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Wei Yi 
Wei Yi
Number of games in database: 210
Years covered: 2009 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2706 (2600 rapid, 2588 blitz)
Overall record: +85 -37 =86 (61.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      2 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (44) 
    B90 B30 B42 B80 B48
 Four Knights (15) 
    C48 C49
 Sicilian Najdorf (13) 
    B90 B91
 Caro-Kann (9) 
    B18 B12 B17 B16
 French Defense (9) 
    C07 C10 C11 C09
 Giuoco Piano (8) 
    C50 C54
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (41) 
    B90 B53 B51 B92 B97
 Grunfeld (17) 
    D85 D91 D71 D78 D98
 Sicilian Najdorf (16) 
    B90 B92 B97
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E32 E24 E52 E46 E56
 English (7) 
    A15 A18 A17 A14
 Queen's Gambit Declined (6) 
    D38 D31 D30
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Wei Yi vs A Haast, 2015 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Shirov, 2013 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 M Kanarek, 2013 1-0
   Wei Yi vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2013 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Lu Shanglei, 2014 1/2-1/2
   I Nepomniachtchi vs Wei Yi, 2013 0-1
   S Grover vs Wei Yi, 2013 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Tata Steel (Group B) (2015)
   Chinese Championship (2014)
   World Junior Championship (2014)
   4th Danzhou Tournament (2013)
   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)
   Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   World Cup (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Notable Games Young Talents ! by FLAWLESSWIN64
   2010 WYCC (open) U-12 by gauer

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(born Jun-02-1999, 15 years old) China
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FM (2010); IM (2012); GM (2013); Asian U12 Champion (2010); World U12 Champion (2010).


Born in Jiangzhou province, Wei Yi is the world's youngest GM, displacing Suri Vaibhav who was the youngest until Wei Yi won 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 also the only GM born after 1998 and one of only four born after 1997 (the others being Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Vladislav Artemiev and Kayden W Troff). Furthermore, he is the only GM in the world who is under 16 years old and the youngest to reach 2600.

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 Chen Fan 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 Yang Kaiqi 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).

<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, adding a further 20 ELO points to his rating. 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 in his own right, and barring mishap, will 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.

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.

Rating and Ranking

At the age of 14 years 5 months and 23 days, Wei Yi 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 and is on track to become the youngest person ever to officially achieve that milestone.

Wei's standard rating as at 1 February 2015 is 2695, his highest rating to date, and is ranked #49 in the world. He is also the #1 U16 and #2 Junior (U20) in the world, and #7 in China. His rapid rating is 2600, while his blitz rating is 2588.

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 5 Feb 2015

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 210  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. Wei Yi vs Yi Xu  ½-½39 2010 WYCC Open U12B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
5. Liang Jinrong vs Wei Yi  1-039 2010 TCh-CHNB54 Sicilian
6. Wei Yi vs V Tatekhin  ½-½44 2010 WYCC Open U12B83 Sicilian
7. Wei Yi vs Zeng Chongsheng  ½-½34 2010 TCh-CHNB42 Sicilian, Kan
8. Johnatan Bakalchuk vs Wei Yi  0-155 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
9. Wei Yi vs Ghosh Diptayan  1-045 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
10. Ni Hua vs Wei Yi  1-037 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. J Duda vs Wei Yi  ½-½71 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
12. Wei Yi vs Wang Hao 0-129 2010 TCh-CHNB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
13. Wan Yunguo vs Wei Yi  1-033 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Wei Yi vs O Striechman  1-032 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
15. Wei Yi vs M Petrosyan 1-034 2010 WYCC Open U12B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
16. Wang Yue vs Wei Yi  1-027 2010 TCh-CHND30 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Wei Yi vs M Karthikeyan  1-069 2010 WYCC Open U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
18. Wei Yi vs Zhao Jun  0-163 2010 6th TCh-CHNB33 Sicilian
19. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi  ½-½58 2010 TCh-CHNB23 Sicilian, Closed
20. K W Troff vs Wei Yi 0-140 2010 WYCC Open U12E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
21. Ding Liren vs Wei Yi 1-038 2010 6th TCh-CHND34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. M Abramciuc vs Wei Yi  0-154 2010 WYCC Open U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
23. Motylev vs Wei Yi  1-043 2010 TCh-CHNB53 Sicilian
24. Joshua Colas vs Wei Yi  0-158 2010 WYCC Open U12D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Wei Yi vs Ni Hua 1-030 2010 TCh-CHNC48 Four Knights
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  Penguincw: Wei Yi lost to Howell today to drop out of the 2700 club on the live ratings, but he can regain that spot again if he defeats Venkatesh (2460) with black tomorrow.
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  alexmagnus: <Bacrot, Leko, Radjabov, Karjakin >

Three of the four (all but Radjabov) held the "youngest GM ever at their time" title (Karjakin still does!)

And how do you know the aren't? OK, Bacrot didn't ever come even close (b the way, in terms of the aforementioned title, he had the shortest timespan of holding it, some months in 1997). But Leko became Challenger, Karjakin already took 2nd in the Candidates (and he is still quite young!) and Radjabov was very close to 2800 before a disaster at the Candidates made him fall...

