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Zhao Xue
Zhao Xue 
Photograph 2008, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 1,170
Years covered: 1997 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2478 (2448 rapid, 2539 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2579

Overall record: +347 -185 =227 (60.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 411 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (74) 
    A15 A13 A10 A14 A12
 Slav (71) 
    D10 D11 D15 D17 D12
 King's Indian (50) 
    E92 E94 E97 E67 E63
 Queen's Pawn Game (46) 
    D02 E00 A41 A46 A45
 Queen's Gambit Declined (40) 
    D38 D30 D31 D37 D39
 Grunfeld (34) 
    D85 D81 D80 D70 D94
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (74) 
    C95 C67 C92 C77 C65
 Queen's Pawn Game (71) 
    A46 A45 E00 A40 A50
 Nimzo Indian (64) 
    E32 E38 E21 E40 E46
 Queen's Indian (63) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16 E14
 Sicilian (51) 
    B90 B92 B22 B51 B50
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (39) 
    C95 C92 C86 C84 C90
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Zhao Xue vs Shen Yang, 2009 1-0
   Zhao Xue vs N Kosintseva, 2011 1-0
   Zhao Xue vs D Reizniece-Ozola, 2006 1-0
   Zhao Xue vs B Bok, 2014 1-0
   Wang Yu vs Zhao Xue, 2011 0-1
   Zhao Xue vs Karjakin, 2006 1-0
   Zhao Xue vs T Sachdev, 2011 1-0
   Karpov vs Zhao Xue, 2006 0-1
   Zhao Xue vs Lagno, 2011 1-0
   Zhao Xue vs N Kosintseva, 2002 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   FIDE Women's World Team Championship (2011)
   SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Basque) (2013)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Nalchik (2011)
   19th World Junior Girls Championship (2002)
   Chinese Championship (Women) (2009)
   Chinese Championship (Women) (2011)
   37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006)
   New Zealand Open (2015)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2009)
   Chinese Chess League (2016)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Tashkent (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012)
   Chinese Chess League (2017)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)

   🏆 IMSA World Masters Blitz (Women)
   Zhao Xue vs Tingjie Lei (May-18-19) 0-1, blitz
   Tingjie Lei vs Zhao Xue (May-18-19) 1-0, blitz
   M Muzychuk vs Zhao Xue (May-18-19) 0-1, blitz
   Zhao Xue vs M Muzychuk (May-18-19) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   Zhao Xue vs A Bodnaruk (May-18-19) 1/2-1/2, blitz

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(born Apr-06-1985, 34 years old) China
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WGM and GM.

Born in Jinan, Shandong. Zhao came sixth in U12 World Girls Championships in Menorca, in 1996, equal 18th in the U14 World Girls Championship held in Oropesa del Mar in 1998, fifth in the U16 World Girls Championship held in 2000, also in Oropesa del Mar, equal third in the World Girls Junior Championship of 2001, seventh in the U18 World Girls Championships in Heraklio in 2002 before she made her first serious impact on the world chess scene in the same year when she won the 19th World Junior Girls Championships (2002), played in Goa.

Zhao easily won the national women’s 2002 Olympiad selection trial with 23/31, and justified her selection in the team by scoring 11/12 on board 4 in the 35th Chess Olympiad in Bled (Olympiad, women (2002)), thereby scoring 3 gold medals: a team gold, an individual gold for best performance on board 4 and gold for the best rating performance at the Women’s event. She followed up this excellent result by winning individual bronze (for rating performance) and gold, and a team gold, in the 36th Olympiad, Women (2004), an individual gold and team bronze at the 37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006), and a team gold when the Chinese team won the Women's World Team Championship (2007).

Zhao's tournament record is also distinguished. In 2000, she won the Balatonturist Open in Budapest and the Budapest FS07 IM-A, the HeiBei zt 3.3 (Women) in 2001, the Groningen Harmonie Open-A in 2003, the Cannes Stroer (Women) (with 9/9) in 2003, the Chinese Women's Championship in 2005, and in 2007 came first at the Queens Chess International Woman Grandmasters tournament and equal first with Zhu Chen in the North Urals Cup (2007). She scored a sweeping victory at the at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Nalchik (2011), scoring 9.5/11 (TPR 2816), 2.5 points clear of outright second place finisher Ju Wenjun, who in turn was a point clear of the rest of the field. She qualified for the FIDE Knock-out Women's World Championship (2012) and defeated Canadian WIM Natalia Khoudgarian, Georgian IM and WGM Nino Khurtsidze, and Ukrainian IM and WGM Mariya Muzychuk before losing to Indian GM Dronavalli Harika in the fourth round.

