Wei Yi draws first blood in four game match against Richard Rapport

12/21/2016 – Richard Rapport started well in the first round of his four-game match against Wei Yi, getting a nice advantage in an offbeat line of the French. But Wei Yi took his chances in an unbalanced position to win the game with an impressive attack.

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Wei Yi draws first blood against Richard Rapport

GM Wei Yi of China is playing Hungarian GM Richard Rapport in a four game match in Yancheng, China 20th to 23rd December 2016. Richard Rapport [born 1996] is number one in the current world junior rating list at 2717 and Wei Yi [born 1999] is number two at 2707.

Opening Ceremony


In the first game, Richard Rapport played 3 ...b6 in the French, instead of more commonly played moves like 3 ...Nf6 or 3 ...c5; a plan which seemed to serve him well, as 20 moves in he had a comfortable advantage. Admittedly the position was pretty unbalanced, and an inaccuracy by Rapport let Wei back into the game. The Chinese GM wasted no time in launching an impressive attack to win the first round in style.

Richard Rapport

Wei Yi

Rapport has the white pieces in round two.

Photos and information courtesy of the official match web page: Official Site

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geraldsky geraldsky 12/23/2016 03:20
The author wrote " draws first blood" as a win. I can also be an author and tell people the same sentence, but the meaning is a draw. In chess, draw is draw,not a win. Don't use action words that are common to chess terms like "draw". The word "blood" is acceptable to most of us..because we could give a close meaning as war, game, fight or battle. Hence, the words" draws first blood" means " draws first game". Some people are offended If the meaning of the words " draws first blood" to be a win, But if the meaning is a draw, it would be acceptable to everbody. I think we can use the words/phrase, " draws first blood" as chess term to be a "draw".
jo-henry jo-henry 12/22/2016 10:03
Yes, 19...Nxf3+ wins the bishop but according to the engines White is clearly better after 20.Bxf3 Qxd2 21.Qxg7 Rf8 22.Rad1 Qxb2 23.Nxd5. This indeed looks very strong for White - okay, White is a piece down but it is hard to see how Black can save himself with the king stuck in the center.
Green22 Green22 12/22/2016 08:14
Exactly what about this. Why was this move not done??

19..Nxf3+ don't wins the bishop on d2?
Kemuri Kemuri 12/22/2016 06:54
Whereas sophisticated readers are aware that such action is not necessary.
Liam Neeson Liam Neeson 12/22/2016 06:16
In sophisticated newspapers or tv channels e.g. ARD / ZDF or Neue Zürcher Zeitung in times of bloody events you just avoid gimmicky language / marktschreierisch. it is called "es gehört nicht zum guten ton" or "piety / reverence"
Kemuri Kemuri 12/22/2016 04:28
If you're going to misrepresent/misunderstand the phrase, could you please clarify whether you are misrepresenting/misunderstanding it as "with the bloody wars at Syria" or " taking a blood sample".
If I have to ridicule someone for their inanity, I like to know exactly which inanity I should refer to, and I haven't got time to ridicule both.
empleomatic empleomatic 12/22/2016 03:56
Hello Fellows! I do know the difference between figurative and literal language (in Spanish, English and French) since I am a newspaper columnist in my country, and a University Scientific by profession. If somebody knows about "drawing blood" is me because I am also a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine, and working with animals I have done so with cows, horses, dogs, and cats, but when you really draw blood from an animal you are not "defeating" nor "winning" somebody. by the contrary, I would take a blood sample for sending it to the laboratory, and to diagnose a disease or just for making an hematologic check up to the animal health, Consequently, What relation May I see between the real medical act of taking a blood sample from winning a chess game? NOT AT ALL!.
Kemuri Kemuri 12/22/2016 11:46
Bravo Daniel Quigley, although based purely on the comments below, I'm not sure 99% of readers DO have the requisite intelligence to distinguish between figurative and literal language...
To "draw first blood" is a figurative phrase that has been commonly used in English Literature over the course of many years. To take offense, or deem it insensitive to use common literary terminology shows a deep lack of understanding and a narrowness of mind. If you are sensitive to the use of this term, I would suggest that this is something that you should address yourself, rather than demanding action of others.
"Announcing 'I'm offended' is basically telling the world that you can't control your own emotions, so everyone else should do it for you."
lajosarpad lajosarpad 12/22/2016 09:18
@Daniel Quigley

I have no problem with "draws first blood" and I have no problem if I do not see it either. Empleomatic did not ask for laws prohibiting the term. He/she just asked Chessbase to avoid the term. Maybe he/she is sensitive to it. I consider this to be a perfectly valid approach and it was addressed in a cultured manner. You may agree or disagree and ultimately Chessbase or Chessbase journalists will decide whether they will avoid this kind of language and I will accept their decision, whatever it might be.

