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Wei Yi 
World Junior Championship, Athens, 2012
Photograph © 2012 Andreas Kontokanis.
Wei Yi
Number of games in database: 302
Years covered: 2009 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2734 (2600 rapid, 2606 blitz)
Overall record: +113 -45 =115 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      29 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (59) 
    B90 B30 B42 B80 B40
 Four Knights (17) 
    C48 C49
 Sicilian Najdorf (17) 
    B90 B97 B96 B91
 French Defense (16) 
    C07 C11 C03 C10 C02
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C67 C84 C65 C78 C91
 Caro-Kann (11) 
    B18 B12 B17 B16
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (49) 
    B90 B31 B53 B51 B97
 Grunfeld (30) 
    D85 D91 D71 D78 D97
 Sicilian Najdorf (17) 
    B90 B97 B92
 English (12) 
    A15 A14 A18 A17 A10
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E32 E58 E24 E52 E26
 Queen's Gambit Declined (7) 
    D38 D30 D31
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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 Zhou Jianchao, 2013 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Potkin, 2015 1-0
   Navara vs Wei Yi, 2015 1/2-1/2
   Wei Yi vs Areshchenko, 2015 1-0
   Wei Yi vs D Klein, 2015 1-0
   Wei Yi vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2013 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Team Championship (2015)
   Chinese Championship (2015)
   Tata Steel Group B (2015)
   World Cup (2015)
   World Junior Championship (2014)
   Chinese Championship (2014)
   4th Danzhou Tournament (2013)
   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)

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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(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 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 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. 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.

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 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.

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 26 September 2015

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 302  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 M Karthikeyan 1-069 2010 WYCC Open U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. Wei Yi vs Zhao Jun  0-163 2010 6th TCh-CHNB33 Sicilian
6. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi  ½-½58 2010 TCh-CHNB23 Sicilian, Closed
7. K W Troff vs Wei Yi 0-140 2010 WYCC Open U12E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
8. Ding Liren vs Wei Yi 1-038 2010 6th TCh-CHND34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
9. M Abramciuc vs Wei Yi  0-154 2010 WYCC Open U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
10. Motylev vs Wei Yi  1-043 2010 TCh-CHNB53 Sicilian
11. Joshua Colas vs Wei Yi 0-158 2010 WYCC Open U12D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Wei Yi vs Ni Hua 1-030 2010 TCh-CHNC48 Four Knights
13. Wei Yi vs Yi Xu  ½-½39 2010 WYCC Open U12B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
14. Liang Jinrong vs Wei Yi  1-039 2010 TCh-CHNB54 Sicilian
15. Wei Yi vs V Tatekhin  ½-½44 2010 WYCC Open U12B83 Sicilian
16. Wei Yi vs Zeng Chongsheng  ½-½34 2010 TCh-CHNB42 Sicilian, Kan
17. Johnatan Bakalchuk vs Wei Yi  0-155 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
18. Wei Yi vs Ghosh Diptayan  1-045 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
19. Ni Hua vs Wei Yi  1-037 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. J Duda vs Wei Yi  ½-½71 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
21. Wei Yi vs Wang Hao 0-129 2010 TCh-CHNB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
22. Wan Yunguo vs Wei Yi  1-033 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. Wei Yi vs O Striechman  1-032 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
24. Wei Yi vs M Petrosyan 1-034 2010 WYCC Open U12B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
25. Wang Yue vs Wei Yi  1-027 2010 TCh-CHND30 Queen's Gambit Declined
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  cro777: In the fourth and fifth round Wei Yi/Ju Wenjun drew their games. Ju Wenjun said she still had problems in understanding the partner's intentions.

In Round 5 they tried the Nimzo-Larsen Attack. Wei Yi employed the same opening in the decisive game against Svidler at the World Cup.

Wei Yi/Ju Wenjun - Wang Yue/Hang Qian

1. b3 c5 2. Bb2 d5 3. e3 Nc6 4. Bb5 e6 5. Bxc6+ bxc6 6. f4 Nf6 7. Nf3 Be7 8. Rg1 h5 9. Nc3 Nd7 10. Qe2 Bf6 11. e4 d4 12. Nd1 Qc7 13. g3 e5 14. Nf2 a5 15. a4 Ba6 16. d3 O-O-O 17. Bc1 Kb7 18. Bd2 Ka7 19. O-O-O Rb8 20. Qe1 Qd6 21. fxe5 Nxe5 22. Nxe5 Bxe5 23. Bxa5 c4 24. dxc4

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24...Rxb3 25. cxb3 Qa3+ 26. Kc2 Qa2+ 27. Kc1 Qa3+ 28. Kc2 Qa2+ Draw

A strong pair Wang Yue and Huang Qian

Sep-30-15  AzingaBonzer: <dumbgai> If Wei Yi were to gain a mere 30 points in the next year-and-a-half, that would represent an unusually sharp decrease in his rate of growth. Yes, gaining more rating points gets harder as your rating gets higher. But that should be a <gradual> rate of decrease. It's not the sort of thing that should drop by more than 200% in less than a year.

