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Wei Yi 
 
Wei Yi
Number of games in database: 243
Years covered: 2009 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2724 (2600 rapid, 2588 blitz)
Overall record: +96 -39 =96 (62.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      12 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (49) 
    B90 B30 B42 B40 B80
 Four Knights (17) 
    C48 C49
 Sicilian Najdorf (14) 
    B90 B91 B96
 French Defense (11) 
    C07 C10 C03 C11 C09
 Caro-Kann (10) 
    B12 B18 B17 B16
 French Tarrasch (8) 
    C07 C03 C09
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (44) 
    B90 B53 B51 B52 B92
 Grunfeld (23) 
    D85 D91 D71 D78 D73
 Sicilian Najdorf (17) 
    B90 B92 B97
 Nimzo Indian (11) 
    E32 E24 E52 E46 E56
 English (9) 
    A15 A18 A17 A14 A10
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A46 A45
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Wei Yi vs A Haast, 2015 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Shirov, 2013 1-0
   Wei Yi vs L Bruzon Batista, 2015 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Ding Liren, 2015 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 M Kanarek, 2013 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Lu Shanglei, 2014 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Team Championship (2015)
   Chinese Championship (2015)
   Tata Steel Group B (2015)
   World Junior Championship (2014)
   4th Danzhou Tournament (2013)
   World Junior Championship (2013)
   Reykjavik Open (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   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)

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

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WEI YI
(born Jun-02-1999, 16 years old) China
PRONUNCIATION:
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FM (2010); IM (2012); GM (2013); Asian U12 Champion (2010); World U12 Champion (2010); Chinese Champion (2015).

Background

Born in Jiangsu province (Yancheng County), Wei Yi was the world's youngest GM when he gained 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 the youngest player to reach 2600 and the youngest to reach 2700.

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).

Championships

<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 Fan Chen 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 Kaiqi Yang 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).

In May 2015, 15 year old Wei Yi broke through to win the Chinese Championship outright, half a point ahead of favourite, Ding Liren.

<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. 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 2015 in his own right, a result that propelled him to 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. In 2015, he is again playing top board for Jiangsu.

In March 2015, he played for the Chinese team that defeated India in its summit match that was held in Hyderabad. His best team result to date was a brilliant effort on board 4 at the FIDE World Team Championship (2015) to win individual gold for his board and was instrumental in China winning the team 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. 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, and qualifying him for the A Group next year. He scored 7.5/10 at Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) to place =3rd, a point behind the winner Hikaru Nakamura and half a point behind runner-up David Howell.

Rapid

Wei Yi defeated David Anton Guijarro by 2.5-1.5 (+1 =3) to qualify for the final of the annual 4-player 28th Leon Rapid (2015) knockout event. There he met Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, whom he also defeated by the same margin to claim the prize.

Rating and Ranking

Wei Yi entered the world's top 100 in December 2014. At the age of 14 years 5 months and 23 days, he 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 but had to wait until 1 March 2015 before he officially crossed into a 2700+ rating. At the age of 15 years and 9 months, he is the youngest player ever to do so.

Comparison with Carlsen

Wei's highest rating and ranking to date are 2721 and #30 respectively, as of 1 June 2015, the day before his 16th birthday. At the closest equivalent stage of his development, Carlsen was rated 2690 and rated #24 in the world in January 2007, a month after his 16th birthday, although he had been rated #21 in the previous rating period commencing 1 October 2006.

Sources and References

(1) Wei Yi's birthday was found at http://ratings.fide.com/toparc.phtm...; (2) Interview at http://www.reykjavikopen.com/wei-yi...; (3) An image of these three players on the podium can be found here: http://www.chessbase.com/news/2010/...; (4) http://superlig2014.tsf.org.tr/tr/c...

Interview and article dated 7 March 2013 by Alina L'Ami: http://en.chessbase.com/Home/TabId/...; Article about Wei Yi reaching 2600: http://chessbase.com/post/wei-yi--y...

