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Zhou Jianchao
Zhou Jianchao 
Photo courtesy of Scacchi Internazionali.  
Number of games in database: 671
Years covered: 2005 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2615 (2570 rapid, 2496 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2669

Overall record: +184 -96 =292 (57.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 99 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (52) 
    D38 D37 D35 D31 D39
 Slav (46) 
    D15 D11 D10 D17 D16
 King's Indian (37) 
    E94 E81 E99 E92 E84
 Nimzo Indian (27) 
    E32 E34 E53 E21 E54
 English (25) 
    A17 A18 A15 A13 A14
 Semi-Slav (22) 
    D45 D44 D43 D48
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (111) 
    B90 B94 B51 B50 B46
 Sicilian Najdorf (53) 
    B90 B94 B92 B96 B93
 Grunfeld (27) 
    D85 D86 D80 D76 D91
 Ruy Lopez (21) 
    C67 C65 C78
 Slav (17) 
    D10 D17 D12 D14 D16
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    A45 D02 E00 A50 E10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Shen Yang vs Zhou Jianchao, 2005 0-1
   Zeng Chongsheng vs Zhou Jianchao, 2017 0-1
   Zhou Jianchao vs Fedorchuk, 2005 1-0
   Wang Hao vs Zhou Jianchao, 2006 0-1
   N Akylbekov vs Zhou Jianchao, 2010 0-1
   O Badelka vs Zhou Jianchao, 2020 0-1
   V Gashimov vs Zhou Jianchao, 2007 0-1
   A Anastasian vs Zhou Jianchao, 2007 0-1
   A Volokitin vs Zhou Jianchao, 2007 0-1
   V Akopian vs Zhou Jianchao, 2008 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chinese Championship (2010)
   Lake Sevan (2008)
   Chinese Championship (2011)
   Chinese Championship (2017)
   3rd HD Bank Cup (2013)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   Hainan Danzhou GM (2010)
   Chinese Championship (2014)
   Chinese Chess League (2016)
   Universiade (2013)
   World Junior Championship (2006)
   Aeroflot Open (2011)
   Chinese Chess League (2017)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)
   FIDE Grand Swiss (2021)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Millionaire Chess (Blitz Tiebreaks) 2016 by Tabanus
   Millionaire Chess (Knock-Out Rapid) 2016 by Tabanus

   🏆 Lindores Abbey Tal Mem
   Zhou Jianchao vs A Volokitin (Nov-08-21) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   I Cheparinov vs Zhou Jianchao (Nov-08-21) 0-1, blitz
   Zhou Jianchao vs I Cheparinov (Nov-08-21) 0-1, blitz
   A Volokitin vs Zhou Jianchao (Nov-08-21) 1-0, blitz
   Zhou Jianchao vs Sasikiran (Nov-08-21) 0-1

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(born Jun-11-1988, 33 years old) China
[what is this?]
Zhou Jianchao was born in Shanghai. He learned to play chess at age six, and earned the GM title in 2006.


<National and Continental> He won the Chinese Championship (2010) ahead of Bu Xiangzhi and Wang Hao, came equal second (fourth on count back) in the 9th Asian Continental/Individual (Open) behind the winner Ni Hua.

<World> In 2009, Zhou Jianchao won the International Chess Zone Tournament (China) on tiebreak ahead of Wang Hao, qualifying for the World Cup (2009). Zhou won the first round against Rauf Mamedov, but bowed out in the second round after losing to Vugar Gashimov. His result in the 9th Asian Continental qualified him to play in the World Cup (2011), where he lost to Russian GM Anton Korobov in the first round. He contested the 2012 Chinese Zonal Tournament in September and came =1st with 7.5/11, but placed 4th on tiebreak.

His results at the Asian Continental Championship 2015 qualified him to participate in the World Cup (2015), where he lost the first round match up with Dmitry Andreikin to exit the contest.


Zhou came equal third (fourth on countback) at the Florencio Campomanes Memorial Tournament in August. He scored 5.5/9 (+4 -2 =3) in the Aeroflot Open (2011). He came 3rd in the HD Bank Open in 2013 with 6.5/9.

Team Events

Zhou Jianchao has represented China at a number of international team tournaments, including their runner-up showing at the World Team Championship (2005). He won individual and team gold at the 2008 Asian Team Championship. More recently he scored 5.5/8 on board 4 for China in the Chess Olympiad (2010). In the Chinese League, he plays for Shanghai Jianqiao Academy Team, and helped it to win the 2012 season.


