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Wei Yi 
World Junior Championship, Athens, 2012
Photograph © 2012 Andreas Kontokanis.
 
Wei Yi
Number of games in database: 257
Years covered: 2009 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2725 (2600 rapid, 2606 blitz)
Overall record: +100 -41 =102 (62.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      14 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (52) 
    B90 B30 B42 B40 B80
 Four Knights (17) 
    C48 C49
 Sicilian Najdorf (14) 
    B90 B91 B96
 French Defense (11) 
    C07 C10 C03 C11 C09
 Caro-Kann (10) 
    B12 B18 B17 B16
 French Tarrasch (8) 
    C07 C03 C09
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (45) 
    B90 B53 B51 B52 B92
 Grunfeld (25) 
    D85 D91 D71 D78 D73
 Sicilian Najdorf (17) 
    B90 B92 B97
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E32 E24 E52 E46 E56
 English (10) 
    A15 A18 A17 A14 A10
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A46 A45
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Wei Yi vs L Bruzon Batista, 2015 1-0
   Wei Yi vs A Haast, 2015 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Shirov, 2013 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Ding Liren, 2015 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Potkin, 2015 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Zhou Jianchao, 2013 1-0
   Navara vs Wei Yi, 2015 1/2-1/2
   Wei Yi vs D Klein, 2015 1-0
   Wei Yi vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2013 1-0
   Wei Yi vs M Kanarek, 2013 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Tata Steel Group B (2015)
   Chinese Championship (2015)
   FIDE World Team Championship (2015)
   Chinese Championship (2014)
   World Junior Championship (2014)
   China-Russia Match (2015)
   World Junior Championship (2013)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   3rd HD Bank Cup (2013)
   Asian Nations Cup (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Notable Games Young Talents ! by FLAWLESSWIN64
   Favorite 2015 games by Severin
   fisayo123's favorite games by fisayo123

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WEI YI
(born Jun-02-1999, 16 years old) China
PRONUNCIATION:
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FM (2010); IM (2012); GM (2013); Asian U12 Champion (2010); World U12 Champion (2010); Chinese Champion (2015).

Background

Born in Jiangsu province (Yancheng County), Wei Yi was the world's youngest GM when he gained his title. At 13 years 8 months and 23 days (1), he became the fourth youngest GM ever after Sergey Karjakin, Parimarjan Negi and Magnus Carlsen, the latter of whom is his favorite player "because he is so strong!" (2). He is the youngest player to reach 2600 and the youngest to reach 2700.

Wei gained his FM title by winning the World U12 Championship in 2010. He won his IM norms at the Aeroflot Open 2012 B, and at the Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012) (a 20-game norm), becoming an IM a few weeks before his 13th birthday. His GM norms came at the World Junior Championship (2012), the 2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012) and at the Reykjavik Open (2013).

Championships

<Youth> In 2010, he was outright winner of the Asian Youth Chess Championship 2010 - U12 with 7.5/9; his rating at this stage was 2240, and this win barely affected his rating, being offset by losses during the rating period to Wang Hao , Wang Yue and Ni Hua in the Chinese Chess League Division A. Late 2010, he travelled to Halkidiki in Greece to win the World U12 crown, scoring 9.5/11, a half point ahead of 2nd place getter Kayden W Troff and a point ahead of 3rd placed Jan-Krzysztof Duda. (3)

<Junior> The 13 year old competed at the World Junior Championship (2012) and in his first attempt was in contention for first place, leading the field at one stage. By the penultimate round he stood fifth, a point behind the lead, but lost his last round game to place 11th, having scored 8.5/11 and recording a TPR of 2613. Had he won, he would have placed 3rd, a draw would have resulted in fifth place thanks to the fact that he had the highest tiebreak of the event (sum total of opponents' Elo ratings less the lowest rating). His participation in the World Junior Championship (2013) did not live up to (possibly unrealistic) expectations; seeded 10th on rating, he placed 7th with 9/13. Unlike last year he finished well off the lead and was out of contention before the last round, scoring many draws against lower rated players, although he remained undefeated. He came very close by winning silver at the World Junior Championship (2014), leading in the later rounds, but a critical loss to Vladimir I Fedoseev cost him the clear lead, while a final round draw with Jan-Krzysztof Duda enabled the winner, Lu Shanglei, to pip him at the post with a final round win.

