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Zhou Weiqi

Country China
Born 1 October 1986
Changzhou, Jiangsu
Title Grandmaster (GM) (2008)
Peak rating 2646 (July 2015)

Zhou Weiqi (Chinese: 周唯奇; born 1 October 1986 in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province) is a Chinese chess player. He is a close friend and training partner of Bu Xiangzhi.


Zhou has competed twice (2000, 2002) in the Chinese national chess team in the World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad with playing record of 19 games (+11, =3, −5).

In the 2008 Aeroflot Open (A2 Group), he came second with a performance rating of 2703. In May 2008, he came joint first on points (8.0/11) and second on tie-break at the 2nd Philippine International Open in Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

At the 79th FIDE Congress, held on 16-26 November 2008 in Dresden, Germany, his GM title was approved making him the 26th Grandmaster of China.

He gained his three GM norms at:

He qualified for the Chess World Cup 2009 in Khanty-Mansiysk (20 November - 15 December) by coming equal first at the 8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009). He knocked out Emil Sutovsky in the first round to reach round two, where he lost to Gata Kamsky and thus was eliminated from the competition.

He came joint first on 7.0/9 points (+5=4-0; 2704 performance) and second on tiebreak at the 17th Chigorin Memorial, held from 14 to 25 October 2009 at Holiday Inn Moskovskie Vorota hotel in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In 2010 Zhou won the 7th IGB Dato' Arthur Tan Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur.

China Chess League

Zhou Weiqi plays for Jiangsu chess club in the China Chess League (CCL).

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