Wei Yi wins third straight Chinese Championship

by Albert Silver
5/10/2017 – Wei Yi won his third consecutive Chinese title, making it three in a row at the tender age of 17. The field was missing his fellow 2700 players, making it easier, and he came through immaculate with 8.5/11. In the Women’s championship, Lei Tingjie took sole first with 9.0/11, outpacing Tan Zhongyi and Wang Jue in spite of a loss. Both events were hard fought, with plenty of fireworks.

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Chief Arbiter Tang Jianming announces the results of both events

Ye Jiangchuan (middle), vice-president of the Chinese Federation (actually called the Chinese Chess Association), is also a phenom in his own right, having learned chess at age 17, becoming Chinese Champion at age 20, a title he would win seven times in all (a record), and peaking at world no. 17 at age 40!

Zeng Chongsheng - Xu Yinglun

The champion was Wei Yi, winning it for his third time. Will he stick it out to try and beat Ye Jiangchuan's record seven titles?

Wei Yi - Zeng Chongsheng

Men's final standings

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20-year-old Lei Tingjie was the star as she outscored her nearest rivals, including top-seed Tan Zhongyi, who won the Women World Championship just two months ago

Lei Tingjie - Zhai Mo

 

Yuan Ye

The runners up: Wang Jue and Lu Shanglei. Wang Yue played a brilliancy in round one, setting the tone.

Ren Xiaoyi - Wang Jue

 

Women's final standings

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Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.