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Tan Zhongyi
Tan Zhongyi 
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Number of games in database: 800
Years covered: 2001 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2510 (2501 rapid, 2510 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2524

Overall record: +209 -83 =205 (62.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 303 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (53) 
    E60 E92 E67 E73 E61
 Slav (35) 
    D15 D17 D11 D18 D16
 Queen's Gambit Declined (32) 
    D30 D31 D37 D39 D38
 Queen's Pawn Game (31) 
    A45 E00 A41 D02 A50
 Orthodox Defense (28) 
    D52 D58 D50 D55 D56
 Nimzo Indian (26) 
    E21 E32 E53 E20 E34
With the Black pieces:
 Pirc (61) 
    B07 B09 B08
 Sicilian (42) 
    B30 B32 B36 B90 B87
 Queen's Gambit Declined (40) 
    D38 D31 D30 D37 D39
 Queen's Pawn Game (38) 
    D02 A45 A46 A41 E10
 Nimzo Indian (25) 
    E32 E53 E20 E21 E34
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C67 C65 C77 C78 C95
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Tan Zhongyi vs Zhang Xiaowen, 2011 1-0
   Tan Zhongyi vs Ying Zhu, 2015 1-0
   Tan Zhongyi vs Cmilyte, 2011 1-0
   Sutovsky vs Tan Zhongyi, 2014 0-1
   Ju Wenjun vs Tan Zhongyi, 2017 0-1
   N Pogonina vs Tan Zhongyi, 2010 0-1
   Ju Wenjun vs Tan Zhongyi, 2018 1/2-1/2
   Tan Zhongyi vs T Abrahamyan, 2013 1/2-1/2
   S Sop vs Tan Zhongyi, 2013 0-1
   Ju Wenjun vs Tan Zhongyi, 2018 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chinese Championship (Women) (2015)
   China Chess Queens (2015)
   Chinese Championship (Women) (2021)
   Chinese Championship (Women) (2020)
   Baku Olympiad (Women) (2016)
   World Team Chess Championship (Women) (2019)
   Chinese Chess League (2017)
   Chinese Championship (Women) (2009)
   Chinese Championship (Women) (2010)
   Chinese Championship (Women) (2017)
   FIDE Online Steinitz Memorial (Women) (2020)
   World Cup (Women) (2021)
   Chinese Chess League (2016)
   Gibraltar Masters (2019)
   Gibraltar Masters (2020)

   🏆 World Cup (Women)
   A Muzychuk vs Tan Zhongyi (Aug-03-21) 0-1, rapid
   Tan Zhongyi vs A Muzychuk (Aug-03-21) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   A Muzychuk vs Tan Zhongyi (Aug-02-21) 1/2-1/2
   Tan Zhongyi vs A Muzychuk (Aug-01-21) 1/2-1/2
   Kosteniuk vs Tan Zhongyi (Jul-30-21) 1-0

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(born May-29-1991, 30 years old) China
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WGM (2009); GM (2017); Chinese Women's Champion (2015); Women's World Champion (2017)

As a junior, Tan Zhongyi was world girls under 10 champion in 2000 and 2001, and world girls under 12 champion in 2002.

In 2015, Tan won the Chinese Championship (Women) (2015) the China Chess Queens (2015).

On March 3, 2017, Tan Zhongyi (China) became the 16th Women's World Chess Champion. Tan defeated Anna Muzychuk in the rapid tiebreakers to win the Women's World Championship (2017). She was automatically awarded the Grandmaster title for doing so, although she already qualified for the title by simply reaching the final, which is worth a GM norm. That was her final norm as Tan previously achieved two GM norms at Tradewise Gibraltar (2014) and Tradewise Gibraltar (2016). In May 2018, she relinquished her title to Challenger Ju Wenjun at the completion of the Women's World Championship (2018), which she lost 4.5-5.5 (+2 -3 =5).

