GM Wei Yi

Full name
Wei Yi
Jun 2, 1999 (age 19)
Place of birth
Yancheng, Jiangsu, China

Wei Yi has broken all kinds of rating and age records throughout his lifetime. The world’s youngest Grandmaster at the moment, and one of the youngest in history, Yi is also the youngest player in history to break the 2600 rating barrier. His quick progress is apparent, earning both the International Master and Grandmaster titles in the same year. Now that his rating has peaked at it’s best, Yi is increasing it every tournament and working toward the super-Grandmaster level.

Wei Yi

Wei Yi at the Polihroniade Memorial. | Photo © Maria Emelianova/

Wei Yi first played in a FIDE tournament when he played in the Chinese Championship Group B in 2007 at the age of 8. In this tournament he actually won a game against a FIDE Master and drew a Grandmaster. In 2010 Yi won first place in the Asian Youth Championship U-12 section. Later in 2010 he won the World U-12 Championship ahead of future Grandmasters Kayden Troff and Jan-Krzysztof Duda. This championship victory earned Yi the FIDE Master title.

In 2012, Yi played in the World Junior Championship and lead the tournament at one point, eventually finishing 11th. He also played in the same World Junior Championship tournament in 2013 and finished in 7th place this time.

Yi won his International Master norms at the 2012 Aeroflot Open and Asian Continental Championship tournaments and became an International Master before he was 13 years old. His Grandmaster norms came at the 2012 World Junior Championship, 2012 Indonesia Open Championship and 2013 Reykjavik Open. Yi was the world’s youngest Grandmaster when he earned the title, being only 13 years 8 months and 23 days old.

Wei Yi at World Chess Cup 2015

Wei Yi at the 2015 World Chess Cup. | Photo © Maria Emelianova/

At the time this put him as the fourth youngest Grandmaster in history behind Sergey Karjakin, Parimarjan Negi and Magnus Carlsen.

Being considered among this elite class of names, and now with the Grandmaster title attained, Yi has been raising his rating ever since. He has recently peaked at a rating of 2728 (December 2018). 

Best Game

Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Four Knights Game (36) : C48 C47 C49 C46
Petrov's Defense (20) : C42 C43
Benoni Defense (1) : A61
Reti Opening (11) : A06 A04 A05
Queen's Gambit Declined (3) : D30
Catalan Opening (13) : E00 E06 E05 E01 E04
Slav Defense (4) : D11 D17 D16 D10
King's Indian Attack (1) : A07
Giuoco Piano Game (20) : C50 C53 C51
Pirc Defense (9) : B09 B07
Indian Game (14) : A45 A46
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (16) : A01
Queen's Pawn Opening (9) : D02 D00 A40
Caro-Kann Defense (31) : B13 B12 B19 B16 B17
King's Indian Defense (3) : E90 E61
Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D80
Alekhine Defense (5) : B04
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (2) : B06
Scandinavian Defense (9) : B01
Nimzo-Indian Defense (5) : E20 E52 E21 E39
Torre Attack (1) : A48
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
Scotch Game (1) : C45
Semi-Slav Defense (1) : D45
Lion Defense (1) : B07
Modern Defense (4) : B06
Bishop's Opening (6) : C23 C28 C26 C24
King's Pawn Opening (1) : B00
Three Knights Opening (1) : C46
Black Pieces
Reti Opening (16) : A04 A06 A05 A09
King's Indian Defense (17) : E60 E61 D70 E62
Petrov's Defense (20) : C42 C43
London System (4) : A48
Pirc Defense (1) : B07
King's Indian Attack (6) : A07
Catalan Opening (10) : E01 E06 E05 E00
Queen's Gambit Declined (37) : D30 D38 D39 D41 D51 D31
Queen's Pawn Opening (15) : D02 A41 D03
Benoni Defense (1) : A56
Giuoco Piano Game (6) : C50 C54 C53
French Defense (2) : C11 C07
Caro-Kann Defense (7) : B12 B10
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (2) : D73 D70
Torre Attack (3) : A48
Bishop's Opening (2) : C24
Slav Defense (4) : D11
Semi-Slav Defense (6) : D44 D43 D45
Modern Defense (3) : B06
Scotch Game (4) : C45
Hungarian Opening (1) : A00
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Trompowsky Attack (5) : A45
Italian Game (2) : C55
Four Knights Game (2) : C49 C47
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (3) : D71
Blumenfeld Countergambit (1) : E10
Queen's Indian Defense (2) : E15
Tarrasch Defense (3) : D34