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Ni Hua 
Ni Hua
Number of games in database: 742
Years covered: 1999 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2704 (2663 rapid, 2566 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2724
Overall record: +211 -88 =297 (60.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      146 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (157) 
    B90 B52 B51 B30 B53
 French Defense (41) 
    C07 C03 C02 C05 C10
 Sicilian Najdorf (33) 
    B90 B92
 Caro-Kann (28) 
    B12 B18 B19 B13 B17
 Ruy Lopez (25) 
    C78 C65 C67 C99 C95
 French Tarrasch (22) 
    C07 C03 C05
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (102) 
    D10 D11 D17 D12 D19
 Sicilian (69) 
    B33 B30 B31 B40 B43
 French Defense (53) 
    C11 C07 C10 C02 C00
 French (29) 
    C11 C10 C00 C13
 Grunfeld (28) 
    D85 D78 D76 D91 D70
 Ruy Lopez (27) 
    C67 C65 C92
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ni Hua vs Tiviakov, 2008 1-0
   Ni Hua vs A Fier, 2011 1-0
   Nakamura vs Ni Hua, 2009 1/2-1/2
   Ni Hua vs M Leon Hoyos, 2008 1-0
   McShane vs Ni Hua, 2005 0-1
   Ni Hua vs Le Quang Liem, 2012 1-0
   Ni Hua vs Zhao Jun, 2011 1-0
   Ni Hua vs Svidler, 2008 1-0
   Xiu Deshun vs Ni Hua, 2013 0-1
   Ni Hua vs B Adhiban, 2012 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reggio Emilia (2008)
   Corus (B Group) (2010)
   14th Dubai Open (2012)
   4th Danzhou Tournament (2013)
   6th Aeroflot Festival (2007)
   Russian Team Championship (2008)
   Chinese Championship (2011)
   16th Asian Games (Men Teams) (2010)
   Chinese Championship (2009)
   Gibraltar (2008)
   Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012)
   Canadian Open (2009)
   Asian Chess Championship (2005)
   41st World Junior Championships (2002)
   European Club Cup (2011)

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   Ni Hua! by memento mori

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(born May-31-1983, 31 years old) China

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IM (1999); GM (2002).


Ni Hua is China’s 15th Grandmaster, achieving his title in July 2002 and has won the Chinese Championship 3 times (2006-8).

Early years:

Ni was born in Shanghai and started learning chess when he was six. He won the S.T. Lee Cup for under 14 year-olds in 1996 and 1997 and repeated the performance in a higher age group in 1999. He gained his three GM norms in February 2000 at the 1st Saturday GM Tournament in Budapest, the April 2001 China Team Championship in Suzhou, and at the Tan Chin Nam Cup in Qingdao in July 2002.

Classical tournaments:

Ni has always performed well in the Chinese Championships in which he has participated in every year bar 2003 since 2002, winning in 2006, 2007 and 2008. He played at Aeroflot between 2004 and 2007, his most notable result being =2nd at the 6th Aeroflot Festival (2007) half point behind sole winner Evgeny Alekseev. He also scored 3rd place in the China National Chess King Championships 2009. In 2004, he was second with 5.5/9 behind Nigel Short at the 1st Sanjin International Hotel Cup (GM tournament) in Taiyuan, China, won the 1st Dato’ Arthur Tan Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur with 8.5/11 and was =1st in the Kolkata International Open, sharing the honors with Surya Shekhar Ganguly. In 2005, he came =1st in the Singapore International Masters Open.

