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Lu Shanglei

Country China
Born 10 July 1995
Shenyang, Liaoning
Title Grandmaster (2011)
Peak rating 2618 (December 2015)

Lu Shanglei (Chinese: 卢尚磊; born 10 July 1995) is a Chinese chess grandmaster and World Junior Chess Champion in 2014. As of December 2015, he is the highest blitz rated Chinese player with 2780.


In 2010, Lu was a member of the Chinese team (alongside Yu Yangyi, Wang Chen, and Wang Jue) that won the 5th Vladimir Dvorkovich Cup, a junior team competition held in Moscow. He scored 12 points out of 14 games on board three.

He was awarded the grandmaster (GM) title in October 2011. He gained his first GM norm in May 2011, at the Asian Individual Championship in Mashhad, Iran, where he scored 6 points out of 9 games, finishing equal fourth (seventh on countback) and coming ahead of 22 grandmasters, among them he defeated Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, Susanto Megaranto and Baskaran Adhiban; as coming from a continental championship, it was a 20-game norm. In June 2011, he gained his final norm at the 2nd Chairman Prospero A. Pichay Cup in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Philippines with wins against Rogelio Antonio Jr. and Eugenio Torre.

In August 2011, Lu came second behind GM Li Shilong at the 8th Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur. In June 2012, he won the Golden Sands Open in Bulgaria with a score of 7.5/9.

In 2013, he played for the Chinese men's team in the China-USA Chess Summit in Ningbo, China. The match was won by the Chinese.

In June 2014, Lu took part in the World Rapid Chess Championship and in the World Blitz Chess Championship, both held in Dubai: in the latter he inflicted Magnus Carlsen's only defeat of the event. In October 2014, Lu won the World Junior Chess Championship in Pune, India with 10/13 (+7=6-0) and thanks to this achievement he qualified for the 2015 Chess World Cup. In the following month, he took part in the 8th King's Tournament in Mediaș, Romania, a Scheveningen-style match between China and Romania teams: he was the top scorer in the inaugural blitz tournament with 6.5/9 and helped the Chinese team (made up of Lu, Ni Hua, Wang Yue and Wei Yi) to win the match scoring 3/4 in the classical encounter.

In April 2015, he placed fourth at the Aeroflot Open in Moscow and second at the Aeroflot blitz tournament. In June 2015, he won two blitz tournaments in Bulgaria, the Golden Sands Blitz and the Albena Blitz, both with 9/11. In the subsequent month, Lu helped the Chinese team to win the 9th China-Russia Match, held with the Scheveningen system, scoring 3/5. At the Chess World Cup 2015 he knocked out Alexander Moiseenko and Wang Hao in rounds one and two respectively, then he was eliminated by Veselin Topalov in the third round after the first set of rapid tiebreaker games.

Lu plays for the Zhejiang team in the China Chess League.