<National> Wei first appeared in FIDE dispatches when he contested the Chinese Championship Group B in 2007, aged 8, scoring 5/11; this included, quite remarkably, a win against FM Fan Chen and a draw against GM Zhou Jianchao. Although he did better in the 2008 version of that event with 5.5/11, the only positive result against a master was a draw against IM-elect Wu Xibin. His next effort after these events and the 2008 China team Championships Group B (see below) was to dominate the U11 division of the 5th World School Chess Championship Open, with a score of 8.5/9, 2 points clear of the field. In the 2009 edition of the Group B Chinese Championship, 10 year-old FM Wei scored 6/11, recording wins against IM Kaiqi Yang and IM Liu Qingnan, as well as another draw against a GM, namely Wu Wenjin; in addition he scored wins against 2351-rated Li Haoyu and then 2515-rated and current GM Xiu Deshun. In August 2011, he scored 7/11 in the China Chess Championship 2011 Group B, amassing 24 Elo for this event. In April 2013, he placed =4th in the Chinese Championships (2013) with 5.5/11 and in March 2014 he placed =3rd with 6.5/11 at the Chinese Championship (2014).

In May 2015, 15 year old Wei Yi broke through to win the Chinese Championship outright, half a point ahead of the favorite, Ding Liren.

<Continental> He won his 2nd IM norm (a 20 game norm) and his IM title at the Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012), when he scored 4.5/9 against 6 GMs, 2 IMs and a WGM, adding a further 27 points to his rating.

<World> He took his first tilt at the World Championship cycle by competing in the 2011 Asian Zonal, where he scored 4.5/9. In August 2012, he competed in the Chinese Zonal competition and scored 7/10, a half point from the lead. One of the President's nominees to play in the World Cup (2013), he defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi in the first round and Latvian #1 Alexey Shirov in the second round but lost to Azeri GM and twice World Junior Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the third round. He competed in Zonal 3.5 in 2014, coming out the clear winner with 8.5/11, qualifying for the World Cup 2015 in his own right, a result that propelled him to enter FIDE's official top 100 players list for the first time in December 2014.

Team Events

Wei Yi competed in his inaugural Olympiad in 2014 when he played board 5 for China at the Chess Olympiad (2014). He did not play enough games to be in contention for a board prize, but was able to help his country win its first gold medal at an Olympiad.

Wei competed in the 2008 China Team Championships Group B, where he scored 5.5/9, including a draw against 2364-rated Hong Jiarong. This contest, and his forays into the Chinese Championship Groups B, provided Wei with his inaugural FIDE rating of 2138 at the age of 9. He spent the latter part of 2010 in the A and B division of the Chinese League (playing for the Jiangsu club). Returning to China after winning the World U12 Championship in 2010 to continue in the Chinese League, he recorded a win against Chinese super-GM Ni Hua. In November 2012, he participated in the 2013 Chinese National Team Selection Tournament, easily winning with 8.5/9 and adding another 15 points to his rating to bring it to over 2500 for the first time. Wei Yi still plays for the Jiangsu Taizhou club in the Chinese Chess League, and in the 2012 competition he scored 10.5/17 with a TPR of 2550, helping his team to 3rd place in the nearly year long event. In the 2013 season, he played for the same team, which placed 4th out of 12, Wei Yi scoring 13/22.

