Li Chao born 21 April 1989 in Taiyuan, Shanxi. In 2007, he became China’s 23rd Grandmaster at the age of 18. Li Chao started to play chess at the young age of 6, and plays for Beijing Chess Club.
In 2005 he earned sixth place at the World Juniors Championship held in Istanbul. Li Chao’s best results are wins in the Scandinavian Chess Tournament held in 2007 in Täby, Stockholm, Sweden, the fourth IGB Dato’ Arthur Tan Malaysia Open held in Kuala Lumpur, the 2007 President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Cup in Manila, first at the second Philippine International Open in Subic Bay Freeport Zone in 2008, and the fifth IGB Dato’ Arthur Tan Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur in the same year. In September, he competed at the fifth Russia vs China Match in Ningbo where he scored 3/5 with a performance rating of 2767 for the team (with Wang Yue, Wang Hao, Ni Hua, Bu Xiangzhi).
He qualified for the World Cup 2009, he reached the third round losing to Vugar Gashimov.
In 2010, he won the Corus (C Group), earning him an invitation to the Tata Steel (Group B in 2011). In 2011 Summer Universiade at Shenzen gold medalist, and was a member of the mixed team’s achived the gold medal. Li Chao qualified through Zonal 3.5 to play in the World Cup (2011), but lost in the first round to Vietnamese GM Ngoc Truongson Nguyen.
Li Chao was first at the Queenstown Chess Classic (2012), he also won the 5th Colombo International Chess Championships with 9/9. Playing board 3 for China at the 17th Asian Team Championship held in Zaozhuang, China in May 2012, he won team gold and individual bronze. Playing reserve board for China at the Chess Olympiad (2012) in Istanbul, he scored 6/7 with a TPR of 2794, missing an individual medal as he was one game short of qualifying for consideration.In October 2012 he tied the first place at the 2nd Indonesia Open Chess Championship.
In December 2012 and January 2013, he toured the USA and came third in the 22nd Annual North American Open, and won the combined rapid/classical 2013 Boston Chess Congress and the 2013 Golden State Open, the last mentioned having been played in Concord, California. In March 2013, he returned to Canberra to win the 51st Doeberl Cup with 7.5/9 and soon afterwards placed 2nd behind Loek van Wely at the 2013 Sydney International Open.
In 2013 in the Summer Universiade at Kazan bronze, with the team gold medalist. He won the Asian Continental Championship and accordingly he again qualified for the next stage of the World Championship cycle, namely the World Cup (2013). Soon afterwards, he finished =2nd at the Chinese Championships. At the World Cup, he defeated Evgeny Postny in the first round, but lost to Dutch Anish Giri in the second round.
January 2014 he won the 17th Guben New Year Open with 9/9 and the 16th NordWest Cup in Bad Zwischenahm. He tied the second place at the Casino Open Graz 2014 in Austria. In Reykjavik the second seed Li Chao started with a draw a 2000 rated player from Canada, but he scored four wins after that, one draw, then won three consecutive games and secured his first place with 8.5/10 by drawing in the last round. In October he won the 9th Deizisauer International Fall Open with the perfect score of 7/7. In December 2014, he was equal first at the Barcelona Masters.
2015 started with a strong win at the 20th Nektar International Open, taking outright first with 8.5/9, a point ahead of runner-up IM Andreas Heimann and 1.5 points ahead of equal 3rd place getters Arkadij Naiditsch and Etienne Bacrot. Soon afterwards in February Li Chao had a “slow start” at the traditional open in Capelle la Grande, just like in Reykjavik last year: a draw in the first round. This strategy seems to work as he won both tournaments in style!
Li Chao first represented China at the 38st Chess Olympiad in Dresden, going on to make two more appearances in 2010 and 2012. Li Chao also took part in numerous Team Chess Championships, both at World and Asian level. In 2011 at Ningbo and in 2013 at Antalya winning with the team silver medal in the World Team Championship.
He is ranked 14th in the valid world ranking list of 1 August, 2015 with 2748 ELO-points.