Grandmaster(1) Daniil Yuffa once spent some time in the Alberta region of Canada(2) before he had earned his IM(3) title.
Daniil Yuffa came equal second in the European U10 Championship in 2007 with 7/9 behind Kirill Alekseenko and Mikhail Antipov (defeating the latter). Yuffa also competed in the 2009 World U12 Championship, scoring 5.5/9 and placing equal nineteenth. He was runner-up to Avital Boruchovsky in the European U18 Championship 2014 and equal second behind Cemil Can Ali Marandi (fourth on tiebreak) at the European U18 Championship 2015. Soon afterwards, he was =2nd (3rd or bronze on tiebreak behind Masoud Mosadeghpour and Kirill Alekseenko respectively) with 8.5/11 at the World U18 Championship 2015 that was staged in Halkidiki in Greece.
Yuffa was third in the Tyumen region Championship 2009 with 7/9 behind co-leaders Veniamin Sergeev and GM Dmitry Mikhailovich Chuprov (against whom he drew). Subsequently, he was 2nd in the 2010 Tyumen Open with 8/9, dropping his only game to the winner FM Alexander A Kopylov. Although unplaced, he gained some high level experience and excellent rating results in the 2010 Czech Opens A and F; in the former he scored 4/9 against 4 FMs and 4 IMs, scoring 2.5/4 against the FMs and 1.5/4 against the IMs, including a win against IM Atanu Lahiri. He was equal second in the Tyumen Region Championship 2010 with 7/9 and recorded his first win against a GM when he beat Andrei Vasilyevich Kovalev in the Superfinal 65 Tumen region 2010: his 4.5/10 against a field of 10 opponents whose average ELO was 2449 was a solid result that pushed him to the top ranks of U14 players at the time. Subsequent excellent results boosted his position considerably; he won the Olomouc Summer IM B1 tournament in August 2011 in the Czech Republic with 7.5/9, two points clear of the field and scoring his first IM norm, and scored 5.5/9 in the Pardubice Czech Open in July 2011, scoring IM norms in both events. He scored 5/9 at the 2011 Chigorin Memorial Open.
In 2012, he played at rating level when he scored 5/9 in the Tyumen Championship Superfinal in Russia, and put in a solid performance at the Aeroflot Open 2012 B, scoring 4.5/9. In March, he scored 6/9, placing equal seventh at the 2012 Ural Championships held in Satka, Russia and scored 5/11 in the Russian Chess Championship Higher League (2012) to give his rating a minor boost. He won the 72nd Urals Championship 2014.
He played board 4 for Russia 5 in the Chess Olympiad (2010), scoring 4/10, including draws against GM Dragisa Blagojevic and GM Tomas Petrik, and recording wins against IM Richard Polaczek and IM Filip Pancevski.
References / Sources
(1) https://ratings.fide.com/title_appl... (GM title awarded), (2) http://www.chess.ca/players?check_r... (2007 results at the Canadian Federation), (3) http://ratings.fide.com/title_appli... (IM title application).
Wikipedia article: Daniil Yuffa