Wang Yue is one of the best Chinese chess players in the history of Chess and holds the coveted Grandmaster title from FIDE which requires over a 2500 Elo.
Last Updated: July 15, 2022
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Full Name: Wang Yue
Born: March 31, 1987
Place of birth: Taiyuan, China
World ranking: 86
Wang Yue has been China’s chess pioneer in China. In 2004, at 17, he earned the Chinese 18th grandmaster. He is the first chess player in his country to enter the top ten of the FIDE world rankings, and he held the top spot classified Chinese chess sportsman, with a peak rating of 2756, up until 2015, when Liren Ding surpassed it. In 1999 he clinched the World Under-12 Tournament, the 2005 Chinese Championship, and the 2010 World Top 10 aged 22 years.
Yue achieved it with an extraordinarily strategic and technical approach that saw most of his triumphs come in the finale, earning him the moniker “sleepy panda.” In 2005, he became the youngest Chinese National Men’s victor, and from March to December 2008, he played 85 matches without losing, one of the lengthiest runs in board games history, including the first 2008 to 2010 FIDE Grand Prix of the season. Even though it was Yue’s first super-tournament, he shared first place on 8/13 with Carlsen Magnus and Gashimov Vugar.
At first, more elite invites were sent, but they tended to dwindle when Yue’s ranking fell under 2700 from a Peak of 2756 in 2010. He is also up against other Chinese grandmasters Hao Wang who, along with Liren Ding, constitute a strong team. in 2012, Yue competed in his fifth Olympiad, and he outperformed his rating once again. Wang scored the highest individual in the 2004 Chinese Men’s Team Tournament, achieving 9.0/11. He presently competes for a Chess Club (Tianjin) in China’s Chess confederation, and despite missing the 2012 campaign, he competed in the top chess tournament in 2013, helping his team become gold medalists.
Wang was born in Taiyuan, Shanxi, and began playing chess at the age of 4 years. He would spend his summer time watching people play xiangqi on the pavements daily in the evening. He began chess instruction at school at the age of five, with the help of his family, and made quick success. He registered with the Country’s Junior squad aged 9 years and clinched the Chengzhi Li National Junior trophy. He enrolled in the National squad at the age of 12 and Tianjin City Club at the age of 15.
Wang competed in the 2002 & 2004 Chinese Championships finishing third with 7.5 of the possible 11 behind Xiangzhi Bu and Zhang Zhong. In 2005, he clinched the Chinese Tournament in Beijing after scoring 12.5/18. Wang emerged victorious at the Youth National Tournament as well as the 2005 Collegiate National Tournament. In 2006, Wang contested in the National Tournament, finishing with a score of 5.5 out of the possible 11.
At the 2007 Chinese Tournament, Wang finished second, attaining 7.5 of the overall 11 points, 1/2 a point short of finalist Hua Ni, while in the 2008 tournament, he finished second again, this round with 7 points out of the possible11. He finished sixth with 5.5/11 in the 2011 Chinese Championship and fourth with 6 points out of the possible 11 in the 2012 National Chess Tournaments. In 2013, he clinched the China Tournament with one more round to compete.
Wang won the 1999 World Under-12 Tournament in Spain. He finished 2nd behind Areshchenko Alexander in Spain at the Under-14 International Junior Tournament, but in 2001 he could not achieve that accomplishment. In 2002, he finished fifth in the World Youth Under-16 Tournament with 7.5 points. In 2005, (Instabul) he finished 5th with 8.5 points in the World Junior Chess Tournament and finished 6th having scored 8.5 points at the 2006 World Youth Tournament (Yerevan).
Early Chess Life
Wang Yue was the first Chinese player and only the third Asian to achieve the landmark 2700 Elo rating, making him known as a Super Grandmaster. His world ranking of 9th is the best position ever achieved by a Chinese chess player. At the tender age of nine, Wang Yue won the National Children’s cup in China.
Wang claimed a squad silver and a personal gold medal for his nation in the 2011 World Chess Team Tournament. Yue competed in the top chess competition for his country in the 2014 Chess Olympiad, assisting his country in clinching its first gold award in the Olympiads.
In 2012, Wang earned team gold and solo silver for his country, competing on board two during the 17th Asian Squad Tournament (China). In the 2013 FIDE World Team Tournament, he competed for China on board three, helping his team earn silver while earning himself a bronze.
Yue’s most excellent ranking to present was 2756 in 2010 in which he was placed 10th globally, and was positioned eighth in 2010 when his Peak rating was 2752.
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