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Wei Yi vs Lazaro Bruzon Batista
"Prepare Yi the Wei" (game of the day Feb-13-2016)
Hainan Danzhou GM (2015), Danzhou CHN, rd 2, Jul-03
Sicilian Defense: French Variation (B40)  ·  1-0



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  Penguincw: As <notyetagm> mentioned (on some other page), amazing king walk by Wei Yi, starting with the R+ sacrifice on move 21. Kasparov vs Topalov, 1999 also had a rook+ sacrifice. I'll go ahead and add this game to my list of Caissar Award nominees.
Jul-03-15  FairyPromotion: This kid is awesome!
Jul-03-15  luzhin: 36.Be1!! is a sublime finish. Perhaps the only blemish in a wonderful attack is that the computer suggestion 26.c4!! would have forced mate more quickly.
Jul-03-15  Gegga: Wow! What a brilliant game. This will be spoken about for years and years. I truly think Wei Yi can become a future contestant for the world champion crown.

Be1 is insane. And 26. c4 would have been even more insane. Is it possible to calculate all these lines?

Jul-03-15  Bruce Graham: Young Yi bruises Bruzon. Fearsome stuff.
Jul-03-15  Conrad93: How does this game not have more comments? The combination is mind-boggling! His tactics and ability co calculate might rival Kasparov's.
Jul-03-15  kelu: 19th century's chess 's not dead !
Jul-03-15  Barococo Prosopoeia: So young yet he already has his Evergreen, his Chinese Immortal!
Jul-03-15  parisattack: Awesome! And certainly a Scheveningen player's worst nightmare. Look at those awful boxed-up pieces for black.
Jul-03-15  visayanbraindoctor: A Kasparovian like win and an old fashioned king hunt. Beginning with 20. fg6 hg6 21. Nd5 Nd5 22. Rf7, Wei went all out for the Black King with successive tactical shots whose sole purpose was to expose the Black King and mate him.

The young crop of top chess players born in the 1990s nowadays generally have solid styles- Carlsen, Caruana, Giri, So, Karjakin, MVL, Yu.

Carlsen for instance would probably still have won the game but instead of the sacrificial sequence beginning with 20. fg6 hg6 21. Nd5 Nd5 22. Rf7 that Wei went into probably would have simply moved 20. Rf3 and 21. Ref1, incrementally increasing his advantage by piling up on the f-file with his rooks. That's just his style. It's why if you look at Carlsen's notable games, you won't find many games as this.

Most of the above mentioned young stars would probably do it the same way.

I would give the aggressive Ding liren a 50% chance of going for the sac.

But young Wei follows the Chigorin, Alekhine, Kasparov, Tal tradition. If there is an opportunity for a sac, he takes it. He already has produced many such types of games and will continue to do so in the future. Good for chess. More variety at the top.

Jul-03-15  ChemMac: At first glance I thought 36....Bf4 would save Black, thinking only of Rf3+, but then I saw 37.Qd3+ Kg4 38.QXg6+ Bg5 39.h3+ and mates. No; Wei Yi did not I think CALCULATE everything, not by a long shot. He saw a lot, of course, but the rest was instinct, and one nice discovery after another.
Jul-03-15  fisayo123: What does Carlsen have to do with any of this?

And also saying MVL and Yu have "solid" styles couldn't be further from the truth.

Jul-04-15  Barococo Prosopoeia: That he can manhandle a 2700 plus player like this is simply awesome.
Jul-04-15  pinoy king: Carlsen would have lost as black. Also, Carlsen would draw this position after nxd5 with white.
Jul-04-15  gokusano: Seldom we can see games like these nowadays. After experiencing tactical letdowns in their earlier days, youngsters turn to positional struggles that lead to boring games. Wei Yi must be shoulder above his contemporaries. Onward to elite level...go Wei Yi!
Jul-04-15  AzingaBonzer: If anything, Yu is just as aggressive as Wei, if not more. That tends to be the style of most Chinese players, actually, with the notable exception of Wang Yue.
Jul-04-15  AzingaBonzer: Also, not to detract from Wei Yi's achievement, but Bruzon isn't a 2700+ player.
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  ToTheDeath: Outstanding game and attack. It's the quiet moves like Qf7 that really make this king hunt extra special.

Well done Yi, well done. You will go down in history for sure.

Jul-04-15  NightKnight: Bruzon is known as solid player, number two in Cuba. Has been 2700+ and is now at 2669 (FIDE). Risky choice of course, the Sicilian against these young chinese guns. Wei Yi destroyed Anne Haast earlier this year also in Sicilian game very beautifully.
Jul-04-15  Barococo Prosopoeia: If you've breached 2700 in a more recent.past then you're a 2700-caliber player even if now you're below 2700 a few notches down
Jul-04-15  metatron2: Wei Yi shows an impressive calculation strength here.

The combo itself is based on well known motifs: Rf7 with Qh7+ is a well known sac in similar positions, and the following moves are very natural moves that quickly popped to my head when I replayed the game: Qf7, Be4, Qb3, Rf1, Qd3 .. are begging to be played in order to prevent the black king from escaping, with threats that don't give black time to organize (26. c4 is just an irrelevant computer move..).

But the final touch with 36.Be1 is not trivial, and seeing it 14 (!) moves ahead is highly impressive of course..

So I wouldn't rate this game among the immortals (like Kasparov-Topalov, Byrne-Fischer, etc.), since it is based on standard motifs, but still highly impressive demonstration of Wei strength, and very enjoyable too..

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  maturner: Haven't seen a game like that since before electricity.
Jul-04-15  regi sidal: Those quiet moves--mid-attack, down a R & B--are truly impressive.
Jul-04-15  ketchuplover: most impressive!
Jul-04-15  Moszkowski012273: Hell yeah!!!!
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