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Current Youngest GM Record Broken In Reykjavik!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 26.02.2013, 11:40.

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

13 year-old Grandmaster Wei Yi

Wei Yi Reykjavik Open 2013.jpg


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


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


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

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  • 24 miesięcy temu


    GM Wesley taught him a thing or 2 about endgame technique. Even though I am told that Wesley also didn't play as accurately as the position demanded. I would like to see Karpov's comments on that game, I am sure the great positional master would have a field day analysing this game and making corrections.

    But give the kid some credit, he consistently beats 2300 rated players with black, and that's no mean feat. Consistency is important at this stage.

  • 2 lat temu


    Yeahhh....kind of a misleading title. nice games on his part!

  • 2 lat temu


    The penultimate round of Reykjavik Open, GM Wesley So of the Philippines played against GM Marci Dziuba. The Polish GM choose the Caro-Kann Defense and Wesley So demonstrated that he was very well prepared to face the opening. The game became exciting when the Filipino GM went for a Queen sacrifice in exchange of a rook and bishop. The position was very sharp and Wesley claimed a winning advantage with exchange sacrifice. A very nice sequence finished in checkmate on move 41. (source: Susan Polgar)

  • 2 lat temu


    Nice article. Cool collection of games. Good call, elindauer.

    In other news, I heard that a baby born today broke the record for youngest person. :-)

  • 2 lat temu


    The word 'Current' helps immensely. Thank you for the great article and included games, SonOfPearl. 

  • 2 lat temu


    Wow what an amazing break in the Baklan game!  White is pressing for a win and suddenly blunders mate.  Ouch.


    Great courage in the Lagrave game to go pawn grabbing on the queenside in the face of that attack.  It would be interesting to know how much of that was prep and how much was calculation OTB.

  • 2 lat temu


    great!!!China is way ahead in every department than other countries...

  • 2 lat temu


    Currently the youngest GM Wei Yi lost to GM Wesley So of the Philippines during their 5th round encounter at Reykjavik Open 2013 playing Sicilian.

  • 2 lat temu


    Does anyone know who was the oldest to become a Grandmaster? 

  • 2 lat temu


    Reykjavik Open 2013 Feb 27, 2013 :  3-way tie for 1st place. GM Wesley So, Pavel Elajanov & Amin bassem. With draw with the black pieces against Eljanov on Top Board, Wesley So has offially crossed the 2700 mark. He is now the first Filipino and American college player to achieve this feat.

  • 2 lat temu


    Good talent.

  • 2 lat temu


    Since the original title of this article seemed to unintentionally mislead some members and confuse others, I've added "Current" on the front of it. Is that better? Smile I've also amended the article slightly.

    Just to repeat, if anyone is still unclear...Wei Yi is the youngest GM in the world right now, and the fourth youngest person ever to be a GM.

  • 2 lat temu


    He is only thirteen right now, The others have already grown older. For example GM So is already 19. Smile

  • 2 lat temu


    I dont get how the title relates to the story... it says the yougest grandmaster record was broken, then the story claims he is the 4th youngest?

  • 2 lat temu


    thank you!! 

  • 2 lat temu


    I agree with others,the title was misleading.Are the writers told to use catchy titles to get more hits ??

  • 2 lat temu


    How interesting.

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  • 2 lat temu


    misleading title is misleading

  • 2 lat temu

    GoodGoodChess cool...

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