Who is the world's best junior? Wei Yi vs Richard Rapport

by Marco Baldauf
12/22/2016 – Wei Yi and Richard Rapport are the world's top two juniors and both are known for their entertaining and uncomprosing attacking chess. From 20th to 23rd December they play a match in Yancheng, China. Wei Yi won the first game, Rapport the second, the third was a draw and this leads to a current score of 1.5-1.5. Analyses and photos.

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The match Wei Yi vs Richard Rapport

The match is played in Wei Yi's hometwon Yancheng, a town with 1.5 million inhabitants situated about 300 km north of Shanghai. Wei Yi and Rapport play four games with classical time-control. If the match is tied after four games, two blitz-games with a time-limit of 5+3 will follow and should the match still be tied after these two games, an Armageddon game will decide the winner.

The Chinese Chess Federation organizes the event

Richard Rapport (left, 19 years old) and Wei Yi (right, 17 years old) at the press conference.

The first game starts


Rapport recovered well after this loss and won the second game convincingly:


The beginning of game two

Game three saw a rather unspectacular draw - analyses will follow in in the final report tomorrow.

All games


Marco Baldauf, born 1990, has been playing since he was eight. In 2000 and 2002 he became German Junior Champion, in 2014 he became International Master. He plays for SF Berlin in the Bundesliga.


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