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Wei Yi 
Wei Yi
Number of games in database: 197
Years covered: 2009 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2649 (2600 rapid, 2575 blitz)
Overall record: +81 -35 =79 (61.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      2 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (43) 
    B90 B30 B42 B80 B48
 Four Knights (14) 
    C48 C49
 Sicilian Najdorf (13) 
    B90 B91
 French Defense (9) 
    C07 C10 C11 C09
 French Tarrasch (6) 
    C07 C09
 Giuoco Piano (6) 
    C50 C54
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (38) 
    B90 B53 B92 B23 B51
 Grunfeld (14) 
    D85 D91 D78 D98 D73
 Sicilian Najdorf (14) 
    B90 B92 B97
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E32 E24 E52 E46 E56
 English (7) 
    A15 A18 A17 A14
 Queen's Gambit Declined (6) 
    D38 D31 D30
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Wei Yi vs A Haast, 2015 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Shirov, 2013 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Potkin, 2015 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Zhou Jianchao, 2013 1-0
   Navara vs Wei Yi, 2015 1/2-1/2
   Wei Yi vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2013 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Lu Shanglei, 2014 1/2-1/2
   I Nepomniachtchi vs Wei Yi, 2013 0-1
   Wei Yi vs M Kanarek, 2013 1-0
   S Grover vs Wei Yi, 2013 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Tata Steel (Group B) (2015)
   Chinese Championship (2014)
   World Junior Championship (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   4th Danzhou Tournament (2013)
   World Junior Championship (2013)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Asian Nations Cup (2014)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   3rd HD Bank Cup (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012)
   Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012)
   World Cup (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Notable Games ! by FLAWLESSWIN64
   2010 WYCC U-12 by gauer

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(born Jun-02-1999, 15 years old) China

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FM (2010); IM (2012); GM (2013); Asian U12 Champion (2010); World U12 Champion (2010).


Born in Jiangzhou province, Wei Yi is the world's youngest GM, displacing Suri Vaibhav who was the youngest until Wei Yi won his title. At 13 years 8 months and 23 days (1), he became the fourth youngest GM ever after Sergey Karjakin, Parimarjan Negi and Magnus Carlsen, the latter of whom is his favorite player "because he is so strong!" (2). He is also the only GM born after 1998 and one of only four born after 1997 (the others being Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Vladislav Artemiev and Kayden W Troff). Furthermore, he is the only GM in the world who is under 16 years old and the youngest to reach 2600.

Wei gained his FM title by winning the World U12 Championship in 2010. He won his IM norms at the Aeroflot Open 2012 B, and at the Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012) (a 20-game norm), becoming an IM a few weeks before his 13th birthday. His GM norms came at the World Junior Championship (2012), the 2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012) and at the Reykjavik Open (2013).


<Youth> In 2010, he was outright winner of the Asian Youth Chess Championship 2010 - U12 with 7.5/9; his rating at this stage was 2240, and this win barely affected his rating, being offset by losses during the rating period to Wang Hao , Wang Yue and Ni Hua in the Chinese Chess League Division A. Late 2010, he travelled to Halkidiki in Greece to win the World U12 crown, scoring 9.5/11, a half point ahead of 2nd place getter Kayden W Troff and a point ahead of 3rd placed Jan-Krzysztof Duda. (3)

<Junior> The 13 year old competed at the World Junior Championship (2012) and in his first attempt was in contention for first place, leading the field at one stage. By the penultimate round he stood fifth, a point behind the lead, but lost his last round game to place 11th, having scored 8.5/11 and recording a TPR of 2613. Had he won, he would have placed 3rd, a draw would have resulted in fifth place thanks to the fact that he had the highest tiebreak of the event (sum total of opponents' Elo ratings less the lowest rating). His participation in the World Junior Championship (2013) did not live up to (possibly unrealistic) expectations; seeded 10th on rating, he placed 7th with 9/13. Unlike last year he finished well off the lead and was out of contention before the last round, scoring many draws against lower rated players, although he remained undefeated. He came very close by winning silver at the World Junior Championship (2014), leading in the later rounds, but a critical loss to Vladimir I Fedoseev cost him the clear lead, while a final round draw with Jan-Krzysztof Duda enabled the winner, Lu Shanglei, to pip him at the post with a final round win.

