Yuanling Yuan

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Yuanling Yuan
Yuanling Yuan Canadian Chess Queen.jpg
Full name Yuan Yuanling
Country  Canada
Born (1994-06-03) June 3, 1994 (age 22)
Shanghai, China
Title Woman International Master (WIM)
FIDE rating 2243 (January 2017)
Peak rating 2270 (May 2015)

Yuanling Yuan (born 3 June 1994, Shanghai, China) is one of the top female chess players in Canada, holding the title of Woman International Master (WIM). She is also a two-time entrepreneur and an alumna of Yale University.

She has competed in the Women's World Chess Championships in 2015 and represented Canada five times at the Chess Olympiad (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014) and 2016).


Her family moved from Shanghai to Canada when Yuanling Yuan was five years old. While in Ottawa she was playing for the RA Chess Club, but when she moved to Toronto she joined the Scarborough Chess Club.

She attended Victoria Park Collegiate Institute from 2008 to 2012,[1] completing the International Baccalaureate program in high school. In July 2015, Yuanling shared her experience of founding a non-profit organisation "Chess in the Library" at the IB Conference of the Americas in Chicago. [2] In 2016, Yuanling graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Economics.[3]

In 2003 Yuanling Yuan became Canadian Master after winning the Canadian Girl's Under-10 title. In 2007, as a seventh grader, she became the High School Champion of both Toronto and Ontario, as well as the Junior Champion of Toronto.[4] She ended 2008 as the top rated Canadian female competitor after placing second behind Cuban Zirka Frometa Castillo at the Pan-American Women Championship in San Salvador.[5] She was the highest rated Canadian female player between 2008 and 2015.

As member of the Canadian National Women Team she played the 38th Chess Olympiad, 2008, in Dresden on second board (6.5 points out of 10 games), the 39th Chess Olympiad, 2010, in Khanty-Mansiysk on first board (7.5 points out of 11 games) and the 41st Chess Olympiad, 2014 in Tromsø on first board (7.5 points out of 11 games).[6]

Yuanling Yuan, Women International Master, represents Canada on Board 1 at the 2014 World Chess Olympiad

In October, 2009 Yuanling Yuan was awarded the title of Woman International Master (WIM), and remains the youngest Canadian in history to gain this title. She met the norms at the Pan-American Women Championship in May 2008 as well as six weeks later at a tournament in Chicago.

In March, 2015, Yuanling represented Canada at the 2015 Women's World Chess Championship. In the first round, she made an astonishing victory against GM Mariya Muzychuk, the 8th seed player and later the 2015 Women's World Champion. [7]

Chess in the Library[edit]

In 2009 she founded the program Chess in the Library. This volunteer organization draws interest to chess in public libraries, including the opportunity to play and organize chess in libraries. The organization has more than 28 member libraries in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Washington, D.C.[8]


In 2014, Yuanling founded the start-up SubLite LLC, a platform that assists with college students finding housing and internships.[9] The start-up was backed by both the Yale Entrepreneurship Institute and the Wharton Innovation Fund. [10]


  1. ^ Scarborough teen is chess queen
  2. ^ Yuanling Yuan IB Keynote Speech
  3. ^ Now at Yale, alumnus turned passion for chess into an international volunteer organization
  4. ^ Yuanling Yuan on candianchess.info
  5. ^ 7th Panamerican Women Championship (portuguese)
  6. ^ Olympiad Tromsø 2014 - A quick chat with Yuanling Yuan
  7. ^ "The Women's World Championship begins". 2015-03-18. Retrieved 2016-07-27. 
  8. ^ Chess in the Library
  9. ^ SubLite LLC Website
  10. ^ SubLite aims to centralize summer resources

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