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, Chao 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 will qualify him for the 2011 Corus Group B. A few months later, in April 2010, he convincingly won the 48th Doeberl Cup held in Canberra, Australia.

He took part in the Chess World Cup 2011, but was eliminated in the first round by Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son.[11]

China Chess League[edit]

Li Chao plays for Beijing chess club in the China Chess League (CCL).[12]

Notable games[edit]

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