Throwback to the FIDE Grand Swiss 2021 in Riga, round 10: after making a draw against Mariya Muzychuk, the leader of the women's event Lei Tingjie became the winner of the competition with one round to spare [...]
Title Applications approved by the Presidential Board by written resolution
3rd quarter Presidential Board Meeting August 2014
Born March 13, 1997 | Federation: China | Rating: 2535
Throwback to the FIDE Grand Swiss 2021 in Riga, round 10 : after making a draw against Mariya Muzychuk, the leader of the women's event Lei Tingjie became the winner of the competition with one round to spare (!!) and qualified for the FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament. This huge achievement is certainly the peak of her career, at least for now…
Lei was born on the 13th of March 1997 in Fuling District, an area in Chongqing. The municipality of Chongqing, roughly the size of Austria, includes the city of Chongqing as well as various discontiguous cities. It is located in the Southwest of China.
If you have never heard of Lei Tingjie then you must be living under a rock. In 2014, at an early age of 17, Lei won the 4th China Women Masters Tournament in Wuxi on tie-break from Ju Wenjun and was awarded the title of Woman Grandmaster (WGM) by FIDE. This was the rocket lauch of her very impressive international career.
In 2015, she won the women's open event of the Moscow Open, ahead of World Junior Girls Champion Aleksandra Goryachkina (playing in the B Group of the Women’s Candidates).
Lei has very convincingly represented team China on various occasions and just to mention the two most outstanding performances, she was part of the gold medal-winning Chinese female team in 2016 Asian Nations Cup in Dubai and in 2018 Olympiad in Batumi.
Lei is also excellent in shorter time controls : indeed, in December 2016, she took the silver medal in the Women's World Rapid Chess Championship in Riyadh. Finally, at the age of 20, in 2017, she clinched the “Sacred Graal” of chess, the Grandmaster Title, which seemed more like a milestone for her.
Recently, Lei has not played in any single FIDE-rated event since the FIDE Grand Swiss. No doubt that after such a performance, one needs to digest it and to prepare for probably the most important tournament of their career so far, the Woman Candidates. Being the youngest and therefore the less experienced player, she will certainly try to make the best of her first participation in an event of this caliber.