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Wei Yi 
World Junior Championship, Athens, 2012
Photograph © 2012 Andreas Kontokanis.
 
Wei Yi
Number of games in database: 393
Years covered: 2009 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2696 (2633 rapid, 2608 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2734
Overall record: +138 -55 =163 (61.7%)*
   * 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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (67) 
    B90 B30 B42 B91 B96
 Ruy Lopez (26) 
    C67 C65 C84 C78 C95
 Sicilian Najdorf (22) 
    B90 B91 B96 B97
 Four Knights (18) 
    C49 C48
 French Defense (16) 
    C07 C11 C10 C03 C09
 Caro-Kann (13) 
    B18 B12 B17 B16
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (53) 
    B90 B31 B53 B51 B52
 Grunfeld (37) 
    D85 D91 D97 D71 D78
 Sicilian Najdorf (17) 
    B90 B92 B97
 English (14) 
    A15 A10 A18 A17 A14
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E32 E54 E24 E52 E46
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C83 C81 C77 C80 C86
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Wei Yi vs L Bruzon Batista, 2015 1-0
   Wei Yi vs A Haast, 2015 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Shirov, 2013 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Zhou Jianchao, 2013 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Navara, 2016 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Ding Liren, 2015 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2015 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

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

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WEI YI
(born Jun-02-1999, 17 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/

Latest update 5 April 2016


 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 393  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi ½-½61 2009 XingQiu OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. Wei Yi vs Lou Yiping  ½-½49 2009 XingQiu OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
3. Wei Yi vs Qun Ma  ½-½39 2009 XingQiu OpenB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
4. Joshua Colas vs Wei Yi 0-158 2010 WYCC Open U12D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Wei Yi vs Ni Hua 1-030 2010 TCh-CHNC48 Four Knights
6. Wei Yi vs Yi Xu  ½-½39 2010 WYCC Open U12B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
7. Liang Jinrong vs Wei Yi  1-039 2010 TCh-CHNB54 Sicilian
8. Wei Yi vs V Tatekhin  ½-½44 2010 WYCC Open U12B83 Sicilian
9. Wei Yi vs Zeng Chongsheng  ½-½34 2010 TCh-CHNB42 Sicilian, Kan
10. Johnatan Bakalchuk vs Wei Yi  0-155 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
11. Wei Yi vs Ghosh Diptayan  1-045 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
12. Ni Hua vs Wei Yi  1-037 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. J Duda vs Wei Yi  ½-½71 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
14. Wei Yi vs Wang Hao 0-129 2010 TCh-CHNB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
15. Wan Yunguo vs Wei Yi  1-033 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. Wei Yi vs O Striechman  1-032 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
17. Wei Yi vs M Petrosyan 1-034 2010 WYCC Open U12B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. Wang Yue vs Wei Yi  1-027 2010 TCh-CHND30 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Wei Yi vs M Karthikeyan 1-069 2010 WYCC Open U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
20. Wei Yi vs Zhao Jun  0-163 2010 6th TCh-CHNB33 Sicilian
21. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi  ½-½58 2010 TCh-CHNB23 Sicilian, Closed
22. K W Troff vs Wei Yi 0-140 2010 WYCC Open U12E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
23. Ding Liren vs Wei Yi 1-038 2010 6th TCh-CHND34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
24. M Abramciuc vs Wei Yi  0-154 2010 WYCC Open U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
25. Motylev vs Wei Yi  1-043 2010 TCh-CHNB53 Sicilian
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Jul-28-16  Alien Math: <HeMateMe ... Meanwhile, 30% of the citizens of the USA have a college degree.>

not surprised that you fail to notice that there is a difference between current student numbers and total number of graduates

Jul-28-16  HeMateMe: china has improved it's number of people getting higher education, but has a long way to go.

I forget, are you the western worker that lives in China part of the year, or am I confusing you with someone else? I realize that if you are presently there you have to be careful what you type, as the internet there is censored. do you feel that a censored media slows down Chinese citizens (all of china, not the advanced eastern third) from becoming more wordly, having a more informed viewpoint of the world around them?

Jul-28-16  Eduardo Leon: <HeMateMe> I don't live in China, I live in Peru. Also, you don't need to worry about me: I can freely type whatever the hell I want to. If anything, perhaps *too* freely for my own good.

However, I have Chinese ancestry, and in school we were taught this thing called “historical memory”. A nation old enough to have lived both many happy and many bitter times, to have had many great successes but also many tough setbacks, to have resisted the aggression of external forces much greater than her, and somehow retained her identity, her culture, her values... can't just toss them away because some random stranger on the Internet has decided so.

Jul-28-16  Whitemouse: <I forget, are you the western worker that lives in China part of the year, are presently there you have to be careful what you type, as the internet there is censored. do you feel that a censored media slows down Chinese citizens (all of china, not the advanced eastern third) from becoming more wordly, having a more informed viewpoint of the world around them?> LOL.
Jul-28-16  Eduardo Leon: <HeMateMe> Also, in case you haven't seen the news, North Korea isn't exactly under Chinese control. The relationship between them is actually very tense. The main thing preventing China from allowing Korean reunification is their obvious lack of appetite for watching American troops stationed on the other side of the Yalu river, which in most likelihood would happen under a united Korea allied with the US.
Jul-28-16  HeMateMe: china could impound the little fat man like a dog, if they so chose to.

Ed--I was talking to <alien math>, not you. Historical memory--are the Americans supposed to still be wary of England, because we fought a war of independence with them 200+ years ago? By your reasoning, I guess we should still hate them?

pretty silly opinion, the Han dynasty will rise again? You think China is still a nation of people dragging rickshaws, worshipping the emperor?

