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Wei Yi
Wei Yi 
World Junior Championship, Athens, 2012
Photograph © 2012 Andreas Kontokanis.
 
Number of games in database: 491
Years covered: 2009 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2706 (2664 rapid, 2716 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2734

Overall record: +158 -61 =189 (61.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 83 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (80) 
    B90 B30 B96 B91 B40
 Sicilian Najdorf (33) 
    B90 B96 B91 B97 B94
 Ruy Lopez (33) 
    C65 C67 C84 C78 C95
 French Defense (19) 
    C07 C03 C11 C10 C02
 Four Knights (19) 
    C48 C49
 Caro-Kann (16) 
    B18 B12 B17 B16 B15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (60) 
    B90 B31 B53 B92 B51
 Grunfeld (40) 
    D85 D97 D91 D78 D80
 Sicilian Najdorf (19) 
    B90 B92 B97
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    A45 A46 D02 E10
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E32 E46 E54 E20 E21
 English (16) 
    A15 A10 A18 A14 A13
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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 Zhou Jianchao, 2013 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Shirov, 2013 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Ding Liren, 2015 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Navara, 2016 1-0
   Wei Yi vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2017 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Van Wely, 2017 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2015 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Potkin, 2015 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chinese Championships (2016)
   Chinese Championship (2015)
   Tata Steel Group B (2015)
   FIDE World Team Championship (2015)
   World Cup (2015)
   Asian Continental Championships (2016)
   HD Bank Cup (2017)
   World Junior Championship (2014)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   World Junior Championship (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Asian Nations Cup (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   3rd HD Bank Cup (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   fisayo123's favorite games by fisayo123
   Favorite 2015 games by Severin
   best of 2015 by Chnebelgrind
   Best Of Wei Yi by AzingaBonzer

RECENT GAMES:
   Wei Yi vs Bu Xiangzhi (Mar-17-17) 1/2-1/2
   Wei Yi vs Yinglun Xu (Mar-16-17) 1-0
   Le Quang Liem vs Wei Yi (Mar-16-17) 1/2-1/2
   Wang Hao vs Wei Yi (Mar-15-17) 1/2-1/2
   Vo Thanh Ninh vs Wei Yi (Mar-14-17) 0-1

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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/

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

 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 491  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Wei Yi vs Lou Yiping  ½-½49 2009 XingQiu OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
2. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi ½-½61 2009 XingQiu OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
3. Wei Yi vs Qun Ma  ½-½39 2009 XingQiu OpenB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
4. Wei Yi vs Zhao Jun  0-163 2010 6th TCh-CHNB33 Sicilian
5. Ding Liren vs Wei Yi 1-038 2010 6th TCh-CHND34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. Wang Yue vs Wei Yi  1-027 2010 TCh-CHND30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Wei Yi vs Wang Hao 0-129 2010 TCh-CHNB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
8. Ni Hua vs Wei Yi  1-037 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Liang Jinrong vs Wei Yi  1-039 2010 TCh-CHNB54 Sicilian
10. Motylev vs Wei Yi  1-043 2010 TCh-CHNB53 Sicilian
11. Wei Yi vs Zeng Chongsheng  ½-½34 2010 TCh-CHNB42 Sicilian, Kan
12. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi  ½-½58 2010 TCh-CHNB23 Sicilian, Closed
13. Wei Yi vs O Striechman  1-032 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
14. Johnatan Bakalchuk vs Wei Yi  0-155 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
15. Wei Yi vs Yi Xu  ½-½39 2010 WYCC Open U12B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
16. M Abramciuc vs Wei Yi  0-154 2010 WYCC Open U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
17. Wei Yi vs M Karthikeyan 1-069 2010 WYCC Open U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
18. J Duda vs Wei Yi  ½-½71 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
19. Wei Yi vs V Tatekhin  ½-½44 2010 WYCC Open U12B83 Sicilian
20. Joshua Colas vs Wei Yi 0-158 2010 WYCC Open U12D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. K W Troff vs Wei Yi 0-140 2010 WYCC Open U12E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
22. Wei Yi vs M Petrosyan 1-034 2010 WYCC Open U12B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
23. Wei Yi vs Ghosh Diptayan  1-045 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
24. Wan Yunguo vs Wei Yi  1-033 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. Wei Yi vs Ni Hua 1-030 2010 TCh-CHNC48 Four Knights
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Jan-29-17  The Kings Domain: Young guy with a promising future.
Jan-30-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: Agreed. If he improves his positional play a world title may not be far away.
Feb-06-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: Best wishes in the FIDE Grand Prix series young man
Feb-06-17  fisayo123: I'm happy to see Wei Yi in the Grand Prix.
Feb-07-17  scholes: Are all great grand prix tournament classical?
Feb-08-17  Zerebuh: Yes, all GP tournaments are classical.
It is part of the classical chess WC cycle after all.
Feb-15-17  entropy35: Did Hou Yifan replace Wei Yi in the Grand prix? Would be unfortunate if true.
Feb-16-17  scholes: there is no such news. Why do you say so ?
Feb-16-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  joeyj: New List: Hou Yifan is listed while Wei Yi is no longer listed

The following 24 grandmasters will participate in 2017 FIDE World Chess Grand Prix:

http://www.fide.com/component/conte...

