Yuanling Yuan, Chess Olympiad 2010
|Full name||Yuan Yuanling|
|Title||Woman International Master (WIM)|
|FIDE rating||2254 (February 2014)|
|Peak rating||2254 (February 2014)|
Her family moved from Shanghai to Canada when Yuanling Yuan was five years old, and then in 2003 they moved from Ottawa to Toronto. Her father taught her to play chess. 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, and is currently attending Yale University. At Yale, she is a student in Berkeley College.
In 2003 Yuanling Yuan was already the Canadian Girl's Under-Ten Champion, qualifying her to become a Canadian Master in that age group. 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. 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. She has remained the top rated Canadian female competitor since, earning the distinction in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
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) and the 39th Chess Olympiad, 2010, in Khanty-Mansiysk on first board (7.5 points out of 11 games).
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 with excellence as well as six weeks later at a tournament in Chicago. Her Elo rating is 2220 as of November 2011, which is the highest that has ever been achieved by a Canadian woman.
Chess in the Library
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.
- Scarborough teen is chess queen. Article by Alina Smirnova on torontoobsever.ca from November 24th, 2010
- Yuanling Yuan on candianchess.info
- 7th Panamerican Women Championship (portuguese)
- Chess in the Library