Zhao Xue

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Zhao Xue
Xue Zhao.jpg
Country China
Born (1985-04-06) 6 April 1985 (age 33)
Jinan,[1] Shandong, China
Title Grandmaster (2008)
FIDE rating 2478 (August 2018)
Peak rating 2579 (September 2013)
Zhao Xue
Medal record
Representing  China
Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 2006 Doha Women's Individual
Silver medal – second place 2006 Doha Mixed Team
Silver medal – second place 2010 Guangzhou Women's Individual
Gold medal – first place 2010 Guangzhou Women's Team

Zhao Xue (Chinese: 赵雪; pinyin: Zhào Xuě; born 6 April 1985) is a Chinese chess grandmaster. She was the 24th Chinese person to achieve the title. Zhao was a member of the gold medal-winning Chinese team at the Women's Chess Olympiad in 2002, 2004 and 2016, and the Women's World Team Chess Championship in 2007, 2009 and 2011. She has competed in the Women's World Chess Championship in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2017, reaching the semifinals in 2010.


Zhao won two gold medals at the World Youth Chess Championships, in the Girls Under 12 section in 1997 and the Girls Under 14 in 1999. In 2002, she won the World Junior Girls Chess Championship in Goa, India, edging out defending champion Koneru Humpy on tie-break. This victory qualified her to the Women's World Chess Championship 2004, in which she knocked out Shadi Paridar in the first round, then lost to Elisabeth Pähtz and therefore was eliminated from the competition.

Zhao qualified thanks to her rating to the Women's World Chess Championship 2006, in which she lost in the first round to Maria Kursova. Later in the same year, she took part in the 2006 Asian Games held in Doha and won the silver medal in the women's individual chess rapid tournament.

In July 2007, she won the Queens Woman Grandmasters tournament in Bad Homburg[2][3] and tied for first place with former women's world champion Zhu Chen in the women's supertournament North Urals Cup in Krasnoturinsk, Russia after both finished on 6/9, but placed second on tiebreak.[4]

Zhao competed in the Women's World Chess Championship 2008, in which she was knocked out in the second round by compatriot Shen Yang, after defeating in the first one Marisa Zuriel. In the following month, in October 2008, she won the silver medal in the women's individual rapid tournament at the World Mind Sports Games, which took place in Beijing.

Zhao took part in the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2009–11, for which she qualified via rating. In November 2010, she took part in the 2010 Asian Games, held in Guangzhou, and managed to win the silver medal in the women's individual rapid chess tournament.

In December 2010, she participated in the Women's World Chess Championship and this time she managed to reach the semifinals, where she lost by 1½-2½ to her compatriot and eventual runner-up Ruan Lufei. This result enabled her to qualify for the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2011–2012. In the Shenzhen leg, Zhao scored 6/11 and finished in joint 5th-6th place along with Ruan Lufei, earning her 75 points in the Grand Prix.[5] In October 2011, she won the Nalchik stage, with a score of 9.5/11. In July 2012, she finished seventh in Jermuk on 5.5/11. In the Ankara event, she placed third with 7.5/11. In the Grand Prix overall standings Zhao placed fourth with 345 points.

In April 2012, Zhao won the 2nd China Women Masters Tournament in Wuxi.[6] In the following month, she won the Asian Women's Blitz Championship, held in Ho Chi Minh City, on tiebreak over Wang Jue and Tan Zhongyi.[7] At the Women's World Chess Championship 2012 she made it to the quarterfinals, where she lost to Dronavalli Harika.

In January 2013, Zhao won the prize for best female player at the Gibraltar Chess Festival scoring 7.5/10.[8] She finished second, behind Hou Yifan, in the women's standard tournament at the 2013 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. Soon after she won the women's chess tournament at the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, contributing to China's team gold.[9]

Zhao competed in the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2013–14. In January 2015, she won the New Zealand Open with a score of 8/9.[10][11] Zhao took part in the Women's World Chess Championship 2015, where she reached the quarterfinals, losing to the eventual runner-up, Natalia Pogonina. In the 2017 edition, she lost in the second round to Padmini Rout. In December of the same year, Zhao won the gold medal in the women's Basque chess event at the IMSA Elite Mind Games in Huai'an.[12]

GM title[edit]

In 2008, she gained the Grandmaster title. Her GM norms were achieved at:[1]

  • 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

National team[edit]

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 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.

Zhao played first board on the Chinese women's team in the World Team Chess Championship held in Beersheba, Israel in 2005.

She led China to victory in the 2007 Women's World Team Championship with 6½/8 (TPR 2693).

China Chess League[edit]

Zhao Xue plays for Beijing chess club in the China Chess League (CCL).[13]

Honors since 2011[edit]


  • 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


  1. ^ a b GM title application. FIDE.
  2. ^ Crowther, Mark (2007-08-06). "TWIC 665: Bad Homburg". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Queen's Chess Internationales Damen-Großmeisterturnier Chess-Results
  4. ^ "Zhu Chen wins North Urals Cup 2007". ChessBase. 2007-07-31. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "GP - Shenzhen - GP - Shenzhen". Shenzhen2011.fide.com. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  6. ^ "Second China Women's Master won by GM Zhao Xue". ChessBase. 2012-04-21. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Negi wins 11th Asian Continental Chess Championship". ChessBase. 2012-05-15. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Nikita Vitiugov wins Gibraltar after tiebreak". Chessdom. 2013-02-01. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Doggers, Peter (2013-07-17). "Gold for Wesley So and Zhao Xue at Universiade in Kazan". ChessVibes. Retrieved 6 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Zhao Xue convincing winner of 2015 New Zealand Open". Chessdom. 2015-01-14. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  11. ^ Silver, Albert (16 January 2015). "Zhao Xue wins New Zealand Open with 8.0/9". ChessBase. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "2017 IMSA Elite Mind Games: Grischuk and Zhao Xue won Basque". FIDE. 2017-12-14. Retrieved 2018-01-04. 
  13. ^ "雅戈尔杯中国国际象棋甲级联赛官方网站". Ccl.sports.cn. Archived from the original on 2011-10-28. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 

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