chess circles as the "King of Luke" (King Loek). If I had my will, I would rather call Dutchman "Cool Hand Luke", by analogy with the famous film starring Paul Newman. Like the hero of this film Van Wely with honor out of difficult situations without losing their heads and self -. In Luke's vast army of fans. His love for the aggressive, assertive and principled nature of the game. "Not for the father son beat the game, but for the fact that the center out - something that does not recoup costs known to all.

Virtually all the top chess players at the expense of Luke sharply negative. However, precisely because in the next match with his abuser Dutchman sits in the dugout, but boldly rises out of the trench at full length, for his parties so interesting to watch. Outwardly, Van Wely, produces extremely good impression - sporting type (Luc a bodybuilder), correct, charming young man. Many say that their success Van Wely obliged origin, or rather the country in which he was born. De Mol who would have awaited him in the elite krugovikah, whether from the former Soviet Union? Truth in this is, but it is easy because of the trees did not see the forest. After Van Wely played on its rating, no matter how trite it sounds. Once the tournament is not "the strongest this world," the Dutchman appears very successful.

Recall, for example, two recent memorial Rubinstein. At the European championship in 2001 Luc showed a very interesting result-game, all the time in the group's leaders, but a failure in the last round threw it back. And in the last FIDE world championship Dutchman came just before the third round. Victory the best medicine for sorrow of chess. I think that a show of force relatives Penates comforted Lucas. Van Wely, the fourth time became the champion of Holland, once again confirmed its status as a chess player? 1 of the country of tulips.


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