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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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (35) 
    B90 B30 B80 B42 B78
 Four Knights (13) 
    C48 C49
 Sicilian Najdorf (11) 
    B90
 French Defense (6) 
    C07 C10
 Sicilian Scheveningen (5) 
    B80 B84 B83
 French Tarrasch (4) 
    C07
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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WEI YI
(born Jun-02-1999) China

[what is this?]
FM (2010); IM (2012); GM (2013); Asian U12 Champion (2010); World U12 Champion (2010).

Background

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).

Championships

<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 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/...

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...


 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 145  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. M Abramciuc vs Wei Yi  0-154 2010 WYCC Open U12B23 Sicilian, Closed
5. Motylev vs Wei Yi  1-043 2010 TCh-CHNB53 Sicilian
6. Joshua Colas vs Wei Yi  0-158 2010 WYCC Open U12D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Wei Yi vs Ni Hua 1-030 2010 TCh-CHNC48 Four Knights
8. Wei Yi vs Yi Xu  ½-½39 2010 WYCC Open U12B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
9. Liang Jinrong vs Wei Yi  1-039 2010 TCh-CHNB54 Sicilian
10. Wei Yi vs V Tatekhin  ½-½44 2010 WYCC Open U12B83 Sicilian
11. Wei Yi vs Zeng Chongsheng  ½-½34 2010 TCh-CHNB42 Sicilian, Kan
12. Johnatan Bakalchuk vs Wei Yi  0-155 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
13. Wei Yi vs Ghosh Diptayan  1-045 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
14. Ni Hua vs Wei Yi  1-037 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. J Duda vs Wei Yi  ½-½71 2010 WYCC Open U12B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
16. Wei Yi vs Wang Hao 0-129 2010 TCh-CHNB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
17. Wan Yunguo vs Wei Yi  1-033 2010 TCh-CHNB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Wei Yi vs Orri Striechman  1-032 2010 WYCC Open U12C49 Four Knights
19. Wei Yi vs M Petrosyan 1-034 2010 WYCC Open U12B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
20. Wang Yue vs Wei Yi  1-027 2010 TCh-CHND30 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Wei Yi vs M Karthikeyan  1-069 2010 WYCC Open U12B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
22. Wei Yi vs Zhao Jun  0-163 2010 6th TCh-CHNB33 Sicilian
23. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi  ½-½58 2010 TCh-CHNB23 Sicilian, Closed
24. K W Troff vs Wei Yi 0-140 2010 WYCC Open U12E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
25. Ding Liren vs Wei Yi 1-038 2010 6th TCh-CHND34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 145  PGN Download
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Oct-15-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: Reckon this little dynamo will be a GM before he's 15. He seems to absolutely relish every opportunity to take on GMs.
Oct-15-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: Wei Yi's greatest game..

Wei Yi vs Ni Hua, 2010

Oct-15-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: Sounds funny taking about a 12 year old's greatest game, but it is an excellent display by the youngster.
Feb-16-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: Still improving: 2551 performance and IM norm in Aeroflot Open 2012.
Feb-16-12  Penguincw: Amazing young man. May only be a FIDE master, but still won a IM norm. In fact, his performance was so good, that if he were a IM, it would almost be good to earn a GM norm!
Aug-03-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: 2/2 at the <2012 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP>, having just beaten 2600-rated Richard Rapport with Black(!) in Round 2.

http://chessbomb.com/o/2012-wjcc/02...

http://chess-results.com/tnr76324.a...

Aug-12-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: Wei's lost a couple of games in the first 9 rounds, but he's earned an IM/GM norm with 6/9 (TPR over 2600). So now he's the world's youngest IM and has a GM norm to boot, at the age of approximately 13 years and 4 months.
Oct-18-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: Wei Yi has earned his 2nd GM norm at the Indonesian Open. If chessbookie were offering odds, I'd bet he gains his GM title before he turns 14.
Dec-26-12  Blunderdome: OK, 13 years old, rated 2485? Time to get on the bandwagon, kids. Carlsen's WC opponent in 2024.
Dec-26-12  Blunderdome: R Rapport vs Wei Yi, 2012
Jan-22-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Maatalkko: This future World Championship contender has had terrific success playing the Four Knights against GM opposition. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
Jan-22-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: He'll be playing in the Reykjavik Open and for a chance at his 3rd GM norm, before he turns 14.
Jan-23-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Maatalkko: <twinlark> Sweet, that's a great opportunity for him. In 2012, he defeated Zhigalko, Balogh, Rapport, Krasenkow, and Fedorchuk; all of those are well established 2600+ GMs. He probably isn't yet ready to contend for first in a tournament like Reykjavik, but he is a real threat to any player there and should earn his GM title if he's on form.
Jan-23-13  nok: To you, Herr Carlsen, I have two words to say.
<Hurry up.>
Feb-25-13  mini cooper s: Congratulation!!! for defeating MVL.
Feb-25-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: I wonder who the youngest player to ever beat a 2700 (in a classical game) is. Carlsen got his first 2700 scalp at 14 (Shirov). Must look up some other chess prodigies (and not-so prodigious players).
Feb-25-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: <alexmagnus: I wonder who the youngest player to ever beat a 2700 (in a classical game) is. Carlsen got his first 2700 scalp at 14 (Shirov). Must look up some other chess prodigies (and not-so prodigious players).>

Good point.

13 and beating a 2700 (MVL). Very impressive.

Feb-25-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: No record for Wei - Karjakin beat his first 2700 at 13 years, 4 months and 26 days (which is, curiously, one day off the age Carlsen became GM). And I'm not even sure <this> is the record.
Feb-25-13  geniokov: How i wish if Magnus Carlsen and this Wei Yi will meet at World Chess Cup,if he will be the choice of Fide....
Feb-25-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: <geniokov: How i wish if Magnus Carlsen and this Wei Yi will meet at World Chess Cup,if he will be the choice of Fide....>

If he wins Reykjavik, he might get that wildcard spot.

Feb-25-13  geniokov: Well,Its not too far to happen? The one who has an Elo of 2872 (highest) will always meet the lowest (2501) at pairings!Not because of winning this Reykjavik but continue to impressed Fide!
Feb-25-13  geniokov: Definitely,this Wei Yis win against MVL will create an issue at the top.(Fide,Elite or even in 2700chess.com)
Feb-25-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: Carlsen very unlikely to play in the World Cup.
Feb-25-13  geniokov: If Carlsen,being the highest rated chessplayers in the world has the right to "decline or accept" invitations of every exclusive tournament?<twinlark>
Feb-25-13  geniokov: Whos the strongest player to consider in the world? The one who has 2872 rating? Or the one who is the World Champion? Who gain respect to claim as the "strongest" or the "best"? Isnt it funny?
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