Wei Yi 
Wei Yi
Number of games in database: 145
Years covered: 2009 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2625
Overall record: +55 -32 =56 (58.0%)*
   * 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 (35) 
    B90 B30 B80 B42 B78
 Four Knights (13) 
    C48 C49
 Sicilian Najdorf (11) 
 French Defense (6) 
    C07 C10
 Sicilian Scheveningen (5) 
    B80 B84 B83
 French Tarrasch (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (29) 
    B90 B92 B23 B97 B53
 Sicilian Najdorf (14) 
    B90 B92 B97
 Nimzo Indian (9) 
    E32 E24 E46 E56 E20
 Queen's Gambit Declined (6) 
    D38 D31 D30
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A46 A45
 Grunfeld (5) 
    D85 D78 D80
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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
   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 M Zvarik, 2014 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Zeng Chongsheng, 2014 1-0

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

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(born Jun-02-1999) 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 the 2nd born after 1997 (the other being Jan-Krzysztof Duda). Furthermore, he is the only GM in the world who is under 15 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

<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 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.

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.

Rating and Ranking

Wei's standard rating as at 1 March 2014 is 2625, and he is the youngest player ever to achieve 2600. He is ranked as the #1 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 2579, while his blitz rating is 2558.

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 6; games 1-25 of 145  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi ½-½61 2009 XingQiu OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. Wei Yi vs Lou Yiping  ½-½49 2009 XingQiu OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
3. Wei Yi vs Qun Ma  ½-½39 2009 XingQiu OpenB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
4. Wei Yi vs Ni Hua 1-030 2010 TCh-CHNC48 Four Knights
5. Wei Yi vs Yi Xu  ½-½39 2010 WYCC Open U12B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
6. Liang Jinrong vs Wei Yi  1-039 2010 TCh-CHNB54 Sicilian
7. Wei Yi vs V Tatekhin  ½-½44 2010 WYCC Open U12B83 Sicilian
8. Wei Yi vs Zeng Chongsheng  ½-½34 2010 TCh-CHNB42 Sicilian, Kan
9. Johnatan Bakalchuk vs Wei Yi  0-155 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
10. Wei Yi vs Ghosh Diptayan  1-045 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
11. Ni Hua vs Wei Yi  1-037 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. J Duda vs Wei Yi  ½-½71 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
13. Wei Yi vs Wang Hao 0-129 2010 TCh-CHNB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
14. Wan Yunguo vs Wei Yi  1-033 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Wei Yi vs Orri Striechman  1-032 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
16. Wei Yi vs M Petrosyan 1-034 2010 WYCC Open U12B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
17. Wang Yue vs Wei Yi  1-027 2010 TCh-CHND30 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Wei Yi vs M Karthikeyan  1-069 2010 WYCC Open U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
19. Wei Yi vs Zhao Jun  0-163 2010 6th TCh-CHNB33 Sicilian
20. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi  ½-½58 2010 TCh-CHNB23 Sicilian, Closed
21. K W Troff vs Wei Yi 0-140 2010 WYCC Open U12E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
22. Ding Liren vs Wei Yi 1-038 2010 6th TCh-CHND34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. M Abramciuc vs Wei Yi  0-154 2010 WYCC Open U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
24. Motylev vs Wei Yi  1-043 2010 TCh-CHNB53 Sicilian
25. Joshua Colas vs Wei Yi  0-158 2010 WYCC Open U12D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 145  PGN Download
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Jan-01-14  SoUnwiseTheKnight B4:
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  Richard Taylor: Surely people on here aren't thinking that I idly jest? God forfend!
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  twinlark: <Richard>

You write with a poker face, until you reveal your hand that is.

On a serious note, generally the players themselves will be very sensitive to the possibility of one their colleagues cheating. Suspicions about excellent results are unnecessary in the absence of stated player disquiet.

We'll also see what FIDE will enact later this year to deal with the Ivanovs of the world following the recommendations of the joint FIDE-PCA anti-cheating committee .

People are a bit gaga over this kid reaching 2600 at such an early age, but the lad hasn't even come close to hitting the top 100 yet and he's coming up to 15. It's worth remembering that Judit Polgar hit the top 100 with a bullet, going straight to #55 when she was 12 years old, rated 2555.

Such things happen.

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  OBIT: X-ray images have revealed microscopic nanobots in Wei Yi's cerebral cortex. These nanobots communicate via wireless stimuli with a chess engine, believed to be Rybka, which translate move recommendations to neural impulses. Wei Yi's brain has been attuned to ascertain the chess engine's recommendations from these neural impulses.

It would be unfair to say Wei Yi is cheating. He is only the poor young boy who was chosen for a heinous experiment to augment a human brain with computer-like analytic potential. Those Chinese scientists are pure evil.

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  twinlark: Fu Manchu lives!
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  twinlark: Incidentally, he just came =1st in the NAO in Vegas, and is playing in the Bay Area International starting today.
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  Richard Taylor: <OBIT> Of course! It is Fu himself!! The Evil One!

Seriously though: I was thinking of ways I could cheat myself. I know that in the US Open at least one participant was accused and indeed thrown out for cheating.

I wonder when it will happen though?

But is chess nearly finished as the game we know it - look at the damage FIDE have done with their endlessly stupid rules about arriving on time and even drug testing etc etc talk of abolishing the 50 move rules and draw offers? All for image. Image. [And Image becomes Cash].

All of these "improvements" are part of the reason I actively discourage young people - whenever I can - from playing chess.

People often ask me why I play chess. They see my son and I playing over games in coffee bars or by the river or wherever...but that is great. What is more problematic is why I PLAY chess, and can play be the word. I am addicted to chess, I don't play (no one plays chess): Play is fun, addiction is a kind of hell.