Wikipedia article: Tan Zhongyi

Last updated: 2018-11-11 16:24:34

 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 809  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Zhu Chen vs Tan Zhongyi  1-0342001zt3.3 WomenA48 King's Indian
2. Tan Zhongyi vs Gu Xiaobing 0-1152001zt3.3 WomenA34 English, Symmetrical
3. Gong Qianyun vs Tan Zhongyi  ½-½602001zt3.3 WomenB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
4. Tan Zhongyi vs Xu Yuanyuan  0-1212001zt3.3 WomenA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
5. Wang Pin vs Tan Zhongyi 1-0192001zt3.3 WomenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Tan Zhongyi vs Li Ruofan  ½-½342001zt3.3 WomenE81 King's Indian, Samisch
7. Zhou Guijue vs Tan Zhongyi  1-0292001zt3.3 WomenB50 Sicilian
8. Yu Ting vs Tan Zhongyi  1-0472001zt3.3 WomenB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
9. Tan Zhongyi vs Ruan Lufei  ½-½302001zt3.3 WomenD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Y Xu vs Tan Zhongyi  1-0332001zt3.3 WomenB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
11. Tan Zhongyi vs Zhao Xue  0-1392001zt3.3 WomenA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
12. Huang Qian vs Tan Zhongyi  1-0252001zt3.3 WomenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. Tan Zhongyi vs Wang Yu  0-1282001zt3.3 WomenA34 English, Symmetrical
14. Tan Zhongyi vs A Stefanova 0-1442004Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. A Stefanova vs Tan Zhongyi  1-0342004Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA45 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Zhao Xue vs Tan Zhongyi  0-1352008TCh-CHN w A(Rapid)B07 Pirc
17. Tan Zhongyi vs Zhang Xiaowen  1-0252008TCh-CHN w AA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Tan Zhongyi vs Zhang Jilin  1-0242008TCh-CHN w AE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
19. Tan Zhongyi vs T Sachdev  ½-½692008Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
20. T Sachdev vs Tan Zhongyi  0-1422008Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE92 King's Indian
21. Tan Zhongyi vs P Cramling  ½-½352008Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. P Cramling vs Tan Zhongyi 1-0452008Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD90 Grunfeld
23. Tan Zhongyi vs M Machalova  1-0482008Dresden Olympiad (Women)A04 Reti Opening
24. A van Weersel vs Tan Zhongyi  0-1442008Dresden Olympiad (Women)B20 Sicilian
25. L Galojan vs Tan Zhongyi  0-1282008Dresden Olympiad (Women)E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 809  PGN Download
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  WannaBe: I know this have already been covered (over at Hou's page, about family name vs given name), Tan is the family name. =))

See FIDE card:

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  cro777: <WannaBe: Tan is the family name>

In modern Chinese names the family name, e.g. Tan, comes first and is usually monosyllabic.

Tan Zhongyi, age 25, was born in Chongqing, a major city in Southwest China. In the Chinese Chess League Division A, one of the strongest and longest running leagues of its kind (twelve teams are competing in 22 rounds from April to December), she plays the top women's board for the Chongqing chess team.

At the 42nd Chess Olympiad in 2016 Tan Zhongyi won the women's team gold medal and individual gold medal for board 4:

Recently, at the 1st Hainan International Chess Open Tournament (7-16 December 2016, Danzhou, China) she drew Richard Rapport:

She took the fifth place (out of 69) scoring 6/9, while Rapport was 14th with 5.5/9. The tournament was convincingly won by Yu Yangyi with 8/9.

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  ketchuplover: Long reign the new queen!
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  wordfunph: women's world champ Tan Zhongyi!
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  Sally Simpson: Perhaps now she is the Women's World Championship her bio could be updated.

Currently it reads:


(born May-29-1991, 25 years old) China

She is a WGM.

And that is it.

Mar-03-17  notyetagm: Does she automatically become <GM> by winning the title? I would imagine so.

Would be embarrassing for FIDE to refer to the Women's WC as a WGM or IM.

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  cro777: FIDE Women's World Chess Championship (Knock Out system) took place in Tehran, Iran with 64 players from February 10 – March 4, 2017.

In the final match Tan Zhongyi defeated Anna Muzychuk on tie-break with 1,5 – 0,5. Four previous games with classical time control finished with 2:2 score.

Tan Zhongyi is China's 5th World Champion, after Xie Jun, Zhu Chen, Xu Yuhua and Hou Yifan.

This is the trophy:

Mar-03-17  dx9293: <notyetagm> Yes, by winning the FWWC title, Tan automatically becomes a GM (Ushenina also gained her GM title this way).