<National> Wei first appeared in FIDE dispatches when he contested the Chinese Championship Group B in 2007, aged 8, scoring 5/11; this included, quite remarkably, a win against FM Chen Fan and a draw against GM Zhou Jianchao. Although he did better in the 2008 version of that event with 5.5/11, the only positive result against a master was a draw against IM-elect Wu Xibin. His next effort after these events and the 2008 China team Championships Group B (see below) was to dominate the U11 division of the 5th World School Chess Championship Open, with a score of 8.5/9, 2 points clear of the field. In the 2009 edition of the Group B Chinese Championship, 10 year-old FM Wei scored 6/11, recording wins against IM Yang Kaiqi and IM Liu Qingnan, as well as another draw against a GM, namely Wu Wenjin; in addition he scored wins against 2351-rated Li Haoyu and then 2515-rated and current GM Xiu Deshun. In August 2011, he scored 7/11 in the China Chess Championship 2011 Group B, amassing 24 Elo for this event. In April 2013, he placed =4th in the Chinese Championships (2013) with 5.5/11 and in March 2014 he placed =3rd with 6.5/11 at the Chinese Championship (2014).

<Continental> He won his 2nd IM norm (a 20 game norm) and his IM title at the Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012), when he scored 4.5/9 against 6 GMs, 2 IMs and a WGM, adding a further 27 points to his rating.

<World> He took his first tilt at the World Championship cycle by competing in the 2011 Asian Zonal, where he scored 4.5/9, adding a further 20 ELO points to his rating. In August 2012, he competed in the Chinese Zonal competition and scored 7/10, a half point from the lead. One of the President's nominees to play in the World Cup (2013), he defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi in the first round and Latvian #1 Alexey Shirov in the second round but lost to Azeri GM and twice World Junior Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the third round. He competed in Zonal 3.5 in 2014, coming out the clear winner with 8.5/11, qualifying for the World Cup in his own right, and barring mishap, will enter FIDE's official top 100 players list for the first time in December 2014.

Team Events

Wei Yi competed in his inaugural Olympiad in 2014 when he played board 5 for China at the Chess Olympiad (2014). He did not play enough games to be in contention for a board prize, but was able to help his country win its first gold medal at an Olympiad.

Wei competed in the 2008 China Team Championships Group B, where he scored 5.5/9, including a draw against 2364-rated Hong Jiarong. This contest, and his forays into the Chinese Championship Groups B, provided Wei with his inaugural FIDE rating of 2138 at the age of 9. He spent the latter part of 2010 in the A and B division of the Chinese League (playing for the Jiangsu club). Returning to China after winning the World U12 Championship in 2010 to continue in the Chinese League, he recorded a win against Chinese super-GM Ni Hua. In November 2012, he participated in the 2013 Chinese National Team Selection Tournament, easily winning with 8.5/9 and adding another 15 points to his rating to bring it to over 2500 for the first time. Wei Yi still plays for the Jiangsu Taizhou club in the Chinese Chess League, and in the 2012 competition he scored 10.5/17 with a TPR of 2550, helping his team to 3rd place in the nearly year long event. In the 2013 season, he played for the same team, which placed 4th out of 12, Wei Yi scoring 13/22.

In other team events in 2013, Wei Yi played top board for China "A" in the U16 Olympiad, scoring 8/10 and helping his team to 5th place. He also played top board for the Wuxi team in the Asian Cities Championship, scoring 7.5/9 and winning individual gold and helping his team to win bronze. He played for China in the Asian Nations Cup (2014), helping his country to win gold. He also played board 2 for the Turkish club T.S. Alyans Satranç Spor Kulübü in the 2014 Turkish Superleague, his team coming 8th out of 13. (4) In November 2014 he scored 3.5/4 playing for China in its match against Romania. He played top board for his team Jiangsu in the 2014 Chinese League, helping his team to win the gold medal.

