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Li Chao 
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Li Chao
Number of games in database: 421
Years covered: 2005 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2748 (2620 rapid, 2651 blitz)
Overall record: +169 -70 =144 (62.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      38 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (53) 
    B42 B90 B93 B30 B40
 French Defense (23) 
    C11 C10 C18 C16 C15
 Slav (17) 
    D10 D17 D15 D16 D18
 Sicilian Najdorf (16) 
    B90 B93 B96 B92 B98
 French (15) 
    C11 C10
 King's Indian (12) 
    E71 E92 E94 E76 E99
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (71) 
    B90 B56 B67 B52 B96
 Grunfeld (53) 
    D85 D72 D76 D80 D70
 English (24) 
    A15 A16 A17
 Sicilian Najdorf (19) 
    B90 B96 B92 B91
 Petrov (18) 
    C42 C43
 Slav (15) 
    D11 D10 D17 D15
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Hou Yifan vs Li Chao, 2011 0-1
   G Sargissian vs Li Chao, 2009 0-1
   L Jicman vs Li Chao, 2014 0-1
   Li Chao vs Wang Hao, 2006 1-0
   W So vs Li Chao, 2011 0-1
   Li Chao vs R Rapport, 2014 1-0
   B Bok vs Li Chao, 2010 0-1
   Li Chao vs Robson, 2010 1-0
   B Munguntuul vs Li Chao, 2014 0-1
   T Henrichs vs Li Chao, 2014 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Scandinavian Chess Tournament (2007)
   2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Dubai Open (2008)
   Corus Group C (2010)
   Chinese League (2011)
   Queenstown Chess Classic (2012)
   World Cup (2009)
   Bundesliga 2014/15 (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   48th World Junior Championship (2009)
   World Junior Championship (2006)
   World Junior Championship (Boys) (2005)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Grünfeld by Karaokcu

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(born Apr-21-1989, 26 years old) China
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Grandmaster (2007); Asian Champion (2013).


Li Chao qualified through Zonal 3.5 to play in the World Cup (2011), but lost in the first round to Vietnamese GM Ngoc Truongson Nguyen. He won the Asian Continental Championship 2013 outright with 7/9, and accordingly he again qualified for the next stage of the World Championship cycle, namely the World Cup (2013). Soon afterwards, he finished =2nd at the Chinese Championships (2013). At the World Cup, he defeated Evgeny Postny in the first round, but lost to Dutch #1 and World Junior #1 GM Anish Giri in the second round.

Standard Tournaments

Li Chao's best results are wins in the Scandinavian Chess Tournament held in 2007 in Täby, Stockholm, Sweden, with 8½/9, the fourth IGB Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysia Open held in Kuala Lumpur in 2007, the 2007 President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Cup in Manila, first at the second Philippine International Open in Subic Bay Freeport Zone in 2008, and the fifth IGB Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur in 2008. In 2010, he won the Corus (C Group) (2010), earning him an invitation to the Tata Steel (Group B) (2011). In April 2010, he won the 48th Doeberl Cup in Canberra, Australia and he came =1st (2nd on tiebreak) at the Queenstown Chess Classic (2012) with 7.5/9 (+6 =3). He also won the 5th Colombo International Chess Championships with 9/9.

In October 2012 he came =1st at the 2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012). In December 2012 and January 2013, he toured the USA and came third in the 22nd Annual North American Open, and won the combined rapid/classical 2013 Boston Chess Congress and the 2013 Golden State Open, the last mentioned having been played in Concord, California. In March 2013, he returned to Canberra to win the 51st Doeberl Cup with 7.5/9 and soon afterwards placed 2nd behind Loek van Wely at the 2013 Sydney International Open. In January 2014 he won the 17th Guben New Year Open 2014 with 9/9 and the 16th NordWest Cup in Bad Zwischenahm with 6/7. He then won at Tradewise Gibraltar (2014) with 8.5/10 followed by =2nd with 6.5/9 at the Casino Open Graz 2014 in Austria. In October 2014, he won the 9th Deizisauer International Fall Open with the perfect score of 7/7. In November 2014, he was =1st at the Caen Open and later that month he won the Heusenstammer Schloss Open 6/7. In December 2014, he was equal first at the Barcelona Masters.

