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Zhu Chen
Zhu Chen 
Number of games in database: 661
Years covered: 1993 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2419 (2409 rapid, 2331 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2538

Overall record: +175 -137 =187 (53.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 162 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (42) 
    E32 E38 E34 E20 E39
 Slav (32) 
    D11 D12 D17 D10 D18
 Queen's Gambit Declined (29) 
    D37 D31 D38 D35 D36
 King's Indian (28) 
    E97 E94 E77 E92 E91
 Queen's Indian (26) 
    E15 E12 E19 E16
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    A40 E00 A50 A46 A45
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (85) 
    B90 B51 B22 B23 B92
 Slav (58) 
    D12 D10 D11 D15 D14
 Sicilian Najdorf (25) 
    B90 B92 B93 B95 B97
 French Defense (24) 
    C11 C07 C02 C01 C03
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    D00 D02 A46 E00 A45
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C60 C91 C65 C77 C96
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Nakamura vs Zhu Chen, 2004 1/2-1/2
   Kosteniuk vs Zhu Chen, 2001 0-1
   Zhu Chen vs Taimanov, 1997 1-0
   Zhu Chen vs N Pogonina, 2007 1/2-1/2
   Zhu Chen vs Kosteniuk, 2001 1-0
   Zhu Chen vs Ponomariov, 2002 1/2-1/2
   Zhu Chen vs S Petrenko, 2001 1/2-1/2
   Zhu Chen vs Than Soe Aung, 1999 1-0
   Zhu Chen vs G Suez-Panama, 2014 1-0
   Zhu Chen vs I Krush, 2002 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   North Urals Cup (2006)
   European Club Cup (Women) (2011)
   Nanjing Women's FIDE Grand Prix (2009)
   Acropolis Tournament (2006)
   Women's World Chess Championship (2010)
   16th Asian Games (Women Teams) (2010)
   European Club Cup (Women) (2007)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   Gibraltar Chess Festival (2008)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2011)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Women WCC Index [FIDE 2001 Knockout Matches] by chessmoron
   Other Top Women by larrewl

   Ju Wenjun vs Zhu Chen (Feb-15-17) 1/2-1/2
   Zhu Chen vs Ju Wenjun (Feb-14-17) 0-1
   I K Sukandar vs Zhu Chen (Feb-12-17) 1/2-1/2
   Zhu Chen vs I K Sukandar (Feb-11-17) 1-0
   S Gvetadze vs Zhu Chen (Dec-30-16) 1-0, blitz

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(born Mar-16-1976, 41 years old) China (federation/nationality Qatar)
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GM Zhu Chen was born in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province. In 1994, she won the World Women U-20 Championship title - and was the 2nd to have reclaimed it 2 years later after having lost it to rival IM Nino Khurtsidze. She became Women's World Champion in 2001. She contested the FIDE Knock-out Women's World Championship (2012) but bowed out in the second round after losing to a fellow former Women's Champion Antoaneta Stefanova after eliminating Belarussian prodigy WGM Nastassia Ziaziulkina in the first round.

Zhu Chen is now married to Qatari GM Mohamad Al-Modiahki, and represents Qatar in international competition. She is also a FIDE Arbiter (2015).

