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Xue Zhao
X Zhao 
Photograph 2008, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 1,232
Years covered: 1996 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2486 (2442 rapid, 2407 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2579

Overall record: +366 -193 =242 (60.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 431 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (78) 
    A13 A15 A10 A14 A12
 Slav (72) 
    D10 D11 D15 D17 D12
 King's Indian (53) 
    E92 E94 E97 E67 E73
 Queen's Pawn Game (46) 
    D02 E00 A45 A41 A46
 Queen's Gambit Declined (44) 
    D30 D38 D31 D37 D39
 Grunfeld (35) 
    D85 D80 D81 D70 D87
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (81) 
    C95 C77 C60 C65 C67
 Queen's Pawn Game (75) 
    A46 A45 E00 A40 D02
 Nimzo Indian (65) 
    E32 E38 E21 E46 E40
 Queen's Indian (64) 
    E15 E12 E16 E14 E17
 Sicilian (58) 
    B90 B51 B92 B22 B50
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (43) 
    C95 C92 C91 C86 C84
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Zhao Xue vs Shen Yang, 2009 1-0
   Zhao Xue vs N Kosintseva, 2011 1-0
   Zhao Xue vs D Reizniece-Ozola, 2006 1-0
   Zhao Xue vs B Bok, 2014 1-0
   N Muminova vs Zhao Xue, 2014 0-1
   Wang Yu vs Zhao Xue, 2011 0-1
   Zhao Xue vs Karjakin, 2006 1-0
   Zhao Xue vs Lagno, 2011 1-0
   Zhao Xue vs T Sachdev, 2011 1-0
   Zhao Xue vs M Zuriel, 2015 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championship (Girls) (2002)
   FIDE Women's World Team Championship (2011)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Nalchik (2011)
   SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Basque) (2013)
   Turin Olympiad (Women) (2006)
   Chinese Championship (Women) (2011)
   Chinese Championship (Women) (2009)
   Chinese Chess League (2016)
   New Zealand Open (2015)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2009)
   Calvia Olympiad (Women) (2004)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Tashkent (2013)
   Istanbul Olympiad (Women) (2012)
   Wch U20 Girls (2001)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (Women) (2010)

   🏆 Online Olympiad Top DivB
   P Cramling vs X Zhao (Sep-10-21) 1/2-1/2
   X Zhao vs D Harika (Dec-14-19) 1-0
   N Dzagnidze vs X Zhao (Dec-13-19) 1/2-1/2
   Kosteniuk vs X Zhao (Dec-12-19) 1/2-1/2
   X Zhao vs Lagno (Dec-11-19) 1/2-1/2

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(born Apr-06-1985, 38 years old) China
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WGM and GM.

Born in Jinan, Shandong. Zhao came sixth in U12 World Girls Championships in Menorca, in 1996, equal 18th in the U14 World Girls Championship held in Oropesa del Mar in 1998, fifth in the U16 World Girls Championship held in 2000, also in Oropesa del Mar, equal third in the World Girls Junior Championship of 2001, seventh in the U18 World Girls Championships in Heraklio in 2002 before she made her first serious impact on the world chess scene in the same year when she won the 19th World Junior Girls Championships (2002), played in Goa.

Zhao easily won the national women’s 2002 Olympiad selection trial with 23/31, and justified her selection in the team by scoring 11/12 on board 4 in the 35th Chess Olympiad in Bled (Olympiad, women (2002)), thereby scoring 3 gold medals: a team gold, an individual gold for best performance on board 4 and gold for the best rating performance at the Women’s event. She followed up this excellent result by winning individual bronze (for rating performance) and gold, and a team gold, in the 36th Olympiad, Women (2004), an individual gold and team bronze at the 37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006), and a team gold when the Chinese team won the Women's World Team Championship (2007).