In other team events in 2013, Wei Yi played top board for China "A" in the U16 Olympiad, scoring 8/10 and helping his team to 5th place. He also played top board for the Wuxi team in the Asian Cities Championship, scoring 7.5/9 and winning individual gold and helping his team to win bronze. He played for China in the Asian Nations Cup (2014), helping his country to win gold. He also played board 2 for the Turkish club T.S. Alyans Satranç Spor Kulübü in the 2014 Turkish Superleague, his team coming 8th out of 13. (4) In November 2014 he scored 3.5/4 playing for China in its match against Romania. He played top board for his team Jiangsu in the 2014 Chinese League, helping his team to win the gold medal. In 2015, he is again playing top board for Jiangsu.

In March 2015, he played for the Chinese team that defeated India in its summit match that was held in Hyderabad. His best team result to date was a brilliant effort on board 4 at the FIDE World Team Championship (2015) to win individual gold for his board and was instrumental in China winning the team gold.

Standard Events

Wei Yi scored 3.5/9 against a strong field in the XingQiu Open (2009), adding 20 ELO points to his resume. In October 2011, he scored 5/9 (+3 =4 -2) in the 1st Qin Huangdao Open, accumulating another 23 rating points. He won his first IM norm, narrowly missing a GM norm, at the 2012 edition of the Aeroflot Open Division B when he scored 5.5/9 (+4 -2 =3) with a TPR of 2551 and added 40 points to his ratings resume. In October 2012, he scored 5.5/9 at the 2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012), earning his 2nd GM norm. He won his 3rd GM norm, and the GM title, in round 9 of the Reykjavik Open (2013) at the age of 13 years 8 months and 23 days, placing =4th (6th on tiebreak), scoring 7.5/10 - a half point from the lead - and adding 25 points to his rating. He also received the prize for the best junior in the tournament. In his first outing as GM-elect, Wei Yi played in the 3rd HD Bank Cup (2013) in Ho Chi Minh City, and lead after round 5 with 4.5/5. However, after a heavy 6th round loss to Zhou Jianchao, he only managed 2 draws in the final three rounds, finishing with a minor rating boosting result from his result of 5.5/9 (placing =16th). In May 2013 and seeded 10th, he participated in the 4th Danzhou Tournament (2013), a category 15 event. After a poor start where he only scored two draws in the first 5 rounds, he finished with 4.5/9 placing 7th with a TPR of 2622. Wei Yi saw out 2013 with an excellent =1st at the North American Open held in Las Vegas from 26-30 December 2013; he was 2nd on tiebreak behind GM Giorgi Kacheishvili and ahead of GMs Sergey Erenburg, Timur Gareev, Aleksandr Shimanov, Varuzhan Akobian, Aleksandr Lenderman, and IM Wang Chen, scoring 6.5/9 and leaving him with a live rating at the end of the tournament of nearly 2617. He immediately followed this tournament by participating in the powerful Bay Area International starting 2 January 2014, where he scored a par for rating 6.5/9.

Wei Yi started 2014 by competing in the Tradewise Gibraltar (2014) event, his 7/9 being good enough to place him =10th and add a few points to his rating resume. Similarly, his 5.5/9 at the Asian Continental Open Championships in April was enough to give him a minor placing =10th, and adding a few more rating points. His best result to date came in January 2015 when he won the Tata Steel Group B (2015) outright with a powerful 10.5/13, nearly sending his rating into the 2700 zone, and qualifying him for the A Group next year. He scored 7.5/10 at Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) to place =3rd, a point behind the winner Hikaru Nakamura and half a point behind runner-up David Howell. In July 2015, he was a relatively rating-neutral outright 4th with 5/9 (+2 -1 =6) at the category 17 6th Hainan Danzhou (2015) behind Wang Yue, Ni Hua and Ding Liren respectively. His only loss was to the winner, Wang Yue.

Rapid

Wei Yi defeated David Anton Guijarro by 2.5-1.5 (+1 =3) to qualify for the final of the annual 4-player 28th Leon Rapid (2015) knockout event. There he met Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, whom he also defeated by the same margin to claim the prize.

