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Wei Yi 
World Junior Championship, Athens, 2012
Photograph © 2012 Andreas Kontokanis.
 
Wei Yi
Number of games in database: 377
Years covered: 2009 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2700 (2626 rapid, 2654 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2734
Overall record: +134 -53 =153 (61.9%)*
   * 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 (24) 
    C65 C67 C84 C78 C83
 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 (52) 
    B90 B31 B53 B51 B52
 Grunfeld (36) 
    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
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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 Navara, 2016 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Zhou Jianchao, 2013 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?]
   Chinese Championship (2015)
   Chinese Championships (2016)
   FIDE World Team Championship (2015)
   Tata Steel Group B (2015)
   World Cup (2015)
   Asian Continental Championships (2016)
   World Junior Championship (2014)
   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 377  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Wei Yi vs Lou Yiping  ½-½49 2009 XingQiu OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
2. Wei Yi vs Qun Ma  ½-½39 2009 XingQiu OpenB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
3. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi ½-½61 2009 XingQiu OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
4. Wei Yi vs V Tatekhin  ½-½44 2010 WYCC Open U12B83 Sicilian
5. Wei Yi vs Zeng Chongsheng  ½-½34 2010 TCh-CHNB42 Sicilian, Kan
6. Johnatan Bakalchuk vs Wei Yi  0-155 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
7. Wei Yi vs Ghosh Diptayan  1-045 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
8. Ni Hua vs Wei Yi  1-037 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. J Duda vs Wei Yi  ½-½71 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
10. Wei Yi vs Wang Hao 0-129 2010 TCh-CHNB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
11. Wan Yunguo vs Wei Yi  1-033 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. Wei Yi vs O Striechman  1-032 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
13. Wei Yi vs M Petrosyan 1-034 2010 WYCC Open U12B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
14. Wang Yue vs Wei Yi  1-027 2010 TCh-CHND30 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Wei Yi vs M Karthikeyan 1-069 2010 WYCC Open U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
16. Wei Yi vs Zhao Jun  0-163 2010 6th TCh-CHNB33 Sicilian
17. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi  ½-½58 2010 TCh-CHNB23 Sicilian, Closed
18. K W Troff vs Wei Yi 0-140 2010 WYCC Open U12E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
19. Ding Liren vs Wei Yi 1-038 2010 6th TCh-CHND34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
20. M Abramciuc vs Wei Yi  0-154 2010 WYCC Open U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
21. Motylev vs Wei Yi  1-043 2010 TCh-CHNB53 Sicilian
22. Joshua Colas vs Wei Yi 0-158 2010 WYCC Open U12D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Wei Yi vs Ni Hua 1-030 2010 TCh-CHNC48 Four Knights
24. Wei Yi vs Yi Xu  ½-½39 2010 WYCC Open U12B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
25. Liang Jinrong vs Wei Yi  1-039 2010 TCh-CHNB54 Sicilian
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Jun-02-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Well, similar thigs (alleged lack of invites) were once said about Nakamura, So and, more rarely, Caruana. Each of them is now a reguar guest in those tournaments. Just when they reached the necessary ranking (Nakamura had the longest wait).
Jun-02-16  fisayo123: <alexmagnus> The difference is that Wei Yi's progress, at least until recent, as you know, is more reminiscent of Carlsen's than of those players you listed.
Jun-02-16  markz: Happy birthday Wei! A nice win with black pieces on birthday and go back to 2700 club.
Jun-03-16  fisayo123: It seems Wei Yi could be the <top young talent in the world> invited to the Bilbao Masters. I could be wrong, but let's see.
Jun-03-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: <The difference is that Wei Yi's progress, at least until recent, as you know, is more reminiscent of Carlsen's than of those players you listed.>

On the way to 2700 yes. Wei was actually slightly ahead of Carlsen until the ~2650 range. But then Wei's progress slowed and even went backwards a couple of steps. Carlsen didn't have any major fallbacks at this range - actually, his only major fallback from childhood till reaching number 1 happened shortly after becoming a GM (his next big fallback happened when he already was #1 - in the second half of 2010, when he even lost the #1 ranking for some months).

Jun-03-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Bobby Fiske: The "China vs The World Tournament Invites Ratio" is interesting.

To me, it seems that Chinese players, the last couple of years, play quite regularly abroad. But how generous is China in return?

I know there are a lot of strong tournaments in China, but seems they mainly are occupied by Chinese players.

Jun-03-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Wei Yi finished third in the 2016 Asian Continental Championship.

Sethuraman, Le, Wei Yi, Kazhgaleyev and Sengupta qualified for the 2017 World Cup.

GM Sethuraman Panayappan Sethuraman (2646) from India has become Asian Champion, beating Wei Yi with black in the last round.

Jun-03-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Chinese players celebrating Wei Yi's 17th birthday:

http://n.sinaimg.cn/sports/transfor...

