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Game Of the Week:GM Wei Yi vs. GM Bruzon

Game Of the Week:GM Wei Yi vs. GM Bruzon

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GM Wei Yi vs. GM Bruzon

Opening: B40: Sicilian defense

Player(s): Wei Yi, Bruzon

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The Danzhou GM tournament was technically an international, but with 8 of the ten players from China, it was a real opportunity to see several of the top Chinese players go head to head with each other. In the end it was a sensational victory for Wang Yue, at 28 almost forgotten (unfairly) among his countrymen. Wang's 7-2 score and 2887 performance shows he is not ready to step aside. Even though the teenage sensation Wei Yi only managed a plus-1 tally in the end, he garners the most attention for his spectacular second round victory over Lazaro Bruzon of Cuba. The win generated immediate 21st century controversy as many pundits on the Internet, noting that the first truly new move came at move 21, suggested that the whole game was home preparation. I doubt that, and while the tactics could certainly be calculated by a grandmaster over the board, they are quite lovely and instructive. Wei Yi has produced an instant classic in the lore of king hunts.

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