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Wang Hao 
 
Wang Hao
Number of games in database: 755
Years covered: 2002 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2730 (2719 rapid, 2694 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2752
Overall record: +194 -87 =266 (59.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      208 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (84) 
    B90 B30 B42 B51 B43
 Slav (33) 
    D17 D12 D15 D11 D10
 King's Indian (25) 
    E60 E90 E97 E81 E63
 Ruy Lopez (25) 
    C78 C65 C89 C76 C96
 Nimzo Indian (24) 
    E58 E32 E21 E43 E47
 Sicilian Najdorf (24) 
    B90 B92 B99 B91 B96
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (58) 
    B90 B51 B80 B94 B47
 Slav (50) 
    D15 D10 D12 D17 D18
 French Defense (45) 
    C11 C07 C05 C12 C02
 French (25) 
    C11 C12 C13 C10
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E25 E21 E34 E32 E52
 Sicilian Najdorf (22) 
    B90 B94 B96 B92 B91
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Wang Hao vs A Giri, 2013 1-0
   Ponomariov vs Wang Hao, 2007 0-1
   Carlsen vs Wang Hao, 2013 0-1
   Wang Hao vs Nakamura, 2012 1-0
   Wang Hao vs Grischuk, 2011 1-0
   Wang Hao vs E Inarkiev, 2008 1-0
   Wang Hao vs Caruana, 2013 1-0
   Wang Hao vs Anand, 2013 1-0
   Wang Hao vs A Timofeev, 2007 1-0
   Wang Hao vs D Fridman, 2013 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Russian Team Championship (2008)
   Biel Chess Festival (2012)
   Chinese Championship (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2008)
   Chinese Championship (2010)
   Scandinavian Chess Tournament (2007)
   1st Danzhou Tournament (2010)
   World Junior Championship (2007)
   Asian Individual Championship (2007)
   Gibraltar (2008)
   World Junior Championship (2006)
   SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque) (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (2010)
   World Junior Championship (Boys) (2005)
   World Cup (2009)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Wang Hao' s Best Games by RKR25
   CHESS IN HUNGARY 2 by DIONPOGIME

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FIDE player card for Wang Hao


WANG HAO
(born Aug-04-1989) China
PRONUNCIATION:
[what is this?]
Grandmaster (2005). China's top player (April 2014).

Preamble

Wang Hao was born in Harbin, Heilongjiang.

Tournaments

<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 2013, 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.

Championship Events

<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.

Team events

<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 vs Experience (2006). In August 2007, he competed in the 4th Russia vs 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 vs 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.

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

As of 1 May 2014, Wang Hao's ratings and rankings stood at:

<Standard> 2734 (#1 in China, #2 player in Asia, and #21 in the world);

<Rapid> 2716; and

<Blitz> 2668.

Sources and references

(1) http://chess-results.com/tnr99752.a...; (2) http://chess-results.com/tnr130645....

Wikipedia article: Wang Hao %28chess player%29; live rating: http://www.2700chess.com/ Images: http://www.google.com.au/images?hl=...; * http://www.worldmindgames.net/en/ne...


