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Wei Yi
Wei Yi 
World Junior Championship, Athens, 2012
Photograph © 2012 Andreas Kontokanis.
 
Number of games in database: 536
Years covered: 2009 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2728 (2664 rapid, 2740 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2734

Overall record: +181 -61 =211 (63.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 83 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (83) 
    B90 B30 B96 B40 B91
 Ruy Lopez (36) 
    C65 C67 C84 C78 C95
 Sicilian Najdorf (34) 
    B90 B96 B91 B97 B94
 French Defense (20) 
    C07 C11 C03 C10 C01
 Four Knights (20) 
    C49 C48
 Caro-Kann (17) 
    B18 B12 B17 B15 B16
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (63) 
    B90 B31 B53 B92 B51
 Grunfeld (41) 
    D85 D97 D91 D80 D90
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    A45 D02 A46 E10
 Sicilian Najdorf (20) 
    B90 B92 B97
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E32 E54 E46 E52 E26
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C80 C83 C77 C84 C81
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 Zhou Jianchao, 2013 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Navara, 2016 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Shirov, 2013 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Ding Liren, 2015 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Van Wely, 2017 1-0
   Wei Yi vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2017 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Yu Yangyi, 2017 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Potkin, 2015 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chinese Championship (2015)
   Tata Steel Group B (2015)
   FIDE World Team Championship (2015)
   Chinese Championships (2016)
   Chinese Championships (2017)
   World Cup (2015)
   World Junior Championship (2014)
   Asian Continental Championships (2016)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   World Junior Championship (2013)
   HD Bank Cup (2017)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Chinese Team Championship (2016)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
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   21st Century Masterpieces - Second decade (2011) by syracrophy
   best of 2015 by Chnebelgrind

RECENT GAMES:
   Wei Yi vs Le Quang Liem (Jul-18-17) 1/2-1/2
   Wang Hao vs Wei Yi (Jul-17-17) 1/2-1/2
   Wei Yi vs Naiditsch (Jul-16-17) 1/2-1/2
   V Malakhov vs Wei Yi (Jul-15-17) 0-1
   Wei Yi vs Yu Yangyi (Jul-13-17) 1-0

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WEI YI
(born Jun-02-1999, 18 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 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).

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 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 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 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.

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 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 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/

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

 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 536  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Wei Yi vs Lou Yiping  ½-½492009XingQiu OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
2. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi ½-½612009XingQiu OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
3. Wei Yi vs Qun Ma  ½-½392009XingQiu OpenB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
4. Wei Yi vs Zhao Jun  0-16320106th TCh-CHNB33 Sicilian
5. Ding Liren vs Wei Yi 1-03820106th TCh-CHND34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. Wang Yue vs Wei Yi  1-0272010TCh-CHND30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Wei Yi vs Wang Hao 0-1292010TCh-CHNB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
8. Ni Hua vs Wei Yi  1-0372010TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Liang Jinrong vs Wei Yi  1-0392010TCh-CHNB54 Sicilian
10. Motylev vs Wei Yi  1-0432010TCh-CHNB53 Sicilian
11. Wei Yi vs Zeng Chongsheng  ½-½342010TCh-CHNB42 Sicilian, Kan
12. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi  ½-½582010TCh-CHNB23 Sicilian, Closed
13. Wei Yi vs O Striechman  1-0322010WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
14. Johnatan Bakalchuk vs Wei Yi  0-1552010WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
15. Wei Yi vs Yi Xu  ½-½392010WYCC Open U12B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
16. M Abramciuc vs Wei Yi  0-1542010WYCC Open U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
17. J Duda vs Wei Yi  ½-½712010WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
18. Wei Yi vs M Karthikeyan 1-0692010WYCC Open U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
19. Wei Yi vs V Tatekhin  ½-½442010WYCC Open U12B83 Sicilian
20. Joshua Colas vs Wei Yi 0-1582010WYCC Open U12D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. K W Troff vs Wei Yi 0-1402010WYCC Open U12E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
22. Wei Yi vs M Petrosyan 1-0342010WYCC Open U12B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
23. Wei Yi vs Ghosh Diptayan  1-0452010WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
24. Wan Yunguo vs Wei Yi  1-0332010TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. Wei Yi vs Ni Hua 1-0302010TCh-CHNC48 Four Knights
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Jul-14-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: Looks like he'll have to become world champion to get respect.
Jul-14-17  ex0duz: <"WorstPlayerEver: Well, at least the Chinese organize their own tournaments to crank Wei Yi's rating up">

Is that what you call it when China's best players(ie those above 2700) play against underrated/strong chinese players who are also familiar with their fellow compatriots style/games, and who also probably share the same coaches/teachers etc?

