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Yangyi Yu
Y Yu 
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons  
Number of games in database: 1,301
Years covered: 2007 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2709 (2738 rapid, 2808 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2762

Overall record: +323 -95 =426 (63.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 457 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (134) 
    B90 B32 B30 B48 B42
 Ruy Lopez (88) 
    C65 C67 C78 C77 C84
 Sicilian Najdorf (46) 
    B90 B96 B94 B97 B93
 Nimzo Indian (41) 
    E21 E32 E46 E49 E36
 Caro-Kann (40) 
    B12 B18 B17 B10 B13
 French Defense (39) 
    C02 C10 C11 C00 C15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (146) 
    B30 B33 B40 B42 B45
 Queen's Gambit Declined (74) 
    D38 D30 D37 D31 D39
 Petrov (55) 
    C42 C43
 Queen's Pawn Game (46) 
    D02 A45 E10 D00 E00
 Nimzo Indian (41) 
    E34 E39 E38 E46 E20
 Reti System (29) 
    A04 A06 A05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Yu Yangyi vs A Zatonskih, 2013 1-0
   Yu Yangyi vs Dominguez Perez, 2015 1-0
   Karjakin vs Yu Yangyi, 2019 1/2-1/2
   Yu Yangyi vs Li Shilong, 2012 1-0
   S P Sethuraman vs Yu Yangyi, 2014 0-1
   Yu Yangyi vs Kramnik, 2014 1-0
   Yu Yangyi vs So, 2020 1-0
   Yu Yangyi vs P Maghsoodloo, 2016 1-0
   Duda vs Yu Yangyi, 2014 0-1
   Giri vs Yu Yangyi, 2014 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012)
   World Junior Championship (2013)
   Qatar Masters (2014)
   Chinese Chess League (2017)
   Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012)
   World Cup (2019)
   Norway Chess (2019)
   Gibraltar Masters (2017)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   48th World Junior Championship (2009)
   Tata Steel Challengers (2014)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   Gibraltar Masters (2013)
   Chinese Chess League (2016)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Chess World Cup 2019 by Penguincw
   Best Of Yu Yangyi by AzingaBonzer

   🏆 World Blitz Championship
   V Keymer vs Y Yu (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   Y Yu vs Tuan Minh Le (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   Y Yu vs J Moussard (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   Y Yu vs V Murzin (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   Y Yu vs D Andreikin (Dec-30-22) 0-1, blitz

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(born Jun-08-1994, 28 years old) China
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GM (2009); World U10 Champion (2004); World Junior Champion (2013); Chinese Champion (2014); Asian Champion (2014)


Yu Yangyi is China's 29th Grandmaster and one of the world’s top Juniors. He gained his Grandmaster title with effect from 1 July 2009 aged 15 and 23 days, without having first acquired either a FM or IM title, winning his GM norms at the 8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009) (a double or 18-game norm due to the event’s continental status) and at the Subic International Open 2009 the following week.

Championship Tournaments

<Youth> Yu’s first impact in international chess occurred when he came =2nd in the World U10 Championship in Halkidiki in Greece in 2003. He then went one step further in 2004 when he won the U10 title in Heraklio, also in Greece.

<Junior> In August 2012, he scored 9/13 in the World Junior Championship (2012), a point behind the winner, Alexander Ipatov. In September 2013, he reversed the result by winning the World Junior Championship (2013) with a stunning 11/13 (+9 =4) ahead of runner-up, Alexander Ipatov, also recording an extraordinary TPR of 2813.

<National and Continential> In May 2009, the then untitled teenager came equal third in the abovementioned 8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009), thereby qualifying for the World Cup (2009). His performance at the 10th Asian Individual Championship (2011), where he placed =1st alongside Ngoc Truongson Nguyen and Pentala Harikrishna qualified him for the World Cup (2011). He placed outright second at the Chinese Chess Championship (2012), scoring 7/11. He then came =1st (2nd on tiebreak) with 7/9 at the Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012), qualifying him for the World Cup (2013). He won the Chinese Championship (2014) with 7/11 on tiebreak ahead of Ding Liren and was =3rd with 6.5/11 in the Chinese Championship (2015).