In addition, Wei Yi being at 2765 by the end of next year would make him go from being significantly ahead of Carlsen at the same age to significantly behind. Given their relatively similar trendlines so far, this seems unlikely.

Oct-02-15  markz: In today press conference, for the question "who is your most difficult opponent (in this tournament)?", Svidler answered "Probably Wei Yi". Basically, Svidler crushed Giri, Topalov, and Carjacking. Only Wei had a few good chances to beat Svidler. The better Svidler the better Wei ^_*
Oct-02-15  markz: In theory (if i am correct :-), ELO should meet averaged TPR eventually. Wei played the following major tournaments this year, not sure if I missed anything important. On average, his TPR is 2767 in this year so far. So he can reach 2760+ soon or later, assuming that he will keep the exact same playing level even when he is older and has more experience, which may not be true as well.

Tata Steel B, Jan, 10.5/13, TPR 2803
Gibraltar, Feb, 7.5/10, TPR 2751
World Team, Apr, 7/9, TPR 2846
Chinese Championship, May, 7.5/10, TPR 2730
Danzhou, Jul, 5/9, TPR 2712
China vs Russia, Jul, 3/5, TPR 2770
World Cup, Sep, 6/10, TPR 2758

Oct-02-15  AzingaBonzer: <mark: Carjacking>

Okay, who came up with that? Because that is amazing.

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  cro777: During the rest day (October 2nd) of the Masters mixed doubles tournament, simultaneous exhibitions were organized giving the opportunity to hundreds of small players to meet grandmasters.

Oct-02-15  markz: <AzingaBonzer: <mark: Carjacking> Okay, who came up with that? Because that is amazing.>

Many people called him Carjack here. I just add "ing" which sounds a little better.

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  cro777: The combination Bu Xiangzhi and Zhao Xue won the tournament with a round to spare.

Wei Yi/Ju Wenjun met the winners in the penultimate round. It was a fighting draw.

Bu Xiangzhi/Zhao Xue - Wei Yi/Ju Wenjun

English Opening

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 d5 5. O-O O-O 6. cxd5 Nxd5 7. Nc3 Nb6 8. d3 <8.d4 is Fianchetto Gruenfeld> Nc6 9. Be3 e5 <Bringing play into Reversed Dragon-style position, except that the black dark-squared bishop is on g7 here> 10. Qd2 Re8 11. Bg5 f6 12. Bh6 Bh8 13. Rac1 Be6 14. Ne4 Nd7 15. b4 a6 16. a4 Ne7 17. d4 Bd5 18. Nc3 e4 19. Nh4 f5 20. f3 exf3 21. Bxf3 c6 22. e4 fxe4 23. Nxe4 Bxe4 24. Bxe4 Nf6 25. Bb1 Ned5

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26. Bxg6 <This sacrifice offers some practical chances in a rapid game, but objectively it leads to an equal ending.>

26...hxg6 27. Qg5 Ne7 28. Rxf6 Qxd4+ 29. Rf2 Qd5 30. Nf3 Kh7 31. Qxd5 Nxd5 32. Bd2 Re7 33. Kg2 Rae8 34. Rc4 Bf6 35. b5 axb5 36. axb5 cxb5 37. Rc5 Rd7 38. Rxb5 Ne3+ 1/2-1/2

Oct-02-15  AzingaBonzer: <markz: So he can reach 2760+ soon or later, assuming that he will keep the exact same playing level even when he is older and has more experience, which may not be true as well.>

If anything, it's a good bet that his strength will go up even further. Notice that his rating is consistently trailing behind his (average) TPR, and has been doing so for years now. That's a sign of someone who is improving both their rating <and> their playing skill at the same time--if only the rating were going up, but not the playing strength, it would have caught up a long time ago.

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  cro777: The Masters Mixed Doubles, a 9-round rapid chess tournament, with the participation of top Chinese players, has been closed.

The combination Bu Xiangzhi/Zhao Xue won the tournament wth a round to spare, Wang Yue/Huang Qian took the second and Wei Yi/Ju Wenjun the third place.

The tournament was very interesting, offering an amalgamation of men's and women's playing styles.

Wei Yi and Ju Wenjun had difficulties in adjusting their different playing styles.

Oct-04-15  AzingaBonzer: Is Wei Yi participating in the Millionaire Chess tournament?
Oct-05-15  markz: <AzingaBonzer> I don't think so. The best place to see the schedules is
Oct-07-15  ndg2: Wei yi now reached a level where he will meet _consistently_ very strong competition. It will be interesting to see how this will affect his playing style. Whrther he will develop into an even stronger attack player or ehether he will adopt more positional play. He wouldn't be the first attack player forced to pretty much reconstruct his opening reprttoire and middle game strategy, once he met a high enough level of competition.
Oct-07-15  AzingaBonzer: In my opinion, Wei Yi has <already> started playing very strong competition (since the beginning of 2015 at least). His results so far are very promising. I think his "adjustment"--if he even needs one--will be much smoother than that of most players.
Oct-14-15  epistle: The new wild card entry at the next Sinquefield Cup.

