Elliott Liu

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Elliott Liu
Full name Elliott Liu
Country  United States
Born (1989-11-25) November 25, 1989 (age 24)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Title FIDE Master
FIDE rating 2289 (August 2012)
Peak rating 2356 (October 2008)

Elliott Liu (born November 25, 1989 in Boston,[1] Massachusetts, United States) is an American chess player and personality from San Diego, California. Liu first earned distinction by winning the 2005 U.S. Under 16 Chess Championship, and with it a full four-year scholarship to the University of Maryland as a Freshman in high school.[2]

A year later, he then became the youngest player in the 2006 U.S. Chess Championship as a 16-year-old.[3] In round 1, he surprised everybody by holding famous GM Alex Yermolinsky to a draw.[4] Liu scored an even more impressive result the following day in round 2 by drawing Grandmaster Gregory Kaidanov, the third highest rated player in the United States at the time.[5] Two weeks after the conclusion of the eventful tournament, "Elliott Liu Day" was proclaimed by the city of San Diego on April 25, 2006.[6]

Later that year in August, Liu won a gold medal at the 2006 Pan-American Chess Championship held in Cuenca, Ecuador.[7]

Upon graduating from The Bishop's School in 2008, he was a Standard-bearer for Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate at the 2008 U.S. Open, witnessing Woods' most recent Major Championship victory.[8] A couple months later, Liu matriculated at Stanford University. From 2003 through 2008, he was consistently ranked as one of the top five players in the United States for his age [9][10][11] and represented the U.S. in three World Youth Championships during that time period: Greece in 2004, France in 2005, and Turkey in 2007.[12][13]

Most recently, in January 2011 while studying abroad in Florence, Italy, Liu flew to New York City and ended up winning the "Extreme Chess Championship," a filmed tournament that was released in a four-part series on YouTube, concluding on April 28, 2012.[14] This victory helped cement Liu's reputation as one of the more popular chess personalities.

Currently, Liu has transitioned from competitive player to teacher of private students from around the world, producer of instructional video lessons for Chess.com, the world's most popular chess website, and host of "Your Games Analyzed," a weekly live webcast that can be watched by any of Chess.com's 5.6 million members.[15] To date, he has produced 25 instructional video lessons for Chess.com, garnering over 145,000 views.[16]

After graduating from Stanford with a degree in Human Biology, Liu moved to Las Vegas, Nevada where he currently works for Caesars Entertainment Corporation.[17]


  1. ^ "Chess games of Elliott Liu". chessgames.com. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
  2. ^ "When You Play Chess, You Can't Hide Who You Are". San Diego Reader. 2007-05-31. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  3. ^ "US Chess Championship 2006". Parker News Service. 2006-04-22. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  4. ^ "Alex Yermolinsky vs Elliott Liu". chessgames.com. Retrieved 2006-03-03. 
  5. ^ "Elliott Liu vs Gregory Kaidanov". chessgames.com. Retrieved 2006-03-03. 
  6. ^ ""Elliott Liu Day" Proclaimed!". The Bishop's School. 2006-05-02. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  7. ^ "Seven medals, and controversy in Ecuador". The United States Chess Federation. 2006-08-12. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  8. ^ "Elliott Liu, on TV Once Again". The United States Chess Federation. 2008-06-13. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  9. ^ "Top Age 16 December 2006". uschess.org. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  10. ^ "Top Age 17 April 2007". uschess.org. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  11. ^ "Top Age 18 December 2008". uschess.org. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  12. ^ "Elliott Liu '08 A Chess Player's International Journey". The Bishop's School. 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  13. ^ "Encinitas teen in national chess championships". North County Times. 2006-02-25. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  14. ^ "X Chess Championships, Episode 4 (The Finale)". youtube.com. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  15. ^ "FM Elliott Liu". chess.com. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  16. ^ "Immortal Technique Chess Video Lessons". chess.com. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  17. ^ "Elliott Liu Gaming Analyst at Caesars Entertainment Corporation". linkedin.com. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 

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