Look out Magnus! Wei Yi is coming for you!

Chinese prodigy Wei Yi turned 18 recently and celebrated by winning his first supertournament in Danzhou. Sending a clear signal – look out Magnus!

Wei Yi has been considered a possible challenger to Carlsen’s crown since he was 15; when he shocked the world by destroying top GMs (including Shirov) with beautiful, sacrificial play.

Wei Yi Takes It up a Notch

Now it seems like Wei Yi has taken his game up another level, demonstrating he can come out on top of a field with an average Elo of 2720, competing against Ivanchuk, Ding Liren and former FIDE World Champion Ponomariov.

Ultimately, Wei Yi finished undefeated with 4 wins and 4 draws – iChess Master Method presenters Arkadij Naiditsch and Liem Le Quang holding their own.

This win puts Wei Yi up to number 14 in the world and a 2755 rating. While Carlsen won’t be too worried just yet, you can bet he’ll be keeping a close eye on the continuous rise of the Chinese star.

Better to be on the look out Magnus, or you will get caught by surprise by a new rising chess star!

This Week’s Exclusive FREE Video:

This week’s video comes from Liem Le Quang who had a chance to spoil Wei Yi’s party and snatch 1st place by beating him as Black in the last round at Danzhou.

In this video, Liem demonstrates some of the secrets of the isolated Queen’s pawn position – one of the most important structures in chess. How can you use the “isolani” to spearhead devastating attacks? Find out in this awesome 50 minute video

Last Week’s Puzzle Solution:
d’Orvill – 1842


If you got this one right, well done! It’s not easy. It’s reasonable to think that the rook should check the King, perhaps Rd8-d5+, but that lets the Black King off the a-file.

Or maybe you noticed that if the White King was on a3, then b4+ would be mate. But 1.Kc5 c6 2.Kc4 c5 3.Kc3 c4 4.Kb2? c3+! leads to stalemate. Other 4th moves do lead to a forced mate but they don’t meet the mate in 4 requirement.

The solution begins with a beautiful sacrifice and continues with moves that leave Black with only one option: 1.Rb6!! cxb6 2.c3! b5 3.Kc5 b4 4.cxb4#

This week’s puzzle: 


We turn to Wei Yi for this week’s puzzle, with a position from his superb win over Yu Yangyi at Danzhou.

Wei Yi (playing White) has far more active pieces than his opponent, but he is a pawn down and his bishop is going to be traded off. How did he keep the advantage?

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The answer will be revealed next week.

By the way,  iChess favorite FM Alisa Melekhina (who is a high-flying corporate litigator as well as chess master)  has just released a fascinating new book on using chess as a model for business and career success. Called Reality Check, it combines philosophical discussions with concrete, strategic advice to help you achieve your goals and overcome any impediments. Check it out here.

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