|Full name||Zhao Xue|
April 6, 1985 |
Jinan, Shandong, China
Woman Grandmaster (2001)
|FIDE rating||2568 (December 2013)
(No. 5 ranked woman in the November 2012 FIDE World Rankings)
|Peak rating||2565 (October 2012)|
In 2007, she took second place in the women's supertournament North Urals Cup with a score of 6/9, lost to former world champion Zhu Chen on tiebreak.
In December 2010 she took part in the Women's World Chess Championship. The tournament was based on a knockout format, and she managed to continue on until the semi-finals where she lost 1½-2½ to her compatriot Ruan Lufei.
As of 2011, she is still an active female chess player for China. She is a participant for the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2011–2012, qualifying based on her stellar results of the Women's World Chess Championship 2010. In the Shenzhen leg, she finished with a score of 6/11 at joint 5-6 place along with Ruan Lufei, earning her 75 points in the Grand Prix.
In October 2011 Zhao Xue won the FIDE Women's Grand Prix tournament at Nalchik, Russia with the massive score of 9.5/11.
- 37th Chess Olympiad (Women) in Turin, Italy 21 May-4 June 2006; score 10/13
- North Urals Cup 2007 in Krasnoturinsk, Russia July 21–31, 2007; score 6/9
Zhao Xue has played an important part in the last two victories of China in the Women's Chess Olympiad.
She as a first reserve scored 11/12 (performance rating of 2723) on board 4 in the 35th Chess Olympiad in Bled in 2002. She has lost just one game (to Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant) on that occasion and that remains the only Olympiad game she has lost in her three Olympiad appearances.
She scored 10/12 on board 3 (TPR 2603) winning an individual gold in 36th Chess Olympiad in Calvià in 2004; and scored 10/13 on board 1 (TPR 2615) winning an individual gold at the 37th Chess Olympiad in Turin in 2006.
She led China to victory in the 2007 Women's World Team Championship with 6½/8 (TPR 2693).
China Chess League
Honors since 2011
- 2012: CHNIA Women's Masters, Wuxi, China
- 2011: FIDE Women's Grand Prix, Nalchik, Russia
- 2012: ASIAN Women's Nations Cup, Zaozhuang, China
- 2011: FIDE Women's World Team Championship, Mardin, Turkey
- 2011: CHINA League Division A, Tianjin, China