Zhao Xue

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Zhao Xue
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Full name Zhao Xue
Country China
Born (1985-04-06) April 6, 1985 (age 30)
Jinan, Shandong, China
Title Grandmaster (2008)
Woman Grandmaster (2001)
FIDE rating 2519 (October 2015)
Peak rating 2579 (September 2013)

Zhao Xue (Chinese: 赵雪; pinyin: Zhào Xuě; born April 6, 1985 in Jinan)[1] is a Chinese chess player. In 2008, she became China's 24th Grandmaster.


Zhao won the World Under-12 Girls Championship in 1997 and the World Under-14 Girls Championship in 1999.

In 2002, she won the World Junior Girls Chess Championship in Goa, India, edging out defending champion Humpy Koneru on tie-break.

She took part in the Women's World Chess Championship 2004: 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.

In 2007, she 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.[2]

She 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.

Zhao took part in the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2009–11, for which she qualified via rating.

In December 2010, she participated in the Women's World Chess Championship and this time she managed to reach the semi-finals, where she lost 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.[3] 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.

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.[4]

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.[5][6]

She took part in the Women's World Chess Championship 2015, in which she reached the quarterfinals, where she lost to the eventual runner-up Natalia Pogonina.

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]

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.

Zhao played first board on a slightly weaker Chinese women's team in the World Teams 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).[7]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b GM title application FIDE
  2. ^ "Zhu Chen wins North Urals Cup 2007". ChessBase. 2007-07-31. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "GP - Shenzhen - GP - Shenzhen". Shenzhen2011.fide.com. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  4. ^ "Nikita Vitiugov wins Gibraltar after tiebreak". Chessdom. 2013-02-01. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Zhao Xue convincing winner of 2015 New Zealand Open". Chessdom. 2015-01-14. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Silver, Albert (16 January 2015). "Zhao Xue wins New Zealand Open with 8.0/9". ChessBase. Retrieved 12 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "雅戈尔杯中国国际象棋甲级联赛官方网站". Ccl.sports.cn. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 

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