The Chinese Immortal

Время публикации: 08.07.2015 17:36 | Последнее обновление: 09.07.2015 14:53

Wei Yi at 16 makes his name immortal

The Chinese GM, Wei Yi, need have no more worries about worldy fame. His name has already gone into history: the Chinese player has just played his immortal game at 16. This happened recently at Danzhou, in a traditional tournament, in which Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi, Wei Yi, Wang Yue, Ni Hua, Bu Xiangzhi, Lu Shanglei and Wang Chen are playing, plus Lazaro Bruzon Batista of Cuba and India's Krishnan Sasikiran.

It was against Bruzon in round two that Wei Yi showed a distinct lack of hospitality. 

Danzhou 2015, rd 2

Sicilian Defence
(Notes by FM Alexey Yarovinsky for our Vkontakte group)
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Nc3 a6 4.Be2 Nc6 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 Qc7 7.0-0 Nf6 8.Be3 Be7 9.f4 d6 10.Kh1 0-0 11.Qe1 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 b5 13.Qg3 Bb7 14.a3 Rad8 15.Rae1 Rd7 16.Bd3 Qd8 17.Qh3 g6 18.f5 e5 19.Be3 Re8 20.fxg6 hxg6

21.Nd5! The introduction to a masterpiece. Up to now, almost everything was theory. One can consider the new move 19...Re8?! dubious, but in this case, it is not so important. 
21...Nxd5? It takes two to make a masterpiece in practice, and Black shows he is ready to help. 21...Bxd5 gives saving chances.
22.Rxf7!! A deflecting rook sacrifice.
22...Kxf7 23.Qh7+ Ke6 (23...Kf6 24.exd5 e4 25.Rf1+ Ke5 26.Qxg6 Kxd5 27.Qxe4#) 24.exd5+ Kxd5 If 24...Bxd5 a mistake would be 25.Qxg6+? Bf6, and White has no more than a draw: 26.Bf5+ Ke7 27.Bg5 Bxg5 28.Qg7+ (28.Qxg5+? Kf8) 28...Bf7 29.Qxg5+ Kf8 30.Qh6+ Ke7 31.Qg5+.
Correct therefore is 
25.Bxg6!, and after 25...Bxg2+ (there is nothing else) 26.Kxg2 d5 27.Qf7+ Kd6 28.Qxe8+ White keeps an extra bishop and a winning position.

25.Be4+!! A crushing blow. One cannot but remember the great Paul Morphy, who first demonstrated that time can be more important than material in chess. 
25...Kxe4 26.Qf7 It is important not to let the king retreat to d5. One could give this quiet queen move (not the only one in the game) an exclamation mark, but it should be noted that 26.c4! leads to a forced mate in nine.
26...Bf6 27.Bd2+ Wei Yi repeats the position, showing than when he begun the combination, he had not calculated it right the way to a win. Maybe it was divine inspiration...
27...Kd4 Trying to avoid the draw loses quicker: 27...Kf5 28.Rf1+, and mate in four.
28.Be3+ Ke4 29.Qb3 Kf5 30.Rf1+ Kg4

31.Qd3! Only move. It was still possible to miss the win: 31.c4? (opening the queen's line to d1) 31...Bxg2+! 32.Kxg2 Qa8+ 33.Kg1 Qe4!, and Black draws in all variations. Admittedly, as well as the simple - 34.Rxf6 Kh4 35.Bd2 Qg4+ 36.Kh1 Qe4+ etc - there is also the more complicated: 34.Qd1+ Kh4 35.Qe1+ Kh5 36.h3! g5! 37.Rxf6 Rh8! Amazing moves, but all the independent play in this game is the same. 
31...Bxg2+ It is easy to see that other moves also lose - the white pieces coordinate too well for the lone black king. 
32.Kxg2 Qa8+ 33.Kg1 Bg5 34.Qe2+ Kh4 35.Bf2+ Kh3 The king is ready to change from a weak piece to a strong one and help his queen give mate on g2. White has only one winning move...

36.Be1!! And the Chinese finds it. He spoils things with 36.Qd3+? Kg4 37.Qg3+ Kf5 38.Qh3+ Kf6 39.Qxd7 Bf4 - White regains his material but loses his advantage.
Black resigns because mate is unavoidable.
eg, 36...Bh4 37.Qd3+ Kg4 38.Qxg6+ Bg5 39.h3+ Kxh3 40.Qf5#. Or 36...Rf8 37.Rxf8 Bh4 38.Qd3+ Kg4 39.Qxg6+ Bg5 40.h3+ Kxh3 41.Qe6#.

[Event "6th Hainan Danzhou GM"] [Site "Danzhou CHN"] [Date "2015.07.03"] [Round "2.4"] [White "Wei, Yi"] [Black "Bruzon Batista, Lazaro"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2724"] [BlackElo "2669"] [ECO "B40"] [Opening "Sicilian defence"] [WhiteFideId "8603405"] [BlackFideId "3503739"] [EventDate "2015.07.02"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. Nc3 a6 4. Be2 Nc6 5. d4 cxd4 6. Nxd4 Qc7 7. O-O Nf6 8. Be3 Be7 9. f4 d6 10. Kh1 O-O 11. Qe1 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 b5 13. Qg3 Bb7 14. a3 Rad8 15. Rae1 Rd7 16. Bd3 Qd8 17. Qh3 g6 18. f5 e5 19. Be3 Re8 20. fxg6 hxg6 21. Nd5 Nxd5 22. Rxf7 Kxf7 23. Qh7+ Ke6 24. exd5+ Kxd5 25. Be4+ Kxe4 26. Qf7 Bf6 27. Bd2+ Kd4 28. Be3+ Ke4 29. Qb3 Kf5 30. Rf1+ Kg4 31. Qd3 Bxg2+ 32. Kxg2 Qa8+ 33. Kg1 Bg5 34. Qe2+ Kh4 35. Bf2+ Kh3 36. Be1 1-0

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Lately Wei Yi has been compared with Magnus Carlsen, more often than anyone else. The Eastern wunderkind became a GM slightly later than the Norwegian - at 13 years, 8 months and 23 days (four whole months older than Magnus!), but his rating has grown faster than the current world champion's. This is shown in the graph. 


Interestingly, this amazing win against Bruzon is Wei Yi's only one so far in the tournament. Three rounds before the end, the star has only 3 points and is in 6th place, with Wang Yue leading. 


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