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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: 2724 (2600 rapid, 2588 blitz)
Overall record: +100 -43 =102 (61.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      12 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
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(born Jun-02-1999, 16 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 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).


<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.


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; (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:

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. Ni Hua vs Wei Yi  1-037 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. J Duda vs Wei Yi  ½-½71 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
6. Wei Yi vs Wang Hao 0-129 2010 TCh-CHNB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
7. Wan Yunguo vs Wei Yi  1-033 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. Wei Yi vs O Striechman  1-032 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
9. Wei Yi vs M Petrosyan 1-034 2010 WYCC Open U12B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
10. Wang Yue vs Wei Yi  1-027 2010 TCh-CHND30 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Wei Yi vs M Karthikeyan  1-069 2010 WYCC Open U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
12. Wei Yi vs Zhao Jun  0-163 2010 6th TCh-CHNB33 Sicilian
13. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi  ½-½58 2010 TCh-CHNB23 Sicilian, Closed
14. K W Troff vs Wei Yi 0-140 2010 WYCC Open U12E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
15. Ding Liren vs Wei Yi 1-038 2010 6th TCh-CHND34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
16. M Abramciuc vs Wei Yi  0-154 2010 WYCC Open U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
17. Motylev vs Wei Yi  1-043 2010 TCh-CHNB53 Sicilian
18. Joshua Colas vs Wei Yi 0-158 2010 WYCC Open U12D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Wei Yi vs Ni Hua 1-030 2010 TCh-CHNC48 Four Knights
20. Wei Yi vs Yi Xu  ½-½39 2010 WYCC Open U12B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
21. Liang Jinrong vs Wei Yi  1-039 2010 TCh-CHNB54 Sicilian
22. Wei Yi vs V Tatekhin  ½-½44 2010 WYCC Open U12B83 Sicilian
23. Wei Yi vs Zeng Chongsheng  ½-½34 2010 TCh-CHNB42 Sicilian, Kan
24. Johnatan Bakalchuk vs Wei Yi  0-155 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
25. Wei Yi vs Ghosh Diptayan  1-045 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
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  cro777: There is nothing you should not do for those who are really your friends.
Jul-28-15  dumbgai: <Is friendship worth sacrificing for chess?>

Not sure if serious

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  cro777: Chess is easy, but faithful friends are hard to find.

"A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you." (Elbert Hubbard)

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  cro777: Veselin Topalov: "Younger guys like Giri, Caruana and Wei Yi not only have the energy but also the illusion and the motivation."

Positive illusions are one of the apparent effects of self-enhancement, a type of motivation driven by a fundamental need to maximize feelings of self-worth. Self-worth is what enables us to believe that we are capable of doing our best with our talents.

Jul-28-15  FairyPromotion: <cro777> Thanks for the updates and pgn of previous games. Can you post the pgn of the game against Ding Liren, too?
Jul-29-15  sonia91: Today he lost to Karjakin in the China-Russia Challenge Match (a KO competition held with the "win and continue" format of the go tournaments): they drew in the classical game, but Karjakin won 2-0 in the blitz ones, so Wei Yi is eliminated from the tournament.
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  plang: 1 game classical followed by blitz playoff? - that is a really lame format
Jul-29-15  Catholic Bishop: Lol, just get the USA on board and turn it into a 3-way Super Match, to mirror the current China-Korea-Japan Nongshim Cup in Go.
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  cro777: <FairyPromotion> This is for your analysis

[Event "Chinese League"]
[Site "Shanghai"]
[Date "2015.07.27"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Wei Yi"]
[Black "Ding Liren"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 e6 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 Nf6 11. Bd2 Be7 12. O-O-O O-O 13. Ne4 Nxe4 14. Qxe4 Qd5 15. Qg4 Kh8 16. Kb1 Nd7 17. Qh3 Rad8 18. g4 e5 19. g5 e4 20. Nh4 Bxg5 21. c4 Qxc4 22. Bxg5 hxg5 23. Ng6+ Kg8 24. Ne7+ Kh8 25. Ng6+ Kg8 26. Nxf8 Nxf8 27. h6 g6 28. Qa3 Qe6 29. Qxa7 Qe7 30. Rhe1 g4 31. a4 Kh7 32. a5 Rd7 33. Qc5 f5 34. a6 Qxc5 35. dxc5 bxa6 36. Rd6 Rc7 37. Rf6 Nd7 38. Rf7+ Kxh6 39. Rd1 Kg5 40. Kc2 e3 41. fxe3 g3 42. Rg7 g2 43. Rg1 Kf6 44. Rg8 Kf7 45. Rh8 Kg7 46. Rh2 Rb7 47. Rhxg2 Ne5 48. Ra1 a5 49. Ra3 Nc4 50. Rb3 Rxb3 51. Kxb3 Nxe3 52. Rf2 g5 53. Re2 f4 54. Kc3 g4 55. Kd3 Kg6 56. Re1 Kf5 57. Ra1 g3 58. Ke2 Ng4 59. Rxa5 Nh2 60. Ra8 f3+ 61. Ke3 f2 62. Rf8+ Ke5 63. Ke2 0-1

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  cro777: The China - Russia Chess Challenge 2015 is a "Win and Continue" event (Win and Continue Team Tournament Format): 1 game matches followed by Blitz and Armageddon if necessary; winner continues and loser is out; a team loses when it runs out of players.

