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Wei Yi 
Wei Yi
Number of games in database: 166
Years covered: 2009 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2638 (2600 rapid, 2575 blitz)
Overall record: +62 -34 =68 (58.5%)*
   * 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 (38) 
    B90 B30 B80 B42 B33
 Four Knights (13) 
    C48 C49
 Sicilian Najdorf (11) 
 French Defense (7) 
    C07 C10 C09
 French Tarrasch (5) 
    C07 C09
 Sicilian Scheveningen (5) 
    B80 B83 B84
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (33) 
    B90 B23 B92 B77 B51
 Sicilian Najdorf (14) 
    B90 B92 B97
 Nimzo Indian (9) 
    E32 E46 E24 E56 E20
 Grunfeld (8) 
    D85 D78 D98 D80
 Queen's Gambit Declined (6) 
    D38 D31 D30
 English (5) 
    A15 A18 A14
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Wei Yi vs Shirov, 2013 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Zhou Jianchao, 2013 1-0
   I Nepomniachtchi vs Wei Yi, 2013 0-1
   Wei Yi vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2013 1-0
   S Grover vs Wei Yi, 2013 0-1
   A Moiseenko vs Wei Yi, 2014 1/2-1/2
   Wei Yi vs Wang Yue, 2013 1/2-1/2
   J Fahmi vs Wei Yi, 2012 0-1
   R Rapport vs Wei Yi, 2012 0-1
   Wei Yi vs A Indjic, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chinese Championship (2014)
   4th Danzhou Tournament (2013)
   Chinese Championships (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)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   World Cup (2013)

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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).


<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).

<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.

<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.

<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.

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.

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.

Rating and Ranking

Wei's standard rating as at 1 August 2014 is 2638, and at the age of 14 years 5 months and 23 days he is the youngest player ever to achieve 2600. He is ranked as the #2 U16 in the world. Other ranking statistics relevant to the 14-year old are that he is ranked #9 in China and #9 Junior (U20) in the world. His rapid rating is 2600, while his blitz rating is 2575.

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:

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

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 166  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. K W Troff vs Wei Yi 0-140 2010 WYCC Open U12E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
5. Ding Liren vs Wei Yi 1-038 2010 6th TCh-CHND34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. M Abramciuc vs Wei Yi  0-154 2010 WYCC Open U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
7. Motylev vs Wei Yi  1-043 2010 TCh-CHNB53 Sicilian
8. Joshua Colas vs Wei Yi  0-158 2010 WYCC Open U12D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Wei Yi vs Ni Hua 1-030 2010 TCh-CHNC48 Four Knights
10. Wei Yi vs Yi Xu  ½-½39 2010 WYCC Open U12B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
11. Liang Jinrong vs Wei Yi  1-039 2010 TCh-CHNB54 Sicilian
12. Wei Yi vs V Tatekhin  ½-½44 2010 WYCC Open U12B83 Sicilian
13. Wei Yi vs Zeng Chongsheng  ½-½34 2010 TCh-CHNB42 Sicilian, Kan
14. Johnatan Bakalchuk vs Wei Yi  0-155 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
15. Wei Yi vs Ghosh Diptayan  1-045 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
16. Ni Hua vs Wei Yi  1-037 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. J Duda vs Wei Yi  ½-½71 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
18. Wei Yi vs Wang Hao 0-129 2010 TCh-CHNB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
19. Wan Yunguo vs Wei Yi  1-033 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Wei Yi vs O Striechman  1-032 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
21. Wei Yi vs M Petrosyan 1-034 2010 WYCC Open U12B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
22. Wang Yue vs Wei Yi  1-027 2010 TCh-CHND30 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Wei Yi vs M Karthikeyan  1-069 2010 WYCC Open U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
24. Wei Yi vs Zhao Jun  0-163 2010 6th TCh-CHNB33 Sicilian
25. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi  ½-½58 2010 TCh-CHNB23 Sicilian, Closed
 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 166  PGN Download
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  ketchuplover: Good luck in Leon young man
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  Maatalkko: I have believed for over a year now that Wei Yi will be the one to take Carlsen's title.

