Wei Yi has won the Chinese Championship for the second straight year, and after torching the field by winning his first four games with the white pieces (in rounds 1, 3, 5, and 7) he was able to coast in with a series of short draws. Even taking most of the second half of the tournament off, he still won by a convincing 1.5 point margin over his closest competitors. In my World Chess column this week, I take a look at his one win from the second half of the event, along with a couple of other interesting moments featuring other players.
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With seven of 11 rounds in the books, the 2016 Chinese Championship (English language coverage here) is looking like a walk in the park for 16-year-old Wei Yi, whose score of 5.5 points puts him a point and a half clear of his closest pursuers, Zhou Weiqi and Xu Jun. He has been following the old Soviet advice to win with White and draw with Black to perfection: four wins in four white games and three draws in the three black games. I've already annotated his wins from rounds 1, 3, and 5 in my World Chess column this week, and may offer an annotated update to the championship in the next column. Meanwhile, you can check out his win in round 7 over here. One final note: with this latest win Wei Yi has returned to the 2700 club, perhaps without having ever officially fallen out of it.
My column for the World Chess site this week examines some highlights of the first five rounds of the ongoing Chinese Championship, starring Wei Yi. At that point he already led by a full point with 4/5, winning all three of his games with White (all of which are commented in the article) and drawing both efforts with Black. I also take a look at three other interesting games from that event, so there's plenty of entertainment to supplement what's going on in Norway and in the U.S. Championships.
Finally, in case the U.S. Championship and Norway Chess aren't enough, the Chinese Championship is also underway. It is the weakest it has been in years, lacking a single 2700 (though former and surely soon to be future 2700 Wei Yi is participating as the top seed) - no Ding Liren, Li Chao, Yu Yangyi, Wang Hao, Wang Yue, or Bu Xiangzhi.
(TWIC coverage here, for those who can't read Chinese and don't want to bother with online translation tools.)