Jianchao Zhou is a Chess Grandmaster from China, receiving the GM title from FIDE after reaching above a 2500 Elo rating.
Last Updated: July 22, 2022
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Full Name: Jianchao Zhou
Born: June 11, 1988
Place of birth: Shanghai, China
World ranking: 288
Jianchao Zhou is a Chinese chess champion born in Shanghai on the 11th of June 1988. It wasn’t until 2004 that he overcame his obstacles and established himself on the home and international circuits. In 2004, he scored 4.5/6 in the 2nd Russia-China encounter, capturing the attention of the entire globe. His journey to become a Grandmaster began in 2005 when he earned his first Grandmaster title in the A2 group at the 2005 Aeroflot Open with a stunning performance of 2727. That same year, he earned the second GM Norm in the Dubai Open with a score of 2664.
He began playing chess at a young age (6 years) and he was quick to learn basic chess techniques. In 2005, he finished second in the National Individual Tournament and third in the World Team Tournament. Zhou earned his last Grandmaster title with a performance of 2616 in the 2006 Aeroflot Open. At the age of 17, he officially earned China’s 21st chess Grandmaster. In 2007, he gained advancement to the Chess World Cup and advanced to the third round before losing in the challenge. However, the event remained memorable because he received a satisfaction rating of 2687 in the first two stages, the highest in his career to that point.
He advanced to the third round of the 2007 World Cup but failed to proceed to the next stage after being knocked out by Adams Michael. Tracking back, he had eliminated Sutovsky Emil and Volokitin Andrei in the initial two cycles. Zhou earned a board gold medal and was part of the Asian Team Championship in 2008. In 2009, he advanced to the 2nd round of the Chess World Cup.
He also was ranked among the top 100 and finished fourth in the 2010 Aeroflot Open. Zhou Jianchao has a current FIDE rating of 2668 and a global ranking of 67, and he progresses to produce pleasing results, most recently conquering the 2010 Chinese Tournament. At Martuni, Andrei put in extra effort in the 2011 Lake Sevan Championship and eventually clinched the third spot overall. He went on to win the first Chinese Rapid Tournament staged in Hefei. Andrei recently (2022) in San Jose emerged victorious in the Mission 360 Grandmaster & International First Championship held in San Jose.
Regarding Squad tournaments, Andrei competed for his country in the 2010 Chess Olympiad, the 2005 World Squad chess Tournament- 2008, 2012, 2016 & 2018, the 2004 second China- Russia Tournament, and the 2004 Under-16 World Youth Chess Olympiad for which he became a gold medalist. He is a team member of the Shanghai Chess Team competing in the Chinese chess Top Division.
Zhou Jianchao played a total of 1090 games from 2002 to 2022. In those games, he has managed 366 wins, 532 draws, and 192 losses resulting in a winning score of 57.98 percent. He has a FIDE rating of 2576 as of 2006 and a Peak rating of 2669 as of November 2010. Jianchao Zhou has competed with several Grandmasters like Sheng Yang, Zhou Jianchao, Zeng Chongsheng, N Akylbekov, Wang Hao, O Badelka, A Valokitin, and VAkopia among others.
Notable tournaments he recently competed in include;
- St Louis Summer B
- 31st Chicago Open 2022
- Mission 360 GM/IM Norm 1 2022
- CCCSA Winter GMA 2022
Other tournaments he previously played include;
The Chinese Championship (2010), Lake Sevan (2008), Aeroflot Open-B (2005), 3rd HD Bank Cup (2013), Chinese Championship (2011), Chinese Championship (2017), Hainan Danzhou GM (2010), Universiade (2013), Chinese Chess League (2016), 8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009), World Junior Championship (2006), Aeroflot Open (2011), Chinese Chess League (2017), PRO League Group Stage (2019), and FIDE Grand Swiss (2021).
He earned a Board Gold in 2008 and was a member of the Asian Team Championship. He also received a performance rating of 2687 in this event. This was his most significant accomplishment yet. Finally, he finished third in the Lake Sevan competition in Martuni in 2011 and first in the Chinese Rapid Championship in Hefei.
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- Certificate of 2nd GM norm. FIDE.
- GM title application
- Participants Chess Academy of Armenia
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