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Yu Yangyi
Number of games in database: 667
Years covered: 2007 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2750 (2791 rapid, 2735 blitz)

Overall record: +235 -68 =267 (64.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 97 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (95) 
    B90 B48 B30 B42 B96
 Ruy Lopez (61) 
    C65 C67 C78 C77 C95
 Sicilian Najdorf (33) 
    B90 B96 B94 B97
 French Defense (28) 
    C02 C10 C04 C15 C11
 Caro-Kann (28) 
    B12 B17 B18 B13 B10
 Scotch Game (24) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (110) 
    B30 B42 B33 B90 B40
 Queen's Gambit Declined (45) 
    D38 D30 D31 D35 D37
 Nimzo Indian (30) 
    E39 E34 E38 E21 E25
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    A45 E10 E00 D02 D00
 Sicilian Kan (20) 
    B42 B41 B43
 Sicilian Najdorf (17) 
    B92 B90 B91 B94
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Yu Yangyi vs L Dominguez, 2015 1-0
   Yu Yangyi vs A Zatonskih, 2013 1-0
   Yu Yangyi vs Kramnik, 2014 1-0
   J Duda vs Yu Yangyi, 2014 0-1
   Yu Yangyi vs W So, 2015 1-0
   Yu Yangyi vs Li Shilong, 2012 1-0
   Yu Yangyi vs E Torre, 2009 1-0
   A Giri vs Yu Yangyi, 2014 0-1
   S P Sethuraman vs Yu Yangyi, 2014 0-1
   Yu Yangyi vs M R Venkatesh, 2012 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012)
   World Junior Championship (2013)
   2nd Danzhou Tournament (2011)
   Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012)
   Qatar Masters (2014)
   Capablanca Memorial (2015)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)
   Chinese Championship (2015)
   Tata Steel Group B (2014)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   48th World Junior Championship (2009)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Best Of Yu Yangyi by AzingaBonzer

   A Giri vs Yu Yangyi (Apr-02-17) 1/2-1/2
   Yu Yangyi vs Harikrishna (Apr-01-17) 1/2-1/2
   Adams vs Yu Yangyi (Mar-31-17) 1/2-1/2
   Yu Yangyi vs Svidler (Mar-30-17) 1/2-1/2
   Ding Liren vs Yu Yangyi (Mar-29-17) 1-0

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(born Jun-08-1994, 22 years old) China
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World U10 Champion (2004); GM (2009); World U10 Champion (2004); World Junior Champion (2013); Chinese 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 Championships (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 Championships (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 2nd Danzhou Tournament (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 Championships (2013) in April and in the 4th Danzhou Tournament (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 5th Danzhou Tournament (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 6th Hainan Danzhou (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 Match (2015) as well as a member of the Chinese team currently participating in the China-Russia Challenge Match (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

Latest update 30 December 2015

 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 667  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Yu Yangyi vs H Haapala  1-032 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
2. Yu Yangyi vs E Hedman  0-161 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
3. D Bartkowiak vs Yu Yangyi  0-138 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Yu Yangyi vs S Hanninger  1-018 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
5. Wang Yu vs Yu Yangyi  ½-½13 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentB33 Sicilian
6. N Vanderhallen vs Yu Yangyi  ½-½18 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Yu Yangyi vs L Couso  ½-½29 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentB42 Sicilian, Kan
8. K Nygren vs Yu Yangyi  0-133 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentB32 Sicilian
9. Yu Yangyi vs Wang Chen 1-06 2008 TCh-CHN AC41 Philidor Defense
10. Wen Yang vs Yu Yangyi  0-134 2008 TCh-CHN A(Rapid)B30 Sicilian
11. Yu Yangyi vs W Li  1-043 2008 TCh-CHN AB42 Sicilian, Kan
12. Yu Yangyi vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen  ½-½35 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipC10 French
13. E Ghaem Maghami vs Yu Yangyi  ½-½49 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipA13 English
14. Yu Yangyi vs A Nguyen 1-068 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
15. M Mahjoob vs Yu Yangyi  1-036 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Yu Yangyi vs E Torre 1-032 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
17. V Bui vs Yu Yangyi  0-140 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Yu Yangyi vs Yu Shaoteng  ½-½33 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. Yu Yangyi vs W So ½-½40 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
20. S Megaranto vs Yu Yangyi 0-150 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. Yu Yangyi vs Sasikiran 1-055 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
22. A Kunte vs Yu Yangyi  ½-½39 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
23. Tat Thang Dang vs Yu Yangyi  0-125 2009 XingQiu OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Yu Yangyi vs Qun Ma  1-061 2009 XingQiu OpenB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
25. X Zhang vs Yu Yangyi  0-155 2009 XingQiu OpenB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-29-15  epistle: Don't finish him off yet Yangyi. My bottle of red wine is still half full!
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  wordfunph: nakakasa na ang "napakasakit Kuya Eddie!"
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  wordfunph: yesssssssss!!! 1-0
Dec-29-15  epistle: Don't resign yet Wesley! Let me finish my wine!
Dec-29-15  epistle: Joeyj, LIVE RATING AND RANKING PLEASE!!!
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  wordfunph: -5.5 elo, napakasakit Kuya Eddie!
Dec-29-15  Conrad93: Amazing endgame play against Wesley So at the Qatar Open.

Three pawns and rook vs. knight and rook in under 2 minutes, and he managed to play precisely to the end.

Unbelievable! But I think So had a chance to go for repetition with the maneuver Ra2 Ra3. Black can'yt do anything against the threat of Ra3-Rxf3 and will be forced to bring his king back to f3.

Dec-29-15  SugarDom: Burrppp! I finished the red wine.
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  Octavia: Congrats for finishing 1.= with Carlsen at Qatar! Who cares about blitz games?
Dec-29-15  AzingaBonzer: My congratulations to Yu Yangyi. Winning against Wesley So is not easy, no matter what the situation is, and winning on-demand is even harder. With this win, Yu's live rating is 2747.2, which is a new peak for him.
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  cro777: Winners on the podium:

Yu Yangyi and Ni Hua among the magnificent seven.

Dec-29-15  ex0duz: Congrats to Yu Yangyi, almost pulling it off again for 2 years in a row, only to be defeated by the world champion in blitz.. and IIRC, the world champion is also one of the strongest blitz players at the moment too.. rated 2878 to Naka's 2884.. :(
Dec-29-15  AzingaBonzer: <ex0duz> Carlsen was 2900+ in blitz a few months ago.
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  alexmagnus: Yu is clearly upset about his second place.
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  wordfunph: a masterful domination over So, congratulations Yu Yangyi!

Yu made my day!

Dec-29-15  epistle: A well-balanced player. Yu has both the yi and the yang. A no mercy player, Wesley BS begged and begged for a draw via repetition but Yu would not have any of that nonsense.
Dec-29-15  Sularus: congrats to GM Yu!
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  juan31: Congratulation to Master Y. Yangyi for his great performance in Qatar 2015.
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
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  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).

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