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Yangyi Yu
Number of games in database: 381
Years covered: 2007 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2705 (2713 rapid, 2694 blitz)
Overall record: +144 -50 =150 (63.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      37 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (77) 
    B90 B30 B42 B48 B96
 Sicilian Najdorf (28) 
    B90 B96 B94 B97
 Caro-Kann (24) 
    B12 B17 B18 B10 B13
 Ruy Lopez (20) 
    C65 C77 C78 C84 C95
 Scotch Game (19) 
 French Defense (19) 
    C10 C15 C05 C02 C18
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (63) 
    B30 B42 B92 B40 B33
 Nimzo Indian (24) 
    E39 E21 E38 E25 E34
 Queen's Gambit Declined (21) 
    D38 D31 D30 D35
 Sicilian Kan (17) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    D00 E00 A40 D02 A45
 English, 1 c4 c5 (10) 
    A30 A35 A37 A34
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Y Yu vs A Zatonskih, 2013 1-0
   Y Yu vs Li Shilong, 2012 1-0
   Y Yu vs E Torre, 2009 1-0
   Y Yu vs M R Venkatesh, 2012 1-0
   Wang Chen vs Y Yu, 2012 0-1
   Y Yu vs Van Wely, 2014 1/2-1/2
   Liu Qingnan vs Y Yu, 2014 0-1
   Fressinet vs Y Yu, 2014 0-1
   J Duda vs Y Yu, 2014 0-1
   Y Yu vs A R Saleh Salem, 2013 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   2nd Danzhou Tournament (2011)
   World Junior Championship (2013)
   Chinese Chess Championships (2012)
   Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012)
   10th Asian Individual Championships (2011)
   2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012)
   Chinese League (2012)
   Tata Steel (Group B) (2014)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   48th World Junior Championship (2009)
   Aeroflot Open (2011)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   3rd HD Bank Cup (2013)

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(born Jun-08-1994, 20 years old) China

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World U10 Champion (2004); GM (2009); 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) in 2014 with 7/11 on tiebreak ahead of Ding Liren.

<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.

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.

Team Tournaments

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.

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). He also helped China to gold at the Asian Nations Cup (2014).

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 is currently playing board 2 for Beijing in the 2014 competition.


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 rating as of 1 November 2014 is:

<Standard> 2705 (#1 Asian Junior; #3 world Junior; Chinese #6 player; and world #46).

<Rapid> 2713 (world #39); and

<Blitz> 2694 (world #48).

Sources and references


Wikipedia article: Yu Yangyi

Latest update 5 Nov 2014

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 381  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Wang Yu vs Y Yu  ½-½13 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentB33 Sicilian
2. D Bartkowiak vs Y Yu  0-138 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. K Nygren vs Y Yu  0-133 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentB32 Sicilian
4. Y Yu vs S Hanninger  1-018 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
5. Y Yu vs L Couso  ½-½29 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentB42 Sicilian, Kan
6. Y Yu vs E Hedman  0-161 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
7. N Vanderhallen vs Y Yu  ½-½18 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Y Yu vs H Haapala  1-032 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
9. Y Yu vs Wang Chen 1-06 2008 TCh-CHN AC41 Philidor Defense
10. Y Yu vs W Li  1-043 2008 TCh-CHN AB42 Sicilian, Kan
11. Wen Yang vs Y Yu  0-134 2008 TCh-CHN A(Rapid)B30 Sicilian
12. Y Yu vs M Bartel 1-040 2009 World CupA05 Reti Opening
13. Y Yu vs A Nguyen 1-068 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
14. E Cuberli vs Y Yu 0-135 2009 48th World Junior ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
15. I Chirila vs Y Yu  ½-½35 2009 48th World Junior ChampionshipB41 Sicilian, Kan
16. Y Yu vs Zhou Weiqi  ½-½16 2009 XingQiu OpenB10 Caro-Kann
17. Y Yu vs Yu Shaoteng  ½-½33 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
18. Y Yu vs S Zhigalko 0-141 2009 48th World Junior ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
19. Y Yu vs Le Quang Liem  0-148 2009 XingQiu OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Movsesian vs Y Yu ½-½52 2009 World CupA07 King's Indian Attack
21. E Ghaem Maghami vs Y Yu  ½-½49 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipA13 English
22. A Kunte vs Y Yu  ½-½39 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
23. Y Yu vs J Ashwin 1-054 2009 48th World Junior ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
24. Liu Qingnan vs Y Yu  ½-½59 2009 XingQiu OpenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Y Yu vs M Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½50 2009 World CupB42 Sicilian, Kan
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Jul-12-11  iking: <27xx: Chinese League Round 7-9:

Round 7: Ma Qun 2427 - GM Yu Yangyi 2652 1-0
Round 8: Yu Yangyi 2652 - IM Wang Shuai 2424 ½-½
Round 9: GM Zhou Jianchao 2660 - GM Yu Yangyi 2652 1-0

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Aug-19-11  27xx: <wordfunph: Yu Yangyi turns 17 today, i will shave my head clean if he will not be able to reach 2700 on his 18th birthday --- that's a promise!

happy birthday GM Yu Yangyi!>

How many razors do you need to shave your head? :). Yu is expected to lose 25 rating points in Sep 2011 list, his live rating is 2647.

Oct-19-11  Korifej: I agree Yu is very talented but its early to say new world champion
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  wordfunph: <27xx> hmmmm...around 50 elo in 7 months? GM Yu Yangyi can easily make it.

let's wait for June 8, 2012 :)

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  wordfunph: from pulsar..

"So Yangyi, yet so good!"


Apr-29-12  plimko: What a win and what a blunder!

