Yannick Pelletier is a Swiss chess Grandmaster born in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. Pelletier was awarded the Grandmaster title in 2001 and the International Master title in 1995. As of January 2003, his Peak rating was 2624, while his FIDE rating was 2519 as of December 2022.
At the Istanbul Chess Olympiad in 2000, Pelletier earned his final Grandmaster norm, and in 2001, Pelletier received his actual Grandmaster title. In 1995, 2000, 2002, 2010, 2014, and 2017, Pelletier won the Swiss Chess Championship six times.
With his original club Biel and later the SG Zurich, Pelletier has also won multiple championships at the Swiss Team Championship.
Pelletier and Werder Bremen won the German Bundesliga in 2005. Along with the French Cup in 2008 and 2009, he additionally won the French Team Championship with Clichy in 2007, 2008, 2012, and 2013.
In 2018, he assisted Bischwiller in winning the French Team Championship by winning the gold medal on board 6 for that team.
In the ninth Neuchâtel Open in 2001, he shared first place with Tamaz Gelashvili, Mark Hebden, and Vladimir Tukmakov.
Shared first place in 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, and 2009 while winning the Zurich Christmas Open alone in 2001 (with 6.5 out of 7) and 2006.
In the 40th Biel Chess Tournament in 2007, he finished in a tie for third place with Alexander Grischuk and Judit Polgár.
In 2012, Pelletier won the Martinique Open by himself, and in 2013, he won on a tiebreak.
Since 1996, Pelletier has led the Swiss national team and has competed for his nation in all major competitions, including Chess Olympiads and European Team Championship.
Pelletier defeated World Number two Hikaru Nakamura at the European Club Cup in Skopje in October 2015. One month later, Pelletier defeated World Champion Magnus Carlsen at the European Team Championship in Reykjavik.
Yannick Pelletier vs Andrei Volokitin – Biel Int’l Festival, Round 10 – Biel, Switzerland – August 03, 2006
Yannick Pelletier vs Magnus Carlsen – 38th Biel Chess Festival,Round 7 – Biel, Switzerland – July 24, 2005
Yannick Pelletier vs Hikaru Nakamura – European Club Cup, Round 2 – Skopje, Macedonia – October 19, 2015