Zhao's tournament record is also distinguished. In 2000, she won the Balatonturist Open in Budapest and the Budapest FS07 IM-A, the HeiBei zt 3.3 (Women) in 2001, the Groningen Harmonie Open-A in 2003, the Cannes Stroer (Women) (with 9/9) in 2003, the Chinese Women's Championship in 2005, and in 2007 came first at the Queens Chess International Woman Grandmasters tournament and equal first with Zhu Chen in the North Urals Cup (2007). She scored a sweeping victory at the at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Nalchik (2011), scoring 9.5/11 (TPR 2816), 2.5 points clear of outright second place finisher Ju Wenjun, who in turn was a point clear of the rest of the field. She qualified for the FIDE Knock-out Women's World Championship (2012) and defeated Canadian WIM Natalia Khoudgarian, Georgian IM and WGM Nino Khurtsidze, and Ukrainian IM and WGM Mariya Muzychuk before losing to Indian GM Dronavalli Harika in the fourth round.

Live ratings:

Wikipedia article: Zhao Xue

 page 1 of 50; games 1-25 of 1,231  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. X Zhao vs L Javakhishvili  0-1321996Wch U12 GirlsA10 English
2. X Zhao vs T Kosintseva  1-0321997Wch U12 GirlsA80 Dutch
3. X Zhao vs A Caoili  ½-½321997Wch U12 GirlsD00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. X Zhao vs N Kosintseva  0-1191998Wch U14 GirlsA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
5. M Sebag vs X Zhao  0-1191999WCh U14 GirlsB50 Sicilian
6. Navara vs X Zhao  1-0561999Groningen Young MastersB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
7. Stellwagen vs X Zhao  ½-½331999Groningen Young MastersB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
8. X Zhao vs A Volokitin  1-0461999Groningen Young MastersA35 English, Symmetrical
9. J Dudas vs X Zhao  ½-½122000Budapest FS07 IM-AA80 Dutch
10. X Zhao vs B Lindberg  1-0332000Budapest WFG IM-AB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. X Zhao vs L Javakhishvili  0-1432000Wch U16 GirlsA34 English, Symmetrical
12. X Zhao vs Tang Zijian  1-0332001Chinese Team ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
13. X Zhao vs Mu Ke  0-1352001Chinese Team ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
14. Wu Wenjin vs X Zhao  1-0282001Chinese Team ChampionshipA80 Dutch
15. X Zhao vs Huang Chengxin  1-0302001Chinese Team ChampionshipC00 French Defense
16. W Li vs X Zhao  0-1562001Chinese Team ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
17. X Zhao vs W Lin  0-1362001Chinese Team ChampionshipA23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
18. X Zhao vs Z Zhang  0-1522001Chinese Team ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Zhang Jundi vs X Zhao 0-1222001Chinese Team ChampionshipB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
20. X Zhao vs J Xie  1-0352001Chinese Team ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
21. Y Wang vs X Zhao  ½-½442001Chinese Team ChampionshipA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
22. L Qiao vs X Zhao  1-0272001Chinese Team ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
23. X Zhao vs Yu Ting  0-1492001zt3.3 WomenB53 Sicilian
24. X Zhao vs Q Huang 0-1312001zt3.3 WomenB53 Sicilian
25. Y Wang vs X Zhao  1-0442001zt3.3 WomenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
 page 1 of 50; games 1-25 of 1,231  PGN Download
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Apr-06-10  alexapple: Happy birthday! Zhao Xue :)
Apr-06-10  Simonkaser: Happy B !! :D
Apr-06-10  wordfunph: Happy birthday! Zhao Xue
Apr-08-10  DiscoJew: Happy Birthday indeed, she treated herself to a very simple gift... a nice win over a top contender!

Zhao Xue vs A Stefanova, 2010

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  Tabanus: 4th place in FIDE Women Grand Prix (Mongolia) 30 July - 12 August 2010:

Jul-07-11  plimko: Zhao Xue is the 1st Chinese Women Rapid Chess Champion. She defeated Ju Wenjun in the Final, 2-0.

Oct-15-11  wordfunph: 6/6 after beating GM Zhu Chen, simply amazing!

Oct-20-11  Ezzy: 9.5/10 and an incredible 2974!!!! performance in the Nalchik Women's Grand Prix with 1 round to go.

