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Li Chao 
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Li Chao
Number of games in database: 517
Years covered: 2005 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2755 (2648 rapid, 2633 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2757
Overall record: +188 -77 =168 (62.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      84 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (56) 
    B42 B90 B30 B93 B40
 French Defense (23) 
    C11 C10 C18 C16 C15
 Sicilian Najdorf (18) 
    B90 B93 B96 B92 B98
 Slav (18) 
    D10 D17 D15 D16 D18
 Catalan (16) 
    E06 E01 E04
 French (15) 
    C11 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (82) 
    B90 B67 B56 B52 B31
 Grunfeld (57) 
    D85 D70 D72 D76 D90
 English (26) 
    A15 A16 A17 A10
 Petrov (26) 
    C42 C43
 Slav (21) 
    D10 D11 D17 D15 D13
 Sicilian Najdorf (19) 
    B90 B96 B92 B91
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Yifan Hou vs Li Chao, 2011 0-1
   Li Chao vs Wang Hao, 2006 1-0
   G Sargissian vs Li Chao, 2009 0-1
   B Munguntuul vs Li Chao, 2014 0-1
   L Jicman vs Li Chao, 2014 0-1
   Li Chao vs R Rapport, 2014 1-0
   Leko vs Li Chao, 2015 1/2-1/2
   Li Chao vs F Restuccia, 2014 1-0
   Eljanov vs Li Chao, 2016 1/2-1/2
   Li Chao vs L Lenic, 2016 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dubai Open (2008)
   Scandinavian Chess Tournament (2007)
   Corus Group C (2010)
   2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship (2012)
   Reykjavik Open (2014)
   Chinese League (2011)
   Queenstown Chess Classic (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Bundesliga 2014/15 (2014)
   World Cup (2009)
   48th World Junior Championship (2009)
   World Junior Championship (2006)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)

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

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FIDE player card for Li Chao

(born Apr-21-1989, 27 years old) China
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Grandmaster (2007); Asian Champion (2013).

Grandmaster Norms

Li Chao scored his first GM norm at the World Junior Championship in 2005 (see below), his second at the Aeroflot Open in 2007 and his third at Lake Sevan in 2007 on 14 July 2007, becoming China's 23rd grandmaster at the age of 18 years 2 months and 23 days. He won his GM title without having to win the IM title first.


<Junior> He was equal fourth in the World Junior Championship (Boys) (2005) with 8.5/13, two points behind the winner Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, and scoring his first grandmaster norm; this was also his best result at this event in four attempts. He also played in the World Junior Championship (2006), the World Junior Championship (2008) and the 48th World Junior Championship (2009) without appearing on the leader board.

<National> Li Chao first competed in the Chinese Championship in 2005, where he scored 3.5/9. In July and August 2007, he competed in the Chinese Championship B Group, finishing equal second with 7/10 alongside Chong Liang and Ding Liren, half a point behind the winner Xu Jun. He then competed in the main event a few months later, and scored 4/11 in the Chinese Championship 2007. A year later in 2008, he finished mid-field at the Chinese Championship with 5.5/11. He fared marginally better in the Chinese Championship (2009) where he placed =5th with 6/11. He was outright sixth at the Chinese Championship (2010) with 5.5/11. His 5/11 at the Chinese Championship (2011) was a relatively poor results, but it is possible he was fatigued by almost continuous chess in the weeks beforehand, contesting the 14 round selection trials in Beijing for the World Team Championship followed immediately by his participation in the Zonal 3.5; he was at the top of the results table in both events. He was equal second at the Chinese Championships (2013).

<Continental> He first participated in a continental championship at the 2007 Asian Continental, where he scored 6.5/11, 1.5 points from the lead. His next appearance at this event was the 9th Asian Continental Men's Chess Championship, where he was equal sixth on 6/9. 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).

<World> He qualified for the World Cup (2009) via the Zonal 3.5 championship played in April 2009, defeating Gabriel Sargissian and Yannick Pelletier in the early rounds before bowing out of the event to Vugar Gashimov in the third round. He again qualified through Zonal 3.5 to play in the World Cup (2011), but lost in the first round to Vietnamese GM Ngoc Truongson Nguyen. At the World Cup in 2013, 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