Feb-16-17  AzingaBonzer: That's... odd. Actually, Hou Yifan was originally slated to be a participant (according to ACP President Emil Sutovsky), but was replaced by Wei Yi right after Gibraltar (for unknown reasons). Now, just two days before the tournament is to start, she replaces Wei Yi again? Very strange.
Feb-16-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: I wish both them both best play in their next battles
Feb-16-17  fisayo123: Very strange indeed but it's clear now that Wei Yi isn't one of the chosen ones as I speculated in the past.

It's interesting, especially since this same FIDE president has in the past nominated Caruana and Giri directly into his Grand Prix but in a 24 player cycle with half the top 10 not playing, there's no room for the most promising young player in all of chess (Who also happens to be the national champion of his country)? Laughable.

Feb-16-17  fisayo123: The Grand Prix would have been a good chance to boost his rating and gain experience. I think this decision could have a long standing negative effect on Wei Yi's chess career seeing as he's probably off to college next year. He won't have that much time for chess anymore. Anyway, I hope I'm wrong.
Feb-26-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: me too
Feb-26-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  roberts partner: The Guardian column criticises the Agon/Fide decision on Wei Yi.....

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/c...

Mar-08-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: The 2nd China India match, a four-round event where four players from China played against four from India, took place from 5-8 March in Liaocheng, China. (The 1st match was held in 2015 in Hyderabad, India).

China: Wei Yi (2725), Bu Xiangzhi (2711), Lu Shanglei (2624), Zhao Jianchao (2619)

India: S.S. Ganguly (2644), S.P. Sethuraman (2629), Abhijeet Gupta (2627), Karthikeyan Murali (2578)

Wei Yi led the team to victory 10-6. He scored two wins (Karthikeyan, Gupta) and two draws (Sethuraman, Ganguly).

http://chessbase.in/media/15162/wei...

Mar-11-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Bobby Fiske: Yi Wei participating in the 7th HDBank Masters open tournament in Vietnam:

Follow first game Sunday morning here: https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...

Early game start local time 10.00 (GMT +7 hours)

Mar-12-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: The 7th HDBank Cup International Open Chess tournament is being held from 11-18 March, 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The rating favorites are Wei Yi and Le Quang Liem.

The big surprise in the second round is Wei Yi being defeated in 19 moves by IM Viacheslav Diu from Khabarovsk, Russia.

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/03/12...

Mar-13-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  tuttifrutty: Wei Yi squashed like a bug.
Mar-13-17  AzingaBonzer: Ah, I see the famed <tolengoy> is back with his famed... ehh... wit?

I tried to finish that typing sentence with a straight face, but I just couldn't.

Mar-13-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: I <don't> see that um, poster, iffen ya git mah drift--things are much better that way.
Mar-14-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  tuttifrutty: <I <don't> see that um, poster,>

Yeah, right...

<things are much better that way.>

Exactly....since you can't win any debate even your loose dentures depended on it.

Mar-14-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Wei Yi struck back with two positional exhibitions in rounds 4 and 5:

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/03/14...

The 7th HDBank Cup International Chess Open 2017 is a 9-round Swiss event with two sections: Masters Category and Challengers Category.

In Masters Category, after 5 rounds, we have 6-way tie for lead: Le Quang Liem, Wang Hao, Wei Yi, Bu Xiangzhi and two Russian grandmasters Goganov and Rozum scoring 4/5.

Mar-16-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: An attacking game with a "fixed bayonet" (bayoneta calada) by Wei Yi in the seventh round:

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/03/16...

"Fix bayonets!" – A command to strike fear. "Traditionally in the 20th century, certainly after World War I, bayonet training was basically designed to develop in soldiers aggressiveness, courage, and preparation for close combat." (Richard Kohn, professor of military history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

5-way tie for lead after 8 rounds: Wang Hao, Bu Xiangzhi, Le Quang Liem, Wei Yi and GM Bogdanovich Stanislav from Ukraine with 6 points.

In the last round Wei Yi meets Bu Xiangzhi with the white pieces.

Mar-16-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Wei Yi climbs the ladder step by step (Wei sube poco a poco).

In his chess column in the leading Spanish newspaper "El País" Leontxo García, a Spanish lecturer, presenter, commentator and chess journalist, has published a series of articles (with annotated games) about Wei Yi’s slow and steady ascent to the top:

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/03/11...

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/03/12...

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/03/13...

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/03/14...

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/03/15...

http://elpais.com/elpais/2017/03/16...

Wei Yi has confessed to his coach that he felt ashamed of his game against Viacheslav Diu in the second round of the HDBank Chess Open.

IM Viacheslav Diu, a former Russian Far East Region champion, is from Khabarovsk, the largest city and the administrative center of Khabarovsk Krai, Russia, located 30 kilometers from the Chinese border. He is a very experienced player and had already participated in several previous editions of the HDBank Chess Open in Vietnam.

https://i0.wp.com/www.spraggettonch...

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