+9 is simply stunning and unprecedented in any women's tournament. This is something very special, and is it possible to win again tomorrow?

Is this result a 'one off' or are we witnessing a new dominant force in women's chess.

Some comments from her competitors

<The participants of Grand Prix also give the due to Zhao Xue, though they are not ready to consider her as the new leader of world chess. This means that the Chinese woman played one fantastic tournament, but it cannot guarantee her the next results. But of course everybody agreed that it was a brilliant performance. “ My congratulations to Zhao, she achieved phenomenal result which is perhaps unrepeatable at all” - said Kateryna Lahno.”

“Zhao is a good girl, - says Nadezda Kosintseva. - Recently she had been playing unsuccessfully and lowered her rating. A lot of people have written her off. Nothing to say - she is a fighter!”

“My congratulations to the winner. And we promise that we will do our best to provide her a “harder” tournament life the next time”- assured us Alexander Kosteniuk.

But let’s not forget about the world champion Hou Yifan who obviously has her own chess opinion on her compatriot’s victory. Will this phenomenal success of Zhao Xue be the only one or is it a sign of an appearance of a new leader in female chess for the following years? We can get an answer in the next Grand Prix.>

Oct-21-11  notyetagm: <CG.COM>

You're gonna have to update Zhao Xue 's biography tomorrow.


Oct-21-11  Ezzy: With a RP of 2974 going into the last round, she finally ran out of steam and lost to her compatriot Ju Wenjun.

I was willing for her not to lose so she would have had a RP in the 2900's, but to say that it was an anticlimax is a bit churlish, It was still a World Class performance (9.5/11 with a RP of 2816), and one that will be remembered for a long time in Women's chess.

Congratulations to Zhao Xue for a magnificent display of chess!!

Apr-12-12  waustad: She had a nice win in a rook and pawn ending today vs Bela Khotenshvili. One of those where the player with a pawn up sacs the extra pawn to allow the opponent's pawn to block the rook out of play. This link will probably no longer apply soon, but for now it is at:
Apr-14-12  waustad: She won another nice endgame today. This one she had a knight up for 3 pawns and beat Qian Huang.
Apr-17-12  waustad: She's +4 after 7 rounds. Her win today against Shen Yang was a Slav.
Apr-19-12  waustad: With her win over Yixin Ding in the last round she clinches a piece of the 2nd Women Masters in Jiangsu Wuxi 2012 title. The last remaining game is an OCB ending which Bela Khotenashvili would have to win with a pawn down to tie her +4 score. Her loss in the penultimate round to tail ender Xiaobing Gu kept this from being another crush.
Jul-18-12  waustad: 2 short losses to begin the tournament at Jermuk. Not a good start at all.
Aug-11-13  nescio: I don't know how Zhao Xue ended up at the west coast of Europe but laet week she played a tournament there. In the last round she lost to the winner Krasenkow, otherwise she might have won it instead. I don't think <> will bother to include this tournament in the database, but it would be a pity if there was no record at all of the following spectacular game in which she escaped by a lot of courage and lots of luck:

[Event "HZ"]
[Site "Vlissingen"]
[Date "2013.08.08"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Matthew Tan"]
[Black "Zhao Xue"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B12"]
[PlyCount "78"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4 h6 5. g4 Bd7 6. Nc3 e6 7. Be3 Qc7 8. Nf3 a6 9. Na4 b6 10. Rc1 c5 11. c4 dxc4 12. dxc5 Bxa4 13. Qxa4+ b5 14. Qa3 Nd7 15. b4 Ne7 16. Bg2 Nd5 17. O-O Be7 18. Nd4 O-O 19. Bxd5 exd5 20. f4 Bxh4 21. Nf5 Bd8 22. Bd4 a5 23. Qh3 axb4 24. Nxh6+ gxh6 25. Qxh6 Nb8 26. g5 Nc6 27. Rc2 Nxd4 28. Rh2 f5 29. gxf6 Kf7 30. Qh5+ Ke6 31. Qg4+ Nf5 32. Rh5 Qxc5+ 33. Kh1 Kd7 34. Qxf5+ Kc7 35. Rg1 Kb6 36. Rh7 Rxa2 37. f7 b3 38. Rh6+ Ka5 39. Qe6 Bb6 0-1

