82 games and counting…
Chinese top player and current FIDE Grand Prix leader, Wang Yue, is only weeks away from breaking Mikhail Tal’s record of the longest streak without a lost game. Since 4th March and the first round of Reykjavik Open against FM Bjorn Thorfinnsson (replay here), Wang Yue has remained unbeaten in the next 82 games!
According to our reader Kaleid, this score is equal to Vladimir Kramnik’s series of 82 games in the period January 1999 – July 2000. Mikhail Tal signed the top two records: 86 games in the period July 1972 – April 1973 and 93(!) games between October 1973 – October 1974. It should be added that the great Jose Raul Capablanca was immune from February 1916 until March 1924, but “only” over the course of 63 games.
Wang Yue during the game with FM Thorfinnsson
If he survives the next FIDE Grand Prix, that has just been moved from Doha to Elista, undefeated, Wang Yue would surpass Tal on the all-times list of the “toughest” players. According to the provisional rankings, Wang Yue is presently world’s 9th player with 2750,6 points.
The list of tournaments:
Reykjavik Open – 8 games (after the first round loss)
Baku Grand Prix – 13
China Team Championship – 7 total
China Championship – 11
Sochi Grand Prix – 13
NH Tournament – 10
China vs Russia match – 5
European Club Cup – 5
Chess Olympiad – 10