Caruana is the only other one who I think can do it. Carlsen will always be the favorite in that match up, but with solid defense and superior preparation Caruana can upset him, a la Kramnik-Kasparov. However, I don't think Carlsen will increase that possibility by underestimating it.

Wei Yi is a special player. He can do it.

Jun-14-14  fgh: <Take Aronian. When he was around 18, he had a substantial drop to the lower 2500s. Only broke 2700 when he was 22.5 - and look at him now, very steady second behind Carlsen for quite some time already.>

Concerning his own improvement in his 20s, Aronian has said:

<The fact that I was late to cross the 2700-barrier can be explained by the fact that living in Armenia I didn’t have the necessary opportunities for progress, as back then flights to Europe were very expensive, and it was rare at the end of the millennium for young chess players to receive help (in the mid-90s it was incomparably better when it came to sponsorship). If I’d grown up just now then of course I wouldn’t have had such problems, and in fact it might have been the opposite, as it would make sense to move to Armenia in order to develop as a chess player. But after moving to Germany at the end of 2001 I got the opportunity to play in European tournaments, and as a result I was finally able to get down to playing and discovering my potential.> (

Jun-14-14  SirRuthless: Even so he still didn't crack 2800 until his deep 20s. My point is that exposure to elite events is important to developing as a player. There are many strong players who didn't get their shot at elite events until their 20s and are still improving. To me age does not indicate top-end success. If a player isn't playing for a WCC it does not matter if they make 2800 at 20 or 30 as long as they eventually earn a seat at that table at some point in their prime.
Jun-27-14  poorpatzer: I don't think it's unreasonable at all to predict that Yi will be the next World Chess Champion; it's just a matter of how long Carlsen can remain in such amazing form, which could be 15+ years.
Jun-29-14  jphamlore: Future World Champion? Look what's happening to him in the current tournament:

5th Danzhou Tournament (2014)

Four games, four draws.

And I have said this for a long time: The Chinese have TOO MANY players competing for too few slots in the elite events in chess. Observe they aren't giving Wei Yi any freebies. They all know Wei Yi's style and weaknesses by now.

Also it won't be long until Wei Yi will have to think about his exams for university. It is quite possible that he will do what Yifan Hou did and go to university in which case he will have no shot at making the top of the chess world for 6+ more years.

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  twinlark: Quite possibly true, but don't underestimate him. He's still the youngest person to have reached 2600.

Yifan seems to have finished her studies and is going gangbusters at the Women's Grand Prix, her live rating knocking on the door of the world's top 100. Hope she plays a lot more top flight open tournaments and repeats her Gibraltar and Reykjavik exploits against the lads.

Jun-30-14  jphamlore: I saw an interesting chart comparing ratings progess for various chess prodigies and Magnus Carlsen's had an interesting anomaly: He was the one player who had a dip in ratings in his early teens, not the supposed optimal steady ratings improvement. Looking at his games one can see why. Magnus Carlsen from the start fearlessly played any opening against the strongest competition he could find. There was a time when he was struggling and thus his ratings declined. But then he got much better and he shot past everyone.
Jul-01-14  jphamlore: This is Wei Yi's future:

5th Danzhou Tournament (2014)

Observe that Bu Xiangzhi who won the 2012 12th World University Chess Championship, is running away with the tournament. Obviously Bu Xiangzhi is a great player. But he will never be World Chess Champion.

At one time he was the youngest Chinese GM ever. Then it was Hou Yifan. But they all go to university, and then they lose the time that the Caruana's and the Carlsen's are using to reach the very top of the chess world, the only level at which it is possible to earn a decent living just playing chess.