No more doormats and punching bags please.

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  cro777: Wei Yi in action again.

Tomorrow (October 28th) in Hangzhu at 13:00 starts the next leg of the Chinese Chess League Division A. In the most interesting encounter of Round 16 Wei Yi meets Bu Xiangzhi.

Oct-28-15  thepesimist: Great! Will check it out on chessbomb.
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  cro777: In Round 16 match between the Jiangsu and the Chongqing team on board 3 Bu Xiangzhi defeated Wei Yi.

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  cro777: Chinese Chess League (Round 16)

Wei Yi - Bu Xiangzhi

A fighting Hyper-Accellerated Dragon encounter. The players repeated the game Wei Yi vs M Kanarek, 2013 until 11.Rd1.

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Qxd4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Qa4 d6 7.e5 dxe5 8.Nxe5 Bd7 9.Nxd7 Qxd7 10.Be3 Bg7 11.Rd1

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11…Qg4 <The main move is 11...Qc8 as Kanarek played against Wei Yi at the World Junior Championship 2013>

12.Rd4 Qf5 13.Bd3 Qe5 14.Rb4 Qc7 15.Bb5 0–0 16.Rc4 Rfc8 17.0–0 e6 18.Bf4 Qb6 19.Be3 Qc7 20.Rd1 Nd7 21.Bf4 e5 22.Be3 Nb6 23.Bxb6 axb6 24.Qb3 Rd8 25.Rd5 <25.Rxd8+ was better> Bf8 26.Rxd8 Rxd8

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27.Qa4? <This was the decisive mistake. 27.h3 was necessary>

27…Qd6 28.g3 Nd4 29.Ne4 Ne2+ 30.Kg2 Qd1 31.Rc7 Qg1+ 32.Kh3 Rd4 33.Qxd4 Nxd4 34.Bc4 Nf3 35.Kg4 Nxh2+ 36.Kg5 h6+ 0–1

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  cro777: In Round 17 of the Chinese Chess League Wei Yi's opponent was GM Zhang Pengxiang (2570). He was the 2007 Asian Chess Champion.

Zhang Pengxiang - Wei Yi

Exchange Gruenfeld with 8.Bb5+. This move is unpleasant to meet if Black wants to play for a win.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Nf3 c5 8.Bb5+ Nc6 9.0–0 0–0 10.Be3 cxd4 11.cxd4 Bg4 12.Bxc6 bxc6 13.Rc1

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White gives up his bishop to reduce the pressure on his center and to damage Black’s pawn structure on the queenside. A drawish line.

13…Rc8 14.Rc5 Bxf3 15.gxf3 Qd7 16.Kg2 f5 17.d5 cxd5 18.Qxd5+ Qxd5 19.Rxd5 fxe4 20.fxe4 Rc4 21.Rd7 Rxe4 22.Rxa7 Rf5 23.Rc1 Kf7 24.Rc5 Rg4+ 25.Kf1 Re4 26.Kg2 Rg4+ 27.Kf1 Re4 28.Kg2 Rg4+ ½–½

Zhang Pengxiang was satisfied with a draw with the white pieces. The variation left Wei Yi without winning chances.

Oct-31-15  AzingaBonzer: For the first time since this January, Wei Yi's rating will decrease on next month's rating list.
Oct-31-15  epistle: It's called a strategic retreat.
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  cro777: Wei Yi finished this penultimate leg of the 2015 Chinese Chess League Division A with a routine win in Round 18 against a lower rated player Zhao Yuanhe.

Wei Yi - Zhao Yuanhe. Position after 28.Nhg5

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28...f6? This was the decisive mistake. Wei Yi opted for the Advance Variation against the French Defense.

Wei Yi's last tournament this year will be the Qatar Masters Open (9-30 December), a very strong tournament with Carlsen, Kramnik, Giri, So and other strong grandmasters.

Nov-26-15  AzingaBonzer: Apparently not, as Wei Yi is participating in the 1st Chess Kings and Queens Matches tournament. The format is a knockout tournament, And Wei Yi successfully defeated Zhao Jun in Round 1.
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  cro777: The 1st China Chess King Tournament is taking place from 24th November to 1st December, 2015, in Taizhou, China. The event is an 8-player knockout tournament with participants: Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Wang Yue, Bu Xiangzhi, Ni Hua, Zhao Jun, Lu Shanglei.

The format is the same as that of the World Cup. Matches consist of two classical games. If a match is tied then tie breaks are played (rapid games, blitz games and armageddon).

In Round 1 Wei Yi defeated Zhao Jun 1.5-0.5.

In the first game of Round 2 Wei Yi drew with the black pieces (in 18 moves by repetition) against Yu Yangyi.

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