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Wei Yi 
Wei Yi
Number of games in database: 179
Years covered: 2009 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2641 (2600 rapid, 2575 blitz)
Overall record: +69 -35 =73 (59.6%)*
   * 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 (40) 
    B90 B30 B80 B42 B31
 Four Knights (13) 
    C48 C49
 Sicilian Najdorf (12) 
    B90 B91
 French Defense (8) 
    C07 C10 C09
 French Tarrasch (6) 
    C07 C09
 Sicilian Scheveningen (5) 
    B80 B84 B83
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (36) 
    B90 B53 B92 B23 B51
 Sicilian Najdorf (14) 
    B90 B92 B97
 Nimzo Indian (9) 
    E32 E24 E46 E56 E20
 Grunfeld (9) 
    D85 D98 D91 D78 D80
 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 Shirov, 2013 1-0
   Wei Yi vs Zhou Jianchao, 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 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

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


<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 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.

Rating and Ranking

At the age of 14 years 5 months and 23 days, Wei Yi is the youngest player ever to achieve 2600.

Wei's standard rating as at 1 December 2014 is 2668, 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 #9 in China and #5 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:

Latest update 13 Dec 2014

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 179  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
 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 179  PGN Download
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Oct-20-14  fisayo123: <FairyPromotion> Thanks again, Fairy :) Yes, Teimour was quite the phenomenon in his younger years.
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  twinlark: <Just looked up. Indeed, Judit shared places 55-58 on the January 1989 FIDE list, aged 12 years and 5 months.>

In fact she has been in the top 100 for every rating list since she entered it in Jan 1989 apart from the two rating periods starting Jan 1991 and Jan 1992.

Oct-20-14  Minitray: Wei to go, young master. Keep it up.
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  twinlark: He won Zonal 3.5 and qualified for the World Cup next year. Well done.
Nov-25-14  fisayo123: I just saw him win a brilliant end game vs Lupulescu, this kid continues to amaze me. He is a really special player.

His live rating is now 2674.

Nov-25-14  fisayo123: He's the new Carlsen.
Nov-25-14  mavida: Magaling si pareng wei yi talaga
Nov-26-14  FairyPromotion: Spectacular performance by "Boy Wonder" during November. He will be 2674 on the next list, passing the youngest player rated higher than him (Artemiev) by quite a margin, and probably even entering world top 70.

BTW, can anyone find the pgn for his games in Chinese League, especially his win against Laznicka. If someone can post it here, it will be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance! :)

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He's more or less tracking Carlsen's development curve, in ratings if not in rankings. If he can hit world #20 by his 16th birthday, he will be outstripping Carlsen at the equivalent stage of development.

Carlsen just before his 16th birthday; rated 2698 ranked #21 (Oct 2006)

These days 2698 is ranked #46.

#20 currently stands at 2731.

Nov-29-14  fisayo123: <twinlark> There are way more players in the top 40 now than back then, so it's harder for Wei Yi to achieve that in 2014
Nov-29-14  Troller: <fisayo123: <twinlark> There are way more players in the top 40 now than back then, so it's harder for Wei Yi to achieve that in 2014>

Yes, nowadays the top 40 has at least 200 players, whereas there were only 40 back then :)

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  moronovich: Yes,and today there are at least 30 players in the top 10 ! :)
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  alexmagnus: Well, the meaning of 2800 f.x. didn't change that much. Okay, Carlsen is far above it, but the rest of the pack...

The first Elo list with three 2800 players was July 2010, the first one with four was November 2011, the last one with no 2800 players at all was January 2009.

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  alexmagnus: And in October 2006 (the list on which Carlsen was #21) there was one 2800 - Topalov at 2813.
Nov-29-14  FairyPromotion: Lol, <Troller> I immediately noticed that as well. but I think what <fisayo> literally mean't to type was "There are way more <2700> players in the top 40 now."

Which is completely true. Yes, it is partly due to inflation, but at the same time the game is now broader than ever. I remember at one point in the live ratings 16 different countries were represented in the top 20. So, (as I previously mentioned in this thread) while breaking rating related records is easier now, breaking ranking related records is considerably more difficult.

