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Wei Yi 
World Junior Championship, Athens, 2012
Photograph © 2012 Andreas Kontokanis.
Wei Yi
Number of games in database: 411
Years covered: 2009 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2706 (2609 rapid, 2636 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2734
Overall record: +144 -56 =174 (61.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      37 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (73) 
    B90 B30 B96 B42 B48
 Sicilian Najdorf (28) 
    B90 B96 B91 B97 B94
 Ruy Lopez (27) 
    C65 C67 C84 C95 C78
 Four Knights (18) 
    C48 C49
 French Defense (17) 
    C07 C11 C03 C10 C01
 Caro-Kann (13) 
    B18 B12 B17 B16
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (55) 
    B90 B31 B53 B92 B97
 Grunfeld (38) 
    D85 D97 D91 D78 D80
 Sicilian Najdorf (18) 
    B90 B92 B97
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E32 E54 E52 E24 E20
 English (14) 
    A15 A10 A18 A17 A14
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C83 C81 C77 C80 C69
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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 Zhou Jianchao, 2013 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Navara, 2016 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Ding Liren, 2015 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Potkin, 2015 1-0
   Navara vs Wei Yi, 2015 1/2-1/2
   Wei Yi vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2015 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Areshchenko, 2015 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Tata Steel Group B (2015)
   Chinese Championship (2015)
   FIDE World Team Championship (2015)
   World Junior Championship (2014)
   World Cup (2015)
   Asian Continental Championships (2016)
   World Junior Championship (2013)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   3rd HD Bank Cup (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Asian Nations Cup (2014)
   2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012)
   Chinese Team Championship (2016)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   fisayo123's favorite games by fisayo123
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   Wei Yi vs Xiangyu Xu (Nov-01-16) 1-0
   Lu Shanglei vs Wei Yi (Oct-31-16) 1/2-1/2
   Wei Yi vs Yu Yangyi (Oct-30-16) 1/2-1/2
   Wei Yi vs J Santos Latasa (Oct-11-16) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Ni Hua vs Wei Yi (Sep-26-16) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jun-02-1999, 17 years old) China
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FM (2010); IM (2012); GM (2013); Asian U12 Champion (2010); World U12 Champion (2010); Chinese Champion (2015).


Born in Jiangsu province (Yancheng County), Wei Yi was his country'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).


<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 finisher 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 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. At the World Cup of 2015, he defeated A R Saleh Salem in the first round to progress to the second round where he defeated Ukrainian GM Yuri Vovk in a long and exciting struggle culminating in blitz tiebreakers after the two had exchanged blows in a see sawing match through the standard games and rapid game tiebreakers. He beat Alexander Areshchenko in round three and compatriot Ding Liren in the Round of Sixteen (round four) to move to the quarter final where he lost to Peter Svidler in the second set of rapid tiebreakers (10+10) to bow out of the Cup.

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 Satran Spor Kulb 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 again played top board for Jiangsu, helping his eleventh seeded team to sixth place.

In March 2015, he played for the Chinese team that defeated India in its summit match that was held in Hyderabad. In July 2015, he was on the Chinese team that won the 9th China-Russia Match (2015) and also on the Chinese team that participated in the China-Russia Challenge Match (2015). 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.

In March and April 2016, Wei Yi represented China in the Asian Nations Cup. He was in poor form, shedding a significant number of ratings points.

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. In November 2015, Wei Yi won the China Chess Kings (2015) in a knockout event that started with eight players. His year was thus looking to end well, but a mediocre finish in the Chinese League and a poor performance in the Qatar Masters (2015) where he scored 4.5/9 cost him 30 rating points and dropped him back to the low 2700s.

2016 started with Wei Yi's inaugural participation in the Tata Steel (2016), where he placed in the middle of the field with 6.5/13 and gained 8 rating points. He followed up in March with a mediocre 5/9 in the Aeroflot Open (2016), shedding 14 rating points landing him at the 2700 threshhold. His next participation was for China in the Asian Nations Cup 2016 (see below) where he has performed poorly, shedding more ratings points to fall well below the 2700 level.


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 2734 and #23 respectively, as of 1 September 2015. At almost the same age, Carlsen had been rated 2693 and ranked #22 in the world in April 2007, four months after his 16th birthday, although he had been rated #21 in the rating period commencing 1 October 2006.

As of 1 April 2016, Wei Yi's rating was 2700 and ranked #39 in the world. At the nearest equivalent point in his career, Carlsen was rated 2714 and was ranked #16 in the world; at that date (October 2007), there were only 22 players rated over 2700.

