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Chen Zhu
C Zhu 

Number of games in database: 760
Years covered: 1993 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2423 (2404 rapid, 2378 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2538
Overall record: +187 -157 =216 (52.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 200 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (43) 
    E32 E38 E34 E39 E20
 Slav (34) 
    D11 D12 D10 D17 D19
 Queen's Gambit Declined (31) 
    D37 D31 D35 D38 D36
 King's Indian (30) 
    E97 E94 E92 E77 E91
 Queen's Indian (29) 
    E15 E12 E16 E19
 Queen's Pawn Game (22) 
    A40 E00 A50 D02 A41
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (101) 
    B90 B22 B51 B23 B92
 Slav (63) 
    D12 D10 D11 D15 D16
 Sicilian Najdorf (31) 
    B90 B92 B93 B98 B97
 French Defense (25) 
    C11 C07 C02 C01 C03
 Queen's Pawn Game (23) 
    E00 A46 A45 D02 D00
 Semi-Slav (21) 
    D45 D47 D43 D44 D46
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Nakamura vs C Zhu, 2004 1/2-1/2
   Kosteniuk vs C Zhu, 2001 0-1
   C Zhu vs Kosteniuk, 2001 1-0
   C Zhu vs J Estrada Nieto, 2011 1-0
   C Zhu vs Taimanov, 1997 1-0
   C Zhu vs Kosteniuk, 2001 1-0
   A Compton vs C Zhu, 2008 0-1
   C Zhu vs G Suez-Panama, 2014 1-0
   C Zhu vs I Krush, 2002 1-0
   C Zhu vs N Pogonina, 2007 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   North Urals Cup (2006)
   Yangon (1999)
   Istanbul Olympiad (Women) (2000)
   Asia Classical 15th (2006)
   Fraenkische GM 1st (2000)
   World Cup (Women) (2000)
   Bled Olympiad (Women) (2002)
   16th Asian Games (Women Teams) (2010)
   Gibraltar Masters (2006)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   Gibraltar Masters (2012)
   Gibraltar Masters (2008)
   Gibraltar Masters (2011)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)
   Baku Olympiad (2016)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Women WCC Index [FIDE 2001 Knockout Matches] by chessmoron
   The Chinese School of Chess (Liu Wenzhe) by ALL
   Chinese School of Chess (Liu Wenzhe) by Qindarka
   Other Top Women by larrewl

   🏆 World Blitz Championship (Women)
   C Zhu vs A Bodnaruk (Dec-30-17) 1-0, blitz
   T Mamedjarova vs C Zhu (Dec-30-17) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   T Batchimeg vs C Zhu (Dec-30-17) 0-1, blitz
   C Zhu vs O Girya (Dec-30-17) 0-1, blitz
   C Zhu vs S Gvetadze (Dec-30-17) 1-0, blitz

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(born Mar-16-1976, 47 years old) China (federation/nationality Qatar)
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GM Zhu Chen was born in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province. In 1994, she won the World Women U-20 Championship title - and was the 2nd to have reclaimed it 2 years later after having lost it to rival IM Nino Khurtsidze. She became Women's World Champion in 2001. She contested the FIDE Knock-out Women's World Championship (2012) but bowed out in the second round after losing to a fellow former Women's Champion Antoaneta Stefanova after eliminating Belarussian prodigy WGM Nastassia Ziaziulkina in the first round.

Zhu Chen is now married to Qatari GM Mohamad Al-Modiahki, and represents Qatar in international competition. She is also a FIDE Arbiter (2015).

Wikipedia article: Zhu Chen

 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 760  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Xu vs C Zhu  1-0401993Beijing ST Lee cupE09 Catalan, Closed
2. C Zhu vs N Gurieli  ½-½461994Moscow Olympiad (Women)A48 King's Indian
3. C Zhu vs N Agababean  1-0771994Moscow Olympiad (Women)A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
4. C Zhu vs U Abdullaeva  1-0501995Wch U20 GirlsA90 Dutch
5. C Zhu vs A Galliamova  ½-½611995Kishinev Interzonal (Women)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. E Repkova vs C Zhu  0-1731996Yerevan Olympiad (Women)C24 Bishop's Opening
7. N Medvegy vs C Zhu  0-1401996Yerevan Olympiad (Women)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. E Danielian vs C Zhu  0-1311996Wch U20 GirlsA00 Uncommon Opening
9. N Bojkovic vs C Zhu  1-0321996Yerevan Olympiad (Women)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. H Hunt vs C Zhu  1-0491996Yerevan Olympiad (Women)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
11. A Antunes vs C Zhu  ½-½701996POR-CHND11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. C Zhu vs M Voyska  1-0361996Yerevan Olympiad (Women)D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. C Zhu vs A Antunes  0-1531996POR-CHND43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. S Matveeva vs C Zhu  0-1931996Yerevan Olympiad (Women)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. C Zhu vs N Ioseliani  ½-½491996Yerevan Olympiad (Women)E98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
16. Pigusov vs C Zhu  ½-½231996Lee Cup 3rdA06 Reti Opening
17. C Zhu vs H Yin  1-0461996Lee Cup 3rdA48 King's Indian
18. Ehlvest vs C Zhu  ½-½291996Lee Cup 3rdD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. C Zhu vs Ftacnik  ½-½491996Lee Cup 3rdD85 Grunfeld
20. C Zhu vs M Ulybin  ½-½121996Lee Cup 3rdA16 English
21. C Zhu vs Smirin  1-0441996Lee Cup 3rdA56 Benoni Defense
22. Yang Xu vs C Zhu  0-1251996Lee Cup 3rdD00 Queen's Pawn Game
23. S Atalik vs C Zhu  ½-½481996Lee Cup 3rdD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. J Xu vs C Zhu  0-1451996Lee Cup 3rdA28 English
25. C Zhu vs I Stohl  ½-½551996Lee Cup 3rdE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 760  PGN Download
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  Nightsurfer: The big fun in Chinese Chess XIANGQI is the fact that you can plan and execute flank attacks and pincer moves there - without always having to worry whether you control the center of the board or not. Those flank attacks and pincer moves in XIANGQI make you feel like a great strategist - and that is real fun, of course!