On his 17th birthday he defeated a former FIDE World Champion Kasimdzhanov:

http://n.sinaimg.cn/sports/transfor...

Last year on this day, Wheatley won the national championship.

Jun-03-16  sonia91: <Bobby Fiske: I know there are a lot of strong tournaments in China> Besides Danzhou, which are the other strong tournaments?
Jun-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Coach Xu Jun: "I didn't expect Wei Yi and Le Quang Liem to lose in the last round. But Wei Yi is very young. He wanted too much to win and missed to find the correct move in a favorable position."

http://k.sinaimg.cn/n/sports/transf...

Wei Yi didn't calculate in the last round. With the white pieces against GM S.P. Sethuraman (2646) from India he chose the Latvian Bayonet (the aggressive pawn advance 7.g4!?) in the Anti-Meran system:


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The critical position arose after 21…Kxc6


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White has winning chances in this position. The correct move was 22.Qa3! (Wei Yi opted for a slow 22.Kb1? which allowed Sethuraman to reverse prospects).

Wei Yi vs S P Sethuraman, 2016

Jun-06-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Bobby Fiske: Some stats:

Elo >2700 players:
RUSSIA, 10 players
CHINA, 7 players
UKRAINA, 3 players
USA, 3 players
AZERBAIJAN, 2 players
INDIA, 2 players
HUNGARY, 2 players
Remaining federations 1 player only.
= Totally 41 players above Elo 2700

TOP PLAYERS: Second only to Russia
FEMALE WC: Dominating since 90s
OLYMPIAD: Silver & Gold both genders

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China has become a dominating chess nation, second only to Russia, and it has happened fast.

The last couple of years, Chinese top players regularly play abroad tournaments against foreign Super-GMs on their own level.

In contrast, China doesn’t return the favour to the same degree. They were on a good track with the 3 issues of Pearl Spring (2008-2010), but after that, China seems to be a free rider when it comes to Super-GM tournaments.

It takes thousands of rated games for a player to reach Super GM-level. And for every step you climb up the Elo-ladder, you need to meet new and stronger opponents. So, how did the Chinese players manage to reach such heights? Well, it seems that mostly they meet each other in domestic tournaments, the China Chess League being the most prominent one, taking place between April and November every year.

Considering Chinas enormous resources, it is a puzzle to me why they don’t run at least one Super-GM tournament a year. (Two would have been more fitting their current status in the chess world).

Jun-06-16  sonia91: <Bobby Fiske: Considering Chinas enormous resources, it is a puzzle to me why they don’t run at least one Super-GM tournament a year. > There is the Danzhou tournament, where Harikrishna will play this year.

In the China Chess League also some foreign players play: Vassily Ivanchuk, Vladimir Malakhov, Bela Khotenashvili, Valentina Gunina, Vladimir Fedoseev, Maxim Matlakov comes to mind.

Jun-07-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: The 29th edition of the Magistral Ciudad de León takes place from the 9th to the 13th of June in the Auditorium in León, Spain.

Viswanathan Anand and Wei Yi are the seeded players. Their opponents in the semifinals are the most promising Spaniard David Anton (20 years old) and the best player in the history of León IM Jaime Santos (19 years old). Anand as first seeded wil choose the opponent of his semifinal match.

Viswanathan Anand: "Will start playing in Leon soon. One of my favourite events."

Four games per day will be played. The first game of Wei Yi's semifinal match starts on Saturday (June 11) at 4:00 local time.

Jun-07-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: The Bilbao Chess Grand Slam Masters Final 2016 will take place from the 13th to the 23rd of July.

6 elite players will play. Magnus Carlsen heads the list of participants.

The organizing committee has announced that "the 15th June we will reveal the name of the remaining players of this years Masters Final, comprising 4 Top 10 players and the biggest young talent in the world (!)".

Jun-09-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: The 29th Magistral Ciudad de León - Semifinals:

Friday (June 10) David Antón – Vishy Anand

Saturday (June 11) Jaime Santos – Wei Yi

http://tabladeflandes.com/notas-pre...

The matches start at 16:30 local time.

Jun-11-16  fisayo123: For those interested. The games are live now: http://elinversorinquieto.es/magist...
Jun-12-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Anand won the 29th edition of the Magistral Ciudad de León.

Semifinals:

Vishy Anand - David Antón 2.5-1.5

Wei Yi - Jaime Santos 2.5-1.5

Final:

Vishy Anand - Wei Yi 2.5-1.5

A match of four rapid games with a time control of 20 minutes + 10 second increment.

https://scontent-vie1-1.xx.fbcdn.ne...

Jun-12-16  starry2013: I caught the last game, an interesting draw with Wei Yi going for it, pushing g4 in front of his king. But a rook of his his ended up at the other side of the board, he managed to get it free but Anand had a pawn running quickly and that settled the draw once Wei Yi got his rook back onside.
Jun-13-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: In the aforementioned game (the last game of the match) Wei Yi needed to win to level the score. [Anand won the first game and the next two games ended in a draw. In the second game, in time trouble (with less than half minute), Wei Yi missed the winning continuation.]