Sources and References

(1) Wei Yi's birthday was found at; (2) Interview at; (3) An image of these three players on the podium can be found here:; (4)

Interview and article dated 7 March 2013 by Alina L'Ami:; Article about Wei Yi reaching 2600:

Live ratings:

Last updated: 2016-08-05 19:42:41

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 411  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Wei Yi vs Lou Yiping  ½-½49 2009 XingQiu OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
2. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi ½-½61 2009 XingQiu OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
3. Wei Yi vs Qun Ma  ½-½39 2009 XingQiu OpenB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
4. Wei Yi vs Zhao Jun  0-163 2010 6th TCh-CHNB33 Sicilian
5. Ding Liren vs Wei Yi 1-038 2010 6th TCh-CHND34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. Wang Yue vs Wei Yi  1-027 2010 TCh-CHND30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Wei Yi vs Wang Hao 0-129 2010 TCh-CHNB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
8. Ni Hua vs Wei Yi  1-037 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Liang Jinrong vs Wei Yi  1-039 2010 TCh-CHNB54 Sicilian
10. Motylev vs Wei Yi  1-043 2010 TCh-CHNB53 Sicilian
11. Wei Yi vs Zeng Chongsheng  ½-½34 2010 TCh-CHNB42 Sicilian, Kan
12. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi  ½-½58 2010 TCh-CHNB23 Sicilian, Closed
13. Wei Yi vs O Striechman  1-032 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
14. Johnatan Bakalchuk vs Wei Yi  0-155 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
15. Wei Yi vs Yi Xu  ½-½39 2010 WYCC Open U12B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
16. M Abramciuc vs Wei Yi  0-154 2010 WYCC Open U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
17. J Duda vs Wei Yi  ½-½71 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
18. Wei Yi vs M Karthikeyan 1-069 2010 WYCC Open U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
19. Wei Yi vs V Tatekhin  ½-½44 2010 WYCC Open U12B83 Sicilian
20. Joshua Colas vs Wei Yi 0-158 2010 WYCC Open U12D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. K W Troff vs Wei Yi 0-140 2010 WYCC Open U12E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
22. Wei Yi vs M Petrosyan 1-034 2010 WYCC Open U12B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
23. Wei Yi vs Ghosh Diptayan  1-045 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
24. Wan Yunguo vs Wei Yi  1-033 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. Wei Yi vs Ni Hua 1-030 2010 TCh-CHNC48 Four Knights
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  keypusher: <Sally Simpson: "I think swimming and jogging would work just as well." He's a chess player not one of those junkie athletes.

Cigarettes, coffee and chocolate...lots of chocolate.

And he has to go to University to get himself laid.>

I don't know if you saw an article by a Russian GM (can't remember who) about a recent event in Asia -- he said at night everyone had their heads in their laptops catching up on chess developments elsewhere. He was nostalgic for the old days when everyone would have been at the bar. It's a new world.

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  alexmagnus: <Absentee> Then what was your point? You quote <HMM> asking whether censored media in China somehow affect their world view. Which is a legitimate question by the way. You respond with one single link - to the NSA scandal.
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  alexmagnus: Wikileaks btw is "censoring" itself too - the Panama papers were first offered to them, but they refused. Obviously because the papers contained nothing against the US :D
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  Absentee: Absentee: <alexmagnus: <Absentee> Then what was your point? You quote <HMM> asking whether censored media in China somehow affect their world view. Which is a legitimate question by the way. You respond with one single link - to the NSA scandal.>

I quoted HeMateMe saying that someone had to be careful what they type because China keeps tabs on 1.4 billion people (they don't, really: the average citizen, here or there, is of as much interest to the Chinese government as to ours, that's to say none).

If you're going to claim, at length and ad nauseam, that your government is the golden model and beacon of goodness for humanity, which HeMatesMe never tires of doing, then you can't possibly criticize China for monitoring the internet. That's either hypocrisy, at best, or cognitive dissonance, at worst.

My point, to answer your question concisely, is that there's a hole in his argument ("China is bad because they spy on you") the size of a moon crater.

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  HeMateMe: <I agree, it's an own goal for HaMateMe. Have you read the previous posts? It's like the black hole calling the kettle black.>

I can't defend a system where newspapers and television stations are not allowed to freely report the truth and allow editorial opinions to flourish. It has to damage the overall ability of a country to compete when they are blocked from having free opinions and expressing them. They can't vote for their own government; major decisions are imposed upon the everyday citizens.

