Zhaoqin Peng

Zhaoqin Peng

Foto: Bas Beekhuizen


Zhaoqin Peng (China, b. 1968) moved to the Netherlands in 1996 and has been the strongest Dutch ladies chess player ever since. Between 1997 and 2010 Peng won the Dutch Ladies’ title twelve times. Since 1998 she has represented the Netherlands at the Chess Olympiad for Women. On her debut she scored 9 points from 12 games, earning a bronze medal. In 2004 Peng became the joint winner of the European Ladies’ Championship, but lost the tie-break to Alexandra Kosteniuk and finished 2nd. In 2004 she was the first Dutch woman to be awarded the international grandmaster title (she already had the women’s grandmaster title). Peng was the tenth woman worldwide to receive this title.