In fact Carlsen is not even the youngest ever to enter Top 20. He was #21 in October 2006 list, but had to wait till July 2007 to officially enter it. Gata Kamsky might be the record holder. He is the youngest to enter top 10 (at #8), only a month after his 16th birthday.

Nov-29-14  fgh: <Gata Kamsky might be the record holder. He is the youngest to enter top 10 (at #8), only a month after his 16th birthday.>

I don't understand how he got such a high ranking at such an early age. Chessmetrics gives a different idea of his progress:

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  alexmagnus: <while breaking rating related records is easier now>

I already mentioned one still unbroken ancient age-and-rating related record: Judit Polgar getting to 2555 at the age of... 12. In 1989!

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  alexmagnus: <I don't understand how he got such a high ranking at such an early age. >

Kamsky profited from long rating periods and high activity. Unlike the Polgar record I mentioned, Kamsky couldn't successfully "defend" his rating and ranking after gaining it.

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  twinlark: <Gata Kamsky might be the record holder. He is the youngest to enter top 10 (at #8), only a month after his 16th birthday.>

Before he even had his GM title!

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  alexmagnus: <Before he even had his GM title!>

... because he had only 2510 on the list before. And 2345 two lists before thar list. That is, he came from <below top 1000> (that 2345 rating gave him a ranking of 1588 shared) into top 10 in 1 year.

Dec-03-14  FairyPromotion: < alexmagnus: I already mentioned one still unbroken ancient age-and-rating related record: Judit Polgar getting to 2555 at the age of... 12. In 1989!>

I agree. I merely said it was more difficult, which just makes Polgar's achievement that much more impressive to me. However,...

<alexmagnus: Kamsky couldn't successfully "defend" his rating and ranking after gaining it.>

I think this statement is a bit unfair. Yes, Gata lost some rating points in the following lists, but that wasn't a drastic decrease. "Defending" your rating/ranking is much more difficult once you are in the top 10. He eventually made up for them, and was a standard member of top 10 before his '96 retirement.

P.S.: All of this was mentioned, but let me summarize: According to his player page Kamsky is:
The youngest player to enter the Top 10.
The only player to enter Top 10, while not being in top 100 in the previous list. The only player to enter the Top 10, before becoming a GM.

Dec-03-14  Troller: Kamsky played his first major invitational in Tilburg 1990 and doubtlessly many expected him to crash. Instead he shared first with Ivanchuk; although he clearly benefited from the rating calculations when entering the top-10, he most certainly was not a fluke. Once he matured, he played very well in the last "classical" WC qualifiers for the 1995/96 matches. In the PCA cycle he demolished Kramnik and Short (4½-1½ and 5½-1½ respectively) before losing against Anand in the final. In the FIDE cycle he got his revenge against Anand and qualified for the WC match against Karpov. His result in his first WC match against Karpov was not worse for the first 20 games than Kasparov's were in 1984 when he had the same age. It is not unthinkable that Gata could have gained the (or "one of the") title at some point, had he not discontinued his chess career after the Karpov match.

BTW, I believe Ponomariov reached 2550 at age 12, but that is still a notch below Judit.

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  alexmagnus: <BTW, I believe Ponomariov reached 2550 at age 12, but that is still a notch below Judit.>

Pono was 2550 on the July 1996 list (aged 12 years and almost 7 months - from 2350 on the list before!), and 2565 on the January 1997 list (aged 13+), so he surpised Judit's best 12-year-old rating only at 13.

Dec-04-14  FairyPromotion: List of participants in the Tata Steel 2015, Challengers Group came out today:

I really like the roster, and am particularly glad to see Wei there. He is the second highest rated in the field (after GM Navara), so he should try his best to win this, especially since a first place finish guarantees participation in the Masters Group the following year.

Navara, Gunina, Salem, and Shankland are also very exciting players that I like to follow, thus I'm expecting some great games.

Dec-04-14  fisayo123: Awwww, so no more Corus C it seems. It's now the main tournament and challengers tournament.
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