Regular visitors to this site may be wondering what has happened to Wei Yi since our last bulletin.  For the uninitiated, Wei Yi is a formidable talent in the chess world. In January he won the Tata Steel Challengers at Wijk an See with some sparkling chess (see Game of the Week 9) at which point he was ranked 49 in the world.  Since then his star has continued to rise: in April China won the World Chess Team Championships (Wei Yi +5 =4 -0) and in May he won the Chinese Chess Championships. He is now ranked 30 in the world yet only last week did he celebrate his sixteenth birthday.  Both Michael Adams and Malcolm Pein featured his Round 4 win against Ding Liren (ELO 2749) in their newspaper articles – probably because Ding had a higher grade and was the runner-up – but your correspondent, a lesser judge, preferred this one from Round 6, even though his lower-graded opponent could only finish twelfth.

White: Wei Yi (2718)          Black: Liu Qingnan (2521)

(Chinese Chess Championships 2015)  


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