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Wei Yi was born on June 2nd 1999 in Yancheng, China. He won the World School Championship in Salonic (2009) and World Junior Championship in Porto Carras (2010).

In February 2013, at only 13 years and 8 month, he became grand master, being the 4th youngest GM after Sergei Karjakin, Parimarjan Negi and Magnus Carlsen.

In late 2013 he became the youngest player over the 2600 rating.

He helps the Chinese team to win the Olympics in Tromso (2014) and the World Team Championship (2015), here he takes the gold medal for the 4th table.

For the past 3 years he is the Chinese National Champion.

He managed to place 3rd in Bilbao (2016) and Wijk aan Zee (2017).

For the second time at Kings Tournament after the 2014 Scheveningen match between Romania and China, when he took 3.5/4 points after victories with Nevednichy, Lupulescu Parligras and a draw with Jianu.