Standard Events

Wei Yi scored 3.5/9 against a strong field in the XingQiu Open (2009), adding 20 ELO points to his resume. In October 2011, he scored 5/9 (+3 =4 -2) in the 1st Qin Huangdao Open, accumulating another 23 rating points. He won his first IM norm, narrowly missing a GM norm, at the 2012 edition of the Aeroflot Open Division B when he scored 5.5/9 (+4 -2 =3) with a TPR of 2551 and added 40 points to his ratings resume. In October 2012, he scored 5.5/9 at the 2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012), earning his 2nd GM norm. He won his 3rd GM norm, and the GM title, in round 9 of the Reykjavik Open (2013) at the age of 13 years 8 months and 23 days, placing =4th (6th on tiebreak), scoring 7.5/10 - a half point from the lead - and adding 25 points to his rating. He also received the prize for the best junior in the tournament. In his first outing as GM-elect, Wei Yi played in the 3rd HD Bank Cup (2013) in Ho Chi Minh City, and lead after round 5 with 4.5/5. However, after a heavy 6th round loss to Zhou Jianchao, he only managed 2 draws in the final three rounds, finishing with a minor rating boosting result from his result of 5.5/9 (placing =16th). In May 2013 and seeded 10th, he participated in the 4th Danzhou Tournament (2013), a category 15 event. After a poor start where he only scored two draws in the first 5 rounds, he finished with 4.5/9 placing 7th with a TPR of 2622. Wei Yi saw out 2013 with an excellent =1st at the North American Open held in Las Vegas from 26-30 December 2013; he was 2nd on tiebreak behind GM Giorgi Kacheishvili and ahead of GMs Sergey Erenburg, Timur Gareev, Aleksandr Shimanov, Varuzhan Akobian, Aleksandr Lenderman, and IM Wang Chen, scoring 6.5/9 and leaving him with a live rating at the end of the tournament of nearly 2617. He immediately followed this tournament by participating in the powerful Bay Area International starting 2 January 2014, where he scored a par for rating 6.5/9.

Wei Yi started 2014 by competing in the Tradewise Gibraltar (2014) event, his 7/9 being good enough to place him =10th and add a few points to his rating resume. Similarly, his 5.5/9 at the Asian Continental Open Championships in April was enough to give him a minor placing =10th, and adding a few more rating points. His best result to date came in January 2015 when he won the Tata Steel (Group B) (2015) outright with a powerful 10.5/13, nearly sending his rating into the 2700 zone.

Rating and Ranking

At the age of 14 years 5 months and 23 days, Wei Yi is the youngest player ever to achieve 2600. On 29 January 2015, at the age of nearly 15 years and 7 months, he reached a live rating of over 2700 and is on track to become the youngest person ever to officially achieve that milestone.

Wei's standard rating as at 1 January 2015 is 2675, his highest rating to date. He is now ranked as the #1 U16 in the world. Other ranking statistics relevant to the 15-year old are that he is ranked #8 in China and #2 Junior (U20) in the world. His rapid rating is 2600, while his blitz rating is 2588.

Sources and References

(1) Wei Yi's birthday was found at; (2) Interview at; (3) An image of these three players on the podium can be found here:; (4)

Interview and article dated 7 March 2013 by Alina L'Ami:; Article about Wei Yi reaching 2600:

Live ratings:

