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.
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drcloak drcloak 5/12/2017 09:47
Someone on ChessBase uploaded the incorrect file, or the games within the file are correct but the file name is not. Hard to get good help around here these days.
BabyPfuscher BabyPfuscher 5/11/2017 08:32
Why do the pgn files for the games come up as "gashimovmemorial17" when I try to save them?
drcloak drcloak 5/11/2017 08:01
The men's tournament was super weak. You know they are scraping the bottom of the barrel when you see a 2200 rated in the men's tournament. Disappointing.
ex0 ex0 5/11/2017 10:39
I'm surprised it's so weak. Even Hou Yifan isn't here. Seems like this was a free gift for Wei Yi. Where is everyone else? The top 3 seeds apart from Wei Yi are all rated between 2610-2615.. the rest are under 2600, 3 players are under 2500. How come so low?? Even in the womens, there's a big difference between Tingjie and the rest too, she's the only one over 2400? Oh, Tan Zhongyi is there too but apart from that, it's very weak championships for both mens and womens. It seems like it was done to pad Wei Yi and Tingjie's ratings or push them as national champs for a year..