If it blows up in their faces as it may well do in the south china sea problem the people have no way to remedy this--they can't vote out the dummies that caused this problem, the Chinese communist party is a law unto themselves.

Did I anywhere claim that the USA is a utopia, as you imply? nope. But we are allowed to think for ourselves. We vote <out of office> those who don't serve the majority.

Does China spy on it's own citizens? If you make enough noise and have some influence you will draw their attention. You'll get fired from your job. If it's a big enough deal you'll be tried for activities against the state (you published an outspoken editorial in a local newspaper, you organized political demonstrations, you published a book critical of the government). There will be a quick show trial and you'll get sentenced from 6 months to five years imprisonment. You'll never have meaningful employment again.

The workers' paradise.

The only <own goal> is defending a nation that is still a barking dog prison state.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Cro,

Thanks for the game.

Slight moot point. How come this opening 5.Nc3 has been called the 'The Shirov Attack'?

Good players before Shirov employed this set up. (I know Shirov beat Karpov with it in a rapid game.).

Is this publishers tarting up their opening books by re-naming openings with current active players in a bid to sell the unwary more crappy openings books and DVD's?

Ma Zhonghan's blunder. Playing 24...Na5 here.

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That was a strange one.

If this was an internet game I'd say right away it was mouse slip Black intended 24...Nb4. which is OK in this position, but it jumped to Na5.

It's possibly a one move blunder, which does happen but you would think with a discovered attack on your Queen a good player would be wary about making such a move. Your sense of danger would be screaming at you.

I think he expected 25.Bb6 axb6 26.RxQ RxR. When Black has a Bishop and Rook for the Queen with maybe a pawn to follow. (though Black does not appear to have an active follow up.)

Also the proceeding play indicates Black was happy with a draw so why suddenly go for complications.

A league match!

Something happened on another board(s) and suddenly Black must win this game.

Cro you have all the info did something like that happen or is this blunder just a very careless move.

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." Aristotle.


You should have a Trash Can. A place where off topic posts or slander are dumped.

Nobody can post in it, make it a read only.

That way people can see where their posts went and take a hint. (also good fun to see whose posts get trashed the most.)

Just a thought.

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  cro777: <Sally Simpson: How come this opening 5.Nc3 has been called the 'The Shirov Attack'? Is this publishers tarting up their opening books by re-naming openings with current active players in a bid to sell the unwary more crappy openings books and DVD's?>

Chess (openings) variations are usually named after some place where they are played first or after a person who first played it or sometimes even after some animals and even some weird names which dont make any sense.

In the Petroff Defence the old variation 5.Nc3 tended to surface in 2002 when white was struggling to achieve anything in the main line. The game Shirov vs Morozevich, 2002 was considered to be an example of enterprising play. White aims for fast development and queenside castling, with his king being quite well protected by the doubled c-pawn.

During my study of Kazakhstani chess players I noticed that GM Rustam Danilovich Khusnutdinov from Karaganda, Kazakhstan calls 5.Nc3 the Shirov Attack.

Dont play blitz against him. He is the champion of Kazakhstan in blitz.

As far as Ma Zhonghan's blunder 24...Na5 is concerned, it was an oversight.

"Anyone who has never made a mistake " (Albert Einstein)

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  cro777: In the second round of the 2016 Chinese chess team tournament (men) Wei Yis opponent was IM Wang Yi Ye (2450).

Wang Yi Ye - Wei Yi

Two Knights with 4.d4 (Wei Yi also plays this line with the white pieces)

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d4 exd4 5. e5 Ne4 6. O-O Be7 7. Re1 d5 8. exd6 Nxd6 9. Bd5 O-O 10. Bxc6 bxc6 11. Nxd4 Qd7 12. Nc3 Bf6 13. Nb3 Qf5 14. Qd3 Qh5 15. Ne4 Nxe4 16. Qxe4

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16Be6 17. Qxc6 Bd5 18. Qc5 Be5 19. h3 Rae8 20. Bd2 Re6 21. c4 Ba8

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22. Bf4? <The decisive mistake in an already worse position. The correct move was 22.Bc3>

22Qg6 23. Bg3 Rfe8 24. Re3 h5 25. h4 f5 26. Rae1 f4 27. Rxe5 fxg3 28. Rxe6 Rxe6 29. Rd1 Qd3 30. Rf1 Qe4 White resigned

Jul-29-16  entropy35: Are they playing 2 games a day?
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  cro777: The tournament (11 rounds) takes place from July 28 to August 4. Two rounds are played every second day (July 29, July 31 and August 2).