Rating and Ranking

Wei Yi entered the world's top 100 in December 2014. At the age of 14 years 5 months and 23 days, he is the youngest player ever to achieve 2600. On 29 January 2015, at the age of nearly 15 years and 7 months, he reached a live rating of over 2700 but had to wait until 1 March 2015 before he officially crossed into a 2700+ rating. At the age of 15 years and 9 months, he is the youngest player ever to do so.

Comparison with Carlsen

Wei's highest rating and ranking to date are 2724 and #29 respectively, as of 1 July 2015. At the almost identical age, Carlsen had been rated 2690 and ranked #24 in the world in January 2007, a month after his 16th birthday, although he had been rated #21 in the previous rating period commencing 1 October 2006.

Sources and References

(1) Wei Yi's birthday was found at http://ratings.fide.com/toparc.phtm...; (2) Interview at http://www.reykjavikopen.com/wei-yi...; (3) An image of these three players on the podium can be found here: http://www.chessbase.com/news/2010/...; (4) http://superlig2014.tsf.org.tr/tr/c...

Interview and article dated 7 March 2013 by Alina L'Ami: http://en.chessbase.com/Home/TabId/...; Article about Wei Yi reaching 2600: http://chessbase.com/post/wei-yi--y...

Live ratings: http://www.2700chess.com/

Latest update 12 July 2015


 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 257  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Wei Yi vs Qun Ma  ½-½39 2009 XingQiu OpenB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
2. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi ½-½61 2009 XingQiu OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
3. Wei Yi vs Lou Yiping  ½-½49 2009 XingQiu OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
4. Wei Yi vs Zhao Jun  0-163 2010 6th TCh-CHNB33 Sicilian
5. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi  ½-½58 2010 TCh-CHNB23 Sicilian, Closed
6. K W Troff vs Wei Yi 0-140 2010 WYCC Open U12E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
7. Ding Liren vs Wei Yi 1-038 2010 6th TCh-CHND34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. M Abramciuc vs Wei Yi  0-154 2010 WYCC Open U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
9. Motylev vs Wei Yi  1-043 2010 TCh-CHNB53 Sicilian
10. Joshua Colas vs Wei Yi 0-158 2010 WYCC Open U12D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Wei Yi vs Ni Hua 1-030 2010 TCh-CHNC48 Four Knights
12. Wei Yi vs Yi Xu  ½-½39 2010 WYCC Open U12B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
13. Liang Jinrong vs Wei Yi  1-039 2010 TCh-CHNB54 Sicilian
14. Wei Yi vs V Tatekhin  ½-½44 2010 WYCC Open U12B83 Sicilian
15. Wei Yi vs Zeng Chongsheng  ½-½34 2010 TCh-CHNB42 Sicilian, Kan
16. Johnatan Bakalchuk vs Wei Yi  0-155 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
17. Wei Yi vs Ghosh Diptayan  1-045 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
18. Ni Hua vs Wei Yi  1-037 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. J Duda vs Wei Yi  ½-½71 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
20. Wei Yi vs Wang Hao 0-129 2010 TCh-CHNB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
21. Wan Yunguo vs Wei Yi  1-033 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. Wei Yi vs O Striechman  1-032 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
23. Wei Yi vs M Petrosyan 1-034 2010 WYCC Open U12B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
24. Wang Yue vs Wei Yi  1-027 2010 TCh-CHND30 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Wei Yi vs M Karthikeyan 1-069 2010 WYCC Open U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
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Aug-20-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: FIDE has published final pairings (corrected) for Round 1 of the World Cup (the first game starts on Friday, September 11).

Wei Yi's opponent in Round 1 is GM Salem A.R. Saleh (2595) from United Arab Emirates, who recently won the Asian Continental Championship.