Latest update 29 Jan 2015

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 197  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Wei Yi vs Qun Ma  ½-½39 2009 XingQiu OpenB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
2. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi ½-½61 2009 XingQiu OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
3. Wei Yi vs Lou Yiping  ½-½49 2009 XingQiu OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
4. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi  ½-½58 2010 TCh-CHNB23 Sicilian, Closed
5. K W Troff vs Wei Yi 0-140 2010 WYCC Open U12E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
6. Ding Liren vs Wei Yi 1-038 2010 6th TCh-CHND34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
7. M Abramciuc vs Wei Yi  0-154 2010 WYCC Open U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
8. Motylev vs Wei Yi  1-043 2010 TCh-CHNB53 Sicilian
9. Joshua Colas vs Wei Yi  0-158 2010 WYCC Open U12D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Wei Yi vs Ni Hua 1-030 2010 TCh-CHNC48 Four Knights
11. Wei Yi vs Yi Xu  ½-½39 2010 WYCC Open U12B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
12. Liang Jinrong vs Wei Yi  1-039 2010 TCh-CHNB54 Sicilian
13. Wei Yi vs V Tatekhin  ½-½44 2010 WYCC Open U12B83 Sicilian
14. Wei Yi vs Zeng Chongsheng  ½-½34 2010 TCh-CHNB42 Sicilian, Kan
15. Johnatan Bakalchuk vs Wei Yi  0-155 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
16. Wei Yi vs Ghosh Diptayan  1-045 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
17. Ni Hua vs Wei Yi  1-037 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. J Duda vs Wei Yi  ½-½71 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
19. Wei Yi vs Wang Hao 0-129 2010 TCh-CHNB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
20. Wan Yunguo vs Wei Yi  1-033 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. Wei Yi vs O Striechman  1-032 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
22. Wei Yi vs M Petrosyan 1-034 2010 WYCC Open U12B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
23. Wang Yue vs Wei Yi  1-027 2010 TCh-CHND30 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Wei Yi vs M Karthikeyan  1-069 2010 WYCC Open U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
25. Wei Yi vs Zhao Jun  0-163 2010 6th TCh-CHNB33 Sicilian
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  lostemperor: If Wei Yi wins his game in the Gibraltar open today vs Khotenashvili, what seems the case, he will break Magnus Carlsen's record of being the youngest ever player to reach 2700 by (over) a year, though for now only in the live ratings.
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  nite: 2701.7
Jan-29-15  NightKnight: The Chinakid is now youngest player in the 2700 club (or TOP-46 in the world) with astonishing 5 year difference to the second youngest Yu Yangyi!
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  norami: When I was Wei Yi's age, in the tenth grade, if I'd been rated over 2700, that would have impressed the other members of the high school chess team. Hell, 1700 would have been impressive!
Jan-29-15  ketchuplover: I think Carlsen is probably the 2nd youngest to 2700
Jan-29-15  Conrad93: He's 2701.7 on the Live Rating list.

Gongrats Wei! Welcome to the elite.

Jan-30-15  FairyPromotion: Congratulations to the royal game's Boy Wonder. Hopefully he'll keep on improving at this rate, and will join the elite very soon. Lets just hope that he won't spoil it for his next (March) official ranking.
Jan-30-15  FairyPromotion: <LawrenceBernstein: It's only a question of when... when W.Y. takes the W.C. from M.C.>


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  norami: Does his name rhyme with "why me"? Or "knee high"? Or something else?
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  twinlark: <NightKnight: This starting eastern dominance should last for some time...>

This "dominance" is more real than apparent, as it's a top end phenomenon.

That is, if you take the average rating of the top 10 players of each country, then China is #2:, albeit out of a pool of only 273 FIDE rated players:

Yet Germany has a top 10 rating average of 2627 for world #13 from a pool of nearly 10,000 FIDE rated players:

India similarly has a top 10 rating average of 2655 out of a pool of over 10,000 FIDE rated players.

