City of Leon Masters Tournament 2015

Yi Wei

Yi Wei

From June 12 to 14 2014, the Spanish city of Léon hosted the 28th edition of the Torneo Magistral de Ajedrez ciudad de Léon. This year’s sponsors managed to arrange the participation of four top-class players who turned the duels into thrilling battled on a high level:

  • The Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave who is not only triple French master, but also used to be one of the youngest grandmasters in the history of chess. He competed in the tournament for the very first time and was considered top-favorite from the beginning.
  • Ukrainian Ruslan Ponomariov who held the world championship title from 2002 to 2004 and was youngest world champion of all time. With the Ukrainian national team he won two gold medals at Olympic Games.
  • Chinese title defender Yi Wei who was announced youngst super grandmaster of all time in March 2015. The prodigy is already considered potential world champion by many.
  • Spanish player David Antón Guijarro who was second best player in all of Europe in 2013 and had to admit defeat to Yi Wei, despite the advantage of playing on home turf.

The four participants played in Knock-Out-mode according to the FIDE rapid chess rules. The tournament was carried out over each four matches with thinking time of twenty minutes plus ten seconds per move.

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Individual Results. Friday, June 12 2015
1st Round. June 12, 2015. 4 p.m.
Br. No. ELO Name Result Name ELO No.
1 1 2711 GM Ponomariov Ruslan ½ – ½ GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2723 2
2nd Round. June 12, 2015. 5 p.m.
Br. No. ELO Name Result Name Elo Nr.
1 2 2723 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime ½ – ½ GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2711 1
3rd Round. June 12, 2015. 6 p.m.
Br. Nr. Elo Name Ergebnis Name Elo Nr.
1 1 2711 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 0 – 1 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2723 2
4th Round. June 12, 2015. 7 p.m.
Br. Nr. Elo Name Ergebnis Name Elo Nr.
1 2 2723 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime ½ – ½ GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2711 1

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Ruslan Ponomariov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave were equally strong opponents, the decisive pinch of luck though was on the Frenchman’s side who decided the match to his favor. Ponomariov had lost quite a number of chess pieces which helped Lagrave qualify for the final round on Sunday.

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Individual Results. Saturday, June 13 2015
1st Round. June 13, 2015. 4 p.m.
Br. No. ELO Name Result Name ELO No.
1 1 2626 GM Anton Guijarro David 0 – 1 GM Wei Yi 2721 2
2nd Round. June 13, 2015. 5 p.m.
Br. No. ELO Name Result Name ELO No.
1 2 2721 GM Wei Yi ½ – ½ GM Anton Guijarro David 2626 1
3rd Round. June 13, 2015. 6 p.m.
Br. No. ELO Name Result Name ELO No.
1 1 2626 GM Anton Guijarro David ½ – ½ GM Wei Yi 2721 2
4th Round. June 13, 2015. 7 p.m.
Br. No. ELO Name Result Name ELO No.
1 2 2721 GM Wei Yi ½ – ½ GM Anton Guijarro David 2626 1

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During his very first duel, title defender Wi Yei demonstrated Spanish player Guijarro his worthiness of holding the title and scored his first victory. The following three rounds, all ended in draws, helped him maintain the advantage which made Yei opponent to top-favorite Lagrave in Sunday’s final duel.

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Individual Results. Sunday, June 14 2015
1st Round. June 14, 2015. 4 p.m.
Br. No. ELO Name Result Name ELO No.
1 1 2721 GM Wei Yi ½ – ½ GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2723 2
2nd Round. June 14, 2015. 5 p.m.
Br. No. ELO Name Result Name ELO No.
1 2 2723 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime ½ – ½ GM Wei Yi 2721 1
3rd Round. June 14, 2015. 6 p.m.
Br. No. ELO Name Result Name ELO No.
1 1 2721 GM Wei Yi 1- 0 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2723 2
4th Round. June 14, 2015. 7 p.m.
Br. No. ELO Name Result Name ELO No.
1 2 2723 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime ½ – ½ GM Wei Yi 2721 1

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With to his victory in third round the sixteen year old Wei Yi forced Lagrave to give up after 41 moves. Wei thus took home the title a second time in a row.

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written by Sarah, translated by Birthe