<2006-2007> Li Chao's first major tournament was at the Aeroflot Open A2 in 2006, where he scored an above-rating outcome of 5.5/9. He finished 2006 with a strong equal fourth scoring 6.5/9 at the 3rd Singapore Masters International Open Tournament 2006. 2007 started with 4.5/9 at the 6th Aeroflot Festival (2007), gaining his second grandmaster norm. In July 2007, he was equal first with 5.5/9 alongside Geetha Narayanan Gopal and Yuri Vovk at the category 12 Lake Sevan round robin tournament in Armenia, gaining his third grandmaster norm. In August 2007, he won the Peoples Chess Festival in Täby, Stockholm with 8½/9. In August, he won the 4th IGB Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysian Open Chess Championship with 9/11, half a point clear of runner-up Wan Yunguo. In late November 2007, he won the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Cup in Manila with 7/9 on tiebreak ahead of compatriots Zhou Weiqi and Ni Hua. He finished 2007 with 7/9 and outright third placement at the Pamplona Open.

<2008-2009> He was equal first at the Dubai Open (2008) with 7/9 alongside Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Merab Gagunashvili and Wesley So. He also won first place on tiebreak at the second Philippine International Open staged in Subic Bay Freeport Zone in 2008 ahead of Julio Catalino Sadorra, Zhou Weiqi, Buenaventura Bong Villamayor and Le Quang Liem. He subsequently also won the fifth IGB Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur in 2008 with the imposing score of 9/11. Soon afterwards, he was equal first (second on tiebreak) at the 3rd President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Tournament with 7/9 alongside Zhong Zhang and Eugenio Torre. In 2009, he was equal second at the 6th Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysia Open with 6.5/9, half a point behind the winner Parimarjan Negi.

<2010-2011> Li Chao won the Corus Group C (2010) with a decisive score of 10/13 (+8 -1 =4), 1.5 points ahead of outright runner-up Abhijeet Gupta. This result earned him an invitation to the Tata Steel Group B (2011), where he scored a close to par for rating 6/13. In February and March 2010, he was second behind Bu Xiangzhi at the 2010 Olympic Tournament Chinese Team Selection Double Round Robin. In April 2010, he won the 48th Doeberl Cup in Canberra, Australia and three months later he was equal first at the category 15 1st Danzhou Tournament (2010), placing second on tiebreak to Bu Xiangzhi. In March 2011, he easily won selection to represent his country at the World Team Championship 2011 (see below) when he placed equal first at the 2011 World Chess Team Tournament Chinese Players Selection Double Round Robin that was staged in Beijing, scoring 9/14 alongside Yu Yangyi and Zhou Weiqi. A modest 4/9 result at the 2nd Danzhou Tournament (2011) was followed by a runaway 8.5/9 winning result at the 26th Summer Universiade Individual Men played in Beijing in August 2011, two points clear of Wang Yue, Wang Hao, Aleksandr Rakhmanov, Zaven Andriasian, Vasily Papin and Martyn Kravtsiv. In October 2011, he won the Indonesia Open 2011 on tiebreak ahead of Surya Shekhar Ganguly with 7/9.

<2012-2013> In January, he placed equal first (second on tiebreak) at the Queenstown Chess Classic (2012) with 7.5/9 (+6 =3). The following month he won the 5th Colombo International Championships in Sri Lanka 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 July 2013, he was equal first with eight other players at the 27th World Summer Universiade staged in Kazan in Russia.

<2014-2015> 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 Reykjavik Open (2014) with 8.5/10 followed by equal fourth at Tradewise Gibraltar (2014), half a point from the shared lead with 7.5/10, and then equal second with 6.5/9 at the Casino Open held in Graz in February 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 equal first at the Cappelle-la-Grande in France with 7.5/9, followed by equal third at the 5th HD Bank Cup International open held in Vietnam. There followed a strong win at the 19th Neckar 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. He scored a rating-neutral 5.5/9 at the powerful Qatar Masters (2015).

Team Events

<Olympiads and other National Representation> Li Chao represented his country at the U16 Olympiads in 2002 and 2004, winning team gold in both and individual gold for board four in the latter. He played as a reserve for China at the Olympiad (2008), the Chess Olympiad (2010), and at the Chess Olympiad (2012) in Istanbul. At the last mentioned, he scored 6/7 with a TPR of 2794, missing an individual medal as he was one game short of qualifying for consideration. In other events in which he represented China, he competed in the World Chess Team Championship (2011) and the FIDE World Team Championship (2013), scoring team silver on both occasions and individual bronze for board three in 2011. 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. He also played for China in the Russia - China Match (2008) friendly and in the 'Aigo Cup' China-Sweden Summit in 2006, helping his team to victory on both occasions.