2015 started with a strong win at the 20th Nektar International Open, taking outright first with 8.5/9, a point ahead of runner-up IM Andreas Heimann and 1.5 points ahead of equal 3rd place getters Arkadij Naiditsch and Etienne Bacrot. Soon afterwards in February, he was =1st at the Cappelle-la-Grande in France with 7.5/9.

Team Events

Playing board 3 for China at the 17th Asian Team Championship held in Zaozhuang, China in May 2012, he won team gold and individual bronze. Playing reserve board for China at the Chess Olympiad (2012) in Istanbul, he scored 6/7 with a TPR of 2794, missing an individual medal as he was one game short of qualifying for consideration. He played for Beijing in the Chinese League 2013, scoring 10/15 and helping his team to silver.

In 2014, Li Chao started playing in the French League and in the Bundesliga, playing board 3 in the latter for the SK Schwäbisch Hall team.

Ratings and Rankings

Li Chao's highest standard rating and ranking to date was 2748 in May 2015 when he was ranked world #16.


Wikipedia article: Li Chao %28chess player%29

Last updated 21 May 2015

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 421  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. T Nyback vs Li Chao 1-068 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)A17 English
2. Li Chao vs G Rohit  1-049 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)B42 Sicilian, Kan
3. Li Chao vs A A Kharitonov  ½-½74 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
4. N Mamedov vs Li Chao 1-039 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Yu Shaoteng vs Li Chao  0-143 2005 Torch Real Estate Cup China Chess LeagueB56 Sicilian
6. I Kurnosov vs Li Chao 0-139 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. Li Chao vs E Moradiabadi  ½-½47 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)B42 Sicilian, Kan
8. Li Chao vs V Papin  1-046 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)B42 Sicilian, Kan
9. Li Chao vs K Kuderinov  1-038 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)B58 Sicilian
10. Li Chao vs M Paragua  0-124 2005 3rd Pichay Cup Intl OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. I Khairullin vs Li Chao 0-120 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)B91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
12. V Laznicka vs Li Chao  1-063 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
13. Y Zinchenko vs Li Chao  ½-½83 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Li Chao vs D Brandenburg 1-040 2006 World Junior ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
15. W So vs Li Chao 1-022 2006 3rd Singapore Masters Chess OpenC47 Four Knights
16. R Sangma vs Li Chao  ½-½97 2006 World Junior ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. A Kim vs Li Chao  1-057 2006 World Junior ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. L Babujian vs Li Chao  ½-½80 2006 World Junior ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
19. Li Chao vs S Brunello 0-123 2006 World Junior ChampionshipC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. Li Chao vs Wen Yang  ½-½45 2006 World Junior ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
21. Li Chao vs D Sengupta  1-045 2006 World Junior ChampionshipC16 French, Winawer
22. Stellwagen vs Li Chao 1-035 2006 World Junior ChampionshipC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
23. S Alavi vs Li Chao  0-150 2006 World Junior ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. T Warakomski vs Li Chao  ½-½131 2006 World Junior ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
25. Li Chao vs Wang Hao 1-055 2006 World Junior ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
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May-23-11  plimko: What a game!

