Ni Hua

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Ni Hua
Ni Hua.jpg
Full name Simplified Chinese: 倪华
Traditional Chinese: 倪華
Country China
Born (1983-05-31) May 31, 1983 (age 31)
Shanghai, China
Title Grandmaster (2003)
FIDE rating 2683 (December 2014)
(No. 89 in the December 2012 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2724 (April 2009)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Ni.

Ni Hua (born May 31, 1983 in Shanghai)[1] is one of China's top chess grandmasters and is the national team captain. In 2003, he became China's 15th Grandmaster at the age of 19. On April 2008, Ni Hua and Bu Xiangzhi both became the second and third Chinese players to pass the 2700 Elo rating line, after Wang Yue. He is ranked 89th globally, 14th in Asia, and 7th in China.

He also played 4th board at the World Team Chess Championship in January 3–14, 2010.[2]

Career[edit]

Ni learned to play chess at six. He won the S.T. Lee Cup for under 14 year-olds in 1996 and 1997 and repeated the performance in a higher age group in 1999.

In 2000 he played in his first Olympiad in Istanbul, where he scored 5.5/9. In February 2000, he gained his first GM norm at the 1st Saturday GM Tournament in Budapest with 7/10 score. He achieved his second GM norm at the April 2001 China Team Championship in Suzhou with a score of 6.5/10. His third GM norm was achieved at the Tan Chin Nam Cup with a score of 6.5/9 in Qingdao in July 2002. In the 2001 China-USA Summit Match, Ni Hua scored notable victories against Dmitry Schneider and Hikaru Nakamura.

In February 2003, Ni had his Grandmaster title ratified. He achieved his GM norms at:[3] the February 2000 1st Saturday GM Tournament in Budapest (score 7.0/10), the April 2001 China Team Championship in Suzhou (score 6.5/10), and the July 2002 Tan Chin Nam Cup GM in Qingdao (score 6.5/9).

In August 2004, Ni won the 1st Dato’ Arthur Tan Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.[4][5] In the (August) 2004 FIDE World championship he beat Evgeny Vladimirov in round one but was put out by his fellow countryman Ye Jiangchuan in the next round.[6]

Ni Hua (left) at the Macau 2nd Asian Indoor Games

In November 2005, the Chinese national team just needed one point to win the championship in the World Team Championship in Beersheba, Israel but Ni Hua's two endgame losses (to Karen Asrian of Armenia and Alexander Morozevich of Russia) in the final two rounds allowed Russia to clinch victory.[7] Ni won the Chinese National Chess Championship twice consecutively in 2006[8] and 2007.[9] In December 2007, he won the Prospero Pichay Cup in Manila with a score of 7.0/9.[10]

In April 2008, Ni competed at the Russian Team Championships in Dagomys, Sochi for the team Economist-SGSEU-1 (Saratov), where he achieved a score of 7.0/11 (+4=6–1) and a performance rating of 2735. In May–June 2008, he became the Chinese National Champion for the third time running with 7.5/11 points in Beijing and having a performance of 2666.[11][12]

In early September 2008, he competed for team Mérida Patrimonio on board three at the Division 2 – CECLUB Spanish Club Chess Championship. His team mates were Dmitry Jakovenko (b1), Pavel Eljanov (b2), Zoltán Almási (b4), Ibragim Khamrakulov (b5) and Miguel Llanes Hurtado (b6). Ni Hua scored 4.0/5 (+3 =2 -0) and his team topped the group.[13] (Team Victory Photo) In late September 2008, he competed at the 5th Russia v China Match in Ningbo where he scored 2.5/5 with a performance rating of 2700 for the men's team (with Wang Yue, Wang Hao, Bu Xiangzhi, Li Chao).[14]

In January 2009 he won the 51st Reggio Emilia chess tournament, the first Chinese player to win this important event. In 2009, he made appearances at the Canada Open, 4th Kolkata Open, Russia v China match, Chinese National Championships, the Maotai Prince Cup China National Chess King & Queen Championships and the European Club Cup for the champions Economist Saratov.

He is to play at the London Chess Classic on December 7–16, 2009 to be held at the Olympia Conference Centre.[15]

He has also been confirmed for the 2009/2010 Reggio Emilia edition (December 28 – January 6), and in Group B at the 72nd Corus Wijk aan Zee 2010 (January 15 – 31 January).[16]

In April 2010 he won Asian Chess Championship in Subic Bay.[17] In March 2011, came first in the 2nd HDBank Cup tournament in Ho Chi Minh.[18]

China Chess League[edit]

Ni Hua plays for Shanghai chess club in the China Chess League (CCL).[19]

Openings[edit]

Ni Hua almost always opens with 1.e4 with White and, usually, as Black, answers 1.d4 with either the Slav or Grunfeld and 1.e4 with either the Sicilian or French.

Notable chess games[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "中国国际象棋运动员等级分数据库". Chessinchina.net. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  2. ^ "World Team Chess Championship 2009". Wtcc2009.tsf.org.tr. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ "World Chess Federation". FIDE. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ "– Chess News – Najdorf syndrome and the secret of the Filipinos". Chessbase.com. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  5. ^ "– Chess News – 1st Dato’ Arthur Tan Malaysia Open". Chessbase.com. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  6. ^ "– Chess News – FIDE WCC R2-2: 14 games in four days". Chessbase.com. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  7. ^ "– Chess News – Caught! Russians win the World Team Championship". Chessbase.com. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  8. ^ CHN Men Champ.2006 – CHN. FIDE.
  9. ^ 2007 China Men's Individu – CHN. FIDE.
  10. ^ FIDE Online. Tournament report April 2008[dead link]
  11. ^ Chinese Championships TWIC
  12. ^ Tournament Report FIDE
  13. ^ "Federación Española de Ajedrez. Noticias de la Federación Española de Ajedrez". Feda.org. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Fifth China vs Russia Match in Ningpo". Chessbase.com. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  15. ^ "Home | The Week in Chess". Chesscenter.com. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  16. ^ Mark Crowther – Sunday January 31, 2010 (January 31, 2010). "72nd Corus Wijk aan Zee 2010 | The Week in Chess". Chess.co.uk. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Asia Continental Chess Championships 2010". Chessdom. Retrieved April 30, 2010. 
  18. ^ "2nd HDBank Cup Open Chess tournament 2012 May 2012 Vietnam". FIDE. Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  19. ^ "雅戈尔杯中国国际象棋甲级联赛官方网站". Ccl.sports.cn. Retrieved July 27, 2011. 

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Preceded by
Wang Yue
Men's Chinese Chess Champion
2006, 2007, 2008
Succeeded by
Ding Liren