Tan Zhongyi

Tan Zhongyi (Chinese: 谭中怡;[1] born 29 May 1991 in Chongqing)[2] is a Chinese chess grandmaster (GM)[3] and former Women's World Chess Champion (2017–2018).

Tan Zhongyi
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Born (1991-05-29) 29 May 1991 (age 29)
Chongqing, China
TitleGrandmaster (2017)
Women's World Champion2017–2018
FIDE rating2510 (July 2020)
Peak rating2530 (August 2018)


Tan won the World Youth U10 Girls Chess Championship twice, in 2000 and 2001, both held in Oropesa del Mar. In 2002, she won the World Youth U12 Girls Chess Championship in Heraklion.

In August–September 2008 at the Women's World Chess Championship she was knocked out in the second round by Pia Cramling by ½-1½.

In 2011, she won the women's chess tournament at the 2011 Summer Universiade in Shenzen,[4] contributing to China's team gold medal.[5] Tan won the Women's World University Chess Championship of 2012 in Guimarães.[6] In 2013, she won the 3rd China Women Masters Tournament in Wuxi with a score of 6.5/9 points, 1.5 ahead of runners-up Valentina Gunina and Huang Qian.[7] In 2014 Tan won the Asian Women's Blitz Championship in Sharjah.[8]

In May 2015 she won the Chinese Women's Chess Championship in Xinghua.[9] The following month, Tan won the 5th China Women Masters Tournament with 7/9, a full point ahead of second-placed Lei Tingjie.[10] In August 2015, she won the Asian Women's Rapid Championship in Al Ain.[11] On December 1, 2015, Tan Zhongyi won the 1st China Chess Queen Match, a knockout tournament held in Taizhou, Zhejiang,[12] after defeating Ju Wenjun in the final in an armageddon game.[13][14]

She won the women's gold medal for board 4 at the 42nd Chess Olympiad in 2016.[15]

Board 4 gold medal at the 42nd Chess Olympiad

She reached the final of the Women's World Chess Championship 2017 against GM Anna Muzychuk. They finished the classical games 2-2 with one win each, sending the match to a rapid tie-break. Tan won the two-game tie-break by drawing the first game with Black and then winning the second game with White, and thus became Women's World Champion. This also earned her the title of Grandmaster.

She lost the Women's World Champion title to Ju Wenjun at the Women's World Chess Championship Match 2018.

In 2020, she won the women's top prize at the Gibraltar Masters.[16]

China Chess LeagueEdit

Tan Zhongyi plays for China Mobile Group Chongqing Company Ltd chess club in the China Chess League (CCL).[17]

Personal lifeEdit

She graduated from university in 2013.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 中国国际象棋运动员等级分数据库 Archived 2013-11-12 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ WGM title application FIDE
  3. ^ "Titles approved at the 80th FIDE Congress". Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  4. ^ "WGM Tan Zhongyi wins the Women Universiade in Shenzhen". Chessdom. 2011-08-21. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Li Chao and Tan Zhongyi winners in Shenzhen". ChessVibes. 2011-08-23. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  6. ^ World University Chess Championship 2012 - Women Chess-Results
  7. ^ "Tan Zhongyi Won 3rd Women Masters Tournament in China". Natalia Pogonina's website. 2013-06-09. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Chinese players claim Asian Blitz Chess Championships". Chessdom. 2014-04-20. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  9. ^ Ramirez, Alejandro (2015-05-30). "Wei Yi youngest Chinese Champion". ChessBase. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ 5th China(Xishan)Chess Women Masters Tournament Chess-Results
  11. ^ "Truong Son wins Asian Rapid Chess Championship 2015". FIDE. 2015-08-12. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  12. ^ The First China Chess Queen Match. Tournament details. FIDE.
  13. ^ MGourty, Colin (2015-12-01). "Wei Yi is King of China". chess24. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  14. ^ Fischer, Johannes (2015-12-01). "Wei Yi wins brilliancy". ChessBase.
  15. ^ "USA and China winners of 42nd Chess Olympiad". europechess.org. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Paravyan & Tan Zhongyi win 2020 Gibraltar Masters". chess24.com. Retrieved 2020-02-03.
  17. ^ "弈诚杯中国国际象棋甲级联赛官方网站". Archived from the original on 28 October 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2017.

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