[Event "2nd Danzhou Grand Master Chess Tournamen"]
[Site "Danzhou, China"]
[Date "2011.05.23"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Hou, Yifan"]
[Black "L I Chao, B."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B67"]
[PlyCount "72"]
[EventDate "2011.??.??"]
[TimeControl "5400+30"]

1. e4 c5 2. Ne2 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qd2 a6 8. O-O-O Bd7 9. f4 b5 10. Bxf6 gxf6 11. Kb1 b4 12. Nce2 Qb6 13. Qe1 h5 14. Nxc6 Bxc6 15. f5 e5 16. Qh4 Ke7 17. Ng3 Bh6 18. Nxh5 Bg5 19. Qg4 Qc5 20. h4 Be3 21. Rh3 a5 22. Qf3 Bd4 23. Ng3 Rhc8 24. Rd2 Bc3 $1 25. Rd1 Ba4 $1 26. b3 Bxb3 $1 27. cxb3 a4 28. Bc4 axb3 29. Bxb3 Rxa2 $1 30. Bxa2 b3 31. Bxb3 Qa3 32. Kc2 Qb2+ 33. Kd3 Ba5 34. Bc4 Rxc4 $1 35. Ne2 Qc2+ 36. Ke3 Bb6+ 0-1

Aug-18-11  plimko: Li Chao, a Monster!

[Event "26th Summer universiade-men"]
[Site "Shenzhen/China"]
[Date "2011.08.18"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Grigoryan, Avetik"]
[Black "Li, Chao b"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D94"]
[WhiteElo "2608"]
[BlackElo "2669"]
[PlyCount "90"]
[EventDate "2011.??.??"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 g6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. h3 O-O 7. Bd3 c5 8. O-O Nc6 9. Re1 Nb4 10. Bf1 Bf5 11. Nh4 Bc2 12. Qd2 Ne4 13. Nxe4 Bxe4 14. f3 Bf6 15. fxe4 Bxh4 16. Rd1 dxe4 17. dxc5 Qa5 18. Qc3 Qxc5 19. a3 Nc6 20. Rd5 Qb6 21. Qc2 f5 22. c5 Qc7 23. Bc4 Kg7 24. b4 Bf6 25. Bb2 Ne5 26. Rad1 Rad8 27. Bxe5 Bxe5 28. Qd2 Rxd5 29. Qxd5 Bf6 30. Kh1 Kh6 31. Qd2 b6 32. Kg1 bxc5 33. b5 Bh4 34. a4 Qg3 35. a5 Bg5 36. Re1 f4 37. Qf2 Qxf2+ 38. Kxf2 Bh4+ 39. Ke2 f3+ 40. gxf3 exf3+ 41. Kf1 Bxe1 42. Kxe1 f2+ 43. Kf1 Rf3 44. b6 axb6 45. axb6 Rf6 0-1

Aug-19-11  plimko: Astonishing performance by Li Chao at Universiade: this time Queen sacrifice!

[Event "26th Summer universiade-men"]
[Site "Shenzhen/China"]
[Date "2011.08.19"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Melkumyan, Hrant"]
[Black "Li, Chao b"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D13"]
[WhiteElo "2600"]
[BlackElo "2669"]
[PlyCount "98"]
[EventDate "2011.??.??"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Bf4 Nc6 6. e3 e6 7. Bd3 Bd6 8. Nf3 O-O 9. O-O Bxf4 10. exf4 Qd6 11. Ne5 Bd7 12. Rc1 Rfc8 13. a3 Be8 14. Re1 g6 15. Bf1 Na5 16. g4 Qb6 17. b4 Nc6 18. g5 Nh5 19. Nxc6 Rxc6 20. Qd2 Rac8 21. f5 gxf5 22. Re3 Nf4 23. h4 a6 24. Rf3 Nh5 25. Na4 Rxc1 26. Nxb6 R8c2 27. Qe3 Bb5 28. Qe5 Rxf1+ 29. Kg2 Rcc1 30. Re3 Rh1 31. Rg3 f4 32. Qb8+ Kg7 33. Qe5+ Kg6 34. Nxd5 exd5 35. Qd6+ f6 36. gxf6+ fxg3 37. f7+ Kxf7 38. Qxd5+ Ke7 39. Qxb7+ Bd7 40. fxg3 Rhg1+ 41. Kh2 Rge1 42. Kg2 Rg1+ 43. Kh2 Nf6 44. h5 Ng4+ 45. Kh3 Ne3+ 46. Kh4 Nf5+ 47. Kg5 Rxg3+ 48. Kf4 Rf1+ 49. Ke5 Re3+ 0-1

One round to go:
1 GM Li Chao CHN 2669 7,5
2 GM Wang Yue CHN 2709 6
3 GM Andriasyan Zaven ARM 2616 6
4 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr RUS 2585 6
5 GM Vovk Iurii UKR 2564 6
6 GM Wang Hao CHN 2718 5,5

Aug-19-11  plimko: Li Chao Over 2700!