If they invaded neighbors their economy would suffer. The USA would penalize them, as would Europe, japan and south korea. Why do you think they haven't attacked Taiwan? It would set China back 30 years.

You may remember that the USA spent a LOT of money after world war II funding Chiang Kai Shek in his fight against Mao's communists. At the end, they simply didn't want to fight Mao, and we dropped our aid. The American troops were at the Yalu river only to keep Korea from becoming communist, nothing more. If China didn't understand that then, I bet they do now.

Jul-28-16
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  Sally Simpson: Hi HeMateMe and Eduardo,

Leaving aside the political history of China and concentrating on the young talented man in question....

China will be like all societies, it's not what you know, but who you know.

This lad will be quite a celebrity in China, his future is secure even with a standard education.

His chess education. Travelling and meeting people from all over the world, seeing first hand different cultures, dealing with the press, confidence in his ability and handling pressure situations, shrugging off criticism but taking on-board good advice, far outweighs any degree picked up in a classroom.

Jul-28-16
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  Absentee: <HeMateMe: china has improved it's number of people getting higher education, but has a long way to go.

I forget, are you the western worker that lives in China part of the year, or am I confusing you with someone else? I realize that if you are presently there you have to be careful what you type, as the internet there is censored. do you feel that a censored media slows down Chinese citizens (all of china, not the advanced eastern third) from becoming more wordly, having a more informed viewpoint of the world around them?>

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Globa...

Jul-28-16
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  alexmagnus: Well, <Absentee>, that's actually an own goal - someone picks at Chine and you "but the US...". The badness of one side is no justification for the badness of the other side.

Also, the US may spy our activities but at least they do not censor them. Including the anti-US information itself (or was, say, Wikileaks ever blocked in the US?)

Jul-28-16
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  Absentee: <alexmagnus: Well, <Absentee>, that's actually an own goal - someone picks at Chine and you "but the US...". The badness of one side is no justification for the badness of the other side.>

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.

Jul-28-16
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  cro777: <Sally Simpson: This lad will be quite a celebrity in China, his future is secure even with a standard education. His chess education far outweighs any degree picked up in a classroom.>

We are what we repeatedly do.(Aristotle)

In fact, Wei Yi left the school to become a professional chess player. He turned professional in December 2011 when he was only 12 years old and began to play chess fulltime. No more school, but seven hours of chess training each day, combined with physical training. He joined the Jiangsu Province chess team (he was born in Yancheng, Jiangsu Province) and got a regular salary.

Wei Yi first got to know about chess in the second year of the kindergarten he went to in Yancheng. Then his mother suggested that he go and study chess at the local Hansheng chess school. Not long after that his parents decided to let him continue studying chess more seriously. He moved to Nantong to live with his coach Go Jun. In his house there were other players of his strength with whom he could play and train. After a year of serious chess study in Nantong his parents sent him to Wuxi for advanced chess study. The Primary school in Wuxi was one of the bases of the Chinese Chess Association with excellent trainers and students. For him the highlights were that many strong players, e.g. Ding Liren and Lu Shanglei, constantly visited his school to play with them.

The Jiangsu Province chess team was looking for a new player for the Chinese Chess League and GM Xu Jun came to his school and asked for a young player with good potential, and they recommended him.

The Chinese Chess League Division A is one of the strongest and longest running leagues of its kind. Twelve teams are competing in 22 rounds (from April to December). The next leg (rounds 12-15) will be held in September (in August top players are representing China at the World Chess Olympiad 2016 in Baku).

Jul-28-16
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  cro777: As already mentioned, Wei Yi is also playing for the Jiangsu Lvyang chess team (Jiangsu Lvyang is the leading enterprise in Chinese electronic field) in the 2016 Chinese chess team tournament (men) which takes place from July 28 to August 4 (11 rounds) in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province (China). In the first round he defeated IM Ma Zhonghan (2461).

Wei Yi – Ma Zhonghan

Petroff Defence with 3.Nxe5, Shirov's Attack (5.Nc3)

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Be7 7. Be3 Nc6 8. Bd3 Be6 9. Qe2 Qd7 10. O-O-O O-O 11. h3 Rae8 12. Kb1 Bf5 13. g4 Bxd3 14. Qxd3 Bd8 15. c4 Qe6 16. Qb3 Na5 17. Qc3 Nc6 18. Rhe1 Bf6 19. Qb3 Qc8 20. Qd3 g6 21. Nd2 Bg7 22. f4 Qe6 23. Nf3 Qe4 24. Qf1 Na5??


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25. Bd2 Black resigned.

Jul-28-16
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  Absentee: <<alexmagnus: ..."but the US...".>

...which wasn't my point at all, by the way. I'd figured you for quicker than that.

Jul-28-16
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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.

Jul-28-16
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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.
Jul-28-16
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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
Jul-28-16
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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.

Jul-28-16  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.

Jul-28-16
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  chessgames.com: This page is not intended to discuss politics or China in general. Please keep the topic specifically on Wei Yi. Thank you.
Jul-28-16
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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.

Hi chessgames.com.

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.

Jul-29-16
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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.

http://prosportkz.kz/cms/img.php?ur...

Don’t 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)

Jul-29-16
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  cro777: In the second round of the 2016 Chinese chess team tournament (men) Wei Yi’s 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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16…Be6 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>

22…Qg6 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?
Jul-29-16
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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 4…cxd4 (instead of 4…Nc6 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 10.0–0 Bh5 11.Ne5 Nxe5 12.Bxe5 0–0. 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

Jul-30-16
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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 White’s 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 0–0 7.0–0 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 didn’t 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+ 0–1

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