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|Apr-06-09|| ||alexapple: Happy birthday! Zhao Xue|
|Apr-06-10|| ||alexapple: Happy birthday! Zhao Xue :)|
|Apr-06-10|| ||Simonkaser: Happy B !! :D|
|Apr-06-10|| ||wordfunph: Happy birthday! Zhao Xue|
|Apr-08-10|| ||DiscoJew: Happy Birthday indeed, she treated herself to a very simple gift... a nice win over a top contender!|
Zhao Xue vs A Stefanova, 2010
|Aug-19-10|| ||Tabanus: 4th place in FIDE Women Grand Prix (Mongolia) 30 July - 12 August 2010:|
|Jul-07-11|| ||plimko: Zhao Xue is the 1st Chinese Women Rapid Chess Champion. She defeated Ju Wenjun in the Final, 2-0.|
|Oct-15-11|| ||wordfunph: 6/6 after beating GM Zhu Chen, simply amazing!
|Oct-20-11|| ||Ezzy: 9.5/10 and an incredible 2974!!!! performance in the Nalchik Women's Grand Prix with 1 round to go.|
+9 is simply stunning and unprecedented in any women's tournament. This is something very special, and is it possible to win again tomorrow?
Is this result a 'one off' or are we witnessing a new dominant force in women's chess.
Some comments from her competitors
<The participants of Grand Prix also give the due to Zhao Xue, though they are not ready to consider her as the new leader of world chess. This means that the Chinese woman played one fantastic tournament, but it cannot guarantee her the next results. But of course everybody agreed that it was a brilliant performance. “ My congratulations to Zhao, she achieved phenomenal result which is perhaps unrepeatable at all” - said Kateryna Lahno.”
“Zhao is a good girl, - says Nadezda Kosintseva. - Recently she had been playing unsuccessfully and lowered her rating. A lot of people have written her off. Nothing to say - she is a fighter!”
“My congratulations to the winner. And we promise that we will do our best to provide her a “harder” tournament life the next time”- assured us Alexander Kosteniuk.
But let’s not forget about the world champion Hou Yifan who obviously has her own chess opinion on her compatriot’s victory. Will this phenomenal success of Zhao Xue be the only one or is it a sign of an appearance of a new leader in female chess for the following years? We can get an answer in the next Grand Prix.>
|Oct-21-11|| ||notyetagm: <CG.COM>
You're gonna have to update Zhao Xue 's biography tomorrow.
|Oct-21-11|| ||Ezzy: With a RP of 2974 going into the last round, she finally ran out of steam and lost to her compatriot Ju Wenjun.|
I was willing for her not to lose so she would have had a RP in the 2900's, but to say that it was an anticlimax is a bit churlish, It was still a World Class performance (9.5/11 with a RP of 2816), and one that will be remembered for a long time in Women's chess.
Congratulations to Zhao Xue for a magnificent display of chess!!
|Apr-12-12|| ||waustad: She had a nice win in a rook and pawn ending today vs Bela Khotenshvili. One of those where the player with a pawn up sacs the extra pawn to allow the opponent's pawn to block the rook out of play. This link will probably no longer apply soon, but for now it is at: http://live.chinaqiyuan.com/chess/t...|
|Apr-14-12|| ||waustad: She won another nice endgame today. This one she had a knight up for 3 pawns and beat Qian Huang.|
|Apr-17-12|| ||waustad: She's +4 after 7 rounds. Her win today against Shen Yang was a Slav.|
|Apr-19-12|| ||waustad: With her win over Yixin Ding in the last round she clinches a piece of the 2nd Women Masters in Jiangsu Wuxi 2012 title. The last remaining game is an OCB ending which Bela Khotenashvili would have to win with a pawn down to tie her +4 score. Her loss in the penultimate round to tail ender Xiaobing Gu kept this from being another crush.|
|Jul-18-12|| ||waustad: 2 short losses to begin the tournament at Jermuk. Not a good start at all.|
|Aug-11-13|| ||nescio: I don't know how Zhao Xue ended up at the west coast of Europe but laet week she played a tournament there. In the last round she lost to the winner Krasenkow, otherwise she might have won it instead. I don't think <chessgames.com> will bother to include this tournament in the database, but it would be a pity if there was no record at all of the following spectacular game in which she escaped by a lot of courage and lots of luck:|
[White "Matthew Tan"]
[Black "Zhao Xue"]
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4 h6 5. g4 Bd7 6. Nc3 e6 7. Be3 Qc7 8. Nf3 a6
