Wang’s score was a full 2 points ahead of the field. Four players tied for 2nd place , with GM Ismagambetov (AZE) having the highest tie break and therefore , officially, taking 2nd place. Canadian IM Raja Panjwani finished with 4.5 points, tied between 24th and 34th place. Raja has been playing quite a bit recently and no doubt was tired. He made too many draws. Even so, I am quite impressed with Raja’s positional maturity and tactical vision. In a few years I would not be surprised if he became a GM.
IM Raja Panjwani (CAN) finished with 4.5 points
A short bio
Wang Yue was born on March 31, 1987 in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, where he learned to play chess at the age of four. He would during summer every day after dinner watch people play Xiangqi in the streets. When he was 5, with the support of his parents he started to receive chess training at school and made rapid progress. When he was 9 he joined the National Junior Team and won the Li Chengzhi National Children’s Cup. At 12, he joined the National Team and at 15 he joined Tianjin City Club.
Wang Yue’s ELO rating progress since the age of 12. A steady climb to the top.
Wang is currently number 1 in China. Today China is one of the top 5 countries in chess
Wang Yue became a FIDE master at age 13; an IM at age 16 and a GM at age 17–becoming China’s 18th grandmaster!
Since 2004, he has been a member of China’s Olympiad chess team, which also includes Ni Hua, Bu Xiangzhi, Wang Hao and Li Chao.
In 2005, he became the youngest National men’s Champion of China. Also, in 2005 he won both the National Youth Championship and the National Collegiate Championship.
Wang has participated in several national team summit matches, including against the United States (2002), Russia (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), France (2006) and the UK (2007).
In February 2007 he won the colossal Cappelle-la-Grande open above 93 Grandmasters and 80 International masters (608 players), achieving his goal of crossing 2700 Elo (China’s first). He is presently aiming for 2750, as stated in an interview with Susan Polgar at the 2008 Olympiad. He is currently ranked 15 on the FIDE September 2009 list, and has a Live ranking of 14.
From March to December 2008, Wang Yue went 85 consecutive games without a loss, one of the longest streaks on record. His unbeaten run began in the second round of the Reykjavík Open and ended during round 1 of the third FIDE Grand Prix 2008-2009 tournament
A short interview with Wang Yue can be found at the following link:
Wang Yue is currently studying Communications at the College of Liberal Arts of Nankai University in Tianjin. I am not sure where he finds the time to do both chess and university, as Wang is very dedicated to chess, studying some 8 hours a day by his own account. His results in international play have not been as spectacular as some others of his generation, but even the number one rated in the world (Magnus Carlsen) has been his victim on not less than 3 occasions! Wang Yue’s story reminds me a lot of the ‘Tortoise and the Hair’!
When champions meet….
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