Wei Yi wins brilliancy

by Johannes Fischer
12/1/2015 – China's greatest talent, 16-year old Wei Yi, won the strong 1. China Kings Match in Taizhou, an eight player knockout event. Tan Zhongyi won the Queens Match by defeating Ju Wenjun in a blitz-tie-break. Wei Yi did not need a tie-break to create drama in the final against Bu Xiangzhi. After a draw in the first game he decided the match with a brilliant combination.

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Wei Yi showed his strength with White


Bu Xiangzhi



In the final of the Queens Match. Ju Wenjun, with a rating of 2543 China's number two in the women's ranking list and Tan Zhongyi, with a rating of 2493, number four on the rating list, took longer to decide the new Chinese Chess Queen. But after seven games Tan Zhongyi finally had the better of it and won 4-3.

Tan Zhongyi

Ju Wenjun




Photos: Tournament page

Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".
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BeFreeBusy BeFreeBusy 12/2/2015 09:52
@daftarche 11 hours ago
carlsen and wei will meet for the first time in wijkaanzee.

Actually they might meet already this month, quite likely! Both are playing in the Qatar Open.
Emil Cabagay Emil Cabagay 12/2/2015 12:17
Wei Yi is a very brilliant player at his age! He should be in a candidates now! but needs to work more to be part of it or win it! Meantime, Carlsen reigns them all! All pretenders to his crown!
grantelgibbs grantelgibbs 12/1/2015 10:58
Magnus' comment about Yei: "Although I haven’t been playing brilliantly lately, I’m still keeping a substantial lead in the ratings.’

That may sound boastful, but it’s not delivered in that way. He is merely stating facts again. And he does admit that he has his eye on Wei Yi, a 16-year-old Chinese player currently ranked number 25 in the world, who might one day take his crown....."

daftarche daftarche 12/1/2015 10:20
carlsen and wei will meet for the first time in wijkaanzee.
i think wei is immensly talented and more disciplined and hard working than magnus.
i can't wait to see wei in wijkaanzee. it will be the first time he will play with a lot of top grandmasters in a round robin tournament.
Mindhunterr Mindhunterr 12/1/2015 09:41
Pentium Infinite Pentium Infinite 12/1/2015 07:53
Guys please, refrain foresseing a so much distant future.
To beat Magnus will take more than hundred brilliancies.
He must pass thousands hardships yet.

Yi is David and Carlsen is Golias, but this time Golias is prepared.

Remember what you thought after Caruana's 7-0? Oh ok, you forgot.

Enjoy your World Champion,dont rush for the next. Chess needs a Carlsen-like one..
Balaor Balaor 12/1/2015 05:38
@Pentium Infinite

"Football-mad, mobbed by girls and easily bored: Meet Magnus Carlsen, the world's greatest chess player"
Interview by The Telegraph, 27 November 2015
Pentium Infinite Pentium Infinite 12/1/2015 03:50
where is the source, chessdrummer?
excalibur2 excalibur2 12/1/2015 03:05

Yes and rightly so. I think Carlsen should be somewhat concerned. It's not just that Wei Yi is an extremely strong player for a player his age, but his style of play can cause him Magnus problems. And not just Carlsen, but the other top players too.
chessdrummer chessdrummer 12/1/2015 02:22
Excellent game! Carlsen states that he is watching Wei Yi. It is with good reason!