Aug-20-15  epistle: How would we know unless they are given the chance to play against each other? Which would you rather watch, Carlsen vs So? Carlsen vs. Topalov? Carlsen vs. Anand again? Or Carlsen vs. <Wei Yi>?
Aug-20-15  fisayo123: <Whitemouse> Whitemouse in World Champion "too strong" for 16 year old shocker.
Aug-21-15  Whitemouse: <cro777> there is interesting game played (Wei Yi black) against Zhao Jun.I am waiting for your analisys...
Aug-21-15  sydbarrett: Wei Yi was down 2 pawns in the game against Zhao Jun when I fell asleep. Even though he had good attacking prospects in the mode of classical chess games, I thought he might still lose, or just draw. I should not have doubted him, as I see that won soon after.
Aug-21-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: A spectacular game in Round 13 of the Chinese Chess League.

Wei Yi's opponent was GM Zhao Jun (2616), currently ranked number 12 in China.

Zhao Jun - Wei Yi

Sicilian Sveshnikov. Wei Yi opted for the sharpest 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Nd5 f5 line. Zhao Jun introduced the novelty 17.Re1 in a rare 16.Be2 line (most likely computer prepared).

1. e4 c5 2. Ne2 Nc6 3. Nbc3 Nf6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Bxf6 <The positional line 9.Nd5 is more popular: White abstains from giving Black doubled f-pawns, and tries to keep a small plus due to his control of d5> gxf6 10. Nd5 f5 <The sharpest line of the Sveshnikov> 11. Bd3 Be6 12. O-O Bxd5 13. exd5 Ne7


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14. Nxb5!? <Richard Palliser: "Snatches a pawn and if this was good the Sveshikov would never have become popular. With decent play White might not be worse, but it's clearly the harder of the positions to handle." The main move here is 14.c3>

14...Bg7 15. Nc3 e4 16. Be2 <The main move is 16.Bc4> Ng6 17. Re1 <This is a new move in this line, an interesting maneuver Re1/Bf1. The immediate 17.Qd2 has been tried before> O-O 18. Bf1 Re8 19. Qd2 Rb8 <Another pawn sacrifice! The alternative was 19...Be5> 20. Rab1 Ne5 21. Bxa6 Qf6 22. Be2 Bh6 23. Qd1 Rb4 24. Kh1 e3 25. f3 Kh8 26. Rg1 Ng6 27. Nb5 Rb8 <"All or Nothing at All!", Wei Yi decided to sacrifice an exchange> 28. c4 Nf4 29. b3 R8xb5 30. cxb5 Rd4 31. Qe1 Rd2 32. Bc4 Nh5 33. b6 Bf4


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<The correct move here was 34.g3! (e.g. 34...Rxh2+ 35.Kxh2 Qh4+ 36.Kg2 Bxg3 37.Qc3+!). In effect, it was the only move.>

34. b7?? <Zhao Jun didn't find 34.g3 (time pressure?) and lost a won position.>

34...Ng3+ 35. Qxg3 Bxg3 36. b8=Q+ Kg7 37. h3 Qh4 38. Rgd1 Bf4 39. Rxd2 Qg3 40. Kg1 Qh2+ 41. Kf1 Qh1+ 0-1

Aug-21-15  tzar: Everyday I look at the Fide live 2700 this boy is higher in the rankings, some people call him already the new Tal. At his age players have up and downs in their form specially when they start playing very strong GMs but this one seems only to improve. And he does it with no respect whatsoever to experienced GMs, with crazy but sharp attacks in the computer era of super strong defensive systems.

It would be interesting if someone who has follow him closely would post here to explain his playing style and strong and weak points.

Aug-21-15  Pulo y Gata: Wei Yi on the way up. Should be interesting if he gets more invites to elite chess events. Thanks <cro> for the game score and annotation.
Aug-21-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Wei Yi's playing style, a combination of Kasparov's dynamic and Carlsen's positional play, understandably, is still developing.

Wei Yi: "Kasparov’s tactics are woderfully artistic in a natural way. He is very gifted in tactics and attacking, while Carlsen excels in handling strategic positions."

