A Chinese chess Grandmaster and chess prodigy.
Wei became a Grandmaster at the age of 13 years, 8 months and 23 days, the fifth youngest in history. He is the youngest player ever to reach a rating of 2700, accomplishing this feat at age 15.
In 2010, he won the under-12 event at the Asian Youth Chess Championship and followed this up by winning the same division at the World Youth Chess Championship.
In August, he won his first GM norm atthe World Junior Chess Championship in Athens, including a victory over Richárd Rapport and a draw with the eventual winner Alexander Ipatov; when Wei was only 12.
In August 2013, he made his debut at the FIDE World Cup, held that year in Tromsø, being one of the FIDE president's nominees. He defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi in the first round and Alexei Shirov in the second, then was knocked out by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the third round.
On the November FIDE rating list, Wei, aged 14 years, four months and 30 days, reached a rating of 2604, thus becoming the youngest player in history to achieve a rating above 2600, breaking the record held by Wesley So.
In December 2019, Wei Yi reached the finals of the fourth leg of the prestigious FIDE Grand Prix 2019 Tournament (After he outplayed David Navara in the semi-finals on tie-breaks) Ian Nepomniachtchi.
Wei Yi is playing for China Pandas in Pro Chess League Finals and will participate in a side event (TBA) with fans.