Aug-21-11  plimko: Li Chao won the "26th Summer Universiade" (Men) in Shenzhen: 8.5/9, performance near 3000!

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  twinlark: This is far too lonely a page for such a strong player. This is a fantastic result ...his last 7 games were 7 straight wins against 7 GMs for a TPR of 2993.

Amazing and congratulations. This should be a great preparation for the World Cup next week. His first round will be against Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son, and if he wins that he most likely gets to face Svidler in the second round. If he makes it past Svidler, who's in great form, he'll probably face Motylev or Caruana in the third round.

After that it's anyone's guess, especially with a format that does its best to promote upsets, but Kamsky and Karjakin would be at mild odds on to emerge in rounds 4 and 5.

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  twinlark: <plimko>

How do you think Li Chao will perform at the Cup?

Aug-25-11  plimko: <twinlark> His first round is very dangerous: I think that Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son is an underrated player. Great match!
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  twinlark: <plimko> Yes, the mini-match format makes most outcomes unpredictable, other than those from obvious mismatches, and this isn't one of them.
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  twinlark: That would have been a real blow for Li Chao to lose in the first round after his recent hot form. A bad day for the Chinese players.
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  wordfunph: <Aug-19-11 plimko: Li Chao Over 2700!>

congrats GM Lichao!

next stop: 2750

Oct-19-11  plimko: Congrats to Li Chao! He won a strong open (Wang Yue, Dreev, Wesley So, Ganguly, Tkachiev...) in Indonesia

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  Richard Taylor: He's playing in NZ at Queenstown (in the Queenstown Classic) on Jan 15th