<World> Yu was the 113th seed in the World Cup (2009) and caused the biggest upset of the first round by defeating 16th seeded Sergei Movsesian. In the second round he defeated number 80 seed, Mateusz Bartel, before being defeated in the third round by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. In the World Cup (2011), he fell in the first round to Romanian GM Mircea-Emilian Parligras. In the World Cup (2013), he defeated the Ukrainian-Slovenian veteran Alexander Beliavsky in the first round but lost to Italian GM Fabiano Caruana in the 2nd round. Winning the 2013 World Junior Championship qualified Yu Yangyi to play in the World Cup (2015), where he defeated Moldavan GM Viorel Iordachescu in the first round and Igor Lysyj in the second round before losing to Sergey Karjakin in the third round to exit the event.

Standard Tournaments

Yu Yangyi's best results so far in other tournaments have been 2nd in the Aeroflot Open Group C in 2007, 3rd in the Aeroflot Open Group B in 2008, 3rd in the Dvorkovich Cup in Moscow in 2008, 2nd in the Zhejiang Lishui Xingqiu Open in September 2009 behind Le Quang Liem, and first in the 1st HD Bank Cup Open 2011. His breakthrough results came in the 2011 Moscow Open where he came =2nd (3rd on countback) with 6/9 (2768 performance rating) and at the Aeroflot Open (2011) when he placed =4th with 6/9 (+4 -1 =4 and a 2762 performance rating), half a point behind the leaders. He barnstormed a brilliant win with 7/9, 1.5 points clear of equal second placed Bu Xiangzhi and Wang Yue, at the Hainan Danzhou GM (2011), the result lifting him into the top 100 of the world. In October 2012 he won the 2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012).

2013 started with strong performances in the Tradewise Gibraltar (2013) where he placed =5th with 7.5/10, and at the Reykjavik Open (2013) where he scored 7/10 to bring his rating to within a few points of 2700. However, March 2013 saw a significant setback at the 3rd HD Bank Cup (2013) where he scored a poor 5.5/9, shedding 21 rating points. Poor results at the Chinese Championship (2013) in April and in the Hainan Danzhou GM (2013) in May damaged his cause even further, however, a strong 6.5/7 at the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games 2013 held in Incheon in South Korea in July 2013 partially restored his fortunes as did winning the World Junior championship soon afterwards (see above).

2014 saw a slow start with 7/13 at the Tata Steel Group B (2014), but in April he won the Asian Continental Championship Open outright with 7/9, and also won the blitz tournament that accompanied this event with 7.5/9. In June he was =5th at the Hainan Danzhou GM (2014). In October he competed in the Millionaire Chess (2014), and finished in the top 4 to qualify for the rapid playoffs to decide the prizes, but lost to Ray Robson in the first playoff to finish 3rd-4th. Yu Yangyi's finest result to date occurred in December 2014 when he finished outright 1st with 7.5/9 (+6 -0 =3) in the immensely powerful Qatar Masters (2014), securing top position in the last two rounds when he defeated Vladimir Kramnik and Anish Giri.

2015 started with a rating neutral 7/10 at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2015), 1.5 points off the lead. April saw his participation in the Chinese League and the World Team Championship (see below). Then in June 2015, he scored a powerful win in the 10-round DRR category 19 Capablanca Memorial (2015), winning with a round to spare in a powerful field that included local heroes Leinier Dominguez Perez and Lazaro Bruzon Batista, as well as European GMs Dmitry Andreikin, Pavel Eljanov and Ian Nepomniachtchi. The following month, in July 2015, he participated in the Hainan Danzhou GM (2015), placing in the middle of the category 17 field, and losing 8 rating points. In October 2015, he lead the field at the Millionaire Chess (2015) to make it into the final four playoff, finishing runner up to the eventual winner, Hikaru Nakamura. In December 2015, Yu Yangyi was equal first with Magnus Carlsen in the powerful Qatar Masters (2015), but was runner up after losing the blitz tiebreaker.

Team Tournaments

<Olympiad> Yu Yangyi's inaugural participation in the biennial Olympiad was outstandingly auspicious. Playing board 3 for China at the Chess Olympiad (2014), he blitzed the field with a stunning 9.5/11 (TPR of 2912!) to win gold for board 3 and to be one of the prime movers of China's first gold medal at Olympiads. This performance also elevated him to the 2700 rating group (in September 2014) for the first time on official lists.

