Richard Wang at the 2013 World Youth Chess Championships in Al-Ain, UAE
|Full name||Richard C Wang|
|Born|| 17 September 1998
|Peak rating||2430 (September 2013)|
|Ranking||17 (Canada; August 2014 - Also see Fide World Rankings)|
Richard Wang (born 1998) is a chess international master from Canada. Wang became the second youngest International Master in Canadian history at the age of 13 at the 2012 Canadian Closed Chess Championships (Zonal) held in Montreal, Canada (a couple of months older than when International Grandmaster Mark Bluvshtein became an international master). Other notable achievements include winning two bronze medals at the World Youth Chess Championship: the first in 2009 in the U12 Boys section and the second in 2012 in the U14 Boys section. He is the only Canadian to win more than one medal at the WYCC. Wang is currently the 16th highest rated active player in Canada. He is a student of Harvard's class of 2019.
Richard Wang started his chess career by playing in tournaments held by the Chess'n Math Association in Alberta. His first chess achievement was at the age of 6 when he got second place at the Edmonton Chess Challenge (Gr.2) in March 2005. Other successes soon followed; he placed second in the 2005 Alberta Chess Challenge (Gr.2) and won both the Edmonton Chess Challenge and the Alberta Chess Challenge (Gr.3) in 2006.
Richard Wang has won the Alberta Youth Chess Championships 8 times (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 in the U10, U10, U12, U12, U14, U14, U16, and U16 categories respectively) and has represented Alberta at the Canadian Youth Chess Championships every time. He placed third in 2007 and 2013; second in 2008 and 2010; and first in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2014.
Wang has represented Canada at the World Youth Chess Championships 5 times (2007 and 2009 in Antalya, Turkey; 2011 in Caldas Novas, Brazil; 2012 in Maribor, Slovenia; and 2013 in Al-Ain, UAE). His most notable achievements at the WYCC was in 2009 and 2012, where he won bronze medals. In 2009, he tied for second (third on tie-break) in his junior year in the U-12 Boys section with 8.5/11, despite only being seeded 27th. His success marked the first time since 1986 that Canada won a medal at the World Youth Chess Championships. In 2012, he placed third in his senior year in the U-14 Open section with 8.5/11, slightly higher than his original 4th seed.
Wang has won the Alberta Junior Chess Championships in 2008, 2012, and 2013; placed second in 2010; and placed third in 2011. He has represented Alberta three times at the Canadian Junior Chess Championships. He tied for fourth place with 4/7 in 2009 and got second in 2012 with a score of 6/7. His best Canadian Junior Chess Champion result was in 2013, where he placed first.
Richard Wang has had multiple tournament successes in Alberta. He placed first in both the 2012 and 2015 editions of the Alberta Closed Chess Championships. Winning the 2012 edition made him both the youngest Alberta Champion and Fide Master in Alberta history. Wang is currently the third highest CFC and FIDE rated player in Alberta, behind IM Edward Porper and GM Eric Hansen.
Wang tied for third with 6.5/9 in the 2012 Canadian Open Chess Championships in Victoria, ahead of many notable players including GM Victor Mikhalevski, GM John Fedorowicz, IM Edward Porper, and IM Steven Zierk. The tournament was won by then IM Eric Hansen with 7.5/9, whose only loss in the tournament came from Richard himself. Wang's performance was good enough for an IM norm; however, a technicality involving the number of titled players prevented him from getting one. A month later, Wang went to the Canadian Closed Chess Championships (Zonal) held in Montreal (won by GM Bator Sambeuv; see list of previous winners). Despite a loss in the first round to a lower-rated opponent, Wang managed to get 6/9 (a result good enough to tie for third) by getting draws against GM Anton Kovalyov, IM Jean Hébert, and IM Raja Panjwani. After defeating Candidate Master Nikita Gusev in a playoff game, Wang was awarded the IM title. Thus, Richard Wang became the second youngest player in Canadian history to become an international master.
Up to 2010, Richard had not been coached, and only worked to improve by himself. Since then, however, he has worked with IM Miodrag Perunovic from Serbia, GM Eugenio Torre from the Philippines, and GM Victor Mikhalevski from Israel.
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