In 2006, Ni took =2nd with 7/12 at the Railyaway Hotel Cup GM Tournament in China, a point behind Baadur Jobava, and =3rd at 1st Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Cup International Open in Manila. 2007 saw Ni win the Open International de Balagne with 6.5/7, finish with 6.5/9 in the 23rd International Open in France – half point behind 6 joint leaders, come =1st (2nd on countback behind Wang Yue) in the Philippines International Open Chess Championship, win the Asian Indoor Games Classical Individual held in Macau, take =1st (2nd on tiebreak) at the 2nd President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Cup in Manila, and win the Prospero Pichay Cup in Manila with a score of 7.0/9. In 2008, Ni came =3rd Gibraltar (2008) behind Bu Xiangzhi and Hikaru Nakamura, =3rd behind Zoltan Almasi and Vugar Gashimov in the 50th Reggio Emilia Tournament, the Torneo di Capodanno (2008), and went one better a year later in January 2009 when he won the 51st Reggio Emilia (2008) with 7.5/10, 1.5 points clear of Almasi. In 2009, he came 3rd in the Corus (B Group) (2010) behind Anish Giri and Arkadij Naiditsch. In 2010, he won the 9th Asian Continental/Individual Championship at Subic Bay, Philippines with 7/9 in a field which included 32 grandmasters and scored 6/6 in the Asian Games in November. 2011 has kicked off with =1st (5th on tiebreak) at the 9th Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament in New Delhi, scoring 9/11, and =1st (3rd on tiebreak) at the Chennai Open GM Chess Tournament. A modest 4.5/9 result at the Aeroflot Open (2011) was followed in July 2011 by outright first at the Biel Chess Festival's Master Tournament with 8.5/11, ahead of 34 other grandmasters and numerous other masters. However, his rating took a major hit in October when he scored only 3/10 (+0 -6 -4) at the Governor's Cup (2011) (his win by forfeit against Nikita Vitiugov did not count for rating purposes).

His 6/9 at the Moscow Open in 2012 was a par performance but his 5/9 at Aeroflot Open (2012) was slightly below par, causing his rating to slide by 5 points to its lowest since November 2010. However, he showed a welcome return to form with an outright win in the 2nd HD Bank Cup Open 2012 ahead of 2nd placed Le Quang Liem, scoring 8/9 (+7 =2) with a TPR of 2791, 3rd place in the Chinese Chess Championships (2012) with 6.5/11 and a win on tiebreak with 7/9 at the 14th Dubai Open (2012), performances that restored him to the top 100 in the May 2012 ratings list. In May 2012, he scored 6/9 coming =4th (7th on tiebreak) at the Asian Continental Chess Championship (2012), qualifying him to participate in the 2013 World Cup. In June, he scored 6.5/9 at the 3rd Danzhou Tournament (2012) placing equal first alongside Bu Xiangzhi, but lost the tiebreak for first prize. However, he fared poorly in the Fujairah International Open in November 2012, scoring only 4.5/9 and shedding 21 ratings points for the December 2012 list. Although he scored 7.5/11 in the Kolkata Open (2012) placing =3rd, he lost more ratings points. After a layoff of a few months, Ni Hua played in the 4th Danzhou Tournament (2013), a category 15 event, and placed =2nd (3rd on tiebreak behind Bu Xiangzhi) with 6/9, a point behind Ding Liren. In July, he scored 6.5/9 at the Open Internacional Ciutat de Balaguer in Spain to place =3rd behind Jorge Cori and Vladimir Burmakin. In April 2014, he placed =2nd at the powerful Asian Continental Championships 2014 (open) with 6.5/9, half a point behind the winner Yangyi Yu and then in June he won the 6th Capo d Orso Open 2014 held in Porto Mannu Palau in Italy with a crushing score of 8/9, a point and a half ahead of a strong tightly packed field of GMs and IMs. (1) Immediately afterwards he placed =1st alongside Aleksander Delchev with 7/9 at the Forni di Sopra in Italy, following on to his 3rd tournament in June when he again placed =1st, this time at the International Open at Montcada i Reixac with 7/9 alongside Ukrainian GM Yaroslav Zherebukh. There followed a temporary lapse of form at the Montpellier Festival in early July, but Ni regained his form to perform strongly at the Olympiad a few weeks later in August (see below).