<National Representative> Yu played board four for the silver medal winning Chinese team at the World Chess Team Championship (2011). He scored team gold and individual silver on the reserve board for China at the 17th Asian Team Championship held in Zaozhuang, China in May 2012. He also scored team and individual silver at the FIDE World Team Championship (2013), helped China to gold at the Asian Nations Cup (2014) and played board 2 for China to help his team to another gold medal at the FIDE World Team Championship (2015). He was also a member of the victorious Chinese team that participated in the China - Russia (2015) as well as a member of the Chinese team currently participating in the China - Russia Challenge (2015) that will be finished at the end of 2015.

<European Club Cup> Immediately after his strong result at the Millionaire Chess Event in Las Vegas (see above), he played board six for SK Alkaloid Skopje in the European Club Cup (2015), winning gold for his board with his team finishing sixth in the event.

<National League> He plays for the Beijing AIGO Team in the Chinese Chess League and in the 2012 season, he scored 15.5/22 helping his team to 2nd place in the league. He again played for the Beijing team in 2013, scoring 14.5/22 with the team placing placed 2nd out of 12. (1) He played board 1 & 2 for Beijing in the 2014 competition, helping his team to 5th place and in 2015, he led his team to win gold.


Yu Yangyi managed a respectable 9.5/15 at the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014), finishing 1.5 points from the lead and enhancing his rapid rating by over 50 points. He was not as successful at the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014), but still ended up with 11.5/21.


Yu's highest rating to date is 2736 in July 2015 when his ranking also reached its highest point so far at 20.

Sources and references


Wikipedia article: Yu Yangyi

Last updated: 2018-11-20 18:28:11

 page 1 of 55; games 1-25 of 1,371  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Y Yu vs H Haapala  1-0322007Scandinavian Chess TournamentB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
2. Y Yu vs E Hedman  0-1612007Scandinavian Chess TournamentB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
3. Y Yu vs S Hanninger 1-0182007Scandinavian Chess TournamentB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
4. D Bartkowiak vs Y Yu  0-1382007Scandinavian Chess TournamentD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. Y Wang vs Y Yu  ½-½132007Scandinavian Chess TournamentB33 Sicilian
6. Y Yu vs L Couso  ½-½292007Scandinavian Chess TournamentB42 Sicilian, Kan
7. N Vanderhallen vs Y Yu  ½-½182007Scandinavian Chess TournamentD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. K Nygren vs Y Yu  0-1332007Scandinavian Chess TournamentB32 Sicilian
9. Y Yu vs Wang Chen 1-062008TCh-CHN AC41 Philidor Defense
10. Y Wen vs Y Yu  0-1342008TCh-CHN A(Rapid)B30 Sicilian
11. Y Yu vs W Li  1-0432008TCh-CHN AB42 Sicilian, Kan
12. Y Yu vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen  ½-½3520098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipC10 French
13. E Ghaem Maghami vs Y Yu  ½-½4920098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipA13 English
14. Y Yu vs A Nguyen 1-06820098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
15. M Mahjoob vs Y Yu  1-03620098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Y Yu vs E Torre 1-03220098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
17. V Bui vs Y Yu  0-14020098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Y Yu vs S Yu  ½-½3320098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. Y Yu vs So ½-½4020098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
20. S Megaranto vs Y Yu 0-15020098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. Y Yu vs Sasikiran 1-05520098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
22. A Kunte vs Y Yu  ½-½3920098th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
23. P Florendo vs Y Yu  0-1342009Subic OpenA26 English
24. Ganguly vs Y Yu  ½-½332009Subic OpenB33 Sicilian
25. Y Yu vs A Gupta  1-0562009Subic OpenB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
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Apr-11-16  AzingaBonzer: He plays Mamedyarov tomorrow in the Chinese League.
May-08-16  epistle: Congratulations to Yu Yangyi for being an inspiration to Chinese players
Jun-08-16  Imran Iskandar: Happy birthday, Yu Yangyi! If I'm not mistaken, Yu will play in the upcoming Russia-China match.
Dec-01-16  AzingaBonzer: Congratulations to Yu Yangyi for winning the Chinese Rapid Championship 2016!
Dec-16-16  blade2012: Congratulations to Yu Yangyi on winning the 1st Hainan Open with 8/9! In the last round a nice game: Rapport-Yu Yangyi 0-1
Dec-27-16  ketchuplover: Drawn goes Nakamura!
Apr-26-17  sonia91: Congrats to Yu on winning the 1st BRICS Masters:

It was a rapid event held in Fufeng, Shiaanxi Province, China featuring some top players from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (hence the acronym).