Feb-01-15  Jim Bartle: Any of them could, but I doubt all of them will. My point is only that numerous young players are promoted as future champions. Some are, some aren't.

I remember a big fuss over a 10-12 boy who moved to the US from Nicaragua (?) around 1990. The hype machine was going, he said he wanted to be world champion, etc. I think he quit as a teenager.

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  norami: <Maatalkko> I too have asked more than once how his name is pronounced and all I got were insults.
Feb-01-15  Whitehat1963: <<Meanwhile, Wesley So and Anish Giri continue to prove they will be in the WCC hunt for the next decade at least.>

And indeed sir, you were yourself suggesting – not so long ago – that maybe Messrs Giri and So were not quite as good as Fischer...>

Being in the hunt for the World Chess Championship and being as good as Fischer are not necessarily one and same. Either could someday be better than Fischer, but just because their current Elo ratings say they're better does not in fact make it so. Not to me anyway.

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  denopac: <I would like to ask again about how to pronounce his name. Is it "ee way" or "way yee".>

Way ee. If you want to be precise about it Wei is pronounced with a rising inflection, and Yi with a sharp falling inflection.

Feb-01-15  Maatalkko: <denopac> Thanks for the concrete and precise answer.

<keypusher> I believe that is the root of the question <twinlark> and I were getting at: just how popular is Western Chess in China? Are there millions of active players, with the FIDE rated champions being the tip of an iceberg, or is it just an elite enrichment activity where kids that show promise are specially trained to reach international rankings or quit?

I don't see many players on, say with a Chinese flag next to their name - but maybe they have their own sites. This comes full circle back to the language issue. I can't even figure out how many rated players are in the Chinese Chess Association.

Wikipedia has some info:

It says 10 million Chinese learned chess by 2000 (way out of date) and there are currently 1000 trainers and 300 professionals. That's more than the U.S. I think.

I'd really appreciate input from any native Chinese residents.

Feb-02-15  FairyPromotion: <Jim Bartle: Any of them could, but I doubt all of them will. My point is only that numerous young players are promoted as future champions. Some are, some aren't. I remember a big fuss over a 10-12 boy who moved to the US from Nicaragua (?) around 1990. The hype machine was going, he said he wanted to be world champion, etc. I think he quit as a teenager.>

I think this is a flawed analogy. The first four players you have mentioned were rightfully hailed as future World Champions, as at a certain age they had accomplished things that no one before them had ever achieved. As <alexmagnus> mentioned 3 of them were the youngest GMs ever. Radjabov (if i'm not mistaken) is the youngest player to defeat the world #1. In 2004 Leko missed the World Championship title by the skin of his teeth.

Wei Yi is far from a finished product, however he is definitely developing with lightening speed. He has lost rating in only one list in his career, which lets you understand that he is actually stronger than his actual rating.

Now, obviously he'll start to flatten at some point, but it's definitely not now (in lower 2700s). He'll likely be the youngest to reach 2750, and probably even 2800. However against a giant like Magnus becoming world champion or #1 will be very tough, tougher than it was to Magnus himself at least.

To some it up: I understand the skepticism, however it shouldn't stop the excitement.

Feb-02-15  achieve: <FairyP> <I think this is a flawed analogy. The first four players you have mentioned were rightfully hailed as future World Champions, as at a certain age they had accomplished things that no one before them had ever achieved.> I think this flawed logic, or unfortunately worded.

A - at a certain age they had accomplished things that no one before them had ever achieved.

is not followed automatically by :

B - ([they] were rightfully hailed as) future World Champions

We are not in a race for records, and saying that young super talents early on show potential to <perhaps> one day fight for the WCC, is a different way of putting it.

Some of those may indeed put themselves in eligible positions a few years on, some may not; we just do not know the influences on these young lives that all together determine if a shot at the title is likely to happen.

Feb-02-15  FairyPromotion: <achieve> I think we are pretty much in the same page. :)

However there isn't a logical flaw, as there is no logical pattern to follow on how the prodigies become world champions. Hailing these players (i.e.: Wei Yi) as future world champions just underlines that they have the potential to become one. Whether they'll fulfill that potential or not can never be prognosed with absolute certainty.

Feb-02-15  FairyPromotion: <FairyPromotion: To some it up>

Man, I should stop posting when I'm half-sleeping. :/

Feb-02-15  achieve: That would be a good first step!

hehe ;)

Well, I just think the difference between our positions might be found in the use of the word "hailing" - interesting verb, but hailing a young player as a future WCC, and leaving out the word "potential", is risky and perhaps even uncalled for because it may, without much foundation - on which we seem to agree -, put an unhealthy pressure on the developing brain and psyche of, let's face it, a CHILD. 13, 14, 15 is still very tender, and natural fighters with pure "endogenous" ambition like Carlsen when he was 16/17 do not come around often.

It's all about precise and proportional use of words.

