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🏆 28th Leon Rapid (2015)

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Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Ruslan Ponomariov, Wei Yi, David Anton Guijarro Chess Event Description
28th Leon Rapid (2015)

Knock-out matches played in Leon, Spain, 12-14 June 2015. The winner was Wei Yi. Official site:

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Vachier-Lagrave vs Ponomariov ½-½159201528th Leon RapidC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
2. Ponomariov vs Vachier-Lagrave  0-158201528th Leon RapidB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Vachier-Lagrave vs Ponomariov  ½-½56201528th Leon RapidE17 Queen's Indian
4. Ponomariov vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½38201528th Leon RapidD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
5. D Anton Guijarro vs Wei Yi  ½-½35201528th Leon RapidC77 Ruy Lopez
6. Wei Yi vs D Anton Guijarro  ½-½55201528th Leon RapidC03 French, Tarrasch
7. D Anton Guijarro vs Wei Yi 0-139201528th Leon RapidD85 Grunfeld
8. Vachier-Lagrave vs Wei Yi ½-½66201528th Leon RapidC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
9. D Anton Guijarro vs Wei Yi 0-128201528th Leon RapidD85 Grunfeld
10. Wei Yi vs D Anton Guijarro  ½-½28201528th Leon RapidC03 French, Tarrasch
11. Wei Yi vs D Anton Guijarro  ½-½85201528th Leon RapidB30 Sicilian
12. Wei Yi vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½78201528th Leon RapidB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. Vachier-Lagrave vs Wei Yi  ½-½28201528th Leon RapidA05 Reti Opening
14. Wei Yi vs Vachier-Lagrave 1-041201528th Leon RapidB30 Sicilian
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  Penguincw: Site:

This event will end on the 15th, which is the same day as the Norway tournament is starting, so MVL will surely be busy. :)

Jun-13-15  Strongest Force: MVL has extra day since Norway starts on 16th.

Go Wei! You da man...almost

Jun-13-15  latvalatvian: After 40 years of study, I have determined that chess is harder than it looks.
Jun-13-15  notyetagm: <latvalatvian: After 40 years of study, I have determined that chess is harder than it looks.>

Not to Wei Yi. :-)

D Anton Guijarro vs Wei Yi, 2015

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  cro777: The tournament is taking place 12th to 14th June 2015, the semi-finals being played on Friday (June 12th) and Saturday (June 13th), and the final on Sunday (June 14th).

The two players with a higher Elo played against the other two in the semi-finals:

Maxime Vachier Lagrave - Ruslán Ponomariov 2.5-1.5

Wei Yi - David Antón Guijarro 2.5-1.5

Maxime Vachier Lagrave and Wei Yi are playing in the final on Sunday, June 14th at 16.00.

Each match is played at the best of four rapid games (20 minutes per player + 10 seconds per move). The tiebreak, if needed, will be a series of blitz games (five minutes per player).

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  cro777: David Antón Guijarro, silver medalist at the European Championship: "I believe that Wei Yi can become the world champion."

An illustrated report from the semi-final match Wei Yi - David Antón Guijarro (in Spanish) can be found here

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  Penguincw: MVL and Wei Yi final! On the classical ratings, MVL is exactly one spot ahead of Wei Yi. :p

In rapid ratings, MVL is now up to #13, but Wei Yi at 2600 is not in the top 100.

Those 2 have met once before: Wei Yi vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2013 (Wei Yi won, classical game).

BTW: Is there going to be a battle for 3rd place?

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  cro777: The event keeps its traditional format: the semi-finals being played on Friday and Saturday, and the final on Sunday (no battle for 3rd place).

ChessBase report from the semi-finals:

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  cro777: The first game of the final has started. Wei Yi is playing with the white pieces against Maxime's Sicilian Najdorf.

Live transmission at

Jun-14-15  Strongest Force: Wei is up a pawn with opposite Bs.
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  sydbarrett: White (MVG) is up a pawn with opposite B's on the board I'm looking at. Unless my eyes deceive me, it's a dead draw. Another draw.
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  cro777: This is the last game of the final match. Wei Yi is leading 2-1.
Jun-14-15  Strongest Force: I thought Wei had bad...
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  sydbarrett: Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's clearly a draw? A draw of the indisputable sort. Game still going on.
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  cro777: The current position is a dead draw. Practically, Wei Yi has won the tournament.
Jun-14-15  Strongest Force: White can't make a break with the e-pawn and thus a draw.
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  sydbarrett: I follow Wei's games online the same way, say, I used to watch Nadal at the beginning of his career. Intrigued by his great potential.
Jun-14-15  Strongest Force: We need Wei in some top classical tournaments.
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  cro777: Wei Yi defeated Maxime Vashier Lagrave in the final 2.5-1.5.

He won the tournament last year as well.

Jun-14-15  Strongest Force: Wes has a fair chance to win game two
Jun-14-15  Strongest Force: oops, wrong page
Jun-16-15  capablancakarpov: Yesterday Wei Yi played 25 simuls at the Leon University. The final score 25-0. Amazing how fast did he calculate the variations.. World Champion credentials for sure.

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