Somehow, China manages to make much better of use of its small pool of players than any other country. It's fscinating that Ni Hua is playing chess at an age (32) when most Chinese masters have moved on to their next lives: He spoke of the age dilemma facing Bu Xiangzhi who is not yet 30:

<“I am becoming old already and this is time to think what to do further. In China players of my age don’t play chess. This is not a joke. This is a common problem not only for me, but also for Bu. For example, he is some years younger than me. We always discuss with my friends what we are going to do. Wang Yue for instance is already planning to start coaching. Wang Hao also has in mind to try himself as a trainer. So, when you are not young anymore, you really have to find another chess related activity, and this is coaching. Of course there are many young players and kids in China who like to know how to play chess. I hope if we decide once to change our profession, we will have a job. But frankly, coaching is boring.”>

This sort of competitive longevity is more typical (in the West anyway) of players involved in sports that engage in heavy body contact, like football or boxing.

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  Maatalkko: I heard someone on Youtube pronounce his name as "ee way". Is this correct?

So far in January, Wei Yi is 14.5/17 (+12) against an average opponent of 2529, for a performance rating of 2811. Probably the best month by a 15 year old since Bobby Fischer at the Portoroz Interzonal.

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  Maatalkko: <twinlark> I think that China's dominance being a "top end phenomenon" is what is illusory.

China doesn't have a small pool of players; it just has a limited number of FIDE rated tournaments. The result is that there are a lot of players in the Chinese Chess League who are hundreds of points underrated. I wrote about this at length a couple years ago. At that time, an example was Qun Ma, who was rated in the 2400s and had no FIDE title, even though he was clearly 2600+ strength based on the few opportunities he had to play foreign grand masters.

If you look at the past few years, almost every Chinese player gains points in foreign tournaments, and the foreigners who are frequent guests to China like Laznicka and Bologan usually lose points there. Also, the Chinese players who do get opportunities abroad often lose points back to their younger, underrated compatriots at home. This happened to Wang Yue, Wang Hao, Bu Xiangzhi etc.

So only the top of China's chess pyramid even has a FIDE rating, and most of those that do are underrated. I don't know the total size of China's player base, but let's remember that if even 5% of China is interested in Western chess that is the size of the UK or France. I can't believe that chess talent in China does not follow the same bell curve it does everywhere else.

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  twinlark: <Maatalkko>

I understand what you're saying but understand it only takes nine games against FIDE-rated players within 2 years to become a FIDE-rated player.

How many unrated players would be of GM or even IM strength? Or for that matter any Master-titled strength.

Jan-30-15  breaker90: >twinlark> I believe it is now just five games you need to play against FIDE-rated players. I just got my FIDE rating this month. :)
Jan-31-15  shivasuri4: Thanks, <breaker90>, for that information.
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  twinlark: <breaker90>

Thanks for that info, which I believe underscores the point I'm trying to make. I cannot imagine more than a handful of players in the world with IM strength, let alone GM strength, who does not have a FIDE rating even if now inactive.

The 5 game requirement must be a recent rule change as I only got my rating a few years ago, and I was sitting unrated for a while with games against 7 rated players until I made the final 2.

I just checked the Handbook and the change was introduced in 2013:

Jan-31-15  Severin: I've always pronounced his name like "Way Yee." Is that wrong?
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  jamesmaskell: <Severin> I've always done the same.
Jan-31-15  FairyPromotion: <Severin> Me, too.
Jan-31-15  NightKnight: It.. is .. happening.. again...
Jan-31-15  sydbarrett: Yes "Way Yee" is correct. Then you gotta add the tones to the words.
Jan-31-15  sydbarrett: Of course, if you're just doing non-Chinese conversation, no need to add the tones.
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  twinlark: <Maatalkko>

On reflection, I agree with everything in your previous post on this page.

Jan-31-15  Whitehat1963: This page is volitile. Only a few pages (a year) ago, people were saying this kid might not be all THAT good. Now, he's developing into the Messiah of Chess. A bit of irrational exuberance. It'll be five years before we can say with certainty that he'll stay in the world's top 15 for 10 or 15 years, a la Kasparov, Anand, Kramnik, Topalov, et al.
Feb-01-15  Whitehat1963: Meanwhile, Wesley So and Anish Giri continue to prove they will be in the WCC hunt for the next decade at least.
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