The 9th Bilbao Chess Masters is currently taking place and features an intriguing rehearsal for the forthcoming world championship final between the current world champion, Magnus Carlsen, and his challenger Sergey Karjakin. The top class field also includes last year’s winner Wesley So, fellow top-10 players Hikaru Nakamura and Anish Giri and – guess who? – yes, it’s our old friend Wei Yi. The tournament is a double round-robin and uses ‘football’ scoring with three points for a win and one for a draw. After six rounds it will come as no surprise to anyone that Carlsen has a three-point lead with 11/18 but Wei Yi is holding his own and is currently third with 7/18. His round two defeat by Carlsen has been well publicised and Wei Yi certainly gave the champion a test. However, we like to concentrate on his wins so here is today’s victory over Anish Giri. Wei Yi’s win takes his rating to over 2700 and at 17, he is the youngest member of the club.
White: Wei Yi (2696) Black: Anish Giri (2785)
Bilbao Masters 2016