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Wang Yue 

Wang Yue was born 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. He is a Communication Studies student at the College of Liberal Arts of Nankai University in Tianjin. He also plays for his university club chess team.

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 USA (2002), Russia (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008), France(2006) and the UK (2007).

In 2007, he achieved his goal of crossing 2700 Elo (China's first) and presently is aiming for 2750, as stated in an interview with Susan Polgar at the 2008 Olympiad.

Career

Currently ranked 2nd in Asia after World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India.
In 2004, became China's 17th Grandmaster at the age of 17.

On October 1, 2007, became the first ever Chinese player and third Asian player to cross the 2700 Elo rating mark.
On October 1, 2008, became the World Number 11, the highest ever ranking a Chinese player has achieved, breaking the previous record of 17th by Ye Jiangchuan set in 2000. He is currently ranked 13 on the FIDE January 09-list, and has a Live ranking of 14.

Currently ranked 2nd in the ongoing FIDE Grand Prix with 353.33 points, after Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan.
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.

Titles
n 2000, gained the FM title aged 13
In 2003, gained the IM title aged 16
In 2004, gained the GM title aged 17

Rating

Wang entered the FIDE Top 20 Juniors list as #19 on April 2005 with a rating of 2576. He was in the top 10 from July 2006, and the top 5 from January 2007. He reached a peak ranking of #3 during the July-October 2007 rating periods.

He entered the FIDE Top 100 Players list as #84 on July 2006 with a rating of 2626 and has been in the top 100 since.
He broke into the Top 25 as #22 with a then highest rating of 2703 on October 2007, which was the first time a Chinese chess player had passed the 2700 mark since the introduction of the FIDE ratings system in 1970.

As of January 2009, Wang's Elo rating is 2739, making him China's #1 and #13 on the FIDE world rating list.
For 2005, he played 53 classical games (+15,-4,=34, 2562 average opponent) with a 2636 performance placing 79th in the world.

For 2006, he played 95 classical games (+28,-11,=56, 2593 av op) with a 2656 performance placing 50th.
For 2007, he played 68 classical games (+24,-4,=40, 2608 av op) with a 2713 performance placing 20th.
For 2008, he played 101 classical games (+32,-3,=66, 2645 av op) having a 2748 performance placing 8th.

Playing style

Described as a highly technical, consistent and solid player he has a preference for the endgame where he seeks to slowly grind down his opponents with a slight advantage. In February 2009 after Corus finished, Teimour Radjabov was quoted in an interview saying, "[Wang Yue] does not allow his opponents to develop counterplay and he exerts "strangulation" style very effectively." Wang has said his childhood idol was José Raúl Capablanca, and once stated that Kramnik has had an influence on his style of play, having been impressed as a 13 year old boy with Kramnik's victory over Kasparov in the London 2001 WCC match.  

Best results

Place
Category
Score
Rank
Sanjin CHN 2005
15
6,5/11
3
Paks HUN 2006
15
5/10
3
Moscow RUS 2007
Open
6,5/9
4
Shandong CHN 2007
zt
6,5/9
2
Reykjavik ISL 2008
Open
7/9
1-3
Baku AZE 2008
19
8/13
1-3
Sochi RUS 2008
19
7,5/13
3-4


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