 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 755  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. D Schneider vs Wang Hao  1-045 2002 2nd China-USA SummitC42 Petrov Defense
2. S Erenburg vs Wang Hao  ½-½58 2003 World Junior ChampionshipsB22 Sicilian, Alapin
3. Wang Hao vs J Jirka  ½-½64 2003 World Junior ChampionshipsC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
4. Deepan Chakkravarthy J vs Wang Hao  ½-½21 2003 World Junior ChampionshipsB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Wang Hao vs D Mastrovasilis  0-144 2003 World Junior ChampionshipsB44 Sicilian
6. G Rohit vs Wang Hao  1-047 2003 World Junior ChampionshipsB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. Wang Hao vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-153 2003 Wch U14B30 Sicilian
8. Wang Hao vs V Bachin  0-156 2003 World Junior ChampionshipsB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
9. Wang Hao vs Carlsen 1-040 2003 WYCC - B14B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
10. L Patriarca vs Wang Hao  ½-½44 2004 36th OlympiadA22 English
11. Oral vs Wang Hao  0-146 2004 36th OlympiadC07 French, Tarrasch
12. Wang Hao vs B Predojevic  ½-½67 2004 36th OlympiadC41 Philidor Defense
13. Wang Hao vs F Jenni  ½-½67 2004 36th OlympiadC45 Scotch Game
14. Wang Hao vs P Malysheva  1-019 2004 RUS-CHN Summit Juniors 2ndD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. G Timoshchenko vs Wang Hao  1-055 2004 36th OlympiadD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. T L Petrosian vs Wang Hao  ½-½71 2005 2nd Sanjin Hotel CupC07 French, Tarrasch
17. K Terrieux vs Wang Hao  1-037 2005 World Junior Championship (Boys)D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. Wang Hao vs A Riazantsev 1-052 2005 7th Dubai OpenC14 French, Classical
19. Wang Hao vs V Malakhov ½-½50 2005 FIDE World CupB35 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Modern Variation with Bc4
20. Wang Hao vs Shaobin  1-037 2005 2nd Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysian OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. Zhao Xue vs Wang Hao  0-130 2005 Aeroflot Open BE12 Queen's Indian
22. Zhao Xue vs Wang Hao  0-131 2005 2nd Sanjin Hotel CupD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. P Kotsur vs Wang Hao  1-070 2005 Asian Chess ChampionshipA17 English
24. Bu Xiangzhi vs Wang Hao  ½-½12 2005 7th Dubai Open Chess ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Karjakin vs Wang Hao 0-158 2005 2nd Sanjin Hotel CupC11 French
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Oct-08-12  ex0duz: Does anyone know what his friends call him in chinese, or even english?

Does he have a 'middle' name in chinese?

Can i call him, Ah-Hao, or Xiao Wang, Xiao Hao, etc? lol. Because yeah, isn't 王皓 like really really common? There is also a table tennis player who has the same name and i'm guessing is more famous in China than the chess player. So how do they call or differentiate them in china or chinese press? Is 王皓 really his full name? No middle name or 'nickname'?

If you are reading this Wang Hao, then good luck for your future, and i will be watching with much anticipation. I hope you can continue to do yourself and your country proud. But if you ever lose the love, don't be forced to continue just for the country(although you might have no choice.. i hope you do though) Continue to be your own man, like you said in the interview!

Dec-18-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Maatalkko: Hao is underrated due to his participation in Chinese League tournaments. In 2012, Hao gained 41.64 points in tournaments played in Europe & Tashkent. He also gained 8.9 points in the Asian Nations team event. He has lost 37.2 points in Chinese Chess League play. In these league games, he has to face players like 21 year old GM-elect Qun Ma (http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?...), who scored +1 -0 =2 against Hao, costing him 14.3 points. Qun Ma was criminally underrated at 2455 the first time he drew Hao, and, based on his exponential growth, he's also a lot stronger than his current 2559 rating.

Carlsen would need to score 88% against Qun Ma to maintain his rating; Kramnik would need 82%. It is highly unlikely that they could consistently do this. After shedding 30 points at the 2010 Olympiad, Carlsen has not played any events against "average" grandmasters, let alone sleepers underrated by a hundred points or more. The Elo risk/reward ratio is so skewed that no top player besides Crazy Chucky will willingly go near an open event. Of course, Wang Hao would not have gained as many points in Europe had he not lost in China, but the tax on his rating still has to be more than 20 points relative to the other elite players.

I don't know whether the Chinese practice of "hiding" their young players is an intentional strategy or simply a product of limited travel opportunities. It could be that so many Chinese players are improving so rapidly that their Elo pool has not had time to catch up. This explains why Chinese grandmasters like Bu Xiangzhi and Wang Yue are so far off their peak ratings. If you check Wang Yue's rating history, his international tournaments are not too shabby, but his Chinese tournaments are killing him. He scores around even and loses 10+ points each time. And it's a vicious cycle; he doesn't get tickets to London anymore because Wang Hao is the go-to guy and Ding Liren is at the doorstep.

I predict China wins not one, but two Olympiads by 2020 and Wang Hao is in the top 10 by the end of 2013.