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Wikipedia article: Zhao Xue

 page 1 of 47; games 1-25 of 1,170  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Zhao Xue vs A Caoili  ½-½321997Wch U12 GirlsD00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. M Sebag vs Zhao Xue  0-1191999WCh U14 GirlsB50 Sicilian
3. Navara vs Zhao Xue  1-0561999Groningen Young MastersB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
4. Zhao Xue vs Tang Zijian  1-0332001TCh-CHN MenB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
5. Zhao Xue vs Mu Ke  0-1352001TCh-CHN MenC02 French, Advance
6. Wu Wenjin vs Zhao Xue  1-0282001TCh-CHN MenA80 Dutch
7. Zhao Xue vs Huang Chengxin  1-0302001TCh-CHN MenC00 French Defense
8. W Li vs Zhao Xue  0-1562001TCh-CHN MenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
9. Zhao Xue vs W Lin  0-1362001TCh-CHN MenA23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
10. Zhao Xue vs Zhong Zhang  0-1522001TCh-CHN MenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Zhang Jundi vs Zhao Xue  0-1222001TCh-CHN MenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
12. Zhao Xue vs J Xie  1-0352001TCh-CHN MenA07 King's Indian Attack
13. Wang Yaoyao vs Zhao Xue  ½-½442001TCh-CHN MenA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
14. L Qiao vs Zhao Xue  1-0272001TCh-CHN MenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. Zhao Xue vs Yu Ting  0-1492001zt3.3 WomenB53 Sicilian
16. Zhao Xue vs Huang Qian 0-1312001zt3.3 WomenB53 Sicilian
17. Wang Yu vs Zhao Xue  1-0442001zt3.3 WomenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Zhao Xue vs Zhu Chen  1-0882001zt3.3 WomenA37 English, Symmetrical
19. Gu Xiaobing vs Zhao Xue 0-1992001zt3.3 WomenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. Zhao Xue vs Gong Qianyun  0-1752001zt3.3 WomenA37 English, Symmetrical
21. Xu Yuanyuan vs Zhao Xue  1-0332001zt3.3 WomenA81 Dutch
22. Zhao Xue vs Wang Pin  ½-½502001zt3.3 WomenB53 Sicilian
23. Li Ruofan vs Zhao Xue  1-0352001zt3.3 WomenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
24. Zhao Xue vs Zhou Guijue  1-0472001zt3.3 WomenB20 Sicilian
25. Tan Zhongyi vs Zhao Xue  0-1392001zt3.3 WomenA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
 page 1 of 47; games 1-25 of 1,170  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jul-02-05  Knight13: She's currently a 2470 rated player in FIDE July Top 100 Girls list. Ranked number 5 in July Top 100 Girls list. She's from China. She's a WGM. And she's born in 1985-04-06.
Nov-04-05  Albertan: Here is a link to a recent photo of her:

Nov-04-05  Dionyseus: She's very pretty.
Nov-05-05  alexapple: Zhao Xue beat Jobava and drew with Ivanchuk in the World Team Championship. GREAT!
Mar-28-06  stanleys: Another picture of Zhao Xue:
Jun-21-06  notyetagm: Here is a brilliant win by Zhao Xue, on the <PINNING> theme. Check out 24 ... ♕xh3!!.

[Event "Bled"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2002.??.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Dimovski, Aleksandra"]
[Black "Zhao Xue, "]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2100"]
[BlackElo "2367"]
[NIC "SI 14.1.1"]
[ECO "B90"]
[PlyCount "50"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Nb3 e6 7. Bd3 Be7 8. O-O Nbd7 9. f4 b5 10. Qe2 Qc7 11. Bd2 Bb7 12. Nd1 Nc5 13. Nf2 d5 14. e5 Nfe4 15. Ba5 Qc8 16. Nd4 O-O 17. Ng4 Kh8 18. Rf3 f5 19. exf6 gxf6 20. Rh3 Nxd3 21. Qxd3 Bc5 22. Ne3 e5 23. fxe5 fxe5 24. Nf3 Qxh3 25. gxh3 Rxf3 0-1

Oct-30-06  BIDMONFA: Zhao Xue


Jul-15-07  percyblakeney: Zhao Xue has played well lately and just scored an undefeated +6 in 9 games (beating Pähtz in 21 moves) in a tournament where 7 of 10 players were 2400+:

Mar-13-08  playerXchess: Zhao Xue's FIDE photo has an uncanny resemblance to Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Mar-13-08  hitman84: <playerXchess>Yes!
Mar-27-08  kwi: And she's not getting her GM title.
Mar-30-08  laserlight: <And she's not getting her GM title.>

That would imply that her compatriot Hou Yifan would not get a GM norm from the Isbank Ataturk Women Masters (2008), unless the confirmation has been delayed instead of denied.

Aug-01-08  twinlark: FIDE now lists her as a GM, as well as an WGM
Aug-01-08  twinlark: Does Yifan Hou get credited with a GM norm from the Ataturk Women's Masters now that Zhao has her GM title? In other words, is Zhao's title retrospective to the Ataturk Women's Masters or as a result of it?

If it's retrospective, then Yifan gets her second GM norm, if not, Yifan misses out.

Aug-14-08  akhc: it should be retrospective so Yifan should get her second GM norm
Aug-23-08  thordrup: On her fide profile she's named as a "Woman Grand Master & (GM)" so it appears her GM application ( has now been approved

Also on the China country list ( she's also listed as "g" for grandmaster

Info > Titles > Titles Applications

Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Being one of the top Chinese female players, <Xue Zhao> has been one of the stars of her national team <since 2002> when she led her country to the gold medal with a dominating 11/12 score and a performance rating of 2723 on the reserve board.

In <Calvia 2004> she also scored 10/12 and helped her country to win another gold while in the last two Olympiads in Turin and Dresden, she helped her team to win bronze medals.

She was the leading player of the Chinese team which won the <2007> Women’s Team Championship.

She took the first place with 5.5/9 in İş Bank Atatürk Women Masters <2008>.


Apr-06-09  alexapple: Happy birthday! Zhao Xue
Apr-06-10  alexapple: Happy birthday! Zhao Xue :)
Apr-06-10  Simonkaser: Happy B !! :D
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

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  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.

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  wordfunph: 6/6 after beating GM Zhu Chen, simply amazing!

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