GM Alexey Kuzmin analysed the principles that guide Wei Yi in the opening stage of the game and how he builds his opening repertoire:

"A distinctive characteristic of Wei Yi's opening repertoire is the combined approach. As White he prefers general schemes (systems) which can be achieved through various move order. As Black he goes for specific, often forced, deeply analyzed (including computer assistence) variations."

This game is a perfect illustration.

Aug-21-15  tzar: Thanks...
Aug-21-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Veselin Topalov: "If you play against Carlsen, I believe only some guys that are younger have a chance.

Theoretically speaking, the older generation can win, but practically the probability is not that high. A match requires a lot of effort that is not only physical but also mental. The age difference is very important.

I think these younger guys like <Giri, Caruana, Wei Yi>, they not only have the energy but also the <illusion and the motivation>, which makes you immediately play better." (New in Chess, 2015/5)

What are psychological benefits from positive illusions? A person's overall sense of self-worth or personal value is one of basic motivations to achieve competitively. Self-worth is what enables us to believe that we are capable of doing our best with our talents. Positive illusions are one of the apparent effects of this type of motivation. Courage and a strong belief in your ability to succeed build your confidence.

Giri: "When I'm low on confidence I cannot beat anyone. In the opposite case, I'm playing well and can beat a player like Topalov."

Of course, the more prepared you are, the more confidence you will have. The foundation of confidence is preparation.

Aug-21-15  epistle: That applies to normal individuals. Some are hardwired differently, however.
Aug-22-15  Whitemouse: thanks for the annotation <cro777>
Aug-22-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Just another wild game by Wei Yi in Round 14!

Wei Yi - Zhou Jianchao (2600)

Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. Nf3 a6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nf6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Nbd7 8. Qe2 Qc7 9. O-O-O b5 10. a3 Be7 11. g4


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So far the players have repeated the game Wei Yi vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015 from the recent Leon Rapid.

11...Rb8 <Vachier-Lagrave opted for 11...0-0. The Sicilan Najdorf is Vachier-Lagrave's main defence against 1.e4> 12. Bg2 h6 13. Bh4 Bb7 <A novelty. 13...b4 has been tried before. It seems like an improvement.> 14. Rhe1 Nb6 15. Bxf6 Bxf6 16. e5 dxe5 17. Ndxb5 axb5 18. Nxb5 Qc5 19. b4 Qe7 20. Nd6+ Kf8 21. Bxb7 exf4 22. Qf3 Nc4 23. Nxc4 Qxb7 24. Qxb7 Rxb7 25. Ne5 h5 26. Rd7 Rxd7 27. Nxd7+ Ke7 28. Nxf6 Kxf6 29. gxh5 e5

An interesting rook endgame with a pair of connected passed pawns (a steamroller) on each side has arisen (it should be analysed separately).


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This endgame should have ended in a draw, but "the mistakes are there waiting to be made and the winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake" (Tartakower)

30. b5 Kf5 31. a4 f3 32. b6 e4 33. Kd2 Kf4 34. Rb1 e3+ 35. Ke1 Rd8 36. Rb4+ Kf5 37. b7


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37...Rd2?? Zhou Jianchao was the player who made the last mistake!

<The correct move was 37...f2+. Black forces a draw through underpromotion!

37...f2+ 38. Ke2 Rd2+ 39. Kxe3 f1=N! 40. Kf3 Nxh2+


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Analysis diagram>

The game continued:

38. Rf4+ Kxf4 39. b8=Q+ Kf5 40. Qc8+ Ke5 41. Qc7+ Ke4 42. Qe7+ Kd4 43. Qb4+ Kd5 44. Qb7+ 1-0

This was Wei Yi's third consecutive win in the second half of the Chinese Chess League.

http://www.sinaimg.cn/dy/slidenews/...