9. Na4 b6 10. Rc1 c5 11. c4 dxc4 12. dxc5 Bxa4 13. Qxa4+ b5 14. Qa3 Nd7 15. b4
Ne7 16. Bg2 Nd5 17. O-O Be7 18. Nd4 O-O 19. Bxd5 exd5 20. f4 Bxh4 21. Nf5 Bd8
22. Bd4 a5 23. Qh3 axb4 24. Nxh6+ gxh6 25. Qxh6 Nb8 26. g5 Nc6 27. Rc2 Nxd4 28.
Rh2 f5 29. gxf6 Kf7 30. Qh5+ Ke6 31. Qg4+ Nf5 32. Rh5 Qxc5+ 33. Kh1 Kd7 34.
Qxf5+ Kc7 35. Rg1 Kb6 36. Rh7 Rxa2 37. f7 b3 38. Rh6+ Ka5 39. Qe6 Bb6 0-1
Position after 28.Rh2
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Perhaps 20...Bxh4 was too risky but the complicatios are too much for me. In the diagram it is clear that White has a strong attack and he might have succeeded if after 28...f5 he had played 29.exf6 instead of 29.gxf6. I must say that I also would have chosen gxf6 for the king's walk that follows looks too daring to be true. The difference however is that after 29.exf6 the e-file is open and 29...Kf7 really doesn't work: 30.Qh7+ Ke6 31.Re1+ and mate in a few moves.
In the game the black king finally finds a safe spot after a remarkable adventure. One wonders if the poor piece had some muscle pain the following day...
|Aug-23-13|| ||nescio: She is still in the Low Countries, having traveled the short distance from Vlissingen to Brasschaat, where her chances of winning are distinctly larger with only a few grandmasters (Dgebuadze, S. Kasparov) as most prominent competitors.|
[Event "Brasschaat open 2013"]
[White "Zhao, Xue"]
[Black "Gergacz, Attila"]
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 e6 5. g3 Nbd7 6. Qd3 a6 7. Bg2 b5 8. b3 b4
9. Na4 Bd6 10. O-O O-O 11. Bb2 a5 12. Rad1 Ba6 13. Rfe1 Rc8 14. Qc2 c5 15. dxc5
Nxc5 16. Ng5 g6 17. Nxc5 Bxc5 18. e4 Ng4 19. Nh3 d4 20. e5 f6 21. exf6 Qxf6
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All that fire power directed at f2 would have made me a bit nervous, but she calmly allowed her opponent to capture, having calculated that the loss of an exchange was only temporary. She finishes the game in the time trouble stage with a nice mating attack by a few minor pieces.
22. Nf4 d3 23. Nxd3 Qxf2+ 24. Qxf2 Nxf2 25. Nxc5 Nxd1 26. Bd4 Nc3 27. Nxa6 Rcd8 28.
Bc5 Rf7 29. Bh3 Kg7 30. Bxe6 Rb7 31. Be3 Rd6 32. Nc5 Re7 33. Bg4 Nxa2 34. Bh6+
Kf7 35. Ne4 Kg8 36. Rf1 Rd8 37. Ng5 Rb8 38. Be6+ Kh8 39. Nf7+ Kg8 40. Nd8+ 1-0
6/6 now, but the encounters with her fellow grandmaters still ahead.
|Jan-27-14|| ||waustad: She's still busy in Europe going from Wijk aan Zee to Gibraltar. Her best performances are stunning, but she doesn't seem to be consistent enough to rank much higher.|
|Jan-06-15|| ||waustad: After 6 rounds in Auckland, she's the co-leader of the New Zealand Open 2015 with Klaus Bischoff.|
|Jan-07-15|| ||Benzol: She beat Bischoff today in round 7 and is now sole leader. Two more rounds to be played so she has very good chances of finishing first.|
|Jan-07-15|| ||waustad: Her opponent tomorrow is IM Irine Kharisma Sukandar, who is alone in second place with 6 points, following Zhao Xue's 6.5/7.|
|Jan-09-15|| ||Benzol: Congratulations on winning the New Zealand Open (2015) tournament.|
|Jan-16-15|| ||ketchuplover: echoed|
|Jan-26-16|| ||waustad: Since they haven't put up anything on cg yet for Gibraltar 2016, I guess I'll post on players pages. Though there were quite a few draws that should be considered upsets, most notable being Anand vs the Hungarian IM Vajda Szidonia Lazarne, the highest rated loss that I found was Zhao Xue vs David Spence.|
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