Wang Hao was born in Harbin, Heilongjiang.
<2002-2004> Wang Hao's earliest success includes winning the Qingdao Zhongfand Cup in July 2002 at the age of 12. In late 2003, his ELO jumped a spectacular 210 ELO points from 2215 to 2425 because of excellent results in three events. The first was the Chinese Teams Championships in September 2003 where he scored 5/7, adding 58.5 ELO, the second the World Youth Championships U14 in Halkidiki in October 2003 where he scored 6/9 and added 91.5 ELO points, and the third was the Chinese Individual Championship in November 2003 when he scored 6/10, adding 60 ELO.
The experience and success in these tournaments in late 2003 provided him with the improvement and the confidence that success instilled as the springboard for his spectacular assaults in 2005 when he leapt from untitled player to Grandmaster.
<2004> In July 2004, he won the Children of Asia, a youth tournament in Jakutsk with 5/5, and played in the U16 and open Olympiads (see below) and the 2004 Chinese Championships.
<2005> Wang Hao burst onto the international chess scene in 2005 with his first major tournament win at the 7th Dubai Open. An untitled player at the time of the event, and who turned 16 during round 5, he scored 7 points out of 9 to finish ahead of 53 Grandmasters and 30 International Masters with a 2731 performance. He followed this victory up with another at the 2005 Malaysian Open, this time spreadeagling the field with a score of 10/11 and a performance rating of 2843. His performances in these events, as well as in the Aeroflot Open (2005) A2 group where he had scored 6.5/9, provided the three GM norms he needed to earn him the GM title at the age of 16 (leap frogging the FM and IM titles altogether) to make him China's 20th Grandmaster.
<2006> Wang Hao came =2nd behind Wang Yue in the double round robin Chinese Men Selective tournament that finished in January 2006, scoring 12/18, and competed in the Aeroflot Open (2006) scoring 5/9, and in the 6th Aeroflot Festival (2007) this time scoring 5.5/9.
<2007> Wang Hao started 2007 with an equal second in the Singapore Masters followed by a win in February 2007 at the GACC Tournament at the University of Malaya, 4th at the Philippine International Open at Subic Bay, won the powerful double round robin (14 round) Selective Tournament for Asian Indoors Games 2007 in May and came 2nd in the Peoples Chess Festival 2007 in Stockholm in August.
<2008> The year began for Wang Hao with his =3rd place at the Gibraltar (2008), half a point behind the winners. In March 2008, he won on tiebreak from Hannes Stefansson and Wang Yue in the Reykjavik Open (2008) with 7/9 points (2721 rating performance). In July 2008, he came 5th out of 10 players at the Category 18 9th Poikovsky Tournament (2008) in Russia where he scored 5.0/9 (+2=6-1), a half point behind the joint winners, with a TPR of 2734.
<2009> In May 2009, he scored 5.5/10 (+3 -2 =5) at the Bosnia (2009) in Sarajevo with a 2725 performance, placing =2nd with Borki Predojevic (2nd on countback) and behind the winner Pavel Eljanov. In September 2009, he was runner up to Wang Yue in the Chess King tournament in Jinzhou.
<2010> In May 2010, Wang Hao came first on count back ahead of Zahar Efimenko in the 40th Bosnia International tournament in Sarajevo. He scored 5/9 to come in 6th – again half a point behind the joint leaders - at the Tal Memorial (2010) and 5.5/9 to place =3rd (4th on count back) at the 1st Danzhou Tournament (2010) in June, again a half point off the lead.
<2011> 2011 started modestly for Wang Hao in his first Tata A (formerly Corus A) tournament, but his 6/13 (+3 -4 =6) and a 2728 performance rating in the Tata Steel (2011) included wins over Alexander Grischuk and Ruslan Ponomariov. Wang Hao came 2nd at the the 26th Summer Universiade Individual Men in Shenzhen,China, with 6.5/9 behind an incandescent Li Chao who demolished the powerful field with 8.5/9. He won the rapid chess section of the inaugural SportAccord World Mind Games, which also featured blitz and blindfold games in addition to other board games such as Go, Draughts, Bridge and Xiangqi.*
<2012> Wang Hao's finest moment so far has come with his outright victory in the Grandmaster Tournament at the Biel Chess Festival (2012) ahead of outright second placed Magnus Carlsen, after winning his last round game against Anish Giri.
<2013> In May 2013, Wang scored 4.5/9 in the category XXI Norway Chess Tournament (2013), but shocked the field by defeating world #1 Magnus Carlsen and World Champion Viswanathan Anand in successive rounds, turning the event result into a slight rating plus for him. He was not so fortunate at Dortmund (2013) where he scored a modest 4/9 but pulled back to some extent at the Kings Tournament (2013) where he placed 2nd with 4.5/8 behind Fabiano Caruana.
<2014> In April 2014, Wang Hao participated in the inaugural Gashimov Memorial (Group B) (2014), the category XVII second tier of a tournament to commemorate the late Azeri grandmaster. He scored 5/9 to place =3rd in the ten player round robin event.
<Age>: In 1999, Wang came third in the U-10 Youth World Championship in Oropesa del Mar, Spain. In October 2006, he came =5th in the World Junior Championship (2006) and a year later, he placed third in the World Junior Championship (2007).
