Who is Chinese chess player Tan Zhongyi, bio, age, education, FIDE rating and religion

Who is Chinese chess player Tan Zhongyi, bio, age, education, FIDE rating and religion

Here is all you need to know about Chinese chess player Tan Zhongyi including her age, religion, bio, records and more 

Tan Zhongyi received the draw she needed to win the Women’s Candidates Tournament in Toronto with absolute ease. With back-to-back victories in the opening two rounds, the Chinese GM took the lead early on.

She defeated GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) in the final round by drawing, winning the FIDE Women’s Candidates 2024 title. She finished 1.5 points ahead of the rest with a score of 9/14.

Who is Chinese chess player Tan Zhongyi winner of FIDE Women’s Candidates 2024, bio, age, education, FIDE rating and religion

Who is Tan Zhongyi?

Tan Zhongyi is a Chinese chess player who was born on May 29, 1991 in Chongqing, China. She got the title of Grand Master in 2017 and is a Buddhist by religion.

The 32-year-old is a graduate from School of Law of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics which she completed on 2009.


Tan, Zhongyi Age 32 ; Title: Grandmaster ; Live Rating: 2540.2 ; Live Women Rank: 5 ; FIDE Rating: 2521 ; World Women Rank: 7

A look at Tan Zhongyi’s career so far

Tan Zhongyi started learning chess ever since she was a kid. She got into the indoor sport in 1997 when she was just six years old. She won the World Youth U10 Girls Chess Championship twice, in 2000 and 2001, in Oropesa del Mar. In 2002, she won the World Youth U12 Girls Chess Championship in Heraklion.

In the 2017 Iran knockout edition championship match, Tan Zhongyi defeated Anna Muzychuk to win the Women’s World Championship. In addition to that, she has also won the Women’s World Rapid Championship.


As of right now, she holds the title of Chinese women’s national champion three times in a row, having won it five times in total in 2015, 2020, 2021, and 2022.

She won the Women’s Candidates Tournament in 2024, which got her into the Women’s World Chess Championship 2025 against Ju Wenjun. She has won gold medals in 2022 Hangzhou for Women’s team, individual and mixed team golds at 2011 Shenzhen. In 2013, she grabbed a bronze in Kazan as an individual and a gold as a memeber of mixed team.


She took home the women’s championship at the 2020 Gibraltar Masters. In the tiebreaker, Tan overcame local player Dinara Saduakassova to win the 2022 Women’s World Rapid Championship in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Apart from this, she is a player for the China Mobile Group Chongqing Company Ltd chess club and takes part in the China Chess League (CCL).