Wei Yi (2694) - Viswanathan Anand (2770) [C65]
Leon Masters (Game 4), 12.06.2016

Anti-Berlin with 4.d3. The Chinese players tend to avoid the Berlin endgame (4.0-0).

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.Bxc6 dxc6 6.Nbd2 Be6 7.Nb3 <Wei Yi opted for a rare line attacking the dark-squared bishop. The main move is 7.0-0 threatening to take on e5> Bb6 8.0–0 Qd6 9.Bd2 Nd7 10.Ng5 Bxb3 11.axb3 f6 12.Nf3 0–0 13.Nh4 Qe6 14.Kh1 Rad8


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15.g4!? <In a must win situation Wei Yi tried a risky attack> g6 16.Qf3 Bd4 17.Rg1 Bxb2 18.Rxa7 Bd4 19.Rxb7 Bb6 20.Be3 c5 <Anand responded with an interesting play on the queenside. He sacrificed a pawn for the initiative and a displaced white rook>


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21.Qf5 <A very fine move aiming for the transition in a slightly better endgame> Kf7 22.Qxe6+ Kxe6 23.b4 cxb4 24.Bxb6 cxb6 25.Ng2 Rb8 26.Ra7 b3 27.cxb3 Nc5 28.Rc1 Rfc8 29.Ne1 Nxb3 30.Rxc8 Rxc8 31.Rb7 Rc6 32.Kg2 h5 33.gxh5 gxh5 34.Rh7 Nd4 35.Rxh5 b5 36.Rh8 Rb6 37.Nf3 b4 38.Rc8 b3 39.Nxd4+ exd4


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An interesting rook endgame ended in a draw:

40.Rc1 b2 41.Rb1 Rb3 42.h4 Kf7 43.Kf1 Kg6 44.Ke2 Kh5 45.Kd2 Kxh4 46.Kc2 Rc3+ 47.Kd2 Rb3 48.Kc2 ½–½

Jun-14-16  bien pensant: So where's the winning continuation which Wei missed?
Jun-14-16  Whitemouse: <So where's the winning continuation which Wei missed?> The answer is: <In the aforementioned game (the last game of the match) Wei Yi needed to win to level the score. [Anand won the first game and the next two games ended in a draw. In the second game, in time trouble (with less than half minute), Wei Yi missed the winning continuation.]> The above game is the fourth.
Jun-14-16
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  cro777: The above game is the fourth. As mentioned above, "in the <second> game, in time trouble (with less than half minute), Wei Yi missed the winning continuation".

Wei Yi (2694) - Viswanathan Anand (2770) [D30]
Leon Masters (Game 2), 12.06.2016

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Be7 6.Bg2 0–0 7.0–0 Nbd7 8.Qb3 c6 9.Rc1 b6 10.Bf4 Bb7 11.cxd5 Nxd5 12.Nc3 c5 13.Nxd5 Bxd5 14.Qa4 cxd4 15.Bc7 Qe8 16.Nxd4 Bxg2 17.Kxg2 Nc5 18.Qxe8 Rfxe8 19.Nb5 Rec8 20.Bf4 g5 21.Be3 Bf6 22.Rab1 Be7 23.Rc2 a5 24.Rbc1 Rd8 25.Na3 Na4 26.Nc4 b5 27.Ne5 Bf6 28.Nc6 Bxb2 29.Rxb2 Nxb2 30.Nxd8 Rxd8 31.Bxg5 Rd1


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32.Rc7? <This move leads to a draw. Wei Yi could have won by playing

32.Rxd1! Nxd1 33.Bf6! followed by Kf1 and Ke1 (if 33...a4 then 34.a3)>

32...Kg7 33.Rb7 Rd5 34.h4 Nc4 35.e4 Nd6 36.Ra7 Nxe4 37.Rxa5 ½–½

Jun-15-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Invitation to super-tournament!

The complete list of participants of the 2016 Bilbao Masters Final (July 13-23) has been announced:

Carlsen, Nakamura, Giri, Karjakin, Wesley So and Wei Yi.

According to the organizers, Wei Yi is invited as "the biggest young talent in the world".

The 2016 Bilbao Masters Final will host the only duel between Carlsen and Karjakin before their encounter at the World Chess Championship.

http://bilbaochess2016.com/home/

Jun-15-16  fisayo123: <cro77> <According to the organizers, Wei Yi is invited as "the biggest young talent in the world".>

Yeah, I think a couple of us figured it was him when the organizers made that disclosure days ago.

Let's hope for an exciting event and for fighting, attacking chess from the competitors. The 3-point system and Carlsen's participation means the others have to.

Jun-16-16  AzingaBonzer: Excellent; I much prefer the six-player system over the four-player system. Four players, even with every player playing the others twice, is too few.
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