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Zhongyi Tan
Z Tan 
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Number of games in database: 847
Years covered: 2001 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2510 (2501 rapid, 2510 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2524

Overall record: +224 -94 =220 (62.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 309 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (56) 
    E60 E92 E67 E61 E73
 Slav (37) 
    D15 D11 D17 D16 D18
 Queen's Gambit Declined (34) 
    D30 D31 D37 D38 D39
 Queen's Pawn Game (33) 
    A45 E00 A41 D02 A50
 Nimzo Indian (29) 
    E21 E32 E20 E53 E51
 Orthodox Defense (28) 
    D52 D58 D50 D55 D51
With the Black pieces:
 Pirc (63) 
    B07 B09 B08
 Sicilian (44) 
    B30 B32 B84 B36 B22
 Queen's Gambit Declined (42) 
    D38 D31 D30 D37 D39
 Queen's Pawn Game (39) 
    D02 A45 A46 A41 D00
 Nimzo Indian (26) 
    E32 E53 E20 E40 E48
 Ruy Lopez (25) 
    C67 C65 C77 C83 C78
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Z Tan vs Zhang Xiaowen, 2011 1-0
   Z Tan vs Ying Zhu, 2015 1-0
   Z Tan vs Cmilyte, 2011 1-0
   Sutovsky vs Z Tan, 2014 0-1
   Ju Wenjun vs Z Tan, 2017 0-1
   N Pogonina vs Z Tan, 2010 0-1
   Ju Wenjun vs Z Tan, 2018 1/2-1/2
   Hoang Thanh Trang vs Z Tan, 2011 0-1
   Ju Wenjun vs Z Tan, 2018 1/2-1/2
   Z Tan vs T Abrahamyan, 2013 1/2-1/2

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

   🏆 Women's Grand Prix
   Z Tan vs J Zhu (Feb-02-23) 1-0
   Z Tan vs Lagno (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   D Harika vs Z Tan (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   Goryachkina vs Z Tan (Dec-30-22) 0-1, blitz
   Z Tan vs N Dzagnidze (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz

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(born May-29-1991, 31 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 36; games 1-25 of 888  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Zhu vs Z Tan  1-0342001zt3.3 WomenA48 King's Indian
2. Z Tan vs X Gu 0-1152001zt3.3 WomenA34 English, Symmetrical
3. Q Gong vs Z Tan  ½-½602001zt3.3 WomenB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
4. Z Tan vs Y Xu  0-1212001zt3.3 WomenA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
5. P Wang vs Z Tan 1-0192001zt3.3 WomenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Z Tan vs R Li  ½-½342001zt3.3 WomenE81 King's Indian, Samisch
7. G Zhou vs Z Tan  1-0292001zt3.3 WomenB50 Sicilian
8. Yu Ting vs Z Tan  1-0472001zt3.3 WomenB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
9. Z Tan vs L Ruan  ½-½302001zt3.3 WomenD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. Y Xu vs Z Tan  1-0332001zt3.3 WomenB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
11. Z Tan vs X Zhao  0-1392001zt3.3 WomenA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
12. Q Huang vs Z Tan  1-0252001zt3.3 WomenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. Z Tan vs Y Wang  0-1282001zt3.3 WomenA34 English, Symmetrical
14. A Savina vs Z Tan  0-1542003Wch U12 GirlsE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
15. Z Tan vs A Stefanova 0-1442004Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. A Stefanova vs Z Tan  1-0342004Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentA45 Queen's Pawn Game
17. X Zhao vs Z Tan  0-1352008TCh-CHN w A(Rapid)B07 Pirc
18. Z Tan vs X Zhang  1-0252008TCh-CHN w AA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Z Tan vs J Zhang  1-0242008TCh-CHN w AE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
20. Z Tan vs T Sachdev  ½-½692008Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
21. T Sachdev vs Z Tan  0-1422008Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentE92 King's Indian
22. Z Tan vs P Cramling  ½-½352008Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. P Cramling vs Z Tan 1-0452008Women's World Championship Knockout TournamentD90 Grunfeld
24. Z Tan vs M Machalova  1-0482008Dresden Olympiad (Women)A04 Reti Opening
25. A van Weersel vs Z Tan  0-1442008Dresden Olympiad (Women)B20 Sicilian
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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:

Feb-28-17  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.

Mar-03-17  ketchuplover: Long reign the new queen!
Mar-03-17  wordfunph: women's world champ Tan Zhongyi!
Mar-03-17  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.

Mar-03-17  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.

Mar-03-17  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.

Mar-03-17  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.
Mar-12-17  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
Mar-16-17  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?
Mar-16-17  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.

Aug-12-17  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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