2015 started with a powerful win in the Australian Open played in Sydney in early January, with Ni Hua winning the 11-round event with a round to spare. His final scored was 10.5/11. This win propelled Ni Hua back into the 2700 live club.

World championship competitions:

In 2001, Ni was =4-9 in the U18 World Championship (won by Dmitry Jakovenko ) held in Oropesa del Mar, Spain and =3rd in the World Junior won by Peter Acs held in Athens. In 2002, he came = 5th-10th in the World Junior won by Levon Aronian in Goa. Ni qualified for the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) by coming =1st in the China Zonal of 2003; he beat Evgeny Vladimirov in round one but lost to Ye Jiangchuan in the second round. He also played in the FIDE World Cup (2005) but was eliminated in round one by Vasilios Kotronias. He declined to play in the World Cup (2009) as he had committed to playing in the London Chess Classic (2009). He qualified to play in the World Cup (2011) through his results in the 2010 Asian Continental Championships, and defeated the Russian GM Ildar Khairullin in the first round. In the second round he faced former FIDE Champion, the Ukrainian GM Ruslan Ponomariov, and drew the classical games. They also drew the 25 minute-rapid-game tiebreaker match before Ponomariov prevailed in the 10 minute rapid-game tiebreaker match to eliminate Ni from the tournament.

Team play:

In 2000 Ni played in his first Olympiad in Istanbul, where he scored 5.5/9 as second reserve, with China coming 9th. At the Bled Olympiad (2002), he played 1st reserve but only scored 2/6, although China improved its position to 5th placing. He missed the 36th Olympiad (2004) in Calvia, but at the 37th Chess Olympiad (2006), he again played Ist reserve, scoring 5.5/9 with China achieving its best result yet, coming second to Armenia. In 2008 at the 38th Olympiad (2008) in Dresden, Ni scored 6/10 playing Board 3, with China coming 7th. He next participated in the Chess Olympiad (2014), when he played board 4, winning individual bronze and helping China to its inaugural gold medal.

Ni played in the 2001 China-USA Summit Match in Seattle (scoring 3.5/4), and in the 2nd China-USA match in 2002. In 2004, he played in the France-China Match, this time scoring 5.5/8 In 2006, Ni topped the scoring with countryman Bu Xiangzhi with 7.5/9 at the 9th World University Chess Championship in Nigeria. He participated in the Russia-China Matches of 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and China - Russia (2010) where he captained the Chinese men's team to a victory over Russia (the men and women's team won the overall margin as well). He also played for China in the King's Tournament summit match between China and Romania in November 2014, helping his side to victory.

Ni Hua plays for Shanghai Jianqiao Academy team in the Chinese Chess League, and in the 2012 season, he scored 13.5/22 on top board, helping his team to first place. He again played top board for his Shanghai team in 2013, scoring 15/22 with his team placing =2nd (3rd on tiebreak) out of 12. (2) So far after 15 rounds (September 2014), with Ni Hua again playing top board, Shanghai is second in the league.

Ratings and rankings:

Ni Hua's peak rating was 2724 in April 2009, when his world ranking peaked at #21.

Sources and references

(1); (2)

