Loek van Wely

Van Wely Takes Sole Lead in Bangkok Chess
7-time Dutch Champion Loek van Wely has become the sole leader of the Bangkok Chess Club Open, the strongest tournament ever held in Thailand.
On Wednesday – the first day of Thailand’s famous Songkran Festival  – the 43-year-old father-to-be secured his fifth win in five games by outplaying India’s prodigious 17-year-old Grandmaster Narayanan Sunilduth.
Van Wely, a keen cyclist, moved ahead of the peleton because top seeded Spaniard  Paco Vallejo was held to a draw by van Wely’s compatriot Benjamin Bok in a less-than-riveting 15 move encounter.
Vallejo and Bok join a pack of five players just half a point behind van Wely, including fellow Grandmasters Jan Gustafsson and Dhopade Swapnil as well as little-known Chinese giant-killer Nie Xinyang. 15-year-old Nie, who had defeated Grandmaster Gerhard Schebler in the previous round, continued his good form with a convincing win over Australian 13th seed Anton Smirnov.
Over 300 players from more than 40 countries are competing in the Bangkok Open and Challengers tournaments, held in the centre of Bangkok at the Dusit Thani Hotel.
Round 6 of the Bangkok CC Open begins on Thursday at 2pm at the Dusit Thani Hotel and offers free entry to spectators.
The competition concludes on April 17.
Press Office,
16th Bangkok Chess Club Open
Rank after round 5
Rk. SNo Name Typ sex FED Rtg Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Rp K rtg+/-
1 3 GM Van Wely Loek NED 2654 5,0 0,0 16,0 16,00 5,0 15,0 3084 10 7,7
2 1 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2691 4,5 0,0 18,0 15,75 4,0 14,5 2680 10 3,0
3 7 GM Bok Benjamin NED 2604 4,5 0,0 17,5 15,25 4,0 14,5 2668 10 6,2
4 11 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade IND 2499 4,5 0,0 15,0 13,00 4,0 14,0 2632 10 8,2
5 49 Nie Xinyang U18 CHN 2227 4,5 0,0 15,0 13,00 4,0 13,5 2575 40 80,8
6 5 GM Gustafsson Jan GER 2629 4,5 0,0 14,5 12,75 4,0 13,5 2584 10 0,3
7 4 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar IND 2647 4,0 0,0 17,5 13,25 3,0 13,5 2519 10 -2,6
8 10 GM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan U18 IND 2501 4,0 0,0 16,5 11,50 4,0 14,0 2522 10 3,8
9 20 FM Yeoh Li Tian U18 MAS 2400 4,0 0,0 16,0 11,00 4,0 13,0 2451 10 4,7
10 23 IM Dimakiling Oliver PHI 2372 4,0 0,0 15,5 12,00 3,0 13,0 2356 10 3,1
11 19 IM Roy Prantik IND 2402 4,0 0,0 15,5 11,50 3,0 12,5 2393 10 0,5
12 22 IM Himanshu Sharma IND 2384 4,0 0,0 15,5 11,00 4,0 13,0 2426 10 4,3
13 39 FM Pitra Andika INA 2260 4,0 0,0 15,5 11,00 4,0 12,0 2460 20 25,2
14 2 GM Short Nigel D ENG 2671 4,0 0,0 15,0 11,50 4,0 12,0 2445 10 -5,6
15 16 IM Liang Awonder U18 USA 2410 4,0 0,0 15,0 10,50 4,0 13,0 2481 10 5,6
16 8 GM Halkias Stelios GRE 2553 4,0 0,0 14,5 11,25 3,0 12,5 2438 10 -3,4
17 6 GM Khairullin Ildar RUS 2629 4,0 0,0 14,5 11,25 3,0 12,0 2435 10 -5,0
18 33 FM Mohamad Ervan INA 2301 4,0 0,0 14,5 10,50 4,0 12,0 2415 20 14,8
19 14 IM Sipila Vilka FIN 2440 4,0 0,0 13,5 10,75 3,0 12,0 2399 10 -0,9
20 18 IM Wynn Zaw Htun MYA 2407 4,0 0,0 13,5 10,00 4,0 11,0 2340 10 -2,1
21 12 GM Gordon Stephen J ENG 2496 4,0 0,0 13,0 10,00 4,0 11,0 2363 10 -3,9
22 31 FM Causo Deniel PHI 2311 4,0 0,0 12,5 9,50 4,0 11,0 2290 10 -0,3
23 29 FM Dang Hoang Son VIE 2325 3,5 0,0 18,0 11,50 3,0 13,0 2532 20 27,8
24 13 IM Smirnov Anton U18 AUS 2479 3,5 0,0 16,5 10,50 3,0 12,5 2314 10 -7,3
25 36 FM Saeheng Boonsueb THA 2292 3,5 0,0 16,0 10,00 3,0 12,5 2340 20 11,8
26 35 Arjun Kalyan U18 IND 2299 3,5 0,0 15,5 8,75 3,0 12,5 2391 40 28,4
27 86 Phadke Sohan IND 2075 3,5 0,0 14,5 9,25 3,0 10,5 2097 20 21,0
28 53 FM Pitirotjirathon Jirapak THA 2218 3,5 0,0 14,5 9,25 2,0 11,5 2240 20 8,0
29 25 IM Stokke Kjetil NOR 2354 3,5 0,0 14,5 8,75 3,0 12,5 2301 10 -1,1
30 15 GM Schebler Gerhard GER 2430 3,5 0,0 14,5 8,75 3,0 10,5 2238 10 -8,3
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