Dec-18-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Bobby Fiske: WANG TALKS ABOUT THE CHINESE LEAGUE:
"...On the other hand, just as happens in China, all these players know each other so well that it's very difficult to play. I personally felt it was much more difficult to play in the Chinese League than the Russian League because the Chinese players just simply know me better..."

LINK: http://whychess.org/en/node/2674

Dec-18-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Maatalkko: <Bobby Fiske> Good point. I did not notice that. The element of surprise is an alternate explanation of why Chinese players such as Wang Yue, Bu Xiangzhi, and Ni Hua crossed 2700 only to fade away.

I think Wang Hao is here to stay, though.

Dec-18-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Bobby Fiske: I dont fancy Wang Yue that much, due to dry playstyle and lack of carisma.

But Wang Hao I do like a lot. Both his chess and personality. I hope he will succeed.

With more top players, there will be more tournaments in China, too. Hopefully the global tournament circuit will widen up, with players traveling both ways to compete.

Mar-16-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: "When you play tournaments continuously, you feel kind of sad."

- GM Wang Hao

May-17-13  voyager39: Amazing game by Hao against Carlsen. He draws blood out of stone just like Carlsen is famous for.

Carlsen vs Wang Hao, 2013

The game deserves a standing applause.

May-17-13  Catholic Bishop: Wang Hao, Every news article about him on Chinese websites would have jokers leaving comments like: "Damn I didn't you played chess in your spare time", a reference to the more famous table tennis player of the same name.
May-18-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  SatelliteDan: Congrats GM Wang Hao on your win!
May-18-13  FairyPromotion: Felt like doing this:
http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3uglhb/

Even as a big Anand fan, congratulations GM Wang Hao! Nice to see such a brilliant player entering the world elite. I wish you a lot of success in your chess career!

May-18-13  SugarDom: Wang Hao is about to barge in the top ten...
May-18-13  John Abraham: Wang Hao, the new Ivanchuk
May-18-13  voyager39: For a while it looked as if Anand had managed a fortress, but it was proved wrong. Solid play once again and way to go for the young man! Well done indeed.
May-18-13  hellopolgar: I am pretty sure that Wang Hao is now the first ever Chinese player to break 2750!!! Big milestone for both himself and China!
May-18-13  hellopolgar: Actually nvm, he was 2752 back in January this year. so I guess he is the first ever Chinese player to sort of "maintain“ a 2750 rating.
May-19-13  wych: <hellopolgar: I am pretty sure that Wang Hao is now the first ever Chinese player to break 2750!!! Big milestone for both himself and China!>

Wang yue was 2756 back in Novenber 2010 &, I think, maintained a live rating of over 2750 for several months. IIRC he rose to number 8 in the world at one point.

May-20-13  hellopolgar: Sorry my bad! I am not sure if Ding Liren will play enough chess to break 2750 but I am pretty sure he is slightly better than Wang Hao as you can see here http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
May-24-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Using <polgar>'s um, logic, we reach the obvious, well-known conclusion that Geller was stronger than Fischer: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

Maybe <polgar> should try thinking before spouting off nonsense. Just for a change.

May-25-13  Fiona Macleod: What, then, is the basis of your insinuation that Fischer was stronger than Geller?
May-25-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Just the way I roll-might be that world title he won, inter alia.
May-26-13  hellopolgar: Just look at their games. I am pretty sure that most people would agree with me that Ding Liren is a tad stronger.
Aug-04-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Happy Birthday GM Wang Hao!
Aug-04-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: ditto!
Aug-26-13  csmath: Games from Maotai Prince Cup Kings are missing.

In particular the game with Jianchao where they both play computer analysis in Exchange Grunfeld sideline [talking about Wang being "unprepared"] and Wang wins it after switching gears away from it.

Apr-30-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Mating Net: I really like Wang and hope he is able to really make a mark on the chess scene. He has a wide repertoire with both colors and a keen tactical acumen. His victories over Carlsen, Anand, Nakamura and Caruana prove that he is very talented. Here's to seeing him put it all together in the not too distant future.
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