Wei Yi dominates Danzhou Supertournament

by André Schulz
7/19/2017 – Chinese prodigy Wei Yi gets stronger and stronger and dominated the Hainan Danzhou Super GM tournament from beginning to end, winning four games and drawing five to finish sole first with 6.5/9. On the live-rating list the 18-year old Chinese is now the world's number 14.

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On his way to tournament victory Wei Yi followed a recipe of many successful tournament players: winning against the players who finish in the lower part of the table, and drawing against those in the upper half. Wei Yi beat Yu Yangyi, Ruslan Ponomariov, Lu Shanglei and Vladimir Malakhov and drew against the rest. Wei started well with 2.5/3 and never looked back. Here is his win against former FIDE World Champion Ruslan Ponomariov:

 

One point behind Wei was the Vietnamese grandmaster Le Quang Liem and China's number one, Ding Liren, who shared places two and three.

Officially Yi is still a junior and he leads the Top Junior's list by a wide margin. However, after winning Danzhou Wei Yi also made a big jump in the live-rating list. Now sporting a massive 2755 rating the 18-year old Chinese jumps to world's number 14, 67 points behind Magnus Carlsen and 27 points behind Ding Liren.

Live-Ratings

# Name Classic +/− Age
1   Carlsen 2822.0 0.0 26
2 ↑1 So 2810.0 0.0 23
3 ↑2 Caruana 2807.0 0.0 24
4 ↓2 Kramnik 2803.4 −8.6 42
5 ↓1 Aronian 2799.2 −9.8 34
6   Mamedyarov 2797.1 −2.9 32
7   Nakamura 2792.0 0.0 29
8   Vachier-Lagrave 2786.7 −4.3 26
9   Anand 2783.0 0.0 47
10   Ding Liren 2782.6 +1.6 24
11 ↑1 Karjakin 2773.0 0.0 27
12 ↓1 Giri 2772.4 −2.6 23
13   Grischuk 2769.3 +8.3 33
14 ↑6 Wei Yi 2755.4 +17.4 18
15 ↓1 Yu Yangyi 2753.3 +0.3 23
16 ↓1 Svidler 2751.3 +2.3 41
17   Nepomniachtchi 2750.9 +8.9 27
18 ↓2 Topalov 2749.0 0.0 42
19 ↑3 Harikrishna 2742.5 +5.5 31
20 ↑12 Radjabov 2742.4 +18.4 30
21 ↑2 Wojtaszek 2742.3 +6.3 30
22 ↑3 Li Chao 2741.3 +6.3 28
23 ↓5 Dominguez Perez 2739.0 0.0 33
24   Adams 2737.9 +1.9 45
25 ↓4 Navara 2737.0 0.0 32
26 ↓7 Eljanov 2736.6 −2.4 34
27 ↑3 Le Quang Liem 2736.5 +10.5 26
28   Gelfand 2729.0 +1.0 49
29 ↓2 Ivanchuk 2727.8 −1.2 48
30 ↓4 Matlakov 2727.5 −2.5 26

Last Update 18 July 2017 | Source: Live Chess Rating, 2700chess.com

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Final Standings

Rg. Title Name Country ELO 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pts. Perf. Tb
1 GM Wei Yi
 
2738   ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 6.5 / 9 2883  
2 GM Le Quang Liem
 
2726 ½   ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 5.5 / 9 2797 23.00
3 GM Ding Liren
 
2781 ½ ½   ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 1 5.5 / 9 2791 21.50
4 GM Arkadij Naiditsch
 
2712 ½ ½ ½   ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 5.0 / 9 2759 21.75
5 GM Wang Hao
 
2698 ½ ½ ½ ½   ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 5.0 / 9 2760 21.25
6 GM Yu Yangyi
 
2753 0 ½ ½ ½ ½   ½ ½ 1 1 5.0 / 9 2754 19.00
7 GM Vassily Ivanchuk
 
2729 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½   ½ ½ ½ 4.5 / 9 2719  
8 GM Ruslan Ponomariov
 
2699 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½   ½ 1 3.5 / 9 2644  
9 GM Lu Shanglei
 
2638 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½   ½ 2.5 / 9 2563  
10 GM Vladimir Malakhov
 
2722 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½   2.0 / 9 2502  

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tourthefarce tourthefarce 7/20/2017 04:58
I find it fascinating that in game Wei Yi vs. Ponomariov, after 22. Rg5! there is no mention of black trying to save the exchange with Rfe8 or Rfd8 for example. These types of things have always mystified me in grandmaster analysis, maybe it is obvious to them why these moves don't work, but leaving the engine on for quite some time after Rfe8 and it likes black!
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