Zhang Zhong

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For the 14th-century Taoist mystic, see Zhang Zhong (Taoist).
Zhang Zhong
Full name Zhang Zhong
Country  Singapore
 People's Republic of China
Born (1978-09-05) September 5, 1978 (age 36)
Chongqing, China
Title Grandmaster (1998)
FIDE rating 2628 (May 2015)
Peak rating 2667 (July 2001)
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Zhang.
Zhang Zhong
Traditional Chinese 章鍾
Simplified Chinese 章钟

Zhang Zhong (simplified Chinese: 章钟; traditional Chinese: 章鍾; pinyin: Zhāng Zhōng; born September 5, 1978 in Chongqing)[1] is a Chinese chess grandmaster who now plays for Singapore.

In 1998, he became China's 9th Grandmaster.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to WGM Li Ruofan.[2][3]


Among Zhang's more notable results are silver medals at the 1996 and 1998 World Junior Chess Championships, first in the 2001 Chinese Championship, 8.5/12 at the 2002 Chess Olympiad in Bled,[4] and first with 11/13 at the Corus B tournament in Wijk aan Zee in 2003, three points ahead of his nearest rival. This result qualified him for the prestigious main Wijk aan Zee tournament in 2004, in which he scored 5/13. He won the 2005 Asian Championship to qualify for the FIDE World Cup held that year, where he beat Mikhail Kobalia in the first round but lost to Ivan Sokolov in the second round. In 2008, he won ASEAN Chess Circuit Tournament in Tarakan.[5]

As of 2007, Zhang almost always opens with 1.e4 when he has White. As Black, he defends against 1.e4 with the Sicilian and the Ruy Lopez, and against 1. d4 with the Nimzo-Indian Defence, Queen's Indian Defence and Dutch Defence (see chess opening for an overview of these openings).

China Chess League[edit]

Zhang Zhong plays for China Mobile Group Chongqing Company Ltd chess club in the China Chess League (CCL).[6]

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Preceded by
Liang Jinrong
Men's Chinese Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Zhang Pengxiang
Preceded by
Zhang Pengxiang
Men's Chinese Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Bu Xiangzhi