GM Yu Yangyi

Full name
Yu Yangyi
Born
Jun 8, 1994 (age 24)
Place of birth
Huangshi, Hubei, China
Federation
China
Profiles

Yu Yangyi is one of the very few players in the world to jump into the Grandmaster title without ever having any previous title. One of the quickest rises to Grandmaster status ever, Yangyi earned his 3 Grandmaster norms within two(!) tournaments in less than two(!) weeks! Now that he’s the third best junior player in the world, one of China’s top Grandmasters and one of the best players of any age in the world, no doubt he will continue this incredible rise and head toward the peak of the chess mountains with the other titans.

Yu Yangyi learned to play chess at a young age and quickly had success. He tied for second place in the World U-10 Championship in 2003 and followed that up with winning the same section the following year in 2004. A few years later in 2007, Yangyi came in second place in the Aeroflot Open Group C. The next year, in 2008, he played in the same tournament’s group B and came in third place. In 2009, he came in second place at the Zhejiang Lishui Xingqui Open behind Le Quang Liem. It was in 2009 that Yangyi had his breakout year. As an untitled teenager, he came in third place at the Asian Continental Championship which earned him two(!) norms. This is because the tournament had a continental status and qualified for a double norm. The following week, Yangyi had a great performance as well at the Subic International Open and won another Grandmaster norm. With his three Grandmaster norm requirements already completed, Yangyi was awarded the Grandmaster title without ever having any previous title. After getting this title, he tied for first at the Asian Individual Championships in 2011. In 2012 he came in second place at the Chinese Championships and in the same year he tied for first at the Asian Continental Championship. In 2013 he achieved his peak rating of 2696. Recently in 2014 he won the Chinese Championship ahead of Ding Liren and also won the blitz tournament at the same event. Now that he is the third best junior player in the world, one of China’s top Grandmasters and one of the best players of any age in the world, Yangyi will be sure to continue improving. He has many more years ahead of him for some great chess results to happen.

Best Game


Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Bogo-Indian Defense (1) : E11
Dutch Defense (3) : A84 A80
Scandinavian Defense (7) : B01
Catalan Opening (5) : E01 E05 E00
Caro-Kann Defense (42) : B12 B13 B17 B18 B19 B10
Italian Game (3) : C55
Reti Opening (9) : A04 A05
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Pirc Defense (8) : B07 B09 B08
Modern Defense (5) : B06
Petrov's Defense (23) : C42 C43
Benoni Defense (1) : A56
Gruenfeld Defense (11) : D85 D80 D97 D96
Queen's Indian Defense (3) : E17 E15
Indian Game (8) : E10 A48 A49 A46
Four Knights Game (6) : C46 C49 C48
Trompowsky Attack (5) : A45
Queen's Pawn Opening (3) : D02
King's Indian Attack (12) : A07 A08
Scotch Game (33) : C45 C44
Semi-Slav Defense (6) : D43
King's Indian Defense (11) : E60 E75 E61 E73 E64
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (1) : D73
Bishop's Opening (2) : C24 C28
Giuoco Piano Game (2) : C50 C53
Hungarian Opening (1) : A00
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (1) : D44
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D71
Alekhine Defense (6) : B04 B02
Vienna Game (9) : C25 C26
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D32
Black Pieces
Indian Game (19) : A49 A46 A45 E10
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Queen's Pawn Opening (17) : A41 A40 D00 D02 D03
Four Knights Game (7) : C46 C47 C48 C49
Dutch Defense (4) : A80 A81
Petrov's Defense (22) : C42 C43
King's Indian Defense (5) : D70 E60
Pirc Defense (7) : B07 B08
King's Indian Attack (10) : A07
Reti Opening (23) : A06 A04 A09 A05
Giuoco Piano Game (5) : C53 C50
Semi-Slav Defense (18) : D45 D43 D47
Italian Game (2) : C55 C59
Modern Defense (1) : B06
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (7) : A01
Alekhine Defense (1) : B04
Bishop's Opening (2) : C24 C28
Bird's Opening (1) : A03
Vienna Game (4) : C26 C25
Catalan Opening (15) : E04 E01 E00
Caro-Kann Defense (4) : B10 B12 B11
Scotch Game (2) : C45
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (1) : A40
Hungarian Opening (1) : A00
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (3) : D44
Trompowsky Attack (3) : A45
Van Geet Opening (1) : A00
Gruenfeld Defense (3) : D92 D80
Queen's Indian Defense (13) : E15 E12 E16
Queen's Gambit Accepted (2) : D21 D23
Benoni Defense (2) : A61
Bogo-Indian Defense (4) : E11
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D78

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