I would prefer it if Ding/Wei/Yu refrained from playing in chinese chess leagues etc and only stuck to playing in tourneys filled with 2700+ superGM's only.. and if it's 2750+ ONLY, then even better for Wei and Yu, since they are right at 2750 so even if they draw, they should still keep rising, while their direct competitors/rivals keep going down. That's what they need to do now if they want to keep gaining ELO and also to keep climbing the ranks.

Because i think Wei and Yu(and of course Ding) have already proved that they belong in supertourneys playing vs the top 10, since look at Wei Yi in his first supertourney at Tata Steel in 2017.. he came equal third with 7.5/13(+4-2=7). Correct me if i'm wrong, but IIRC, Carlsen actually got crushed and finished last at his first Corus.. whereas in 2017 Carlsen finished 2nd with 8.5/13 and So won with 9/13. So yeah. Wei Yi is absolutely killing it imo. Although he had a little slump in the last 2-3 months and dropped back to 2700 almost, he came back quickly and is now 2750+, which exceeded his previous PB elo of 2735~ by 15~ points at least! And doing it without playing in supertourney vs other 2700's is pretty impressive.

As for Yu, he was 2750~ for awhile already now, and he was here before Wei was.. also, Yu won Qatar Masters OUTRIGHT by beating Kramnik himself(who was also gunning for the title) in an epic last round do or die game for both of them.

They've both(or all 3 if you wanna include Ding too) proved themselves in the Olympiads and also world team championships, which is at least a decent place for them to get games vs highly rated players..

Jul-14-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WorstPlayerEver: It's weird Wei doesn't get those invitations. Take Hou for instance.. it's a joke. That's what it is.
Jul-14-17  markz: <ex0duz> Wei Yi got 6.5/13 in Tata 2016, and had a slump in the whole 2016. Carlsen got 8.0/13 in Tata 2017.
Jul-14-17
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  alexmagnus: < Correct me if i'm wrong, but IIRC, Carlsen actually got crushed and finished last at his first Corus.. >

Carlsen's first Wijk was not by invitation but by qualification though. He finished equal first (with Motylev) in Wijk B-Group 2006 and qualified for the A group (where he indeed finished last). It was his second supertournament at all (after 2006 Tal Memorial). In his *third* supertournament ever he already finished second (Linares 2007, behind Anand). And Carlsen was 16 at that point.

Jul-14-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Also, I think their is indeed some "resraint" as to invitig Chinese players based on the previous experiences. Bu Xiangzhi, Wang Yue... Where are they now? Back in times they were seen literally in every supertournament. But then disappeared just as quickly as appeared.

China's policy of semi-retiring players once they approach 30 got in the way of those players. Wei is still far from 30, so there is a good chance he won't suffer the same fate.

Jul-14-17  markz: <alexmagnus> Wei Yi won Wijk B-Group 2015 (sole lead) and qualified for the A group 2016. Same as Magnus.

<alexmagnus: Also, I think their is indeed some "resraint" as to invitig Chinese players based on the previous experiences. Bu Xiangzhi, Wang Yue... Where are they now? Back in times they were seen literally in every supertournament. But then disappeared just as quickly as appeared. China's policy of semi-retiring players once they approach 30 got in the way of those players. Wei is still far from 30, so there is a good chance he won't suffer the same fate.> This is not a good reason.

Jul-15-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: The Wei Yi show in Danzhou continues!

In the 6th round he defeated Vladimir Malakhov with the black pieces:

http://down3.qipai.org.cn/group1/M0...

After 6 rounds Wei Yi leads with 5 points ahead of Ivanchuk, Ding Liren and Le Quang Liem with 3.5.

Jul-15-17  Myllarguten: Wei Yi is outstanding, and in own class among the juniors.

But Magnus Carlsen was better at the same age. on the FIDE ratinglist 1. october 2008 aged 17 years and 10 month, he was number four with 2786, only five points behind number one!

