Zhu Chen

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Zhu Chen (; born March 16, 1976 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang) is a chess Grandmaster. In 2001, she became China's second women's world chess champion after Xie Jun, and China's 13th Grandmaster.

She today plays for Qatar.


In 1988 Zhu became the first Chinese player to win an international chess competition when she won the World Girls Under 12 Championship in Romania.

She won the World Junior Girls Chess Championship in 1994 and 1996.

At the age of 25 she defeated Alexandra Kosteniuk of Russia in a tournament for the 2001/2002 Women's World Chess Championship, by 5-3, becoming the eleventh champion.

Zhu gave up the chance to defend her world title in Georgia in May 2004 due to a jammed schedule and her pregnancy.

In June 2004, Zhu played two games against the chess computer "Star of Unisplendour", which was an advanced AMD 64 bit 3400+ CPU and 2 GB RAM combined with the chess engine Fritz 8. She lost both games.

Zhu is married to Qatari Grandmaster Mohamad Al-Modiahki, and now represents Qatar. She also studied for a master's degree at Tsinghua University.

China Chess League

Zhu Chen plays for Zhejiang chess club in the China Chess League (CCL).

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