Live ratings: http://www.2700chess.com/

Latest update 15 June 2015


 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 244  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. Wei Yi vs O Striechman  1-032 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
5. Wei Yi vs M Petrosyan 1-034 2010 WYCC Open U12B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
6. Wang Yue vs Wei Yi  1-027 2010 TCh-CHND30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Wei Yi vs M Karthikeyan  1-069 2010 WYCC Open U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
8. Wei Yi vs Zhao Jun  0-163 2010 6th TCh-CHNB33 Sicilian
9. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi  ½-½58 2010 TCh-CHNB23 Sicilian, Closed
10. K W Troff vs Wei Yi 0-140 2010 WYCC Open U12E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
11. Ding Liren vs Wei Yi 1-038 2010 6th TCh-CHND34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
12. M Abramciuc vs Wei Yi  0-154 2010 WYCC Open U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
13. Motylev vs Wei Yi  1-043 2010 TCh-CHNB53 Sicilian
14. Joshua Colas vs Wei Yi 0-158 2010 WYCC Open U12D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Wei Yi vs Ni Hua 1-030 2010 TCh-CHNC48 Four Knights
16. Wei Yi vs Yi Xu  ½-½39 2010 WYCC Open U12B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
17. Liang Jinrong vs Wei Yi  1-039 2010 TCh-CHNB54 Sicilian
18. Wei Yi vs V Tatekhin  ½-½44 2010 WYCC Open U12B83 Sicilian
19. Wei Yi vs Zeng Chongsheng  ½-½34 2010 TCh-CHNB42 Sicilian, Kan
20. Johnatan Bakalchuk vs Wei Yi  0-155 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
21. Wei Yi vs Ghosh Diptayan  1-045 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
22. Ni Hua vs Wei Yi  1-037 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. J Duda vs Wei Yi  ½-½71 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
24. Wei Yi vs Wang Hao 0-129 2010 TCh-CHNB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
25. Wan Yunguo vs Wei Yi  1-033 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 244  PGN Download
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Jul-03-15  NightKnight: About time more people recognize this kid, once again, geez he is approaching top 25 in the world anyways ;-)

Chesswize there is just no doubt he will play one day in world championship match.

Btw. he still has World Cup ahead. Almost 2 years ago it became clear at the very same event he is no joke, especially as his compatriots told he was back then as 14-year old way underrated, even playing on 2700 level during some of the games back then...

Carlsen knows next match is really just a warmup for the coming clash.

Jul-03-15  NightKnight: Wow, that game really took breath away. Stunning, truly.. he was just down a rook and bishop, for long time, still black was helpless. Absolute gem! Also nicely fitting to his personality, so freakishly calm. Morphy-like indeed.
Jul-03-15  Strongest Force: Wei will be like kryptonite to "superman-Carlsen".
Jul-03-15  NightKnight: Exactly! Magnus better make sure their match(es) won´t be played in Norway. ;-)

What is also to be said, is that young generation of supertalent (Nakamura, Caruana, Giri, So) better grab their chances while they can. During the 80s not too many people played in the WC-matches, who knows.

Jul-03-15  NightKnight: Here is the Chinakid`s latest masterpiece game shown by GM Simon Williams:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyA...

Jul-03-15  john barleycorn: A really brilliant game just a pity that Williams uses 75% of the time to show off as an unsuccessful comedian. Very disrespectful for such a beauty to be commented so flippantly. Imo.
Jul-03-15  hedgeh0g: If Carlsen is the new Karpov, then perhaps Wei Yi is the new Kasparov!

Obviously, it's still too early to tell, but if he continues his spectacular ascendance, who knows what he can accomplish.

As far as I'm aware, the venue for the 2016 Candidates tournament is yet to be determined. Imagine if China ended up hosting it and added Wei Yi as the wildcard. Sury that would make him the youngest World Championship Candidate in history.