Live ratings:; Wikipedia article: Ni Hua

Latest update 11 Jan 2015

 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 742  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Ni Hua vs Ponomariov 0-140 1999 Artek ol U16B07 Pirc
2. Ni Hua vs S B Hansen  ½-½45 2000 34th OlympiadB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
3. R Kempinski vs Ni Hua  ½-½47 2000 34th OlympiadD85 Grunfeld
4. Ni Hua vs I Nikolaidis  1-051 2000 34th OlympiadB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. K Asrian vs Ni Hua 1-049 2000 34th OlympiadB33 Sicilian
6. Ni Hua vs E Inarkiev  ½-½104 2000 34th OlympiadB30 Sicilian
7. Ni Hua vs H Mas 1-026 2001 Zhong Hong Real Estate CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. D Flores vs Ni Hua  0-158 2001 WJunB22 Sicilian, Alapin
9. Ni Hua vs Nakamura  1-047 2001 US-China SummitB22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. Ni Hua vs Liang Jinrong  ½-½17 2001 zt3.3B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
11. Ni Hua vs Z Izoria  ½-½64 2001 WJunB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
12. J Ye vs Ni Hua  1-048 2001 zt3.3B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
13. Ni Hua vs S Gashimov  1-043 2001 WYB18B02 Alekhine's Defense
14. Ni Hua vs Tkachiev 0-129 2001 7th Tan Chin Nam CupC45 Scotch Game
15. Bu Xiangzhi vs Ni Hua  ½-½35 2001 TCh-CHN MenE60 King's Indian Defense
16. A Mista vs Ni Hua  0-161 2001 WYB18B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. Ni Hua vs Wang Pin  ½-½68 2001 Zhong Hong Real Estate CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Navara vs Ni Hua  ½-½41 2001 WJunB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
19. Ni Hua vs W Zili  ½-½17 2001 zt3.3B63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
20. Kosteniuk vs Ni Hua ½-½57 2001 CHN-RUS Summit JuniorsB33 Sicilian
21. Bologan vs Ni Hua  ½-½42 2001 7th Tan Chin Nam CupB33 Sicilian
22. Ni Hua vs Li Wenjun  1-040 2001 TCh-CHN MenC02 French, Advance
23. Ni Hua vs S Erenburg  1-039 2001 WYB18B12 Caro-Kann Defense
24. Liang Jinrong vs Ni Hua  ½-½31 2001 Zhong Hong Real Estate CupB33 Sicilian
25. Ni Hua vs O Zambrana  1-045 2001 WJunB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
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Apr-29-10  Don Cossacks: Congratulations to Ni Hua for winning the Asian individual championships.Also the Chinese players dominated the top ten places.Go China!!!
Apr-29-10  Don Cossacks: <In a battle between two evenly matched players, So tried long and hard to squeeze out a win before finally yielding to fellow GM Ni Hua of China in marathon 74 moves of the Slav.

When the end finally came, the 16-year-old Filipino champion faced two unstoppable queening pawns by Ni, the highest-rated player in the vaunted 19-man Chinese delegation with an ELO of 2667.

The 32-man Filipino delegation, which suffered a big blackeye with the unexpected loss of its top player, So.>

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  Tabanus: 9th Asian Continental/Individual Ch (Subic Bay, Philippines) 21-29 April 2010:

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  wordfunph: congratulations GM Ni Hua for winning the 2010 Asian Continental Individual Championship in Subic Philippines!

another feather on your cap with 32 GMs who participated!

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  wordfunph: Ni Hua against Bu Xiangzhi today in Chinese Championship..interesting to know the result coz today is Ni Hua's birthday.. :)

happy birthday Ni Hua!

Dec-10-10  Xeroxx: Longest biography I have seen.
Jul-31-11  plimko: Ni Hua won Master Tournament Open in Biel with 8.5/11: not bad!

Official Site:

My usual 2 cents on 'Scacchi Internazionali':

Jan-30-12  timhortons: ni hua is playing in moscow open.

game he just played at the tourney.

Ni,H - Cori,J, Festival Moscow Open 2012

click for larger view

28...nb6 could have equalize the position for black.

cori jorge choose instead the second line rybka given.


1. = (0.00): 28...Nb6 29.Nxf8 Rxf8[] 30.Ra1[] Rg8 31.Qd1

<2. (1.53): 28...fxg6 29.Rxg6[] >

3. (1.87): 28...Ncxe5 29.Nxe5[] Nxe5[] 30.dxe5 Rb5 31.Qg4 Qxg4 32.Rxg4 Rg8 33.Bxh6 Rh8 34.Bxg7 Bc5+ 35.Kf1 Rxh5 36.Ra2 Rh1+ 37.Ke2 Rc1 38.Rg3 4. (1.87): 28...Ndxe5 29.Nxe5[] Nxe5[] 30.dxe5 Rb5 31.Qg4 Qxg4 32.Rxg4 Rg8 33.Bxh6 Rh8 34.Bxg7 Bc5+ 35.Kf1 Rxh5 36.Ra2 Rh1+ 37.Ke2 Rc1 38.Rg3

there's surely alot of interesting game we could pick up from russian masters in this tournament, i hope ch cover it.