Wikipedia article: Zhu Chen

 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 661  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Xu Jun vs Zhu Chen  1-040 1993 Beijing ST Lee cupE09 Catalan, Closed
2. Zhu Chen vs U Abdullaeva  1-050 1995 Wch U20 GirlsA90 Dutch
3. Zhu Chen vs Ftacnik  ½-½49 1996 Cup Lee, Beijing (China)D85 Grunfeld
4. Xu Jun vs Zhu Chen  0-145 1996 Beijing ST Lee cupA28 English
5. S Atalik vs Zhu Chen  ½-½48 1996 Lee CupD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Zhu Chen vs Smirin  1-044 1996 Lee Cup 3rdA56 Benoni Defense
7. Zhu Chen vs M Litinskaya-Shul  ½-½55 1996 Yerevan ol (Women)D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Zhu Chen vs Smyslov  0-150 1997 10, Hostdans, Copenhagen DEND19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
9. Smyslov vs Zhu Chen  1-047 1997 05, Hostdans, Copenhagen DENA46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Taimanov vs Zhu Chen  ½-½73 1997 Hostdans, Copenhagen DEND30 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Zhu Chen vs Taimanov 1-059 1997 Hostdans, Copenhagen DENE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
12. Hort vs Zhu Chen  ½-½47 1997 HostdansA06 Reti Opening
13. Zhu Chen vs Spassky  ½-½51 1997 HostdansA40 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Portisch vs Zhu Chen 1-037 1997 HostdansD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. Zhu Chen vs Hort  1-078 1997 HostdansA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
16. D Sermek vs Zhu Chen  1-042 1997 3rd Tan Chin Nam CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
17. J Ye vs Zhu Chen  1-039 1997 Beijing Tan Chin Nam cupB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
18. E Pigusov vs Zhu Chen  1-069 1997 3rd Tan Chin Nam CupA06 Reti Opening
19. Zhu Chen vs Oll 0-127 1997 Lee Cup 4thA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
20. J Ye vs Zhu Chen  1-053 1997 Beijing ST Lee cupB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
21. Smyslov vs Zhu Chen  ½-½9 1998 Match, Roquebrune (France)D14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
22. Zhu Chen vs Smyslov  ½-½34 1998 Match, Roquebrune (France)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. Zhu Chen vs E Torre  0-160 1998 Bad HomburgE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
24. Karpov vs Zhu Chen  1-051 1998 Simultan, Beijing (China)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. Spassky vs Zhu Chen 1-078 1998 Cancan Veterans-WomenA36 English
 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 661  PGN Download
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  Nightsurfer: The expert <Zhijun> has published a very interesting assessment with regard to the significance of Chinese Chess XIANGQI in China - in comparison to our beloved International Chess - , and he has done so in the section of comments with regard to China's whizz kid Ding Liren, please read <Zhijun>'s contribution that he has posted there on June 6th, 2009: <"In China ..."> International <"... chess is not popular ... "> at all, and <" ... the reason is that people usually play Chinese chess (XiangQi) and Go. Believe it or not, almost every little boy can play Chinese chess but ..."> no International <"... chess. As you ..."> may <"... know or not, China has 1.4 billion ..."> people and <"... that means more than 1 billion ..."> people <"... can play Chinese chess">. Amazing!
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  Nightsurfer: The big fun in Chinese Chess XIANGQI is the fact that you can plan and execute flank attacks and pincer moves there - without always having to worry whether you control the center of the board or not. Those flank attacks and pincer moves in XIANGQI make you feel like a great strategist - and that is real fun, of course!

Whilst pincer moves and flank attacks are common strategies in Chinese Chess XIANGQI, the situation in the scenario of the notorious checkered 64 squares is quite different. In International Chess you have to stubbornly attack the center, therefore Cannae-style operations are the exception.

But there is an alternative now for the aficionado who dreams of realizing grand schemes of pincer strategies in the scenario of the well-known 64 checkered squares: Then you just have to turn to CIRCULAR CHESS - in case that you want to work the board like a second HANNIBAL at CANNAE, please compare the (German-language) feature:

Modern CIRCULAR CHESS is the relaunch of historical BYZANTINE CHESS, please compare . The young British Master David Howell is an expert on the sector of CIRCULAR CHESS, <David Howell> has already won the World Championship in CIRCULAR CHESS in 2002 when he was 11 (!!!) years old.

Herewith two sources: and

The feature gives some hints with regard to practical play since part of the article are two games (plus annotations). Those two clashes on the circular board have been battled out during regular World Championships of CIRCULAR CHESS.

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  Nightsurfer: Herewith some further information with regard to the Battle of Cannae (that has been mentioned in the foregoing comment):

And herewith the masterplan of the Battle of Cannae: - the very masterplan that has inspired generals and strategists throughout the centuries ever since.

