Li Chao (chess player)

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Li.
Li Chao
Li Chao chess.jpg
Full name Li Chao
Country China
Born (1989-04-21) 21 April 1989 (age 26)
Taiyuan, Shanxi
Title Grandmaster (GM) (2007)
FIDE rating 2748 (August 2015)
(No. 16 in the May 2015 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2748 (May 2015)
Li Chao
Medal record
Competitor for  China
Men's Chess
Summer Universiade
Gold medal – first place 2011 Shenzhen Individual
Gold medal – first place 2011 Shenzhen Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 2013 Kazan Mixed team
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Kazan Individual

Li Chao (Chinese: 李超; pinyin: Lǐ Chāo; born 21 April 1989 in Taiyuan, Shanxi)[1] is a Chinese chess Grandmaster. In 2007, he became China's 23rd Grandmaster at the age of 18. He has been a second/assistant for Wang Yue on several occasions, and both are good friends having known each other since they were kids.[2]


Li Chao started to play chess at the young age of 6, and plays for Beijing Chess Club.

In 2005 he earned sixth place at the World Juniors Championship held in Istanbul.

The following year at the same championship held in Yerevan, Li finished in the top 20.

In the third Singapore Master International Open Tournament he shared fourth-ninth place in 2006.

In August 2007, Li won the Scandinavian Chess Tournament[3] (eight GMs in a field of 215) in Täby, Stockholm, Sweden with 8½/9.[4][5] In September 2007, he won the fourth IGB Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur.[6] He won the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Cup in Manila held on 21–29 November 2007.[7]

Li Chao (right) winning the fourth Dato' Arthur Tan Open in 2007, standing next to Dato Tan Chin Nam (left)

In 2007, he gained the Grandmaster title. His GM norms were achieved at:[8]

In April 2008, he came joint first on points (7/9) and fourth on tie-break at the tenth Dubai Open (performance rating of 2643). In May 2008, he came joint first on points (8.0/11) and first on tie-break at the second Philippine International Open in Subic Bay Freeport Zone. In August 2008, he won the fifth IGB Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur with 9/11.[9] In September 2008, he competed at the fifth Russia v China Match in Ningbo where he scored 3/5 with a performance rating of 2767 for the men's team (with Wang Yue, Wang Hao, Ni Hua, Bu Xiangzhi).[10]

He finished twelfth on tiebreak at the October 2009 World Junior Chess Championship in Argentina. He scored 8/13 (+6, =4, -3). He qualified for the Chess World Cup 2009, Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, 20 November-15 December. He reached the third round losing to Vugar Gashimov.

In 2010, Li Chao finished first place in Group C at the 72nd Corus Wijk aan Zee 2010 (15 January - 31 January), his final score was 10/13. The victory qualified him for the 2011 Corus Group B, later renamed Tata Steel Chess Tournament Group B. A few months later, in April 2010, he convincingly won the 48th Doeberl Cup held in Canberra, Australia.

At the 2011 Tata Steel Group B he scored 6/13, placing ninth.[11] He took part in the Chess World Cup 2011, but was eliminated in the first round by Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son.[12]

In 2014, he won the Reykjavik Open with 8.5/10.[13]

In March 2015, he won 31st Cappelle-la-Grande Open scoring 7.5/9.[14] This success was followed by victory at the 19th Neckar Open with 8.5/9.[15] In August 2015, he played a 6 game match with Hungarian Grandmaster Peter Leko in Szeged, Hungary. He won the match 4-2 (+2-0=4).[16]

China Chess League[edit]

Li Chao plays for Beijing chess club in the China Chess League (CCL).[17]

Notable games[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 中国国际象棋运动员等级分数据库
  2. ^
  3. ^ untitled
  4. ^ SCT 2007
  5. ^ THE WEEK IN CHESS 666 13 August 2007 by Mark Crowther
  6. ^ 4th Dato' Arthur Tan Open: the "Empire" Strikes Back!, Sept 1 2007
  7. ^ Li Chao Wins President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Cup in Manila 29 November 2007
  8. ^ "Title Applications". World Chess Federation. Archived from the original on 3 June 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  9. ^ DATMO 2008
  10. ^ Fifth China vs Russia Match in Ningpo
  11. ^ Standings of grandmaster group B
  12. ^ Crowther, Mark (2011-09-21). "The Week in Chess: FIDE World Cup Khanty-Mansiysk 2011". London Chess Center. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  13. ^ N1 Reykjavik Open 2014 Chess-Results
  14. ^ L'Ami, Alina (9 March 2015). "Li Chao is champion at Cappelle". ChessBase. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  15. ^ Doggers, Peter (7 April 2015). "KID Killer” Li Chao Convincing Neckar Open Winner, Now World #17". Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  16. ^ Doggers, Peter (21 August 2015). "Li Chao beats Peter Leko 4-2 in friendly match". Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  17. ^

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