After smooth attacking game in Round 2, in Round 3 Wei Yi tried a solid but dynamic London System against much stronger opponent GM Zhou Jianchao (2620), but Black chose 4cxd4 (instead of 4Nc6 London System) tranposing into Caro Kann Exchange.

Wei Yi Zhou Jianchao

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4 c5 4. e3 cxd4 5. exd4 Nc6 6. c3 Bg4 7. Nbd2 e6 8. Qb3 Qc8 9. Bd3 Be7 10. O-O Bh5 11. Ne5 Nxe5 12. Bxe5 O-O

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The same position can arise from the Caro Kann Exchange after 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.c3 Nf6 6.Bf4 Bg4 7.Qb3 Qc8 8.Nd2 e6 9.Ngf3 Be7 10.00 Bh5 11.Ne5 Nxe5 12.Bxe5 00. The most recent example is Savic Berkes, Paracin (Serbia), 13.07.2016.

13. Rac1 <13.Rae1 is more popular as played by Berkes in the aforementioned game> Bg6 14. Bxg6 hxg6 15. c4 Qd7 16. c5 Rfc8 17. Qd3 a5 18. Rc3 Qc6 19. Rfc1 Ne4 20. Nxe4 dxe4 21. Qc4 Bf6 22. Rb3 Bxe5 23. dxe5 Rc7 24. Rb6 Qxb6 25. cxb6 Rxc4 26. Rxc4 Ra6 27. Rxe4 Rxb6 28. b3 Rc6 29. Rc4 Rxc4 30. bxc4 Kf8

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A pawn endgame with approximately even chances has arisen. Here Wei Yi spent more than 27 minutes to find the best plan. Black was able to build a fortress.

31. Kf1 Ke7 32. Ke2 Kd7 33. Kd3 Kc6 34. a4 Kc5 35. Kc3 Kc6 36. h4 Kc5 37. g3 Kc6 38. Kd4 Kb6 39. g4 Kc6 40. f3 Kb6 41. f4 Kc6 42. g5 b6 43. Ke4 Kc5 44. Kd3 Kc6 45. Kd4 Kd7 46. Ke3 Kc6 47. Ke4 Kc5 48. Kd3 Kc6 49. Kd4 Kd7 50. Ke3 Kc6 51. Ke4 Draw

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  cro777: Wei Yi's opponent in Round 4 was GM Zeng Chongsheng (2552). Last year they also met in Chinese Team Championship.

Zeng Chongsheng Wei Yi

Bogo-Catalan system (a hybrid between the Bogo-Indian and the Catalan). This way to play the Closed Catalan is recently popular. Black provokes White's bishop to d2, which reduces Whites options in the middlegame. Recently Wei Yi played against this sytem with the white pieces as well: Wei Yi vs Anand, 2016

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 <Most recently, against Karjakin at the Bilbao Masters, Wei Yi with white tried 5.Nd2> Be7 6.Bg2 00 7.00 Nbd7 8.Qc2 c6 9.Bg5 <Zeng chose a rare line, White usually place this bishop on f4> b6 10.Nbd2 h6 11.Bxf6 Nxf6 12.Ne5 Bb7 13.Rfd1 Rc8 <This position had occurred only once before. White continued with 14.Rac1. White has achieved nothing in the opening> 14.c5 bxc5 15.dxc5 Qc7 16.f4 a5 17.Nb3 a4 18.Nd4 Nd7 19.Nxd7 Qxd7 20.e4 Ra8 21.Qc3?! <Better was 21.e5> Qc7 22.b4 axb3 23.axb3 Rxa1 24.Rxa1 dxe4

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25.Ra7? <This was the decisive mistake. Why White didnt simply take on e4 is hard to say. He spent more than 8 minutes on this move.>

25...Qd7! 26.Qc4 Rd8 27.Bxe4? <Taking on e4 now is a mistake, but White is already lost> Qxd4+ 28.Qxd4 Rxd4 29.Rxb7 Bxc5

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30.Rb8+? Rd8+ 01

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  cro777: Two draws in round 5 and 6.

Against Li Chao (2758) in a Petroff Defense with 5.Nxe5 Wei Yi didn't repeat the Shirov's Attack (5.Nc3) but opted for the main line (5.d4). It was a fighting (73 moves ) draw.

