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Maxim Matlakov vs Wei Yi
China - Russia (2015), Ningbo CHN, rd 5, Jul-20
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D85)  ·  1-0

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Jul-20-15  fisayo123: Uncharacteristically bad game from Wei Yi. It's been a while since I've seen him lose so easily before. Fatigue probably has been a factor.

Danzhou tournament and now this match all in the space of few days.

Jul-20-15
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  cro777: ... and he continues by participating in the third leg (4 games) of the 2015 Chinese Chess League (Division A) which starts on Friday, July 24th in Shanghai, China.
Jul-20-15  Whitemouse: sometimes he played badly, and can't be understood like in the last round of the last Chinese Championship when he played Lu Shanglei.
Jul-23-15  Steve.Patzer: I don't see the win. Was it on time?
Jul-23-15  AzingaBonzer: <Whitemouse>

Nah, Wei Yi just has a weakness against Lu Shanglei. He's lost to him plenty of times before.

Jul-23-15  Whitemouse: <AzingaBonzer> how did you know?
Jul-23-15  Whitemouse: I mean Lu Shanglei had better position against him in their latest game, but couldn't force a win. I think that wouldn't happen if Lu Shanglei is dominant to Wei Yi.
Jul-23-15  AzingaBonzer: <I think that wouldn't happen if Lu Shanglei is dominant to Wei Yi.>

Well, I don't mean "weakness" in that Wei Yi is actually weaker than Lu Shanglei; I mean their head-to-head record is surprisingly even, much more even than the difference between their ratings would suggest. That doesn't mean Lu can force a win against Wei in any given game, even if he did have the better position at some point, but it does mean that he can pip him from time to time. A Kramnik to Wei Yi's Kasparov, so to speak--clearly weaker overall, but somehow able to counter this one stronger player.

Jul-23-15  Whitemouse: <Well, I don't mean "weakness" in that Wei Yi is actually weaker than Lu Shanglei; I mean their head-to-head record is surprisingly even, much more even than the difference between their ratings would suggest. That doesn't mean Lu can force a win against Wei in any given game, even if he did have the better position at some point, but it does mean that he can pip him from time to time. A Kramnik to Wei Yi's Kasparov, so to speak--clearly weaker overall, but somehow able to counter this one stronger player.> yes, as it always happens when two players are friends in the same training camp and perhaps had played more than hundreds games .

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