Wei Yi became one of the youngest grandmasters in history after claiming the title at the age of 13 years, 8 months and 23 days. He first appeared on FIDE rating lists as a 9-year-old with a 2138 rating, and has risen steadily ever since. In 2010 he won both the Asian and World U12 Youth Championships while in 2012 he was already competing in the World Junior Championship (U20), where he ultimately finished in 11th place after leading at one stage. That gave him a GM norm and he achieved the final norm required for the title by finishing eighth at the 2013 Reykjavik Open, only half a point behind the winner.
Wei Yi was
one of the stars of the early stages of the 2013 World Cup in Tromsø, where he
knocked out Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexei Shirov in the first two rounds before
falling to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the third. On the November 2013 FIDE rating list he crossed the 2600 mark, breaking Wesley So's record as the youngest player ever to do so.
Photo: Reykjavik Open 2013
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