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  Penguincw: Perfect 3/3 for him at the HD Bank Cup. Today, he downed Tuan Minh Le with the white pieces.

In Rd.4, he will face Li Shilong with the black pieces. Li has 2 1/2 points and is rated 2549. Hua, 2637.

1-0: -6.2
1/2-1/2: -1.2
0-1: +3.8

Win, is the best. He would make him to only one with a perfect score (unless one of the other 2 leaders, Gomez and Paragua wins).

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  Penguincw: Hua leading with 7.5/8, absolutely dominating. A point lead over local hero Le Quang Liem, he just needs to draw Nguyen Thanh Son with white tomorrow to clinch first, and 10 grand.

However, I think he should try to win as he will get $7,500 at worst, and he should also try to get to 2700, as currently the only Chinese with 2700 are Wang Hao (2733), Li Chao (2703) and Wang Yue (2702). Nothing wrong with 4 (Russia has like 11, Ukraine: 6, and some other countries I missed).

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  wordfunph: <Peng> GM Ni Hua may settle for a draw to assure 10k, his earnings is good enough for him to start betting in chessbookie :)
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  Penguincw: < wordfunph: <Peng> GM Ni Hua may settle for a draw to assure 10k, his earnings is good enough for him to start betting in chessbookie :) >

Lol. So true.

Anyways, I guess so. Currently, he's in line to profit around 15 rating points (2652) and a draw would make it the same. However, if he's in it for the points, a win would gain a cool 5 points, while a loss loses about the same amount. Also, Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (I made an error in my last post) is competing for the second prize, $5,000.

Mar-07-12  plimko: Congratulations to Ni Hua for winning HDBank Cup

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  Penguincw: And make it so! Ni Hua wins the HD Bank Cup (and $10,000) with a score of 8/9. At least he "tried" to win.
Mar-09-12  Thanh Phan: Congratualtions Ni Hua win at 2012 HDBank Cup
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  twinlark: Happy birthday, and hope to see him back in the top rung in the near future.
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  twinlark: It's possible Ni may be retiring from top flight competition next year. Underneath a photo of him in an article at chessbase reporting on the 3rd Danzhou, the caption says:

<Ni Hua said that he strongly hopes he is able to make the Chinese [Olympic] team as it might be his last participation. Next year he plans to make changes in his life.>

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  wordfunph: GM Ni Hua's birthday wish (jokingly said) during a ten-man Hainan Danzhou Super Grand Master Chess Tournament..

"I wished to be in the tournament’s top nine..."

happy birthday, GM Ni Hua!

May-27-13  ketchuplover: He's doing well so far.
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  twinlark: Nice to see him come back. He mentioned last year he might make alternative plans to chess, but he seems to have shelved them.

One of my favourite players, love his playing style and the clarity of his game.

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  eternaloptimist: I feel honored to share the same birthday w/ such a strong & special player! Happy birthday wishes to Ni Hua! May he play many more brilliant games!!
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Ni Hua for dominating the Australian Open. He was 10.5/11, only conceding a draw with black against Rustam Khusnutdinov.

Nevertheless, he gained 25.2 rating points to return to the 2700 club!

Jan-14-15  ketchuplover: What penguin said
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  PhilFeeley: From an interview after he won the Australian Open:

<"frankly, coaching is boring.”>

I don't understand why the Chinese players retire at an early age and then coach. Why can't they keep playing tournaments if they want to?

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  PhilFeeley: Correction: it was said at the 2014 Asian Continental, before he won Australia.

They'll never get someone to the World Championship if they keep retiring.

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