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Yangyi Yu
Number of games in database: 417
Years covered: 2007 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2723 (2713 rapid, 2694 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2724
Overall record: +162 -54 =164 (64.2%)*
   * 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 (80) 
    B90 B30 B42 B48 B96
 Sicilian Najdorf (28) 
    B90 B96 B94 B97
 Ruy Lopez (25) 
    C65 C77 C78 C84 C95
 Caro-Kann (24) 
    B12 B17 B18 B10 B13
 French Defense (21) 
    C10 C02 C15 C05 C18
 Scotch Game (20) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (71) 
    B42 B30 B92 B33 B40
 Nimzo Indian (27) 
    E39 E21 E34 E38 E25
 Queen's Gambit Declined (25) 
    D38 D31 D30 D35
 Sicilian Kan (19) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    D00 E00 A45 A40 D02
 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
   A Giri vs Y Yu, 2014 0-1
   Y Yu vs Kramnik, 2014 1-0
   S P Sethuraman vs Y Yu, 2014 0-1
   Y Yu vs M R Venkatesh, 2012 1-0
   Liu Qingnan vs Y Yu, 2014 0-1
   Y Yu vs V Cmilyte, 2013 1-0
   Wang Chen vs Y Yu, 2012 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   2nd Danzhou Tournament (2011)
   World Junior Championship (2013)
   Qatar Masters (2014)
   2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012)
   10th Asian Individual Championships (2011)
   Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012)
   World Junior Championship (2012)
   Tata Steel (Group B) (2014)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   Aeroflot Open (2011)
   48th World Junior Championship (2009)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)
   Universiade (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)

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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. 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).

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) and helped China to gold at the Asian Nations Cup (2014). Furthermore, playing board 2 for China, he helped his team to another gold medal at the FIDE World Team Championship (2015).

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 is again playing board one for his Beijing team in 2015.


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 2724 for each month from January 2015 until April 2015 when his ranking also reached its highest point so far at 29 during the first three of those four months.

Sources and references


Wikipedia article: Yu Yangyi

Latest update 14 May 2015

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 418  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Y Yu vs H Haapala  1-032 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
2. Wang Yu vs Y Yu  ½-½13 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentB33 Sicilian
3. D Bartkowiak vs Y Yu  0-138 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. K Nygren vs Y Yu  0-133 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentB32 Sicilian
5. Y Yu vs S Hanninger  1-018 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
6. Y Yu vs L Couso  ½-½29 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentB42 Sicilian, Kan
7. Y Yu vs E Hedman  0-161 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
8. N Vanderhallen vs Y Yu  ½-½18 2007 Scandinavian Chess TournamentD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Wen Yang vs Y Yu  0-134 2008 TCh-CHN A(Rapid)B30 Sicilian
10. Y Yu vs Wang Chen 1-06 2008 TCh-CHN AC41 Philidor Defense
11. Y Yu vs W Li  1-043 2008 TCh-CHN AB42 Sicilian, Kan
12. M Leon Hoyos vs Y Yu 0-136 2009 48th World Junior ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
13. Y Yu vs W So ½-½40 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
14. Y Yu vs M Rodshtein  ½-½47 2009 48th World Junior ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. Wen Yang vs Y Yu  ½-½34 2009 XingQiu OpenB42 Sicilian, Kan
16. Y Yu vs M Bartel 1-040 2009 World CupA05 Reti Opening
17. Y Yu vs A Nguyen 1-068 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
18. E Cuberli vs Y Yu 0-135 2009 48th World Junior ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
19. I Chirila vs Y Yu  ½-½35 2009 48th World Junior ChampionshipB41 Sicilian, Kan
20. Y Yu vs Zhou Weiqi  ½-½16 2009 XingQiu OpenB10 Caro-Kann
21. Y Yu vs Yu Shaoteng  ½-½33 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
22. Y Yu vs S Zhigalko 0-141 2009 48th World Junior ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
23. Y Yu vs Le Quang Liem  0-148 2009 XingQiu OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. Movsesian vs Y Yu ½-½52 2009 World CupA07 King's Indian Attack
25. E Ghaem Maghami vs Y Yu  ½-½49 2009 8th Asian Continental Chess ChampionshipA13 English
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Oct-18-12  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.
Jul-25-14  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.
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  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.
Aug-14-14  ketchuplover: Kudos!
Dec-05-14  Whitehat1963: Nice job for the up-and-coming young lad.
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  Alien Math: Well done Yangyi Yu!
Dec-06-14  SugarDom: Beating Giri then Kramnik makes him scary...
Dec-06-14  kardopov: Beware of the Chinese domination! After coming out of their cocoon, the players from the iron gate quickly dominated the asian scene. Now, they are threatening the whole world. First step, conquering the olympiad. Tomorrow the individual world chess crown. No problem with them, their government can sponsor the qualifier, and then the championship. Carlsen's dominance will be threaten sooner than expected. Just remember the name: Dingyuweiliwang!
Dec-06-14  ketchuplover: that's quite a mouthful
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  waustad: <zanzibar> Adapting to name order issues often gets confusing, in part because people themselves often switch order for the convenience of foreigners. Shen Yang, for example, uses the Yang Shen name order on her facebook page and most Hungarians switch when not using Magyar.
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  Garech: Watch this space!


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  Abdel Irada: Yu Yangyi shares a birthday with my daughter (although he was born six years earlier).

Best keep an eye on this one. :-D

Mar-22-15  TheFocus: Shouldn't he just stick to music?
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  Abdel Irada: <TheFocus: Shouldn't he just stick to music?>

That's Yi Er San you're thinking of, and he only does intros.

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  Abdel Irada: Is that grainy picture the best we can find?

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