(born May 31, 1983 in Shanghai
) is one of China's top chess grandmasters
and is the national team captain. In 2003, he became China's 15th Grandmaster
at the age of 19. On April 2008, Ni Hua and Bu Xiangzhi
both became the second and third Chinese players to pass the 2700 Elo rating
line, after Wang Yue
. He is ranked 59th globally, 7th in Asia, and 4th in China.
Ni Hua is to play on 4th board
at the World Team Chess Championship
in 3–14 January 2010.
Ni learned to play chess at six. He won the S.T. Lee Cup for under 14 year-olds in 1996 and 1997 and repeated the performance in a higher age group in 1999.
In 2000 he played in his first Olympiad
, where he scored 5.5/9. In February 2000, he gained his first GM norm
at the 1st Saturday GM Tournament in Budapest
with 7/10 score. He achieved his second GM norm at the April 2001 China Team Championship in Suzhou
with a score of 6.5/10. His third GM norm was achieved at the Tan Chin Nam Cup with a score of 6.5/9 in Qingdao
in July 2002. In the 2001 China-USA Summit Match, Ni Hua scored notable victories against Dmitry Schneider and Hikaru Nakamura
In February 2003, Ni had his Grandmaster
title ratified. He achieved his GM norms at: the February 2000 1st Saturday GM Tournament in Budapest
(score 7.0/10), the April 2001 China Team Championship in Suzhou
(score 6.5/10), and the July 2002 Tan Chin Nam Cup GM in Qingdao
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