Jonathan Yu

JonathanJonathan Yu – Chess Master
Current CFC Rating: 2225

Jonathan enjoys teaching all aspects of the game to HH chess club members of all levels. He applies his background in tournament chess to help students better understand the strategic and psychological subtleties of the game.


His favorite aspect of chess is the endgame. He has never taught chess professionally but believes living is learning and is never hesitant to kibitz on an ongoing blitz game! He is currently teaching a popular seminar on Middlegame Strategy!

Before volunteering at the Hart House Chess Club, Jonathan was Canadian Youth Champion U12 (2001) and U16 (2005). He likes to travel and mix in some chess tournaments in his spare time!

Jonathan is also an engineering alumni at University of Toronto and works in machine learning and app development. While a student he was a member of the HH Chess Club for 5 years and played on the UofT Pan-ams teams in  2011 and 2012.

In 2018, Jonathan, along with Hart House Chess Club’s former Secretary, Bill Kim, joined a team of volunteers who went to Ghana. As part of their mission to improve the science curriculum for the local High School, Jonathan and Bill founded a chess club for the junior’s of the village.

Recent selected tournament results:

Reykjavik Open 2017-  6/10 2238 Perf

Vienna Chess Open 2016 Group A  – 5/9 2213 Perf

Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2015 – Masters 5.5/10 2409 Perf