Jul-15-17  fisayo123: Carlsen also had access to the most premium events by 15 while Wei Yi was/is still playing guys no one has ever heard of. What's your point?
Jul-15-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Carlsen at 15 was already a Candidate though (well, qualified for the Candidates. The matches themselves were played when he was 16).
Jul-15-17
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  alexmagnus: Also, Carlsen played only one really premium event <at 15>. Tal memorial 2006, played shortly before his 16th birthday.
Jul-15-17  fisayo123: Then what happened in 2007 and what opportunities did Carlsen get in comparison to Wei Yi who was already a 2700+ player at 15, actually superior to Carlsen at the time? Well a lot more that's for sure.
Jul-15-17  fisayo123: Carlsen in 2007 alone had a similar amount of supertournament invites to what Wei Yi has had in his entire career.
Jul-15-17  mprodrigues: @cro777 I noticed something interesting in that picture, Naiditsch is playing under the German flag, I thought the flag displayed would be of his current federation, which is Azerbaijan, and he is not even German by birth, but Latvian.

PS: sorry for offtopic

Jul-15-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: In 2007 Carlsen was <16> (got 17 in November), not 15.

Wei Yi had a similar progress as Carlsen till the said age of 16. But then slowed down. As did many other prodigies (think of Wesley So, who slowed down one year earlier).

Since Carlsen himself nobody was even close to repeating Carlsen's rise to the top. And before him, one has to go back to Fischer.

That doesn't mean nobody will surpass Carlsen's <current> achievements. But his <teenage>/<junior> achievements are a high bar, and I see nobody who can come close to it in the years to come. Maybe Praggnanandhaa.

Jul-15-17  fisayo123: I know Carlsen was 16 in 2007. Do you even read before typing? You're also ignoring the fact Wei Yi despite his spectacular 2015 got rewarded with less than favourable invites to say the least and the fact that he slowed because he was playing in risky waters against underrated competition many casual chess fans have never even heard of.

As the youngest ever he broke the 2700 bareer before completing his sixteenth birthday. His spectacular king hunt against Bruzon was probably the game of the year. He contributed the highest score of all participants to China becoming World Team Champion. He won a very strong Chinese Championship, Leon (beating MVL) and Wijk aan Zee B Group with ease.

So why didn't he get parallel invites to what Carlsen got in 2007? Who is to say Wei Yi won't have matched Carlsen's progress by now? He's been very good in every top tournament he's played and has gotten his confidence back this year probably thanks to an important invite by the TATA steel organizers.

It's funny you mention Wesley So and yes he's similar to Wei Yi in the sense that he was not a pampered goldfish like Carlsen was.

No one is arguing Carlsen wasn't spectacular as a teen. The rest of your post is just Carlsen praise that has nothing to do with anything and/or my initial posts.

Jul-15-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  WorstPlayerEver: Hmm.. when Wei takes over things will be different in the FIDE.
Jul-15-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: <mprodrigues: I noticed something interesting in that picture, Naiditsch is playing under the German flag, I thought the flag displayed would be of his current federation, which is Azerbaijan.>

http://down3.qipai.org.cn/group1/M0...

Your observation is correct. What might be the explanation? He is sometimes presented as a German and Azerbaijani chess player.

Naiditch is Wei Yi's next opponent (in the seventh round). Wei Yi plays with the white pieces.

Jul-18-17  markz: Congrats to Wei the Danzhou Champion!
Jul-18-17  fisayo123: Congratulations to Wei Yi.Really high level he showed especially at 5/6.

Dominating such a strong event at 18yrs and 1 month he continues to show why he's considered a phenomenon in the world of chess.

Jul-18-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Wei Yi's goal for this year has been to reach 2750. After winning the Danzhou 2017 he has reached 2755. "I hope I can maintain this rating", Wei Yi said.

According to Wei Yi the main reason for his convincing victory in this tournament was good psychological preparation. "I succeeded to remain completely calm and relaxed during a game", he added.

http://s.imsa.cn/cmsa_cms/uploads/a...

https://live.chessbase.com/crosstab...

Jul-18-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: Anyone got a more recent picture?
Jul-18-17  fisayo123: <OhioChessFan> http://es.chessbase.com/thumb/66956
Jul-18-17  sonia91: Congratulations on winning the 8th Hainan Danzhou (2017)!
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