Jul-03-15  schweigzwang: Ever heard of Bobby Fischer? He was 16 yr 6 mo when the 1959 Yugoslavia Candidates began. I think Wei Yi would just miss that record by a few months if March is when the 2016 Candidates is played.
Jul-03-15  1 2 3 4: <hedgeh0g> No. Bobby Fischer was younger. Although it would be nice to see someone nearly as young play in the Candidates.
Jul-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  MarkFinan: <<john barleycorn: A really brilliant game just a pity that Williams uses 75% of the time to show off as an unsuccessful comedian. Very disrespectful for such a beauty to be commented so flippantly. Imo.>>

I kind of agree with that. He's about as funny as toothache but I don't think he's been disrespectful. I just watched his video, I gave him a like but I think I prefer Kingscrusher's videos. And I've been back over the game and I'm more impressed now than I was after my first look at it. This kid really is a special player, I know all you guys have probably known about this kid since he was 9 but I only became aware of him a year or so back when he played <another> mini classic, I think that was some kinda Sicilian opening too. If he keeps improving it's only a matter of time before he gets a shot at the WCC, I'd say within 5 years. He's obviously very special.

Jul-04-15  EfrainG: He's the new kid in town.
Jul-04-15  Strongest Force: <Schweig>, Fischer was a candidate at age 15. No youngster will ever beat that...but then you never know. On his way back from that interzonal, 15-year-old Bobby stopped-over in the strongest Moscow club to play blitz with another future world champ; pictures of Fischer playing Petronsian are well known.
Jul-04-15  TheFocus: Actually, it was on his way TO the Interzonal, not after it that he played against Petrosianic.
Jul-04-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: <Fischer was a candidate at age 15. No youngster will ever beat that...>

Carlsen qualified to the Candidates at 15. But the Candidates themselves were played only two years later.

Jul-04-15
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  MarkFinan: https://chess24.com/en/read/news/we...
Jul-04-15  ketchuplover: Unfortunately he forgot to save some brilliance for his next encounter
Jul-04-15
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  keypusher: <ketchuplover: Unfortunately he forgot to save some brilliance for his next encounter>

Seriously? We'll be looking at the Bruzon game for decades. No one will ever care, or remember, that Wei Yi lost the next game.

Jul-05-15  toyosaki: Seriously, this kid far exceed what Magnus accomplished at the same age by 10 long miles. Given the same treatment Magnus had, Wei Yi will be a champion in no time, breaking all records left and right. Too bad he need to find a rich uncle.
Jul-05-15  FairyPromotion: <toyosaki: Seriously, this kid far exceed what Magnus accomplished at the same age by 10 long miles. Given the same treatment Magnus had, Wei Yi will be a champion in no time, breaking all records left and right. Too bad he need to find a rich uncle.>

As a Wei Yi fan, as well as a (generally) non-Carlsen fan, I would kindly ask you to shut the F up! The very last thing we need here is belittling other player's achievements, especially that of the world champion, world #1, and the highest rated player of all times. Thanks in advance!

Jul-05-15  fisayo123: <FairyPromotion> Yeah, that nonsense should be left in the Wesley So thread.
Jul-05-15  cro777: <hedgeh0g: If Carlsen is the new Karpov, then perhaps Wei Yi is the new Kasparov!>

He admires Kasparov and Carlsen.

Wei Yi (in an interview to WGM Jilin Zhang) said that they were his idols:

"Kasparov's tactics are wonderfully artistic in a natural way, while Carlsen excels in handling strategic positions."

Jul-05-15  lakshashishu: < hedgeh0g: If Carlsen is the new Karpov, then perhaps Wei Yi is the new Kasparov! > That would make Anand new Korchnoi.
Jul-05-15  nok: <the highest rated player of all times> Except this means nothing. Ratings compare players in a given pool.
Jul-05-15  soughzin: Is he eligible for the wildcard? I heard that you have to be at 2725+ by July 1. He peaked at 2729 I think, but fell below this and is currently at 2724 I believe.
Jul-05-15  fisayo123: Even if he was available, no way he will be the wildcard.
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