Entries so far (January 2012 FIDE ratings; italic are NZCF national ratings): 1 2693 GM Li Chao (CHN)
2 2653 GM Gawain Jones (ENG)
3 2639 GM Surya Ganguly (IND)
4 2592 GM Eduardas Rozentalis (LTU)
5 2572 GM Sune Berg Hansen (DEN)
6 2569 GM Zhao Jun (CHN)
7 2553 GM Dejan Bojkov (BUL)
8 2551 GM Zhao Xue (CHN)
9 2537 GM Klaus Bischoff (GER)
10 2459 IM George Xie (AUS)
11 2455 GM Kivanc Haznedaroglu (TUR)
12 2422 Trevor Tao (AUS)
13 2414 IM Akshat Khamparia (IND)
14 2403 GM Darryl Johansen (AUS)
15 2401 IM Herman Van Riemsdijk (BRA)
16 2388 FM Max Illingworth (AUS)
17 2376 IM Moulthun Ly (AUS)
18 2375 IM Stephen Solomon (AUS)
19 2375 FM Bobby Cheng (AUS)
20 2359 IM Anthony Ker (NZL)
21 2354 IM James Morris (AUS)
22 2349 FM Junta Ikeda (AUS)
23 2345 IM Russell Dive (NZL)
24 2325 wgm Irene Sukandar (INA)
25 2323 IM Guy West (AUS)
26 2294 FM Dusan Stojic (AUS)
27 2290 IM Paul Garbett (NZL)
28 2277 Domagoj Dragicevic (AUS)
29 2273 FM Bob Smith (NZL)
30 2266 FM Tim Reilly (AUS)
31 2261 FM Stephen Lukey (NZL)
32 2259 FM Chris Wallis (AUS)
33 2258 FM Mike Steadman (NZL)
34 2244 wgm Xiaobing Vivian Gu (CHN)
35 2241 Marc Repplinger (GER)
36 2234 wgm Kruttika Nadig (IND)
37 2227 Matthew Drummond (AUS)
38 2216 Andrew Bird (AUS)
39 2215 IM Andrew Brown (AUS)
40 2210 FM Ove Hartvig (DEN)
41 2188 Eugene Schon (AUS)
42 2182 Daniel Shen (NZL)
43 2167 wgm Karolina Smokina (MDA)
44 2167 Laurence Matheson (AUS)
45 2167 Yi Liu (AUS)
46 2165 Luke Li (NZL)
47 2132 Malcolm Pyke (AUS)
48 2129 Andy Machdoem (NZL)
49 2127 Quentin Johnson (NZL)
50 2123 wim Christin Andersson (SWE)
51 2092 FM Brian Jones (AUS)
52 2087 John Duneas (NZL)
53 2079 Alan Ansell (NZL)
54 2068 John McDonald (NZL)
55 2066 Noel Pinic (NZL)
56 2060 Ivan Dordevic (NZL)
57 2056 Pengyu Chen (AUS)
58 2053 wim Ingrid Lauterbach (ENG)
59 2052 Stephen Fairbairn (CAN)
60 2036 Alek Safarian (AUS)
61 2031 Fuatai Fuatai (NZL)
62 2030 Jason Tang (AUS)
63 2022 Chris Burns (NZL)
64 2020 wim Sue Maroroa (NZL)
65 2016 Malcolm Armstrong (ENG)
66 2010 wim Emma Guo (AUS)
67 2008 George Lester (AUS)
68 1999 Leon Kempen (AUS)
69 1994 Ari Dale (AUS)
70 1991 Peter Stuart (NZL)
71 1990 Karl Zelesco (AUS) 72 1989 Andrew Janisz (NZL) 73 1985 Justin Davis (NZL)
74 1979 wfm Helen Milligan (NZL)
75 1965 Hilton Bennett (NZL)
76 1961 Mathew King (NZL)
77 1959 Adrian Flitney (AUS)
78 1958 Dennis Holland (AUS)
79 1947 Ross Jackson (NZL)
80 1945 Nathan Goodhue (NZL)
81 1939 David Lovejoy (AUS)
82 1933 Richard Voon (AUS)
83 1929 Sean Watharow (AUS)
84 1924 Chris Benson (NZL)
85 1924 Hans Gao (NZL)
86 1922 Kian Hwa Lim (MAS)
87 1916 Matthias Körber (GER)
88 1914 Kenneth Holt (AUS)
89 1910 Bill Forster (NZL)
80 1908 Hamish Selnes (AUS)
91 1884 Harry Press (AUS)
92 1883 Angelo Tsagarakis (AUS)
93 1873 Roy Seabrook (NZL)
94 1872 Edward Rains (NZL)
95 1865 Efrain Tionko (AUS)
96 1850 Federico Roura (NZL)
97 1849 William Zhang (NZL)
98 1848 Andrew Brockway (NZL)
99 1846 (?) Hacer Haznedaroglu (TUR)
100 1834 Tony Booth (NZL)
101 1834 Arie Nijman (NZL)
102 1830 Hamish Gold (NZL)
103 1823 Bruce Kay (NZL)
104 1807 Winston Yao (NZL)
105 1802 David Capper (NZL)
106 1802 Nigel Cooper (NZL)
107 1798 wfm Natasha Fairley (NZL)
108 1787 Bruce Gloistein (NZL)
109 1781 Huseyin Yeten (CYP)
110 1771 Enzo Pieri (ITA)
111 1760 Erlend Millikan (USA)
112 1752 wfm Viv Smith (NZL)
113 1746 Stewart Holdaway (NZL)
114 1737 Tim Rains (NZL)
115 1728 Kevin Brown (AUS)
116 1719 John Beckman (AUS)
117 1715 wfm Nicole Tsoi (NZL)
118 1703 Roland Brockman (AUS)
119 1677 Ryan Louie (AUS)
120 1672 William XW Li (NZL)
121 1672 Bob Mitchell (NZL)
122 1668 Elliott Renzies (AUS)
123 1643 Leteisha Simmonds (AUS)
124 1643 Alphaeus Ang (NZL)
125 1619 Gary Judkins (NZL)
126 1618 Leighton Nicholls (NZL)
127 1587 Leo Zhang (NZL)
128 1581 Shanon Vuglar (AUS)
129 1571 Jean Watson (AUS)
130 1529 Robert Clarkson (NZL)
131 1495 Hamish Shierlaw (NZL)
132 1385 Seong-June Her (NZL)
133 1006 Brian Liu (NZL)
134 1003 Carlssen van Rooyen (NZL)
135 unrated Maris Cekulis (AUS)
136 unrated Ben Clayton (NZL)
137 unrated Jamie-Lee Guo (AUS)
138 unrated Jack Hughes (AUS)
139 unrated Jared Louie (AUS)

