Yu Yangyi is a Chinese chess Grandmaster born on June 8, 1994, in Huangshi, Hubei, China. Yangyi was awarded the title of Grandmaster in 2009. As of October 2022, his FIDE rating was 2718, while his Peak rating was 2765 as of September 2018. Yu pursued Sports Economics at Beijing Sports University outside of chess.
In 2009, Yangyi was 14 years, 11 months, and 23 days old when he advanced to the Grandmaster title. Yangyi finished first in 2013 with 11 points out of 13 games, followed by Alexander Ipatov with 10.5 points out of 13 games. Yangyi qualified for the 2015 Chess World Cup because of winning the World Junior Championship, which serves as the eligibility route to the 2016 World Chess Championship.
Yangyi won the first Qatar Masters Open championship in December 2014, defeating players such as Vladimir Kramnik and Anish Giri. Yangyi was part of the Chinese team that won gold at the 41st Chess Olympiad in 2014 and the World Team Chess Tournament in 2015. Yangyi won the individual gold medal on the third board at the 2014 Olympics thanks to his achievement rating of 2912, which was the greatest of the tournament.
Yangyi finished 2nd in the second series of the Qatar Masters Open, scoring 7 points out of 9 games, conquering Wesley So in the ultimate round but was defeated in the deciding set by Magnus Carlsen Yu came in the second spot at the Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz event on August 14, 2019, with a score of 21.5 points out of 36 games. Ding Liren and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave split the second tier. Yangyi placed 20th with three points in the FIDE Grand Prix 2022 in February-March 2022.
Yangyi became the overall World Junior Chess Championship victor in 2013.
In March 2014, Yangyi participated in the Chinese Chess Tournament and won on straight sets with 7/11 over compatriot countryman Ding Liren with 7/11.
Yangyi won the Asian Chess Tournament with a score of 7/9 over Ni Hua, Rustam Kasimdzhanov, and Adhiban B in April 2014. Yangyi won $6,000 USD as a result of his victory.
Yangyi won the Qatar Masters in December 2014 with a score of 7.5/9, defeating veteran global title holder Vladimir Kramnik and top seed Anish Giri.
Yangyi won the 50th Capablanca Memorial in Havana, Cuba, in June 2015 with a score of 7/10, defeating on tiebreaks Leinier Dominguez two times for a 2860 performance rating.
Yu Yangyi vs Leinier Dominguez Perez – Capablanca Memorial, Round 8 – Havana, Cuba – June 23, 2016
Yu Yangyi vs Parham Maghsoodloo – World Blitz Championship (Blitz), Round 20 – Doha, Qatar – December 30, 2016
Yu Yangyi vs Vladimir Kramnik – Qatar Masters, Round 9 – Doha, Qatar – December 04, 2014