Position after 28.Rh2

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Perhaps 20...Bxh4 was too risky but the complicatios are too much for me. In the diagram it is clear that White has a strong attack and he might have succeeded if after 28...f5 he had played 29.exf6 instead of 29.gxf6. I must say that I also would have chosen gxf6 for the king's walk that follows looks too daring to be true. The difference however is that after 29.exf6 the e-file is open and 29...Kf7 really doesn't work: 30.Qh7+ Ke6 31.Re1+ and mate in a few moves.

In the game the black king finally finds a safe spot after a remarkable adventure. One wonders if the poor piece had some muscle pain the following day...

Aug-23-13  nescio: She is still in the Low Countries, having traveled the short distance from Vlissingen to Brasschaat, where her chances of winning are distinctly larger with only a few grandmasters (Dgebuadze, S. Kasparov) as most prominent competitors.

[Event "Brasschaat open 2013"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2013.08.22"]
[Round "6.1"]
[White "Zhao, Xue"]
[Black "Gergacz, Attila"]
[Result "1-0"]
[LiveChessVersion "1.4.2"]
[BlackElo "2370"]
[WhiteElo "2562"]
[ECO "D43"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 e6 5. g3 Nbd7 6. Qd3 a6 7. Bg2 b5 8. b3 b4 9. Na4 Bd6 10. O-O O-O 11. Bb2 a5 12. Rad1 Ba6 13. Rfe1 Rc8 14. Qc2 c5 15. dxc5 Nxc5 16. Ng5 g6 17. Nxc5 Bxc5 18. e4 Ng4 19. Nh3 d4 20. e5 f6 21. exf6 Qxf6

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All that fire power directed at f2 would have made me a bit nervous, but she calmly allowed her opponent to capture, having calculated that the loss of an exchange was only temporary. She finishes the game in the time trouble stage with a nice mating attack by a few minor pieces.

22. Nf4 d3 23. Nxd3 Qxf2+ 24. Qxf2 Nxf2 25. Nxc5 Nxd1 26. Bd4 Nc3 27. Nxa6 Rcd8 28. Bc5 Rf7 29. Bh3 Kg7 30. Bxe6 Rb7 31. Be3 Rd6 32. Nc5 Re7 33. Bg4 Nxa2 34. Bh6+ Kf7 35. Ne4 Kg8 36. Rf1 Rd8 37. Ng5 Rb8 38. Be6+ Kh8 39. Nf7+ Kg8 40. Nd8+ 1-0

6/6 now, but the encounters with her fellow grandmaters still ahead.

Jan-27-14  waustad: She's still busy in Europe going from Wijk aan Zee to Gibraltar. Her best performances are stunning, but she doesn't seem to be consistent enough to rank much higher.
Jan-06-15  waustad: After 6 rounds in Auckland, she's the co-leader of the New Zealand Open 2015 with Klaus Bischoff.
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  Benzol: She beat Bischoff today in round 7 and is now sole leader. Two more rounds to be played so she has very good chances of finishing first.
Jan-07-15  waustad: Her opponent tomorrow is IM Irine Kharisma Sukandar, who is alone in second place with 6 points, following Zhao Xue's 6.5/7.
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  Benzol: Congratulations on winning the New Zealand Open (2015) tournament.


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  ketchuplover: echoed
Jan-26-16  waustad: Since they haven't put up anything on cg yet for Gibraltar 2016, I guess I'll post on players pages. Though there were quite a few draws that should be considered upsets, most notable being Anand vs the Hungarian IM Vajda Szidonia Lazarne, the highest rated loss that I found was Zhao Xue vs David Spence.
Dec-16-17  sonia91: She won the women's Basque event at the IMSA Elite Mind Games in Huai'an, China:
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