It is not a game I would want any young person to pursue. (I actively discourage anyone who asks me, from playing chess, I warn them against the game as if I was advising them not to smoke). (I especially discourage young couples from letting their children learn chess). Chess is a terrible waste of human capacity and life I tell them and others; indeed, it, It is Unlife. Art, gardening, science, truck-driving, anything as long as a life is full of experience. Chess is an addiction as bad as any caused by alcohol of an illegal drug.

It is also a cruel & heartless game, played mostly by maniacs (and I am one or close to being one): like poetry it makes nothing happen (to somewhat quote Auden), and yet poetry and even computer logic or working as tradesman or anything in fact, is life enhancing, expanding as in engaging with life either imaginatively or in "actuality" we live and go beyond our living even indeed in times of extremis. Purdy only began to live in extremis, when he began - while playing his last game of chess (that meaningless game of symbols) to die terribly but excitingly like someone in a novel by Pasternak or Nabokov of a heart attack. Alekhine when he hurled himself from a seedy Corsican hotel to his ignonimous death after spending years working for Nazism with his flowery anti-Semitic speeches. It was in that sudden moment of his histrionic demise that he lived. Carlsen has not yet lived as chess is too easy for him...

Chess is a duel to the death (but a symbolic and psychological (if not a psychotic) death - either you win and your opponent loses and dies in spirit, hence he or she feels a terrible, aching despair: or you who lose suffer. A draw is Purgatory.

The crushed mind weeps forever in the theoretical Russian illimitable.

But all chess games should be draws by the laws of chess. No one should be permitted to win or lose.

And yet there are fleeting moments of enlightenment when a piece appears from nowhere to paralyze a King in a beautiful thrusting finish: the exquisite logic-play of a kind of mathematical and poetic the player is addicted, caught, like a gambler; as chess is an endless gamble as hopeless and wonderful and as stupid and as logical as geometry or life itself.

Thus we should only wish those well who are doing terribly at chess: who are failing, for by failing we grow...

{It was at this point that the manuscript broke off and the rest, Pearson found was illegible if not unreadable...

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  Richard Taylor: I've been playing over Yi's games and he is a feisty little focker! Some excellent games - maybe he will be Carlsen's Nemesis!
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  twinlark: <Richard>

At an interview at the World Cup, Wang Hao said that the lad was generally considered to be round 2700 in real playing strength by his peers. I notice his losses tend to happen when he gets over-aggressive. He already seems to be curbing that tendency.

Jan-09-14  akinov: Please, has Wei Yi ever played any other first move other than 1.e4?? i believe almost all of his games with white starts with e4. true or false?
Jan-28-14  zoren: Hope he makes a splash in Gibraltar!
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  ketchuplover: Down goes Wei Yi :(
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  KKDEREK: Nice tourney overall for Wei. 7.0/10
He will chunk a couple of rating points.
Does anyone knows his live rating?
Feb-06-14  fgh: According to my calculations (which may be flawed), Wei Yi has gained 3 ELO points in Gibraltar.
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  soldal: The computer says 7.

Feb-06-14  fgh: Maybe my numbers got skewed because I relied on ratings from February 2014, rather than January 2014.
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  twinlark: Wei Yi's January rating of 2607 is being used as the basis of calculation as Gibraltar started in January, and they don't amend rating calculations mid-tournament.

This also happens with leagues where the rating that a player starts with is used for all subsequent calculations, sometimes months later, until the results have been officially reported to FIDE, whereupon the latest official rating before the next game is used unless not all games are reported. The Chinese are apt to do this for some reason.

In Wei Yi's case, his live rating is 2618+7.2 gained from Gibraltar, the 2618 being his "live rating" when he started Gibraltar and now his official February rating, while 7.2 is the amount he gained in the event.

His live rating is therefore 2625.2 which would roughly transpose into something like #160 in the world if that were he official rating.

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  KKDEREK: thanks <twinlark> Great , about 2630, sounds great anyway. Next year can be his great breakthrough.
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  twinlark: <KKDEREK> 2625, not 2630.
Feb-11-14  Whitehat1963: Does this 14-year-old have what it takes to break into the world's top 10 one day?
Feb-12-14  fgh: <Whitehat1963: Does this 14-year-old have what it takes to break into the world's top 10 one day?>


Carlsen was 15 years and 1 month old when he entered the FIDE top 100; he was #89 in the world at that time. Carlsen's birthday is on 30 November, while Wei Yi's is on 2 June. Since the difference of a few days is negligible, let's just state that <2 June = 31 May>. Thus we might say that to equal Carlsen's progress, Wei Yi would need to be #89 in the world on the June 2014 list. Currently, he is 40 points behind Ni Hua, who is ranked #89 in the world.

Feb-12-14  Whitehat1963: In other words, yes? I think so, too. But we can never know how a young player will progress. Sometimes they burn out. Sometimes they just fail to progress for whatever reasons. We'll see.
Mar-24-14  Whitehat1963: Will Wei Yi be the guy who takes away Magnus Carlsen's World Chess Championship title?
Mar-31-14  fgh: New rating: 2629.
Apr-01-14  jphamlore: At age 14, Magnus Carlsen was comfortably playing almost every standard opening under the sun. Meanwhile Wei Yi opens 1. e4 almost exclusively and when faced with 1. .. e5 often resorts to the Four Knights or even the Bishop's Opening.

What started out as reasonable development of Wei Yi is turning into a farce. Unless Wei Yi's handlers pay for someone the caliber of Kasparov to train him and soon, he's going to flame out like all the other Chinese phenoms.

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