GM Zhao Xue

Full name
Zhao Xue
Born
Apr 6, 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth
Jinan, Shandong, China
Federation
China
Profiles

Zhao Xue is a well rounded top female chess Grandmaster, excelling in both team matches as well as individual tournaments. Her victory in a U-20 World Girls tournament ahead of Humpy Koneru helped to launch her into the spotlight. Next she crushed the Women’s Chess Olympiad selection and normal tournaments in 2002, extremely good scores in both of them. She has also played in two Women World Championship tournaments too. Now that she is 5th best female player in the world, everyone is looking forward to her continued improvement.

Zhao Xue learned to play chess when she was little and became a Woman Grandmaster in 2001. She also quickly became a veteran of the youth girls tournament circuit. Her biggest success in this type of tournaments was when she won the U-20 World Junior Girls Chess Championship ahead of Humpy Koneru in 2002. After this championship, Zhao won the national women’s Olympiad selection trial by a large margin, then showed that her selection was correct by scoring 11/12 on board 4 in the 2002 Women’s Chess Olympiad and winning 3 gold medals: team gold, board 4 individual gold and gold for the best rating performance. In future Olympiad tournaments she had a lot of success as well. She became an official Grandmaster in 2008. She has played in two Women’s World Championships, in 2008 and 2010, both times falling short of the finals. Recently she has ascended to become the fifth best rated female in the world and is sure to keep improving her game.

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Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Catalan Opening (18) : E00 E05 E01
Queen's Pawn Opening (24) : D02 D00 A40 A41
Reti Opening (25) : A06 A04 A09 A05
Indian Game (18) : A45 A46 A50 E10
King's Indian Attack (11) : A07
Old Indian Defense (4) : A55 A53
Queen's Gambit Accepted (15) : D20 D26 D27 D25
Semi-Slav Defense (35) : D43 D45 D44
Queen's Indian Defense (29) : E15 E17 E12
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (6) : A40
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (13) : A58
Modern Defense (2) : B06 A42
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (2) : A01
Bogo-Indian Defense (17) : E11
Old Benoni Defense (1) : A44
Benoni Defense (14) : A61 A60 A56 A70
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (3) : D71
Tarrasch Defense (8) : D34 D32
Blumenfeld Countergambit (1) : E10
Budapest Defense (1) : A52
Ware Opening (1) : A00
Colle System (1) : D04
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (2) : D44
French Defense (2) : C01 C02
Four Knights Game (1) : C46
Caro-Kann Defense (2) : B13 B12
Petrov's Defense (1) : C42
Torre Attack (1) : A46
Scandinavian Defense (1) : B01
Black Pieces
Queen's Pawn Opening (19) : A40 D00
Alekhine Defense (39) : B04 B03 B02
French Defense (5) : C00 C10 C03 C05
Queen's Indian Defense (76) : E15 E12 E17 E16 E14
Giuoco Piano Game (23) : C54 C50 C51 C53
Bogo-Indian Defense (18) : E11
Bishop's Opening (2) : C24 C28
Queen's Gambit Declined (24) : D30 D38 D31 D44 D51
Reti Opening (14) : A05 A04
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (1) : B00
Catalan Opening (32) : E00 E01 E05
King's Pawn Opening (11) : B00
King's Indian Attack (10) : A07
Nimzowitsch Defense (1) : B00
Scandinavian Defense (10) : B01
Vienna Game (3) : C26 C25
Hungarian Opening (5) : A00
Modern Defense (2) : A42 B06
Four Knights Game (8) : C46 C47 C48
Petrov's Defense (1) : C42
Italian Game (2) : C55
English Defense (1) : A40
Trompowsky Attack (12) : A45
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Scotch Game (11) : C45
Pirc Defense (3) : B07
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (2) : A01
Colle System (3) : D04
Torre Attack (7) : A46
King's Gambit Accepted (2) : C36
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
Anderssen Opening (1) : A00
Bird's Opening (1) : A02
Queen's Gambit Accepted (1) : D27
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (1) : A40
Old Benoni Defense (2) : A44 A43

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