I know there are many people trying to impose censorship in various ways at various places, but when one asks appeals to your sensitivity and asks you not to use a term because they are hurt, then it is a different thing. You may ignore such requests and you will be perfectly right. I just ask you to not make fun of people when they reach to you this way. They might have very bad memories, you may never know.
Daniel Quigley Daniel Quigley 12/22/2016 06:47
If it is no longer acceptable to draw first blood, we should change other chess phrases then. For example, how ethical is it to "sacrifice" people, especially ones that devote themselves to God and serving the greater good, such as Bishops? Everyone has heard of the pawn sacrifice. Do we want to teach our children learning the game that it's okay to dispense with commoners just because their status is lowly? How elitist! Also, you should really find some other term than "combination" to describe a series of forced moves. Combinations are a technique used in that brutal sport of barbarians: boxing. Finally, why is it that the White pieces have the first move? This is racism at its worst! Haven't White pieces enjoyed having the advantage long enough? We must reverse this practice and in the name of affirmative action allow Black pieces to move first at least 66% of the time. Every tournament director should be required to submit documentation that they have met this quota to avoid future possible legal remedies. Reparation payments for this injustice should be given serious consideration. Thank you for your measured consideration of empleomatic's and my more than fair proposals.
fons fons 12/22/2016 06:44

I can see your point. But if you want language to be THAT sanitized you are going to have a very hard time on the internet. And of all places you could have chosen you choose a chess website to fight your battles? How about, oh I don't know, a movie website? Seen any Hollywood movies lately?
Aighearach Aighearach 12/22/2016 06:42
I'm not really sure that being smothered or burned are really any better than being cut. Like most players I enjoy sharp lines! But if I can smother your horsey, I will.
rubinsteinak rubinsteinak 12/22/2016 05:19
@atheistbishop What do you think chess is a microcosm of? Perhaps some exercise in social justice where a mere pawn can become a queen? Chess is a war game. It is perfectly acceptable to use an idiom like "draw first blood" in describing a victory in a chess match.
atheistbishop atheistbishop 12/21/2016 11:17
"Please CHESS BASE Editors, do not use the sentence "draw first blood" when publishing the results of a chess game!!, isn't enough with the bloody wars at Syria, Irak, Middle East, and the terrorists atacks at Turkey, France, Germany, Pakistan, Belgium, etc, that bring deaths and sorrow to innocent people, and stain the world?. Thanks in advance if your take that bloody expression out of chess news."

I absolutely agree with you! It is awful how journalists inject barbaric discourse. They don't care fore the game of chess, the beauty of chess, only victories, only money. I can't stand Maurice Ashley who is the best example of pandering of people's basic instinct.
tamango tamango 12/21/2016 09:21
@Daniel Quigley: totally agree. @empleomatic: I recommend using social/political ideologies on social/political forums
Daniel Quigley Daniel Quigley 12/21/2016 08:05
Chess Base editors, draw as much blood as you need. The world is your blood bank. More than ninety-nine percent of your readers have the requisite intelligence to distinguish between figurative and literal language. Thank you.
empleomatic empleomatic 12/21/2016 06:05
Please CHESS BASE Editors, do not use the sentence "draw first blood" when publishing the results of a chess game!!, isn't enough with the bloody wars at Syria, Irak, Middle East, and the terrorists atacks at Turkey, France, Germany, Pakistan, Belgium, etc, that bring deaths and sorrow to innocent people, and stain the world?. Thanks in advance if your take that bloody expression out of chess news.
Ohanessian Ohanessian 12/21/2016 05:12
19..Nxf3+ don't wins the bishop on d2?