And if you want to know something more about the winner at CANNAE, namely HANNIBAL, please check out !

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  Nightsurfer: One of those two game records of CIRCULAR CHESS that have been discussed in the final passages of the (German-language) feature (please see the first one of <Nightsurfer>'s two foregoing comments that have been posted today on April 4th, 2012!) - namely the World Championship encounter at Lincoln, UK, on May 14th, 2000, between <Francis Bowers (White)> and the later World Champion <Herman Kok (Black)> - has been discussed in an English-language feature as well: - and that feature has published some very instructive diagrams that help to understand what was going on during that very game.
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  Nightsurfer: Apart from <Zhu Chen> and Xie Jun there are more big names among China's RISING STARS who have first learned Chinese Chess <XiangQi> before switching to International Chess, namely Zhong Zhang , Bu Xiangzhi and Wang Yue , please check out their personal pages!
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  Nightsurfer: The name-dropping - namely with regard to players who both play International Chess and <XiangQi> - can be continued: members of the club are the former coach of the Women's Chinese Olympic Team, that is Liu Wenzhe; the World Champion in International Chess 2004, that is Rustam Kasimdzhanov; the most handsome guy in the chess circus, that is Alexander Grischuk , and the former German candidate to become World Champion of International Chess, that is Robert Huebner , please check out the personal pages of these players!
Aug-24-12  hellopolgar: she isn't playing in the chess Olympics this year.
Apr-03-14  Whitehat1963: Good lord! How old is the picture? She's 38, but she looks 15!
Apr-03-14  Whitehat1963: I stumbled across more recent shots. The profile pick is from 2005.

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  WannaBe: <Whitehat1963> Zhu is a cousin of T. Rex??
Apr-03-14  Whitehat1963: LOl! No. Scroll down a bit, <WannaBe>. LOL!
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  HeMateMe: Interesting, she lives in Qatar, and Seirawan, her chess team partner was born in Syria. Could there be a connection between his past and her present? Perhaps his relatives in Syria know her?
Jul-10-14  Karposian: <HeMateMe: Interesting, she lives in Qatar, and Seirawan, her chess team partner was born in Syria. Could there be a connection between his past and her present? Perhaps his relatives in Syria know her?>

Sure, why shouldn't they know her? After all it's only two different countries you're talking about, not even neighboring countries, only a thousand miles apart from each other (just little, tiny Iraq in between), so hell, why not?

Jul-10-14  waustad: They have been partners before: Zhu Chen / Yasser Seirawan
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  HeMateMe: Why not, indeed?
Aug-15-14  Mr. V: She must be pretty smart to have studied at Tsinghua University.
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  HeMateMe: What happens at Tsinghua University?
Aug-16-14  Mr. V: Typical studying, and other university activities.
What I was referring to was that I've heard it's one of the most rigorous and reputable universities in China. For someone from the United States, I guess it would be like a lavishly government-funded Harvard.
Aug-16-14  Mr. V: I know that's not in this page's current Biography, but I read about her education and was impressed. Then again, she might not be that smart if she chose to be a chessplayer :)
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  HeMateMe: I would study with her. I'm not sure how much work we would get done...
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  perfidious: Very well preserved.
Sep-02-15  dumbgai: According to the Chessbase report, Zhu Chen won the blitz tournament at the Asia Continental. Here she is with the 2nd and 3rd place finisher (both representing China):

I wouldn't recognize her with that outfit.

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  WannaBe: Holy Criminy, that girl is showing her lower legs! Have she been punished yet?
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  cro777: Recently, Zhu Chen is dedicated to promoting chess. Her new project is Zhu Chen Chess School in Wenzhu, China.

At the recent Masters Mixed Doubles chess tournament in Shanghai (each team consisted of two players, one male and one female, making alternate moves with no consultation) her partner was GM Ye Jiangchuan, head coach of the Chinese national chess team.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Zhu Chen.
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