Aug-22-15  epistle: With wild games like this I am more convinced that he should have been the wild card entry at Sinquefeld. At least one Chinese should have been there.
Aug-22-15  AzingaBonzer: He's going to have a tough game ahead of him, though: he faces Wang Hao next round.
Aug-23-15  ex0duz: Man, i can't believe the kid has gotten higher again on the ELO list. Last time i looked he was like 2723~, now he's like 2735~. Seems like the kid is unstoppable. Most kids developing like himi usually have setbacks and major barriers where they need to recognize and overcome their weaknesses.. like vs the top 10-20 players, they might need to play more positionally/solid, since their usual wild stuff won't work anymore vs the best of the best. But it seems for Wei Yi, his 'adjustment' vs the top 10-20 players has been much more smooth. He's probably even got a +score vs 2700 opponents..? Or at least if you start counting from when he was 2700 himself(or at least 2650). I remember him beating Shirov and Nepo etc at the world cup.. which was no fluke since it was in a match format, and he did it to TWO superGM's.. and then a few more 2700+ scalps elsewhere.
Aug-23-15  Whitemouse: It looks like 2500s and 2600s GMs already 'easy' for him...
Aug-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Calm after the storm!

In Round 15 Wei Yi's team Jiangsu met the Beijing team, which is convincingly leading the Championship. Wei Yi had to play with the black pieces against Wang Hao.

http://k.sinaimg.cn/n/transform/201...

That should have been the strongest test for him, but Wang Hao was content with a draw as White (the team's strategy?). In a Symmetrical English, a massive exchange of pieces followed.

Wang Hao - Wei Yi

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. O-O c5 6. Nc3 d5 7. cxd5 Nxd5 8. Nxd5 Qxd5 9. d3 Nc6 10. Be3 Bxb2 11. Rb1 Bf6 12. Qa4 Qd7 13. Bxc5 b6 14. Be3 Nd4 15. Qd1 Bb7 16. Bxd4 Bxd4 17. Nxd4 Bxg2 18.Kxg2 Qxd4 19. Qb3 Rac8 20. Rfc1 Qd7 21. f3 h5 22. a4 Rxc1 23. Rxc1 Rc8 24. Qb5 Qe6 25.Rxc8+ Qxc8 26. d4 Qe6


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27. Kf2 Qh3 28. Kg1 Qe6 29. Kf2 Qh3 30. Kg1 Qe6 Draw by repetition.

The next leg of the Chinese Chess League Division A (Rounds 16-18) will take place from 28-30 October.

In live ranking, with 2734.4 Wei Yi is now world No. 23 and China No. 3 (behind Ding Liren and Li Chao).

Aug-23-15  Whitemouse: not bad for Wei Yi for this leg with 3 wins and one draw...
Aug-23-15  sydbarrett: I saw the last 3 games of the leg on 2700chess.com but missed the first one. I hope they'll all be on chessgames.com's database soon.
Aug-23-15  bien pensant: Hey Mr. Joeyj, sir, how about some nice live rating/ world rankin?? What happened, your calculator broke down???
Aug-24-15  ketchuplover: Saleh is working with Sokolov and Dreev
Aug-25-15
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  cro777: Wei Yi to participate in a rapid chess tournament in China which starts tomorrow.

The 3rd National Mind Games, Men Rapid Chess (9 rounds) is taking place in Zaozhuang City, Shandong Province, China from 26-28 August.

The best Chinese players are participating. This tournament is useful as part of preparations for the upcoming World Cup.

Aug-26-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Before the World Cup (which starts on September 10th), the participation in the National Mind Sports Games is part of Wei Yi's (and other Chinese top players) preparation for this KO event.

With the white pieces Wei Yi likes the mirror symmetry type of structure that can arise from the Italian Game, the Four Knights or even the Ruy Lopez. The most recent example is his today's rapid game in the third round of the National Mind Sports Games.

In Taoist teachings feng shui mirrors are powerful symbols. Placed in our surroundings they absorb or reflect positive and negative energy. With proper placement they always bring the energy of refreshment and calm. It seems that Wei Yi knows how to use the secret power of mirror structures.

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