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  twinlark: Seriously? Anyone can have a bad tournament.
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  Shams: It's like people forget how messed up being a teenager is. Some days your brain doesn't work, some days your body, some days neither.
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  Jim Bartle: <Some days your brain doesn't work, some days your body, some days neither.>

When does it stop?

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  twinlark: Spoken like someone of my venerable vintage.
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  Ke2: I have great hopes for Wei Yi after seeing original ideas this game - Wei Yi vs Lin Chen, 2014. Particularly 8. g4!
Aug-07-14  FairyPromotion: While this isn't technically an update about Wei Yi, maybe the bio should mention that Vladislav Artemiev is another GM born after 1997.
Aug-10-14  ex0duz: Does anyone know what his live rating and performance so far at the Olympiad is?

How is he going so far onto beating Carlsens record of 2700 at 16 years 7 months? Or is that even the youngest 2700'er?

Aug-14-14  FairyPromotion: <ex0duz> Wei scored 4/5 (+3 =2) in the Olympiad, which has gained him 6.8 ELO, making his live rating 2644.8.

As for breaking Carlsen's record, he has time up until <JAN 2016>, so the odds are in his favor. However it's definitely not as easy as it sounds. Each rating milestone takes much more work than the previous one. I believe 3 - 3 1/2 years is a normal time period for going from 2600+ to 2700+ on average. While some players have done it much faster (Carlsen 18 months, Giri 16, and MVL just 12 months), there are also many super talents such as Illya Nyzhnyk, or Daniil Dubov, who are stuck in lower 2600's for over 2 years now. In comparison, it took 4 years and 5 months for the previous youngest 2600, Wesley So, to get there.

Aug-14-14  fisayo123: <FairlyPromotion> Thanks for the info.
Aug-20-14  fisayo123: He just absolutely destroyed Onischuk in the Turkish Super League. This kid is ridiculous.
Aug-20-14  Refused: Wei, Yi - Onischuk, Vladimir

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Nxf6+ gxf6 6. c3 Nd7 7. g3 Nb6 8. Bg2 h5 9. Nf3 Bg4 10. h3 Be6 11. O-O Qd7 12. Kh2 O-O-O 13. a4 Bh6 14. a5 Nd5 15. c4 Nc7 16. Bxh6 Rxh6 17. Qc1 Rdh8 18. h4 Rg6 19. a6 b6 20. d5 cxd5 21. Nd4 Qd6 22. Bxd5 Bd7 23. Bb7+ Kb8 24. Rd1 Qc5 25. b4 Qxb4 26. c5 f5 27. Rb1 Qa4 28. Qb2 Nxa6 29. Bxa6 Qxa6 30. Nxf5 Rd8 31. Qe5+ Ka8 32. Qxe7 Qc8 33. Nd6 Qc7 34. cxb6 axb6 35. Rdc1 1-0

It was <just> Vladimir Onischuk, and not Alexander Oniscuk, Fisayo.

Still nice showing.

Aug-20-14  fisayo123: <Refused> And there was me thinking it was Alexander without giving the first name as much as a quick glance :)

Still, the other Onischuk is pretty strong. Vladmir is apparently a 2600-2620 GM or thereabouts, so like you said, nice showing indeed.

Aug-20-14  Refused: that why I stressed <just>

Alexander Onischuk is a GM of 2.650+, he was 2.700 (or very close to) at some point during his career I think, but that was 10 years ago or so.

Vladimir is a 2.600+ GM, he is a good deal younger than Alexander, but not as strong. Still a more than capable GM.

Aug-20-14  Nonnus: Go Wei Yi!
Aug-20-14  FairyPromotion: After 3 Rounds in Turkish League, he added 5.4 ELO to his live rating, making it <2650.2>.

He might officially pass the 2650 mark at the age of 15 years & 2 months. Wei to go!!

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  twinlark: He's basically pacing Carlsen at the same age.

Interesting factoid: his rating hasn't decreased even momentarily in the official ratings since Jan 2012, over four months before he became an IM.

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