Wei Yi has become the youngest GM in the world

3/1/2013 –  After seven rounds he was in the follow-up group with 5.5 points, and in round eight he faced former child prodigy Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, now 22 and rated 2715. The French GM played an attacking game, but faced an ice-cold defence and some nice tactics by the Chinese IM, who won and secured his final GM norm – at the age of 13 years, 8 months and 23 days.

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Wei Yi has become the youngest GM in the world

The 13-year-old Chinese IM, with two GM norms already under his belt, had 5.5/7 points in the Reykjavik Open. In round eight he faced a formidable opponent, Super-GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who back in 2005 had become one of the youngest grandmasters in the world at an age of 14 years and four months. Maxime was out for blood against his young and presumably inexperienced opponent. This is how the game went:

[Event "Reykjavik Open 2013"] [Site "Reykjavik ISL"] [Date "2013.02.25"] [Round "8"] [White "Wei Yi"] [Black "Vachier Lagrave, M."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B30"] [WhiteElo "2501"] [BlackElo "2715"] [PlyCount "65"] [EventDate "2013.02.19"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. O-O Bd7 5. Re1 Nf6 6. c3 a6 7. Bf1 Bg4 8. d4 cxd4 9. cxd4 e5 10. d5 Nd4 11. Be3 Nxf3+ 12. gxf3 Bd7 13. a4 Nh5 $146 14. Qb3 g5 $6 15. Qxb7 $1 {It takes courage to play this against a 2715 Super-GM.} Rg8 16. Nd2 g4 17. fxg4 {The French GM, himself a former child prodigy, has sacrificed two pawns for the attack. He is determined to roll over his 13-year-old opponent.} Rb8 18. Qxa6 Rxg4+ 19. Kh1 f5 {Make or break play by Vachier-Lagrave.} 20. exf5 Rxb2 21. Be2 Nf6 22. Nc4 Rxe2 {Looks like break. The two pawns were not enough, Vachier now throws an exchange (for a pawn) into the basket.} 23. Rxe2 Bxf5 24. f3 Rg6 25. Rg1 Kf7 26. Rxg6 hxg6 27. Bg5 Be7 28. Bxf6 $1 Kxf6 29. Nxe5 {Level-headed defence, trading down and some nice tactics have brought victory and the final GM norm into grasp.} Qb8 30. Ng4+ Kg5 31. Rxe7 Qb1+ 32. Kg2 Bd3 33. Qa7 (33. Qa7 Qf1+ 34. Kg3 {and Black cannot defend against the threat of Qe3+ with mate to follow.}) 1-0

The top standings after round eight are now as follows:

Rk.
Title
Name
FED
RtgI
Pts.
Rp
rtg+/-
1
GM
Eljanov Pavel
UKR
2678
6.5
2776
13.5
2
GM
So Wesley
PHI
2684
6.5
2732
0.0
3
GM
Dziuba Marcin
POL
2602
6.5
2639
6.9
4
GM
Gajewski Grzegorz
POL
2644
6.5
2734
13.0
5
IM
Wei Yi
CHN
2501
6.5
2667
20.3

The Chinese IM has secured his final GM norm, even if he were to lose his round nine game against GM Grzegorz Gajewski. And his FIDE rating of more than 2500 ensures that the title will be awarded immediately, making him the world's youngest grandmaster, and at the age of at the age of 13 years, 8 months and 23 days the fourth youngest in history – after Sergey Karjakin, Parimarjan Negi and Magnus Carlsen, as you can see in our table at the bottom of this page. Here is the progress of Wei Yi so far:

We bring you a few pictures we have thus far published of this super-talented young player:


11-year-old Wei Yi (2244) facing GM Liang Jinrong (2462) at the...


Chinese Chess League Division A in 2010 in Ningbo


12-year-old FM Wei YI in the Chinese League Division A in 2011

In our Aeroflot Open report in January 2012 we wrote:

In China 12-year-old Chinese FM Wei Yi is known and respected, having won the World Youth Under-12 in 2010, and in 2010 he was not only the youngest player to ever play in the Chinese League Division A, but also beat GM Ni Hua, a two-time Chinese champion who had peaked at 2724 Elo the year before. Rated 2331, by round seven he had played four grandmasters, two international masters and one FIDE master for a whopping 2570 performance. He was well on his way to a full GM norm. Then the spell was broken in round eight when he lost to 18-year-old Indian IM Babu Lalith (2484). This was not the end however as he played 24-year-old Russian IM Sergey Pavlov (2477) and notched a final win. His 2551 performance was good for an IM norm and then some, though there can be little doubt he will be chasing the GM title very soon if he isn’t already. 2012 may very well be his year.

And here a short video interview with Wei Yi on the Reykjavik Open tournament page:

Youngest grandmasters in history

No.
 Player
Nat.
years
mths
days
born
GM
FIDE
 Sergey Karjakin
UKR
12
7
0
1990
2002
 Parimarjan Negi
IND
13
4
22
1993
2006
 Magnus Carlsen
NOR
13
4
27
1990
2004
 Wei Yi
CHN
13
8
23
1999
2013
 Bu Xiangzhi
CHN
13
10
13
1985
1999
 Richard Rapport
HUN
13
11
15
1996
2010
 Teimour Radjabov
AZE
14
0
14
1987
2001
 Ruslan Ponomariov 
UKR
14
0
17
1983
1997
 Wesley So
PHI
14
1
28
1993
2007
10 
 Etienne Bacrot
FRA
14
2
0
1983
1997
11 
 Jorge Cori
PER
14
2
0
1995
2009
12 
 Illya Nyzhnyk
UKR
14
3
2
1996
2010
13 
 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
FRA
14
4
0
1990
2005
14 
 Peter Leko
HUN
14
4
22
1979
1994
15 
 Hou Yifan
CHN
14
6
2
1994
2008
16 
 Anish Giri
RUS
14
7
2
1994
2009
17 
 Yuri Kuzubov
UKR
14
7
12
1990
2004
18
 Dariusz Swiercz
POL
14
7
29
1994
2009
19
 Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son 
VIE
14
10
0
1990
2004
20
 Daniil Dubov
RUS
14
11
14
1996
2011
21
 Ray Robson
USA
14
11
16
1994
2009
22
 Fabiano Caruana
ITA
14
11
20
1992
2007
23
 Samvel Ter-Sahakyan
ARM
14
11
?
1993
2008
24
 Andrei Volokitin
UKR
15
0
22
1986
2001
25
 Yangyi Yu
CHN
15
0
23
1994
2009
26
 Koneru Humpy
IND
15
1
27
1987
2002
27
 Hikaru Nakamura
USA
15
2
19
1987
2003
28
 Suri Vaibhav
IND
15
2
21
1997
2012
29
 Pentala Harikrishna
IND
15
3
5
1986
2001
30
 Le Quang Liem
VIE
15
3
17
1991
2006
31
 Yaroslav Zherebukh
UKR
15
3
?
1993
2008
32
 Judit Polgar
HUN
15
4
28
1976
1991
33
 Alejandro Ramirez
CRI
15
5
14
1988
2003
34
 Arkadij Naiditsch
GER
15
5
?
1985
2001
35
 Bobby Fischer
USA
15
6
1
1943
1958
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