<National and Continental>: Wang has participated in all the annual Chinese Championships since 2003 except for 2011, coming =2nd in 2009 and 2nd in 2010. In September 2007 he came in second place behind Zhang Pengxiang at the Asian Individual Championship in Manila.
<World>: In October 2005 he qualified for the FIDE World Cup (2005), when he came joint first in the Beijing Zonal 3.5 tournament but lost his first-round match against Vladimir Malakhov. He made it to the second round of the World Chess Cup (2007), before succumbing to Ruslan Ponomariov. He fared slightly better in the World Cup (2009), but was defeated in the third round by Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. He qualified for the World Cup (2011) via his rating, but withdrew at the eleventh hour for health reasons. He is qualified by virtue of his rating to play in the World Cup (2013), where he defeated Liu Qingnan in the first round but was eliminated when he lost to Russian veteran GM Alexey Dreev in the second round.
<2012-2013 FIDE Grand Prix series>: Playing as the AGON nominee in the FIDE Grand Prix London (2012), Wang Hao scored 5.5/11 to place 6th and get 70 GP points on the board for his 2014 World Championship campaign. He placed =1st alongside Sergey Karjakin and Alexander Morozevich with 6.5/11 in the FIDE Grand Prix Tashkent (2012), increasing his Grand Prix tally to 210 points. His 3rd outing at the FIDE Grand Prix Beijing (2013) was disastrous, placing =9th and scoring insufficient Grand Prix points to be in a position to contest the top 2 positions needed to qualify for the Candidates Tournament 2014, which combined with his results from the World Cup 2013, have eliminated him from the 2014 World Championship cycle. His final outing at the FIDE Grand Prix Paris (2013) had no bearing on the outcome, but in the event he placed =7th with 5/11.
<Olympiads> In August 2002, Wang Hao played on the fourth board of the gold medal winning Chinese national team in the U-16 Chess Olympiad in Kuala Lumpur, scoring 3/5. In July 2004, while still 14 years old, he won both individual and team gold with his national team in the U-16 Chess Olympiad in Calicut where his result was 8/9 on the first board, producing a rating performance of 2577. Two other members of this team also won individual gold. He was also a member of the Chinese team to the 36th Olympiad (2004) (2nd reserve scoring 3.5/5), the Olympiad (2008) (Board 4, scoring 4.5/7) and the Chess Olympiad (2010) (Board 2, scoring 7/10 and winning individual bronze); and the Chess Olympiad (2012) (Board 1, scoring 6/10) in Istanbul.
<National Team Events> In January 2008, at the 15th Asian Team Chess Championship in Visakhapatnam, Wang won an individual gold medal for his performance on board three (5/6), helping the national team to also winning gold. In 2012, he played board one for China and won individual and team gold at the 17th Asian Team Championships held in Zaozhuang, China.
In July 2006, he scored 3.5/5 to be the best performing member of the victorious Chinese team that defeated Sweden in the China-Sweden Summit for the Aigo Cup and was a member of the victorious Youth team in the Youth - Experience (2006). In August 2007, he competed in the 4th Russia - China Match (2007) in which China was victorious, scoring 5.5/10. In September 2007, he was part of the victorious Chinese team in the UK vs China Match (2007). In September 2008, he competed at the 7th China - Russia (2010) in Ningbo where he scored the highest in the men's category with 3.5/5 and a performance rating of 2844 for the men's team. In September 2010, he was again a member of the victorious Chinese team defeating Russia in its annual match; Wang Hao scored 3.5/5. His performance for the Chinese team in the World Chess Team Championship (2011) was exemplary, scoring an individual gold for board one and a team silver; his personal contribution was 6/9 with a TPR of 2854.
<National Leagues> In April 2008, Wang competed at the Russian Team Championship (2008) in Dagomys, Sochi for the team ShSM 64 (Moscow), where he achieved a score of 8.0/11 (+5=6-0) and a performance rating of 2795. In 2010 he again played with the ShSM -64 (Moscow) Team which on this occasion won the Russian Team Championships (2010) outright with 16/18 points; team members included Boris Gelfand, Sergey Karjakin, and Fabiano Caruana. He also played for ShSM-64 Moscow in the European Club Cup (2011), coming fourth on board 2, with the team placing 5th and for SOCAR on board 6 at the European Club Cup (2013), winning individual and team bronze. He again played for SOCAR Baku in the European Club Cup (2014), on this occasion winning team gold and individual bronze for board 6.
In 2010 and 2011, Wang Hao played for Hebei in the Chinese League, his team placing 7th out of 10 and 9th out of 10 respectively. In 2012, he played for Chengdu Bank Team, the team placing 12th out of 12. In 2013, he played top board for Qinhuangdao, which placed 12th out of 12. (1) In 2014 he is playing for Beijing. (2)
Ratings and Rankings
Wang Hao's highest rating and ranking to date were in January 2013 when his rating was 2752 and his world ranking stood at #14. His ratings as of 1 October 2014 stood at:
<Standard> 2710 (#4 in China, #7 player in Asia, and #40 in the world);
<Rapid> 2719 (world #33); and
<Blitz> 2693 (world #47).
Sources and references
(1) http://chess-results.com/tnr99752.a...; (2) http://chess-results.com/tnr130645....
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