Jul-15-17  cro777: A 4-game match between Yu Yangyi and Alexander Grischuk takes place from 19 - 25 July in Jiayuguan City, China.

Jul-20-17  cro777: The first game of the match between Yu Yangyi and Grischuk ended in a draw.

If the match is tied there will be rapid and then blitz tie-breaks.

Jul-21-17  cro777: The Chinese Chess Association has created several matches for the top Chinese players.

GM Ye Jiangchuan, the head coach of the Chinese Chess Team:

"It's very helpful for Chinese chess players to play against the world's top players. I really hope one day our players will have the chance to play for the World Chess Championship title."

In the other two matches, Ding Liren will play against Anish Giri (7-10 August), and Wei Yi's opponent has not yet been announced.

Jul-21-17  dumbgai: Halfway through the 4-game match with Grischuk and we have a 24-move draw followed by a 13-move draw.
Jul-25-17  cro777: Grischuk convincingly won the match with two consecutive wins after the quiet start.

GM Jan Gustafsson: "Grischuk played in the style of the old masters, just showing great strategic play."

Yu Yangyi said that the high level of the match would help him to improve his chess.

Dec-29-17  ketchuplover: Down goes Carlsen!
Jan-30-19  torrefan: Now No.11 in the world. Congrats!
Jun-06-19  wordfunph: good luck against Wesley So..
Jun-06-19  torrefan: He should wear his magic jacket
Jun-10-19  sonia91: He keeps winning Armageddons at Norway Chess (2019), possibly his first supertournament ourside China.
Aug-15-19  csmath: I think Yu is the real hero of St Louis Gran Chess Tournament.

He played stable +6, with positive score in both rapid and two blitz days. The way he destroyed (and that is the right word) Carlsen in two blitz games is worth a note.

His chess is steadily improving and while he had no flash talent like Ding or Wei Yi he is really really good.

This remind me of Bent Larsen's words that he does not buy there is a big difference between players on the top, it is only about motivation. I really hope to see this guy to play some elite classical tournament in the near future (and learn some English too :-). We need more e4 players at the top.

Good luck mister Yu.

Sep-26-19  virginmind: He got to the semifinals of World Cup 2019, now playing against...Ding Liren.
Dec-11-19  Pulo y Gata: The best of luck to Yu!
Jan-01-21  fabelhaft: Yu Yangyi won the Chinese Championships that finished a few days ago, on tiebreak, with Lu Shanglei in second and Wei Yi in third.

It was a comparatively weak Championship without many of the top players, but a surprise inclusion in 1658-rated Zhang Rui. The latter surprised by getting a draw, against women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun, but lost all other games. Not surprising since it was 800 to 1100 Elo between him and the other participants.

The top game was probably Yu Yangyi’s win against Wei Yi. A brilliant game by Yu Yangyi, with a couple of mutual mistakes at move 32-34, which ended up as the game that decided the Championship:

May-14-21  Albertan: 'Defending champion Yu Yangyi is sharing the lead with Lu Shanglei (b. 1995) and Li Di (b. 1999)' in the 2021 Chinese Open chess championship after seven rounds of play.'Women’s world champion Ju Wenjun is playing in the open event once again — last year she finished in sole fourth place on 6/11.'


May-16-21  Albertan: Yu Yangyi repeats as Chinese champion

Jun-05-22  Albertan: Yu Yangyi is the top-seeded player in the Serbian Open chess tournament which runs from June 28th to July 6th.For more information go to:

Jun-11-22  Albertan: Yu Yangyi convincing at the 2022 Chess Classic:

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