Whilst pincer moves and flank attacks are common strategies in Chinese Chess XIANGQI, the situation in the scenario of the notorious checkered 64 squares is quite different. In International Chess you have to stubbornly attack the center, therefore Cannae-style operations are the exception.

But there is an alternative now for the aficionado who dreams of realizing grand schemes of pincer strategies in the scenario of the well-known 64 checkered squares: Then you just have to turn to CIRCULAR CHESS - in case that you want to work the board like a second HANNIBAL at CANNAE, please compare the (German-language) feature:

Modern CIRCULAR CHESS is the relaunch of historical BYZANTINE CHESS, please compare . The young British Master David Howell is an expert on the sector of CIRCULAR CHESS, <David Howell> has already won the World Championship in CIRCULAR CHESS in 2002 when he was 11 (!!!) years old.

Herewith two sources: and

The feature gives some hints with regard to practical play since part of the article are two games (plus annotations). Those two clashes on the circular board have been battled out during regular World Championships of CIRCULAR CHESS.

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  Nightsurfer: Herewith some further information with regard to the Battle of Cannae (that has been mentioned in the foregoing comment):

And herewith the masterplan of the Battle of Cannae: - the very masterplan that has inspired generals and strategists throughout the centuries ever since.

And if you want to know something more about the winner at CANNAE, namely HANNIBAL, please check out !

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  Nightsurfer: One of those two game records of CIRCULAR CHESS that have been discussed in the final passages of the (German-language) feature (please see the first one of <Nightsurfer>'s two foregoing comments that have been posted today on April 4th, 2012!) - namely the World Championship encounter at Lincoln, UK, on May 14th, 2000, between <Francis Bowers (White)> and the later World Champion <Herman Kok (Black)> - has been discussed in an English-language feature as well: - and that feature has published some very instructive diagrams that help to understand what was going on during that very game.
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  Nightsurfer: Apart from <Zhu Chen> and Xie Jun there are more big names among China's RISING STARS who have first learned Chinese Chess <XiangQi> before switching to International Chess, namely Zhong Zhang , Bu Xiangzhi and Wang Yue , please check out their personal pages!
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  Nightsurfer: The name-dropping - namely with regard to players who both play International Chess and <XiangQi> - can be continued: members of the club are the former coach of the Women's Chinese Olympic Team, that is Liu Wenzhe; the World Champion in International Chess 2004, that is Rustam Kasimdzhanov; the most handsome guy in the chess circus, that is Alexander Grischuk , and the former German candidate to become World Champion of International Chess, that is Robert Huebner , please check out the personal pages of these players!
Aug-24-12  hellopolgar: she isn't playing in the chess Olympics this year.
Apr-03-14  Whitehat1963: Good lord! How old is the picture? She's 38, but she looks 15!
Apr-03-14  Whitehat1963: I stumbled across more recent shots. The profile pick is from 2005.

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  WannaBe: <Whitehat1963> Zhu is a cousin of T. Rex??
Apr-03-14  Whitehat1963: LOl! No. Scroll down a bit, <WannaBe>. LOL!
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  HeMateMe: Interesting, she lives in Qatar, and Seirawan, her chess team partner was born in Syria. Could there be a connection between his past and her present? Perhaps his relatives in Syria know her?
Jul-10-14  Karposian: <HeMateMe: Interesting, she lives in Qatar, and Seirawan, her chess team partner was born in Syria. Could there be a connection between his past and her present? Perhaps his relatives in Syria know her?>

Sure, why shouldn't they know her? After all it's only two different countries you're talking about, not even neighboring countries, only a thousand miles apart from each other (just little, tiny Iraq in between), so hell, why not?

Jul-10-14  waustad: They have been partners before: Zhu Chen / Yasser Seirawan
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  HeMateMe: Why not, indeed?
Aug-15-14  Mr. V: She must be pretty smart to have studied at Tsinghua University.
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  HeMateMe: What happens at Tsinghua University?
Aug-16-14  Mr. V: Typical studying, and other university activities.
What I was referring to was that I've heard it's one of the most rigorous and reputable universities in China. For someone from the United States, I guess it would be like a lavishly government-funded Harvard.
Aug-16-14  Mr. V: I know that's not in this page's current Biography, but I read about her education and was impressed. Then again, she might not be that smart if she chose to be a chessplayer :)
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  HeMateMe: I would study with her. I'm not sure how much work we would get done...
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  perfidious: Very well preserved.
Sep-02-15  dumbgai: According to the Chessbase report, Zhu Chen won the blitz tournament at the Asia Continental. Here she is with the 2nd and 3rd place finisher (both representing China):

I wouldn't recognize her with that outfit.

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  WannaBe: Holy Criminy, that girl is showing her lower legs! Have she been punished yet?
Oct-13-15  cro777: Recently, Zhu Chen is dedicated to promoting chess. Her new project is Zhu Chen Chess School in Wenzhu, China.

At the recent Masters Mixed Doubles chess tournament in Shanghai (each team consisted of two players, one male and one female, making alternate moves with no consultation) her partner was GM Ye Jiangchuan, head coach of the Chinese national chess team.

Mar-16-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Zhu Chen.
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  fredthebear: Looks like married life took a bite out of her formal chess play.
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