<Continental> In 2008, Li played reserve for the Al-Ain Chess Club "A" in the Asian Team Championship, winning team and individual gold. Playing board two for Shijiazhuang city at the 17th Asian Cities Chess Championship in Jakarta in 2011, he scored team and individual gold. Li also played fourth board for the Siberia Novosibirsk side in European Club Cup (2015), finishing with the fourth-highest score on his board as his team won the gold medal.

<National> He played for Beijing in the Chinese League from 2005 until 2013 inclusive, during this time winning 3 team golds, 5 team silvers and 1 team bronze. In 2014, Li Chao started playing in the Oberliga Wuerttemberg in Germany, the French League and in the Bundesliga, playing board 3 in the last mentioned for the SK Schwäbisch Hall team. He is again playing for SK Schwäbisch Hall in the 2015-16 season.


He played and won the Leko - Li Chao (2015) match by 4-2, although the final game was not rated due to him clinching the match with a game to spare.

Rapid and Blitz

Li Chao does not seem to favor the quicker versions of the game; however, he did rack up an outright win at the City of Sydney Blitz 2013 with 7.5/9 ahead of Rajaram R Laxman and Attila Czebe. He is currently inactive in both the rapid and blitz forms of the game.

Ratings and Rankings

Li Chao's highest standard rating and ranking to date was 2756 in May 2015 when he was ranked world #14.

He first entered the world's top 100 in April 2009 whilst still a Junior, and has remained in the top 100 since May 2011.


Wikipedia article: Li Chao %28chess player%29 and <This Week in Chess>.


The main source of information for individual events for this bio was the FIDE database (via his FIDE player card) that supplied details of his results since he first became FIDE rated. Information about team results was extracted from Olimpbase.

Last updated 18 January 2016

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 517  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Li Chao vs E Moradiabadi  ½-½47 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)B42 Sicilian, Kan
2. Yu Shaoteng vs Li Chao  0-143 2005 Torch Real Estate Cup China Chess LeagueB56 Sicilian
3. Li Chao vs K Kuderinov  1-038 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)B58 Sicilian
4. I Khairullin vs Li Chao 0-120 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)B91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
5. Li Chao vs V Papin  1-046 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)B42 Sicilian, Kan
6. Y Zinchenko vs Li Chao  ½-½83 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. T Nyback vs Li Chao 1-068 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)A17 English
8. Li Chao vs G Rohit  1-049 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)B42 Sicilian, Kan
9. Li Chao vs M Paragua  0-124 2005 3rd Pichay Cup Intl OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Li Chao vs A A Kharitonov  ½-½74 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
11. N Mamedov vs Li Chao 1-039 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. V Laznicka vs Li Chao  1-063 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
13. I Kurnosov vs Li Chao 0-139 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Li Chao vs S Brunello 0-123 2006 World Junior ChampionshipC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. Li Chao vs Wen Yang  ½-½45 2006 World Junior ChampionshipB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
16. Li Chao vs D Sengupta  1-045 2006 World Junior ChampionshipC16 French, Winawer
17. Stellwagen vs Li Chao 1-035 2006 World Junior ChampionshipC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
18. S Alavi vs Li Chao  0-150 2006 World Junior ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. T Warakomski vs Li Chao  ½-½131 2006 World Junior ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
20. Li Chao vs Wang Hao 1-055 2006 World Junior ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
21. Li Chao vs E Valeanu  ½-½48 2006 World Junior ChampionshipB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
22. Li Chao vs A Gorovets  1-040 2006 World Junior ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
23. Li Chao vs D Brandenburg 1-040 2006 World Junior ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
24. W So vs Li Chao 1-022 2006 3rd Singapore Masters Chess OpenC47 Four Knights
25. R Sangma vs Li Chao  ½-½97 2006 World Junior ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
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Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: As I mentioned above, Li Chao got the epithet "KID killer" after the International Deizisau Neckar Open 2015, the biggest German chess open. He faced the King's Indian Defense in four of his five white games, and scored 4/4. These games are not in the Chessgames database.
Aug-24-15  sonia91: There are a few inaccuracies in the bio.
<He then won at Tradewise Gibraltar (2014) with 8.5/10> Li Chao won at Reykjavik Open (2014) with 8.5/10. The Gibraltar Open 2014 was won by Cheparinov, Li Chao scored 7.5/10.

<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.> The Cappelle-la-Grande Open was held first, from 28th February to 7th March, 2015 (; the <19th> (and not 20th as stated in the bio) Neckar Open from April 2 to April 6, 2015 (

Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: <sonia91>

Those changes have been made. I must say it's nice to see someone noticing and reporting such details.

