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Ivanchuk - Wei Yi Match

Vassily Ivanchuk5/8(+3 -1 =4)[games]
Wei Yi3/8(+1 -3 =4)[games]

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Ivanchuk - Wei Yi (2017)

A six-game match between experienced Ukrainian super-GM Vassily Ivanchuk and upcoming Chinese talent Wei Yi is played in Hoogeveen, the Netherlands, between October 21 and October 26, 2017. Part of the 21st Hoogeveen Schaaktoernooi, the match is held concurrently with Van Foreest - Adhiban (2017) and three open Swiss System tournaments.

Official site: http://hoogeveenchess.nl/en

 page 1 of 1; 8 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ivanchuk vs Wei Yi  ½-½432017Ivanchuk - Wei YiE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
2. Wei Yi vs Ivanchuk ½-½292017Ivanchuk - Wei YiB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
3. Ivanchuk vs Wei Yi 1-0252017Ivanchuk - Wei YiD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
4. Wei Yi vs Ivanchuk  ½-½332017Ivanchuk - Wei YiB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
5. Ivanchuk vs Wei Yi ½-½772017Ivanchuk - Wei YiE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
6. Wei Yi vs Ivanchuk 1-0342017Ivanchuk - Wei YiB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
7. Ivanchuk vs Wei Yi 1-0472017Ivanchuk - Wei YiE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
8. Wei Yi vs Ivanchuk 0-1182017Ivanchuk - Wei YiB01 Scandinavian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-21-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: Two players from two different planets meet. Hopefully with the intention of creating interesting, even exiting games. The first game was neither, but they probably wanted an easy start both of them. Five games to go!
Oct-21-17  Roark: 10...Nc6 is not the "main line" in this var. of the Qc2 Nimzo. Neither did Ivanchuk really compromise and go straight for a draw as he is quite the principled chess purist in my opinion.
Oct-23-17  fisayo123: Wei Yi needs to re-evaluate his black repertoire urgently. The way he plays with black these days not only does not suit his strengths or style of play, it actually makes him a worse player. This guy is supposed to be a tactical genius and he's playing just to hold with black? The way he lost to Sambuev in the World Cup was not good enough and in my opinion he was actually a better player at 15 (or at least a more dangerous one) and looked to me like the next Kasparov.

His advisors and coaches better start re-evaluating his black repertoire because right now he's looking like just another promising talent instead of potential Carlsen successor like he was hyped up to be. When you're blessed with that sort of tactical vision, you can't radically change your approach. Kasparov, Topalov, MVL, Tal. None of these great tacticians compromised their style.

Anyway, he might still come back and win this match but in the long run I'm beginning to have second thoughts about his chances as a successor to Carlsen's throne. It's sad for me to see him play like this because I'm a big fan of him.

Oct-23-17  fisayo123: Wei Yi isn't the only Chinese player to change his black repertoire by the way. It seems the Chinese federation dictates to their top players which openings to play so as to gain some sort of mastery over them by working together. It's not a coincidence that both their male and female players all changed to more "solid" openings around the same time period.
Oct-23-17  scholes: For around six months in 2015, he gave consistent 2800+ tournament performance. Played many of his most famous games during the period.
Oct-23-17  stst: <Wei Yi needs to re-evaluate his black repertoire urgently.> Can't agreed more... actually in every aspect .. The major difference between a real genius of today and the past is tech...where now engines of all sorts and strength dominate the chess world, it's utmost important not only for coaches to find the best repertoire but the best that suits the player who finds it most comfortable to master and applies them to WIN games,or, in case of black, to put up the toughest resistance and regain control + initiatives soon (would say start latest at around move 10.) Train comprehensively too... classical, rapid, blitz... be all rounded... lacking one would fail to capture the highest crown!
Oct-25-17  ex0duz: Maybe he just wanted to try different openings vs high level players so he can be more 'well rounded' etc? Who knows what his coaches or what he is thinking..

I haven't studied Wei Yi or his repertoire etc, but just what is Wei Yi's black repertoire currently? Berlin? Petrov? haha

What do you guys suggest he plays or goes back to? Sicilian? What's he currently play against 1. d4? And what do you guys suggest he plays or goes back to? Or is this just for against 1.e4?

Oct-25-17  The Kings Domain: Good matchup. Chucky for this one.
Oct-25-17  jphamlore: Am I living in an alternate universe? In <my> universe, Wei Yi has been playing the Nimzo-Indian / Ragozin since 2011-2012:

Wei Yi

And since when is the Nimzo-Indian / Ragozin not considered tactical or sharp? It was one of Tal's favorite defenses.

Oct-26-17  starry2013: Wei Yi won last game.
Oct-26-17  dumbgai: Great win by Wei in the final game to even the match.
Oct-26-17  et1: Ivanchuk wins the two tie-breaks to win the match ! Congratulations to the Master !
Oct-27-17  chesslearner1991: The two tie-breaks was rapid or blitz?
Oct-27-17  et1: blitz.
Oct-28-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: Congrats to Vassily Ivanchuk even if it was on a tie-break. Also acknowledgements to Wei Yi for his performance. When all other games of this match should be forgotten the 3rd game will forever shine with its índelible impression.
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