The next episode was quite different. Wei Yi's opponent in round 6 was 17-year old Xu Xiangyu (2466). They played together for China at the World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad 2013 , Wei Yi for China 1 and Xu Xiangyu for China 2.

Team competitions are full of "underwater mines". Many Chinese players are much stronger than their rating shows. They also know each other well. Wei Yi experimented with the Modern Tiger (the Modern with a6). He has never played this opening before.

Xu Xiangyu Wei Yi. Position after 18.Rab1

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Here, Black has several moves (of approximately equal value) to choose from. But in team competitions, when a team just needs a draw from a board to win the match, the player acts accordingly. This might explain the following continuation of the game:

18Kh8 19. h3 Kg8 20. Kh2 Kh8 21. Kg1 Kg8 22. Kh2 Kh8 23. Kh1 Kg8 Draw

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  cro777: In Round 5 Wei Yi drew Li Chao and his coach Xu Jun defeated Yu Yangyi:

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  cro777: 2016 Chinese Team Championship (men) has just finished.

Fourteen teams competed in 9 rounds. Jiangsu Lvyang chess team, with Wei Yi and his coach GM Xu Jun on top boards, convincingly won the championship three matchpoints ahead of Shandong (with Bu Xiangzhi on the top board).

Wei Yi scored 7/9 with tournament performance rating 2760 thus gaining 7.9 Elo points. His live rating now is 2716.9.

In the ninth (last) round Wei Yi played a wild game against GM Wan Yunguo (2481).

Wei Yi Wan Yunguo. Position after 23Bxb5

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Here Wei Yi spent more than 35 minutes to find the best continuation.

24. Qe5 <24.dxe5 followed by Qe5 was also winning> h6 25. Qxd5 Qb1 26. Bd2 Ra2 27. f3 Qb2 28. Bb3 Ra1+ 29. Kf2 Rxh1 30. Qxf7+ Kh7 31. Qf5+ g6 32. Qd5 1-0

(Jiangsu Lvyang and Shandong met in the penultimate round. This is a view from the fourth board. Wei Yi drew Bu Xiangzhi on the top board).

Aug-04-16  fisayo123: <Jiangsu Lvyang chess team, with Wei Yi and his coach GM Xu Jun on top boards, convincingly won the championship three matchpoints ahead of Shandong (with Bu Xiangzhi on the top board.>

Wei Yi continues to prove that he's a winner and not just another strong competitor.

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  cro777: National Champions 2016

Jiangsu Lvyang chess team.

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  cro777: Wei Yi won the 2016 Blitz Chess Championship of China with 7/9 ahead of Lu Shanglei, Yu Yangyi and Wang Yue with 6.5.

He was less successful in Rapid Chess Championship. With 5.5/9 he took 6th place (shared). The winner was Yu Yangyi with 8/9.!t800x600.jpg!t800x600.jpg

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  cro777: 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan - Four days left for Olympiad opening ceremony.

China, the defending champion, will be represented by:

Wang Yue
Li Chao
Ding Liren
Yu Yangyi
Wei Yi

Aug-29-16  entropy35: Is wei yi reserve?
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  cro777: This is the chess team list submitted. According to regulations, the ranking of teams shall be finalized 16 hours before the start of the first round.

The list suggests that Wei Yi might be the fifth player (reserve), but the definitive board order will be known before the first round. It depends on the team's strategy.

Chess Olympiad (2016) (kibitz #8)

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  cro777: The fourth leg (rounds 12-15) of the Chinese Chess League Division A has started in Yangzhou.

Wei Yi and Guo Qi, top men's and women's boards of the Jiangsu chess team, returned from the Baku Chess Olympiad with mixed feelings: the Chinese women's team with the gold medal and men's team, the defending champion, with a disappointing 13th place.

Oct-17-16  Imran Iskandar: Wei Yi seems to have stalled somewhat in terms of rating, as all rising chess players do.
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  cro777: Wei Yi to participate at the Tata Steel Masters 2017.

Preliminary list of participants:
Magnus Carlsen
Levon Aronian
Wesley So
Sergey Karjakin
Pentala Harikrishna
Anish Giri
Ian Nepomniachtchi
Radoslaw Wojtaszek
Richard Rapport
Wei Yi
Adhiban Baskaran
Loek van Wely

The 79th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament takes place in Wijk aan Zee from 13 29 January 2017.

Nov-26-16  Zerebuh: Wei Yi will play a (6 game?) match against Richard Rapport in China, on 19th-24th December. The two best junior players in the world.
It will be very interesting to watch.
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