2019 US Women’s Chess Champion: Jennifer Yu

Jennifer Yu at the 2018 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship. Photo: Austin Fuller

Jennifer Yu

World Youth Gold Medalist and 2019 US Women’s Chess Champion

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Birthday: February 1, 2002

City: Ashburn, VA

Jennifer Yu, our 2019 US Women’s Chess Champion, is one of America’s most promising rising players, earning a myriad of national and international achievements over the years.

In 2015, Yu broke two records at once when she won the Virginia State Closed Championship, becoming the youngest player and first female to do so. She’s won the National Girls Tournament of Champions three times, tying for first in 2014 and 2015 and taking clear first in 2016.

In 2014, Yu won clear first at the World Youth Championships Girls U-12 section, becoming the first American female to win gold in 27 years. In 2017, she again impressed on the international stage, earning a bronze medal at the World Junior Girls Championship (U-20).

In 2018, Jennifer earned a bronze medal for the United States team at the Batumi Olympiad. In 2019, she won the US Women’s Championship with a resounding 10/11 score, becoming the first teenager since 2000 to win the storied competition.

Here is Yu’s dynamic victory over the 2018 and 2016 U.S. Women’s Champion, Nazi Paikidze, at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Championship.

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