I'd like to suggest though that if you find more amendments that need to be made to a bio, then post the details where biographers hang out at the Biographer Bistro, where it's more likely to be acted upon immediately.

Posting it on a player page like this one runs the risk of it not being noticed by a biographer for some time.

Aug-25-15  sonia91: Thanks <twinlark>!
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  cro777: <The 19th Nektar International Open>

The International <Neckar> Open in Deizisau is the biggest German chess open. Deizisau is a town in Southern Germany (Region Stuttgart). The river Neckar, a major right tributary of the River Rhine, is flowing through this town.

At the beginning of each round music is played. When the song is over the round starts.

(Li Chao playing at the 19th International Neckar Open)

The 20th International Neckar Open will take place from 24-28 March 2016 in Deizisau, Germany.

Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Li Chao is participating in the 3rd National Mind Games, Rapid Chess (9 rounds), which is taking place in Zaozhuang City, Shandong Province, China from 26-28 August.
Dec-22-15  AzingaBonzer: This guy's ridiculous. He's currently cruising through the Qatar Masters--he and Giri are the only ones on 3.0/3.
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  TheFocus: <AzingaBonzer> <This guy's ridiculous. He's currently cruising through the Qatar Masters--he and Giri are the only ones on 3.0/3.>

He's really Chaoing down on the opposition.

Feb-12-16  sonia91: He is currently playing in the Graz Open, in Austria:
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  waustad: After his win today over Andrei Istratescu he ramains tied for the lead after 7 round at Graz. He shares the lead with Hungarian GM Banusz Tamas, with 6 points. There is a 6 way tie half a point back, including Lei Tingjie, who is on pace for a GM norm. Markus Ragger seems to have misplayed his endgame today and is now a full point behind the leaders.
Feb-19-16  sonia91: Congratulations on winning the Graz Open with an undefeated 8/9!
Feb-20-16  AzingaBonzer: After a dominant performance at Graz (TPR 2872), Li Chao is now #13 in the world, ahead of Karjakin and just behind Anand. (Harikrishna's worth mentioning too; he's right behind Li Chao and Anand--it's possible we'll be seeing a new Indian #1 soon.)
Feb-20-16  sonia91: This bio keeps containing silly mistakes: <He played board 4 for team Siberia Novosibirsk in the European Team Championship (2015)> it was European Club Cup (2015)!! It seems whoever wrote this bio doesn't have a clue about European tournaments, as previously his Rejkjavik victory was mistaken for Gibraltar, Neckar Open for "Nektar" open...and doesn't even bother to click on the links and check

Right after the ECC <2015> the bio talks about a <2011> event: "Playing board two for Shijiazhuang city at the 17th Asian Cities Chess Championship in Jakarta in <2011>, he scored team and individual gold"

Mar-29-16  sonia91: Fabiano Caruana said he studied Li Chao's game before last round of the Candidates 2016:
Apr-08-16  sonia91: Li Chao will play in Norway Chess in place of Karjakin; this should be his first supertournament:
Apr-08-16  AzingaBonzer: Unless I'm much mistaken, Norway Chess will be Li Chao's first ever super-tournament. Considering his rating, it's about time.
Apr-09-16  Imran Iskandar: Yes, it is about time for Li Chao. Just like his compatriot Ding Liren, a glance at his most notable games shows how attractive his playing style is.
Apr-09-16  ragtag: Postponing his marriage for this tournament is probably the best thing that could have happened to him.

Last chance, <Li Chao b>. Refugees are welcome in Norway...

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  whiteshark: He lost today in the German Bundesliga against Kasimdzhanov w/ black in a Petrov.
Apr-09-16  ketchuplover: Good luck in Norway young man and best wishes on your upcoming marriage.
Apr-09-16  starry2013: Short notice, so little prep for the event might make it tough.
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  diagonal: <Sonja91> first supertournament for Li Chao: good luck!

After playing and winning some of the strongest / largest recent Open Festivals (swiss system), he got now an invitation to a closed supertournament, the dream of professional chess players today.

Li Chao won the prestigious Reykjavik Open 2014 outright. He also won the huge Cappelle-la-Grande Open 2015 as first on tie-break, alongside with Vladimir Onischuk (555 participants!): and took the Graz Open 2016 as clear first.

Apr-11-16  Keyser Soze: Great talent and a fit name replacing Karjakin. Another youngster who will breakthrough on Elite soon or later. Best of luck.
Apr-21-16  sonia91: Happy 27th birthday!
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Li Chao.
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