China: Wei Yi, Ding Liren, Ni Hua, Yu Yangyi, Wang Yue

Russia: Karjakin, Tomashevsky, Morozevich, Andreikin, Nepomniachtchi

As <sonia91> reported above, in the first game Wei Yi was eliminated by Karjakin.

The first part of the match is taking place in Heixiazi from 29th July to 1st August. Second part will be played in Harbin City in December 2015.

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  cro777: Wei Yi and Karjakin opened the match (1 classical game + blitz in case of a draw)

Wei Yi - Sergey Karjakin

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5 7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. Nbd2 Be7 10. c3 Nc5 11. Bc2 d4 12. Nb3 d3 13. Bb1 Nxb3 14. axb3 Bf5 15. b4 O-O 16. Re1 Qd7 17. h3 Rfd8 18. Bf4 Qc8 19. Bg3 Qd7 20. Bf4 Qc8 21. Bg3 Qd7 22. Bf4 Qc8 23. Bg3 Qd7 1/2-1/2

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  cro777: Karjakin was more successful in blitz

Wei Yi - Karjakin

1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 Nf6 4.Bb5 Bd6 5.Ne2 O-O 6.O-O a6 7.Bxc6 dxc6 8.d3 Nd7 9.e4 Nc5 10.Nd2 Ne6 11.Nc4 f6 12.Qd2 Re8 13.Kh1 b5 14.Ne3 c5 15.c4 Nd4 16.Ng3 c6 17.f3 Be6 18.Rf2 a5 19.Nef5 a4 20.Bxd4 cxd4 21.Raf1 axb3 22.axb3 Ra3 23.Nxd6 Qxd6 24.f4 Rxb3 25.cxb5 Rxb5 26.fxe5 Qxe5 27.Ne2 c5 28.Nf4 c4 29.Nxe6 c3 30.Qc1 Qxe6 31.h3 Reb8 32.Qa3 Rb1 33.Rxb1 Rxb1+ 34.Kh2 Qe5+ 35.g3 Qb8 36.Rf5 Qb2+ 0-1

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Karjakin - Wei Yi

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 c6 3.c4 e6 4.e3 Bd6 5.Bd3 f5 6.O-O Nf6 7.b3 Qe7 8.Bb2 O-O 9.Qc1 Ne4 10.Ba3 Nd7 11.Bxd6 Qxd6 12.Qa3 c5 13.cxd5 exd5 14.Nbd2 b6 15.Rac1 Bb7 16.Rfd1 Qh6 17.dxc5 bxc5 18.h3 Ndf6 19.Qa5 Rae8 20.Qc7 Nxf2 21.Kxf2 Qxe3+ 22.Kg3 Rf7 23.Qxc5 Qxd3 24.Kh2 Qa6 25.a4 h6 26.Nd4 Nd7 27.Qb4 Ne5 28.Re1 Kh7 29.Qc3 Qf6 30.Kh1 Rfe7 31.Qc2 g6 32.Re2 Ng4 33.Rxe7+ Rxe7 34.N2f3 Ne3 35.Qc5 g5 36.Re1 g4 37.Ng1 f4 38.Re2 Ba6 39.Rf2 Re4 40.Qc7+ Kg6 41.Nc6 Nd1 42.Rd2 Ne3 43.Rf2 f3 44.gxf3 Re6 45.Nd8 Re7 46.Qg3 Rd7 47.fxg4 Qe7 48.Nc6 Qe4+ 49.Kh2 Kh7 50.Qf4 Qe6 51.Nd4 Qe8 52.Nf5 Nxf5 53.Qxf5+ Kg8 54.Qf6 Qb8+ 55.Kg2 Bb7 56.Qe6+ Kh8 57.Qxd7 d4+ 58.Kf1 1-0

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  plang: <cro777: Karjakin was more successful in blitz >

Drawing with Black in the Classical game would be viewed by many as a success.