Automatic GM:
-Women's World Champion
-World Junior Champion
-World Senior Champion
-Reaching last 16 of World Cup

Had Tan lost in the final match, she would have only earned a 9-game GM norm.

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  cro777: As noted above, by virtue of winning this championship Tan Zhongyi will be awarded the FIDE title of Grandmaster.

After this success one thing Tan Zhongyi is looking forward is her hometown of Chongqing to have more chess competitions. She also said that she was very grateful to the coach Yu Shaoteng who was helping her during the tournament.

GM Yu Shaoteng, the national women's chess team coach, was also the personal trainer of Hou Yifan.

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  cro777: Psychology of champions: one needs to be strong not only in chess, but in the psychological sense as well.

Tan Zhongyi: "I was very calm during the entire event, I never felt stressed or under pressure. Maybe that was the reason for my success"

Mar-04-17  alexapple: <notyetagm> In fact, Tan Zhongyi already became GM by reaching final of 2017 WWCC, because she got 2 GM norms in Gibraltar Open in 2014 and 2016. By reaching final in 2017 WWCC, she would get the third and final GM norm.
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  cro777: The new fashion (luxury line) for Champion:

Shanghai Eveny Fashion Co. is Chinese Women Team new sponsor. The contract signing ceremony:

The company designs, manufactures and markets high-end clothing and accessories for women.

Mar-13-17  Nonnus: I wanna see the new champ in a two piece bikini
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  tamar: All competitors must wear bikinis in the neXT WC Or face forfeiture
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  cro777: Tan Zhongyi's World Championship title celebration in Beijing, China.

Shandong King Chi Wine Co. awarded Tan Zhongyi’s team 100,000 yuan. Tan Zhongyi also received 100,000 yuan sapphire necklace ...

... and a special gift to celebrate the world championsip title - a wine made from sesame seeds (the best representative in China of sesame flavor type Chinese spirits):

Mar-16-17  JimNorCal: Nice, thanks for posting!
In the fashion company photo, is Ju WenJun standing next to Tan?
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  cro777: <In the fashion company photo, is Ju WenJun standing next to Tan?>

Ju Wenjun is second to the left next to Zhao Xue. Tan is second to the right next to Guo Qi (first to the right).

High fashion (eveny brand) clothing for Chinese chess stars - Guo Qi, Zhao Xue and Ju Wenjun sitting side by side ...

... and Ju Wenjun:

Mar-17-17  JimNorCal: Amazing. I thought Guo and Ju were models not chess players.
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  alexmagnus: She is on quite a long undefeated streak now (some 20 games), though some of those non-losses were "escapes by a miracle".
Jul-22-17  sonia91: She will not compete at the World Cup (for which she qualified as women's WC):

Does anyone know the reasons?

Jul-29-17  sonia91: <She will not compete at the World Cup (for which she qualified as women's WC)>

Tan Zhongyi is also the first Women's Wold Champion ever to not compete in the World Cup.

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  cro777: According to Chinese press, Tan Zhongyi although qualified for the World Chess Cup 2017 as women's world chess champion "for some reason did not accept the invitation".

Jun-08-19  paavoh: Now having a bad turn of events in the 2019 Candidates.
May-14-21  Albertan: Tan Zhongyi is the sole leader in the 2021 Chinese Women's chess championship after seven rounds of play.She has 5.5 points. Here are the standings after 7 rounds of play:

# Name Points Rtg
1. Tan, Zhongyi 5½ 2510
2. Zhu, Jiner WGM 5 2459
3. Ning, Kaiyu WIM 4½ 2327
4. Zhai, Mo WGM 4 2366
5. Song, Yuxin WIM 3½ 2290
6. Gu, Tianlu WIM 3½ 2267
7. Xiao, Yiyi WGM 3½ 2301
8. Wang, Yu A IM 3 2294
9. Yuan, Ye 3 2081
10. Gu, XiaobingWGM 2½ 2263
11. Li, Xueyi WGM 2½ 2328
12. Ren, Xiaoyi WIM 1½ 2267


May-16-21  Albertan: Tan Zhongyi wins the Chinese Woman's chess championship with a round to spare

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