Jan-15-12  plimko: Queenstown Open with Li Chao from 15th to 23rd January 2012

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  Benzol: <plimko> Queenstown Chess Classic (2012)
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  notyetagm: A variation from yesterday's Li Chao B game:

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30 ♕c2x♘f5!!

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[Event "Universiad 2013"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "?"]
[Round "06"]
[White "Wojciech Moranda"]
[Black "Chao B Li"]
[Result "0-1"]
[BlackTime "1380"]
[WhiteTime "94"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qa4+ Bd7 6. Qb3 dxc4 7. Qxc4 O-O 8. Bf4 Bc6 9. e3 Nd5 10. Bg3 Nb6 11. Qb3 Bxf3 12. gxf3 N8d7 13. Rd1 a5 14. Be2 a4 15. Qc2 c6 16. O-O Nf6 17. Ne4 Nfd5 18. Nc5 Qc8 19. a3 Rd8 20. Kh1 Ra7 21. Rg1 Nc7 22. Rg2 Rd5 23. Rdg1 Ne8 24. Nd3 Nd7 25. f4 Nd6 26. Ne5 Nxe5 27. fxe5 Nf5 28. Bc4 Rd8 29. e6 fxe6 30. Bc7 Rf8 31. Bb6 Ra8 32. Rg4 Kh8 33. Bc5 Qd7 34. Qe2 Rf6 35. Ba2 Nd6 36. R1g2 Raf8 37. Kg1 Rf3 38. Bb1 Rh3 39. R4g3 Rh6 40. Rf3 Nf5 41. Bc2 Ra8 42. Rf4 Qc7 43. Re4 b6 44. Bb4 Qd7 45. Qc4 Qd5 46. Qxd5 exd5 47. Re6 c5 48. Bd2 cxd4 49. Bxf5 gxf5 50. Rxe7 Rg6 51. Rxg6 hxg6 52. exd4 Bxd4 53. Bc3 Bxc3 54. bxc3 Rc8 55. Rb7 Rxc3 56. Rxb6 Rxa3 57. Rxg6 Ra1+ 58. Kg2 a3

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  whiteshark: Recently he's grazing various European Open Tournaments. Last week (23.01.-26.01.2014) he won the 16th NordWest-Cup 2014 in Bad Zwischenahn (see tournament page: and tomorrow he'll start at Gibraltar ...
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  twinlark: A few days before that he played in the 17th Guben New Year Open in Germany, winning with 9/9. There were 4 other GMs in the field and a smattering of other masters:
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  diagonal: Li Chao is part of Chess history at REYKJAVIK:

From 1964 when Mikhail Tal won it at its inauguration edition with a record 12½ points out of 13 (round robin all-play-all) to Li Chao, clear first in the Open (swiss system) 2014.

This traditional tournament was initially held every two years, but has since 2008 taken place every year. From its inception until 1980 (and again in 1992) it was a closed invitation tournament, since 1982 it is played as an Open.