Wikipedia article: Zhou Jianchao

 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 687  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Zhou Jianchao vs E Romanov  0-1372002Wch U14E46 Nimzo-Indian
2. Zhou Jianchao vs Cherniaev  1-0462005Aeroflot Open BA80 Dutch
3. Goloshchapov vs Zhou Jianchao  0-1482005Aeroflot Open BB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. Zhou Jianchao vs Potkin 1-0362005Aeroflot Open BD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. Kotsur vs Zhou Jianchao  ½-½4020057th Dubai Open Chess ChampionshipD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
6. Zhou Jianchao vs Fedorchuk 1-04020057th Dubai Open Chess ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
7. A Aleksandrov vs Zhou Jianchao  1-05320057th Dubai Open Chess ChampionshipE77 King's Indian
8. Zhou Jianchao vs Zhang Pengxiang  ½-½720057th Dubai Open Chess ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
9. Wang Yue vs Zhou Jianchao  1-06520057th Dubai Open Chess ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Zhou Jianchao vs E Ghaem Maghami  1-05120057th Dubai Open Chess ChampionshipA59 Benko Gambit
11. Zhou Jianchao vs Li Shilong  ½-½522005Torch Real Estate Cup China Chess LeagueD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
12. G Kacheishvili vs Zhou Jianchao  0-1592005Torch Real Estate Cup China Chess LeagueD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Zhao Jun vs Zhou Jianchao  ½-½292005Torch Real Estate Cup China Chess LeagueB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
14. Zhou Jianchao vs Zhang Pengxiang  ½-½222005Torch Real Estate Cup China Chess LeagueD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Zhou Jianchao vs Wu Wenjin  1-0372005Torch Real Estate Cup China Chess LeagueD42 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3
16. Zhou Jianchao vs R Fontaine  ½-½682005China - France Youth MatchD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
17. Vachier-Lagrave vs Zhou Jianchao  0-1672005China - France Youth MatchB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. R Fontaine vs Zhou Jianchao  ½-½482005China - France Youth MatchB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
19. Zhou Jianchao vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½302005China - France Youth MatchD85 Grunfeld
20. S Suvrajit vs Zhou Jianchao  ½-½582005Asian Chess ChampionshipE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
21. Zhou Jianchao vs A Das  1-0502005Asian Chess ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. M R Venkatesh vs Zhou Jianchao  0-1482005Asian Chess ChampionshipB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. Zhou Jianchao vs Z Rahman  1-0452005Asian Chess ChampionshipA40 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Kazhgaleyev vs Zhou Jianchao  ½-½392005Asian Chess ChampionshipE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
25. Zhou Jianchao vs Ni Hua  ½-½502005Asian Chess ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 687  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-25-07  BIDMONFA: Zhou Jianchao

ZHOU, Jianchao

Feb-22-08  jonnymalk: Aeroflot 2008:

Final position, 21
TPR, 2669

Jul-13-08  Zitaxis: by the Armenian Chess Academy

The "Lake Sevan" international tournament held from July 10 to 20, 2008, in Martuni, Armenia. GMs Pantsulaia (Georgia), Zhou Jianchao (China), Zhigalko (Belarus), Meier (Germany), Amin (Egypt), Pashikian, A. Grigoryan, Z. Andriasian, IM Melkumyan, FM Ter-Sahakyan (Armenia) compete in this round-robin event organized by the Armenian Chess Academy. (live)

Jul-13-08  Zitaxis: Biographical details of Zhou Jianchao

born June 11, 1988 in Shanghai

He achieved his first GM norm at the 2005 Aeroflot Open (A2 Group) having scored 6/9 (Elo rating perf. of 2727). His second GM norm was achieved at the 2005 Dubai Open having scored 6/9 (Elo rating perf. of 2664), and third GM norm was achieved at the 2006 Aeroflot Open (A2 Group) having scored 6.5/9 (Elo rating perf. of 2616).

Zhou qualified for the Chess World Cup 2007 (held in Khanty-Mansiysk) where he reached Round Three. He eventually lost to Michael Adams after having upset Emil Sutovsky and Andrei Volokitin in the first two rounds. In this tournament he achieved a performance rating of 2687.

Feb-22-09  notyetagm: Here's hoping he wins 2009 Aeroflot.

Go China!

Feb-22-09  notyetagm: Aeroflot Open (2009)/Zhou Jianchao
Mar-06-09  Newmark: incredible. <Zhou Jianchao> is ranked 2612. he came third in the main open having been seeded 34th and he came sixth in the blitz event where he was seeded 42nd -- so he managed to qualify as a total outsider for the World Blitz Championship '09 to be held this November. also untitled <Yu Yangyi> came 13th ahead of a whole host of top players(!)

he will keep <WangY Ni Bu WangH Li> on their toes.... :)

Mar-06-09  Ladolcevita: == that chinese miss is GuXiaoBing,not JuWenJun.....
Mar-06-09  Ladolcevita: I heard from a chinese chess player that ZhouJianchao is the most diligent chess player in Chinese National Team,but not very much of a genius.Hmmm,I kinda like this style,diligence>talent.
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  Tabanus: After Aeroflot, in April 2009 he won the Chinese Zonal Tournament:

Nov-15-09  kurtrichards: Zhou Jianchao is competing/participating at World Blitz Championship 2009 in Moscow,Russia 16-18 Nov., with 21 other grandmasters including Kramnik,Carlsen,Aronian,Anand,Judith Polgar,Karpov,Kosteniuk,Karjakin,Gashimov,Leko, among others,to see who is the best at 5-minute chess. Good luck!
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  alexmagnus: Looks like he won't play - apparently because of schedule problems. Was replaced by Naiditsch.
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  Tabanus: 4th place in Asian Continental/Individual Ch (Subic Bay, Philippines) 21-29 April 2010:

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  Tabanus: Placed 4th in Campomanes Memorial (Philippines) 28 Aug. - 3 Sept. 2010:

Jul-07-11  plimko: Zhou Jianchao is the first National Rapid Chess Champion of the history. He defeated Ding Liren in the Final of the 1st Chinese Rapid Championship (rapid 1-0 and 0-1, blitz draw and draw, armageddon 1-0. Congrats

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  Penguincw: Zhou Jianchao qualifies for the 2015 World Cup via. a 5th place performance (6.5/9) at the 2015 Asian Continental Championship.
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  ketchuplover: Doing well in the Chinese Championships thus far

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