Jul-29-15  shintaro go: I would say Karjakin had no trouble at all drawing with Black in the classical game. He knows he is the better blitz player atm
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  cro777: After the China Chess League in Shanghai, Wei Yi had to fly to Fuyuan. But due to rainstorm in Beijing he had to change the ticket and, instead on the morning of the 28th, he arrived to Fuyuan on the morning of the 29th. Although the game was postponed, he was very tired.

The name of the first part of the tournament "The Heixiazi (Black Bear) Island Cup" has symbolic meaning.

Heixiazi Island is divided between China and Russia (until 2004, it was the site of a territorial dispute between these countries). The Chinese section of the island is part of Fuyuan County, Heilongjiang which is China's easternmost county.

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  cro777: Each team consists of five players. The order of the players was determined before the match (it cannot be changed).

China: 1)Wei Yi, 2)Ding Liren, 3)Ni Hua, 4)Yu Yangyi, 5)Wang Yue

Russia: 1)Karjakin, 2)Tomashevsky, 3)Morozevich, 4)Nepomniachtchi, 5)Andreikin

There will be 1 classical game (+ playoff if necessary) played per day. FIDE control time – 90 min for 40 moves and 30 min before the end with 30 sec increment for each move. Two blitz game for tie-break: 5 minutes with 3 seconds from the first move.

Tomorrow, in the second game Karjakin meets Ding Liren.

Jul-29-15  markz: Actually, Wei played black pieces in the classical game vs Karjakin.
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  cro777: It seems that "The Week in Chess" made a mistake. Actually, Wei Yi was black in the classical game.

According to the rules, the players draw the lots to decide the color.Then the color is rotated.

Game 1 Karjakin white, Wei Yi black, Game 2 Ding Liren white, Karjakin black, game 3 Russian player white, game 4 Chinese white..

Yu Yangyi, Ding Liren and Hou Yifan following the game live.

Jul-29-15  Whitemouse: it was Wei Yi with black, according to chess2700.
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  cro777: The Week in chess has already made the correction. This is the game.

Karjakin,Sergey (2753) - Wei,Yi (2724) [C80]

China Russia Match 2015, Heixiazi China (1.1), 29.07.2015

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Nxe4 6.d4 b5 7.Bb3 d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.Nbd2 Be7 10.c3 Nc5 11.Bc2 d4 12.Nb3 d3 13.Bb1 Nxb3 14.axb3 Bf5 15.b4 0–0 16.Re1 Qd7 17.h3 Rfd8 18.Bf4 Qc8 19.Bg3 Qd7 20.Bf4 Qc8 21.Bg3 Qd7 22.Bf4 Qc8 23.Bg3 Qd7 ½–½

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  cro777: In the Open Ruy Lopez with 9.Nbd2, Wei Yi's favorite line is 11...d4. This idea has been known since two Capablanca-Chajes games played in New York in 1915 and 1916.

Karjakin - Wei Yi. Position after 11...d4

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12.Nb3 <Vachier Lagrave against Wei Yi at the Leon rapid this year opted for 12.cxd4> d3 13.Bb1 Nxb3 14.axb3 Bf5 15.b4 0–0 16.Re1 Qd7 17.h3 Rfd8 18.Bf4

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18...Qc8 <This is the first new move. 18...a5 had been tried before>

And after 19.Bg3 Qd7 20.Bf4 Qc8 21.Bg3 Qd7 22.Bf4 Qc8 23.Bg3 Qd7 draw was agreed in a slightly better position for Karjakin.

The reason for a short draw was probably the format of the tournament (Karjakin is better blitz player). On the other hand, as I already mentioned, Wei Yi was very tired due to travel problems.

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  cro777: The China Central Television (CCTV) report

Jul-31-15  Chessman1504: After looking at some of his games more closely, Wei Yi seems to be a combination of Kasparov and Fischer. If One Accepts Kasparov's characterization of Carlsen as Karpov and Fischer, then the difference between Wei Yi and Carlsen as approximately the same as the difference between Kasparov and Karpov! That is something I could accept! :)
Jul-31-15  Chessman1504: I feel Wei Yi could be a danger to Carlsen since his approach seems to be very different from Carlsen. Carlsen is a universal player, capable and even stellar at all facets of the game, but there are times when he misses extremely intricate tactics. I think much of Carlsen's focus is seeing the board as a whole, as opposed to seeing the whole board, with all it's gory details. Certainly nothing wrong with this; it's just the way he plays and the way he marched his way up to the highest rating of all time. However, if a player could take advantage of these hiccups, there could be dire consequences for Carlsen. I think such a player could be Wei Yi, who has definitely not peaked yet. Only time will tell how far he will go.
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  offramp: <cro777: The China Central Television (CCTV) report

The previous game shown exclusively on CCTV was Spassky vs Fischer, 1972.

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