Of course I too know that the real deal, the greats in just about any sport, tend to show themselves early, but it is not a rule, and not writ in stone.

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  visayanbraindoctor: <twinlark, Maatalkko> Interesting discussion. I think it's just a matter of time before China produces a World Champion in chess. Will it be Wei? Maybe, maybe not. No one knows for sure. The one sure thing is that China will keep on producing potential Candidate level masters.

I agree that China seems to have a centralized program that is designed to detect and develop potential chess talents. Similar to that of the Soviet Union. The Soviet chess program began right in the 1920s. It nurtured strong pre WW1 masters and netted and developed talented youngsters. By the end of WW2 it had produced Botvinik, Smyslov, Bondarevsky, Boleslavsky, and Bronstein, (question mark the 'annexed' Keres) and even the young Korchnoi then must have been entered into one of its chess programs. The state probably provided for the basic food, clothing, shelter needs of these young talents, and allowed them to become chess professionals. One might take a look at USSR Championship (1940), which I believe was a kind of nexus in Soviet chess. Not only at the stupendously strong field but also at the games themselves, which featured KIDs, open Sicilians (including the Scheveningen and the Dragon), Grunfelds, QIDs, Catalans, Nimzo-Indians, English. Openings that many kibitzers associate as being 'modern'.

I do not think that China has a large mass base for western chess, since traditionally the Chinese play Chinese chess or Go. They compensate by a state funded chess program.

On a different topic, it seems to me that the openings in the last decade among top level masters have reverted to a 1920s character. Few top masters are now playing sharp KIDs and open Sicilians. The Sicilian is now being regularly met with closed systems by White, such as the Rossolimo, Maroczy, King's Indian Attack. The Ruy Lopez is being channeled into White early d3 variations, which makes up for a semi closed or closed middlegame. The Giuoco Piano and Scotch are back. Maybe it's Kramnik's, and especially Carlsen's influence. Carlsen plays his openings like he were Capablanca and Reshevsky in the 1920s and 30s, getting into approximately playable middlegames, avoiding sharp double edged lines.

The era of the sharp double edged opening prep seems to have begun in the 1930s (just look at the razor sharp openings of the AAA vs Bogo and Euwe WC matches) until 2004, at the end of Kasparov's career. After the Kasparov era, sharp openings seem to have fallen off center stage.

Peculiarly enough, Wei and Hou seem to prefer playing sharp opening lines. If Wei ever becomes World Champion, I would say there is a good chance that he would reintroduce the sharp opening prep back into regular play at the top.

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  twinlark: Interesting post, especially on the trends in opening play.
Feb-03-15  sydbarrett: RE: Maaltalkko

It's "way yee," as his last name is Wei. Chinese say their last names first. Some/many Americanize the order and put their last names last, by which you would call him "yee way." Hope that clears it.

Feb-03-15  sydbarrett: re: norami Many/most Chinese are flattered by genuine interest in their culture; sorry you encountered that. Also Americanization of name order is purely for Western usage. And also, yea, what denopac said about inflections. Okay hope that clears it up on the small matter of pronuncation. ;-)
Feb-04-15  Maatalkko: A win or draw as White against Felgaer (2575) tomorrow should keep Wei Yi in the 2700 club for the official March rating list. If so, he will be officially make 2700 at 15 years 9 months.
Feb-04-15  dumbgai: That's assuming he doesn't play any other tournaments for the month. Which I hope is the case, because the kid has earned a bit of rest with his recent strong results.
Feb-05-15  HeMateMe: <sydbarrett:>

How's Emily, these days?

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  norami: Apparently with the inflections it would come out something like "Way? Yee!"
Feb-07-15  entropy35: When is his next tournament? Anybody know?
Feb-11-15  sydbarrett: Emily? Doing better than Arnold Layne. That boy went off his trolley and is now locked up in the funny farm, Chalfont
Feb-11-15  HeMateMe: Actually, Syd B. got planted a couple of years, RIP.
Feb-27-15  entropy35: Wei and Ding playing in a match against India 1st of march.

Mar-01-15  FairyPromotion: Wei is now officially the youngest 2700 ever.

But there is another thing worth noting: The overall power shift that is in the process. At the moment Russia is still the leading chess country in the world, however China's takeover seems inevitable. On March 2015 list Russia has by far the most 2700 players (12), while China has the second most (7). This now puts a serious gap between China and the third country with most 2700s, Ukraine (4). Further, of these seven players, only Ni Hua is over 30. The second oldest is Wang Yue at 27, and the rest are 25 or under. Their #1, Ding Liren, is 22, and as we know Wei is only 15. Russia also has 6 players under 30, but they only have 3 players under 25, with Nepomniatchi at 24 being the youngest. Of course their #1 Grischuk is only 31, and 25 year old Karjakin is much more experienced than any chinese GM, but within a handful of years we might see some Russian heavyweights (Kramnik, Svidler, Moro) fading away, and Chinese youngsters (Ding & Wei) battling for the world title. The Chinese already have the world champion and overall superiority in women's chess.

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