Andrew Tang Biography

American chess playerFor the Singaporean racing driver, see Andrew Tang (racing driver).

Andrew Tang (born November 29, 1999) is an American chess grandmaster. He is also a popular streamer, known online for his speed chess skills especially in bullet (one minute), hyperbullet (30 seconds), and ultrabullet (15 seconds) time controls as well as for playing speed chess blindfolded.

Chess career

Tang began playing chess in preschool. He was instructed by John Bartholomew as he was growing up. He earned the *le of International Master in 2014 by winning the North American Junior Chess Championship.

Tang earned the *le of Grandmaster in November 2017, when he achieved his final norm and an Elo rating over 2500, both required for the *le, in the Fall 2017 CCCSA GM Norm Invitational tournament, held in Charlotte, North Carolina. FIDE awarded him the *le in April 2018.

In December 2018, he participated in the World Rapid Chess Championship in Saint Petersburg. Initially seeded 190th, Tang achieved a good result, scoring 8.5 points out of 15 rounds, and placing 59th. In the tournament, he also played his first live game against world champion Magnus Carlsen.

In the 2019 U.S. Junior Championship, Tang placed 4th out of 10 with 5/9.

In January 2020, Tang tied for second place with a score of 6.5/9 in the Charlotte Open, held in Charlotte, North Carolina, tying with GM Cemil Can Ali Marandi, GM Akshat Chandra, GM Ulvi Bajarani, and IM Aaron Grabinsky. On October 1, 2020, Tang signed with the esports organization Cloud9 using the online ID penguingm1.

Andrew Tang also competed in the 2021 Bullet Chess Championship Presented By SIG hosted by There he competed against GMs Hikaru Nakamura, Nihal Sarin, Daniel Naroditsky and Alireza Firouzja, among others. He finished in 2nd place, losing 5–11 to Firouzja in the final. He again participated in the compe*ion's following-year edition, and again finished in 2nd place, losing 11–8 to Nakamura in the Grand Final.

Andrew Tang won the 2023 US Open. He and GM Alexey Sorokin both won their ninth round games to tie for first place, but Tang won the Armageddon playoff. Tang was subsequently featured on the cover of the December 2023 issue of Chess Life.

Tang streams chess live on Twitch, preferring fast bullet chess games of 15-, 30-, or 60-second chess with no increment, and he is the only chess player to ever beat the Lichess Stockfish successively from level 1 through 8 in ultrabullet time control. He has won the Lichess *led Arena five times as of December 2021.

Personal life

Tang was born in Naperville, Illinois but his family moved to Minnesota when he was eight. He graduated from Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minnesota, and currently attends Princeton University, where he hopes to major in Operations Research and Financial Engineering.


    External links

    • Andrew Tang rating card at FIDE
    • Andrew Tang player profile and games at
    • Andrew Tang player profile at
    • Andrew Tang (penguingim1) member profile at Lichess
    • Andrew Tang (C9C9C9C9C9) member profile at Lichess
    • Andrew Tang (CleverTacticButFail) member profile at Lichess
    • Andrew Tang Archived 2016-08-02 at the Wayback Machine chess games and profile at
    • Andrew Tang on Twitch