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Gateway to the Ivy League | Chess Life Magazine

August 01, 2017

In this Chess Life cover story, WIM Yuanling Yuan interviews four Grandmasters who were admitted to the top institutions in the country - Harvard, Yale and Stanford. Intertwined with her own narrative, Yuanling explores the choice between higher education and a professional full-time career in chess, recounts the tough journey of these masters to the Ivy League, and the transferable skills from chess that can brought to the higher education setting.

My Best Move: Yuanling Yuan | Chess Life Magazine

June 01, 2017

"Chess is not a game for the faint-hearted. It forces you to step outside of yourself, take risks and make sacrifices. But more importantly, it requires a level of mental toughness that can endure losses and losing positions. If there is one non-cognitive trait that chess has helped me develop over the years, it is grit."

In this feature, WIM Yuanling Yuan recounts how grit led to the turning of the tide and eventually, a victory against GM Mariya Muzychuk at the Women's World Championship in Sochi, Russia. 

September 12, 2016

Grandmaster Daniel King and official ChessBase reporter interviews Yuanling Yuan at the 2016 World Chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan. 

March 03, 2016

SubLite, a Yale startup co-founded by Yuanling Yuan and Alisa Melekhina, former University of Pennsylvania law student, hopes to disrupt the current student summer experience model by providing an open marketplace for student summer housing and summer internship matching. 

December 13, 2015

"It was 7 years ago when I first became an entrepreneur. In high school, I combined my passion for chess and education into a nonprofit organization, Chess in the Library. At Yale, I co-founded SubLite, a one-stop shop for college students to find summer internships and housing. Through both experiences, I realized that chess taught me so much more than what meets the 64 squares." 

In this interview with Columbia's leading entrepreneurship publication, Yuanling Yuan shares her thoughts on the intersection of chess and entrepreneurship.

April 28, 2015

"Three years ago I crossed the Canadian border to settle in New Haven, CT, where I began my undergraduate studies at Yale University. Though Yale is not a typical chess school, I had the opportunity to travel the country and play in many U.S. chess tournaments. Having played chess semi-professionally in Canada for more than 10 years, I was shocked to see the U.S. chess system at work."


In this WSJ feature, Yuanling Yuan interviews several other expat chess masters and recounts their chess culture shocks while living in the U.S.

March 18, 2015

It would be surprising not to see any surprises at the Women's World Championship. After all, it is a knock-out tournament. But the first round brought hardly any upsets, the favorites won or drew, hoping for better opportunities in the second game. With one exception: Yuan Yuanling used a lethal counter to win against Marya Muzychuk.

August 06, 2014

Grandmaster Daniel King and official ChessBase reporter interviews Canada's Board 1 Yuanling Yuan at the 2014 World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway. 

February 12, 2014

With the support of her IB coordinator and a local librarian, Yuanling Yuan, a 2012 IB Diploma graduate from Victoria Park Collegiate Institute, North York, Canada, turned her Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) project into an international volunteer organization calledChess in the Library.  The group brings together new and veteran chess players alike in public libraries throughout the U.S. and Canada. She spoke with us about the inspiration behind her project and how the Diploma Programme helped her gain the skills she needed to get where she is today.

November 24, 2012

Women's International Chess Master, Yuanling Yuan, the top Candian Women's player and Yale University freshman challenges 16 other players at Chess Club of Fairfield County in simultaneous play Saturday.

November 24, 2010

Yuanling Yuan, who recently returned from the biennial Chess Olympiad, is the top-rated female chess player in Canada and also holds the distinction of being the youngest Canadian female to hold the title of international master. Although Yuan admits she may have to look at the men’s game for challenge and inspiration, now that she’s the top female player, she never thought chess was limited to a particular gender.

October 24, 2010

In today’s digital world, chess may as well be lawn-bowling to many young people. At least that’s what some people think. Yuan, however, is set on proving those people wrong. Two years ago she founded Chess in the Library — a smart-sounding club for smart-sounding people. The kind of people who travel to the library (that ancient bastion of knowledge) to play chess (that game that old, wise people play).

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