Throughout its history the Reykjavik Tournament and Open has featured many of the chess leading players in the world, including Mikhail Tal, Svetozar Gligoric, Nona Gaprindashvili, David Bronstein, Vasily Smyslov, Bent Larsen, Friðrik Ólafsson, Vlastimil Hort, Mark Taimanov, Victor Korchnoi, Efim Geller, Lev Polugaevsky, Lev Alburt (winning the first Open at Reykjavik in 1982), Samuel Reshevsky (co-winner at age of 72.5 years in the Open 1984 ahead of many grandmaster fellows), Walter Browne, Jan Timman, Predrag Nikolic, Anthony Miles, Nigel Short, Florin Gheorghiu, Nick DeFirmian, Yasser Seirawan, Larry Christiansen, Pia Cramling, Helgi Olafsson, Margeir Petursson, Johann Hjartarson, Hannes Stefansson, Hikaru Nakamura, Vladimir Epishin, Alexei Shirov, Yuriy Kuzubov, Emil Sutovsky, Judit Polgar, Alexander Grischuk, Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, and Hou Yifan.

The Reykjavík Open enjoys good reputation, more than 200 chess masters registered interest in participating in recent years.

The 2012 Reykjavik Open Edition was voted the 3rd best open tournament in the world by ACP. Only Gibraltar and Aeroflot Open Moscow was higher on the list.

On January 14th, 1964, the inaugural Reykjavik event started. The Reykjavik Open 2014 was held for the 29th time, from March 4th to March 12th 2014 in Harpa, the 28.000 sqm. concert hall.

Li Chao finished with 8,5 points from 10 rounds. The best placed icelandic player was GM Helgi Ólafsson on 8 points, sharing the second place with Robin Van Kampen, Eric Hansen and Eduardas Rozentalis, other players included Arkadij Naiditsch, Ferenc Berkes, Richard Rapport, Nils Grandelius, Erwin L’Ami, Hannes Stefansson, and Walter Browne.

50 years since first Reykjavik Chess Festival: Congratulations to Li Chao for his win of the jubilee event 2014!

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  Penguincw: Congrats to Li Chao for winning the 2015 Cappelle la Grande Open (despite a slow start) with a score of 7.5/9 (+6,-0,=3), edging out Vladimir Onischuk on tiebreaks (which includes winning their H2H meeting). Li Chao entered as the first seed, and finished in first place.

I estimate that Li Chao's rating went from 2728 to 2734.2.

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  Penguincw: This was a few days ago, but congrats to Li Chao for winning the Neckar Open with a stunning 8.5/9 score. He gained 15.1 rating points in the tournament. Naiditsch and Bacrot also participated.

Apr-30-15  ex0duz: Li Chao gained 18.1 rating points and moved up 11 spots to sit now at 2748.1 and at rank 16..

This is his all time high ELO rating. Where did this performance come from? I don't remmeber him having any awesome runs or winning any major tournament. Was his current high rating built primarily on beating 2600~ players? Like how Wesley So did to get his 2700 to begin with? :P

Anyway, i hope that he can keep it up and that he gets an invite to some closed supertournament soon.. because with such a high rating, he definitely deserves it.

Ding is also about to break into the top 10, he's at 2757.4 and rank 11 now.

Jun-08-15  sydbarrett: For a player so close to being top 10, I have to say that he is surprising not well-known.
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  OhioChessFan: <ex0> yes, it's been a very quiet rise to the top. While not old, 26 is a bit late for such a run. <syd> big tournament participation is the primary source of getting well known.
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  cro777: Li Chao to play a 6-game match against Peter Leko in Szeged, Hungary from 14-20 August 2015.

"KID killer" Li Chao started 2015 in fine fashion. He won the International Deizisau Neckar Open, the biggest German chess open, most convincingly scoring 8.5/9. (He faced the King's Indian Defense in four of his five white games, and scored 4/4).

Before this tournament he won the 31st International Chess Open Cappelle-la-Grande, France (he shared 1st with Onischuk, scoring 7.5/9, winning the tournament on tiebreaks).

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