[Event "Chinese Chess League 2012"]
[Site "Beijing"]
[Date "2012.04.29"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Le, Quang Liem"]
[Black "Yu, Yangyi"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D90"]
[WhiteElo "2698"]
[BlackElo "2615"]
[PlyCount "42"]
[EventDate "2012.??.??"]
[EventCountry "CHN"]
[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 g6 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Bf4 Bg7 7. e3 O-O 8. h3 Ne4 9. Nxe4 dxe4 10. Nd2 f5 11. Rc1 Nc6 12. Nc4 Be6 13. Be2 Bd5 14. O-O e6 15. Qd2 g5 16. Bh2 f4 17. Bg4 Qf6 18. Nd6 Qg6 19. exf4 gxf4 20. Bxf4 h5 21. Be2 e3 0-1

Chinese Chess League 2012 with Wang Hao, Riazantsev, Ding Liren and naturally Yu Yangyi on 'Scacchi Internazionali'

May-09-12  blade2012: Hard fight!

[Event "11th Asian Championship"]
[Site "Ho Chi Mingh City"]
[Date "2012.05.09"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Barbosa, Oliver"]
[Black "Yu, Yangyi"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E12"]
[WhiteElo "2550"]
[BlackElo "2626"]
[PlyCount "84"]
[EventDate "2012.??.??"]
[EventCountry "VIE"]
[TimeControl "40/5400+30:1800+30"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. a3 Ba6 5. Qb3 d5 6. cxd5 exd5 7. Nc3 Be7 8. g3 O-O 9. Bg2 c5 10. O-O Nc6 11. Qa4 cxd4 $146 (11... Bb7) 12. Nxd5 Bxe2 $5 13. Nxf6+ Bxf6 14. Qxc6 Rc8 15. Qa4 d3 16. Be3 Bxb2 17. Rab1 Qf6 18. Qxa7 Rc2 19. Qb7 h6 20. Qe4 Rd8 21. Rfe1 b5 22. Rxe2 $1 Rc4 (22... Rxe2 23. Bf1 $16 Qc3 24. Rd1) 23. Qb7 $6 (23. Qxc4 $1 bxc4 24. Rexb2 c3 25. Rb3 c2 26. Rc1 $16) 23... dxe2 24. Re1 b4 25. axb4 Rd1 26. Bd2 Bc3 (26... Qd8 $1) 27. Qa8+ Kh7 28. Qd5 Bxd2 29. Qd3+ $6 (29. Qxc4 Bxe1 30. Qxe2 $15 Qa1 31. b5) 29... g6 30. Qxe2 Bxe1 $1 31. Qxd1 Bxb4 32. Bf1 Rc3 33. Kg2 Bc5 34. h4 Kg7 35. Be2 Ba7 36. Qa1 Bb6 37. Qd1 Qc6 38. Qa1 Qc5 39. Kh3 Kh7 40. Qa2 Qc7 41. Bd1 Rd3 42. Qb1 Rxf3 $1 0-1

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  wordfunph: <wordfunph: Yu Yangyi turns 17 today, i will shave my head clean if he will not be able to reach 2700 on his 18th birthday --- that's a promise!>

as promised, i will have to see my barber tonight :(

happy 18th birthday, GM Yu!

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  twinlark: <Wordfunph> Has the hair regrown yet?
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  perfidious: This player would form a hookup for the books: Nguyen Thanh Phuc.
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  WannaBe: Yu Nguyen?
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  ketchuplover: Kudos on winning the Indonesian Open event.
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  wordfunph: 2012 Indonesia Open Champion --- GM Yu Yangyi, congrats!

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  wordfunph: <twinlark: <Wordfunph> Has the hair regrown yet?>

regrown by 1" now :)

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  alexmagnus: Funny, the FIDE database knows two players Yu Yangyi. The other one is born in 1988 and has a blitz rating of 2544 (and no other ratings - now, that's weird).
Sep-20-13  wtwz: <alexmagnus: Funny, the FIDE database knows two players Yu Yangyi. The other one is born in 1988 and has a blitz rating of 2544 (and no other ratings - now, that's weird).>

I did further research on this and looked up the only tournament the 1988-born Yu Yangyi played in (, and yeah, this seems to be an error.

I'm not surprised at all though, because the other day I noticed there were two Li Chao players in the database (Li Chao and Li Chao b).

The "Li Chao b" one is born in 1989 and is currently active, while the "Li Chao" one has not been used since October 2004, has 1988 as his birth year, and has a picture of a player that we know as "Li Chao b".

So yeah, it's definitely strange.

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  twinlark: Congratulations to the new World Junior Champion!
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  wordfunph: Yudaman! congrats..
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  waustad: Ending his string of youth titles, Yu Yangyi turns 20 today. I suppose hes still offocoally U20 for the rest of the year, but it's time to move on. I suppose the 2700 club is the next goal.
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  zanzibar: Why does <CG> use the Westernized ordering for his name here, whereas most other Chinese players use the Chinese ordering?

In other words, why isn't his name <Yu Yangyi>?

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  Stonehenge: If CG is going to put the family names first, then they should also do that with Hungarian names. Hungarians also put the family name first.
Jul-25-14  Alien Math: Yangyi Yu searches provide

Yu Yangyi searches provide

Some interest provide both are different peoples, the translate appears as, <Yu Yang Yi>

Aug-14-14  dumbgai: 9.5/11 (+8 =3 -0) with a 2912 performance rating at the Olympiad, individual gold medal on board 3, team gold medal, and gaining 32 rating points to reach 2700.

All around, an amazing performance in every way.

Aug-14-14  fisayo123: Yu, after reaching 2700 a year ago seemed to have fallen off a bit. Good to seem him back playing brilliant chess.
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  ketchuplover: Kudos!
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