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Current Youngest GM Record Broken In Reykjavik!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2/26/13, 11:40 AM.

Wei Yi.jpgA 13-year old Chinese player Wei Yi (pictured) has qualified to become the youngest Grandmaster in the world!

Wei Yi is currently sharing the lead at the Reykjavik Open with a score of 6½/8, which is already a strong enough performance to earn his third and final GM norm.

Since Wei Yi's current rating is 2501 Elo, he has passed the minimum rating criteria of 2500.  His latest scalp was French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in round eight in Reykjavik (see below).

At 13 years, 8 months and 23 days old, Wei Yi is currently the youngest GM (elect) in the world, and the fourth youngest player ever to become a Grandmaster!

Youngest Ever Grandmasters (source: Wikipedia)

# Name  Country  Age
1 Sergey Karjakin   Russia 12 years, 7 months, 0 days
2 Parimarjan Negi   India  13 years, 4 months, 22 days
3 Magnus Carlsen   Norway  13 years, 4 months, 27 days
4 Wei Yi  China 13 years, 8 months, 23 days
5 Bu Xiangzhi   China  13 years, 10 months, 13 days
6 Richárd Rapport   Hungary  13 years, 11 months, 6 days
7 Teimour Radjabov   Azerbaijan  14 years, 0 months, 14 days
8 Ruslan Ponomariov   Ukraine  14 years, 0 months, 17 days
9 Wesley So   Philippines  14 years, 1 month, 28 days
10 Étienne Bacrot   France  14 years, 2 months, 0 days
11 Jorge Cori   Peru  14 years, 2 months
12 Illya Nyzhnyk   Ukraine  14 years, 3 months, 2 days
13 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave   France  14 years, 4 months
14 Péter Lékó   Hungary  14 years, 4 months, 22 days
15 Hou Yifan   China  14 years, 6 months, 16 days
16 Anish Giri   Netherlands  14 years, 7 months, 2 days
17 Yuriy Kuzubov   Ukraine  14 years, 7 months, 12 days
18 Dariusz Swiercz   Poland  14 years, 7 months, 29 days
19 Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son   Vietnam  14 years, 10 months
20 Daniil Dubov   Russia  14 years, 11 months, 14 days
21 Ray Robson   United States  14 years, 11 months, 16 days
22 Fabiano Caruana   Italy  14 years, 11 months, 20 days

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13 year-old Grandmaster Wei Yi

Wei Yi Reykjavik Open 2013.jpg

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The Reykjavik Open is a 10-round Swiss competition, featuring more than 30 Grandmasters which finishes on Wednesday 27th February.  The top standings after 8 rounds are:

# Name Fed Elo Pts TB
1 Eljanov Pavel UKR 2678 6.5 38.5
2 So Wesley PHI 2684 6.5 37.5
3 Dziuba Marcin POL 2602 6.5 37.0
4 Gajewski Grzegorz POL 2644 6.5 37.0
5 Wei Yi CHN 2501 6.5 36.5
6 Ding Liren CHN 2709 6.5 36.0
7 Yu Yangyi CHN 2688 6.0 40.0
8 Giri Anish NED 2722 6.0 39.0
9 Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2709 6.0 38.0
10 Jones Gawain C B ENG 2637 6.0 37.0
11 Yilmaz Mustafa TUR 2531 6.0 37.0
12 Grandelius Nils SWE 2566 6.0 36.5
13 L'ami Erwin NED 2622 6.0 36.5
14 Navara David CZE 2710 6.0 36.0
15 Stefansson Hannes ISL 2496 6.0 34.5
16 Amin Bassem EGY 2631 6.0 34.5
17 Guramishvili Sopiko GEO 2414 6.0 34.0
18 Ipatov Alexander TUR 2569 5.5 38.5
19 Halkias Stelios GRE 2566 5.5 37.0
20 Solak Dragan TUR 2603 5.5 35.5

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Here are the Reykjavik games that have earned Wei Yi the Grandmaster title:

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Wei Yi photos via the official website. Games via TWIC.

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Comments


  • 20 months ago

    PJAJ4321

    ...

  • 20 months ago

    JBades6310

    oh okay thanks for clearing that up for me @SonofPearl

  • 20 months ago

    begentleifubeatme

    worth to be mention here is NM Norowitz Yaacov from the USA he is performing well..

  • 20 months ago

    Karsten40

    13 teen years of age not bad 

  • 20 months ago

    Campione

    Yeah the article makes perfect sense, but the headline is misleading.

  • 20 months ago

    Naraga

    Claims youngest record broken, links to wikipedia article showing 3 younger grandmasters.

     

    hmmmm

  • 20 months ago

    francis_ladu

    There are like 7-8 moves I don't understand in the last game...

  • 20 months ago

    NM Petrosianic

    This guy is for realz!  I like the way Wei plays. Innocent

  • 20 months ago

    HaydenPanettiere

    he will beat  carlsen soon Tongue Out

  • 20 months ago

    SonofPearl

    @ JBades6310 - he's the youngest GM in the world now, and the fourth youngest ever.

  • 20 months ago

    NM papapizza

    This artile means that he is the youngest Grandmaster in the world NOW.

  • 20 months ago

    OneBigPawn

    @vivinski It wasn't quite a fried liver since there was no sac on f7

  • 20 months ago

    marklimpin

    i want to see him pared against carlsen or maybe my idol caruana if he is really a big thing

  • 20 months ago

    Oraoradeki

    I tell you guys - Chess is going to be China's sport soon!

    I played chess in North America, and usually in a tournament 60~75% of the participants are CHINESE!

  • 20 months ago

    Zinsch

    The title is misleading. Since I am having a good day, I do not think that it was done on purpose.

  • 20 months ago

    julioarias

    For some reason, I always doubt chinese alleged age.  He looks 15 or 16 years old.  I am from the Dominican republic and we also have a bad reputation in that area of age on our athletes.

  • 20 months ago

    JBades6310

    I'm confused, the title says record broken, but then it says he's fourth youngest - isn't that contradictory?

  • 20 months ago

    Flitzzz

    Same opening as mine. interesting.

  • 20 months ago

    Vivinski

    wow 13, he plays interesting openings, fried liver in the game against A. van Weersel

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