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Jeffery Xiong

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Jeffery Xiong
Xiong in 2023
Born (2000-10-30) October 30, 2000 (age 23)
Chess career
CountryUnited States
TitleGrandmaster (2015)
FIDE rating2645 (June 2024)
Peak rating2712 (November 2019)
RankingNo. 97 (June 2024)
Peak rankingNo. 30 (August 2021)
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Last updated: August 28, 2023

Jeffery Xiong (born October 30, 2000) is an American chess prodigy. He earned the Grandmaster title in September 2015 at the age of fourteen, the fourth youngest player to qualify in the US.

Chess career[edit]

Xiong was aged seven when he played in his first tournament, quickly achieving the USCF title of expert on August 22, 2009. He was awarded the title FIDE Master a year later at the World Youth Chess Championships,[1] where he was the runner-up to Jason Cao in the U10 category.

Xiong achieved his norms required for the title International Master by scoring 6/9 points at the 4th Annual Golden State Open in January 2013, 5/9 at the UT Dallas Spring FIDE Open and 5½/9 at the Annual Philadelphia Open, both in March 2013.[2] His title was confirmed in 2014, when his FIDE rating reached 2400.[3][1]

He achieved the norms for the Grandmaster title by scoring 6/9 points at the Chicago Open in 2014, 6/9 at the UT Dallas Open in November 2014, 7/9 at the Chicago Open in May 2015.[4]

Xiong came second at the US Junior Closed Chess Championships in July 2015 with a score of 6½/9.[5][6] He won the 7th Saint Louis Grandmaster Invitational 2015 with a score of 7/9.[7] He became a Grandmaster in September 2015, the fourth youngest player to qualify for the title in the US, after Abhimanyu Mishra, Awonder Liang, and Samuel Sevian.[8] He later received the organizer's wild card invitation to the 2016 US Chess Championship, where he finished 6th out of 12 players, with 1 win, 1 loss, and 9 draws.[9][10]

In February 2016 he entered the top ten players in the world under age 20, and a month later he reached a FIDE rating of 2600 for the first time.[11]

In July 2016, Xiong won the B group ("Premier") of the Capablanca Memorial[12] and the US Closed Junior Championship.[13] The following month, he won the World Junior Chess Championship, held in Bhubaneswar, India with a round to spare. He finished with an undefeated 10.5/13, a point ahead of Vladislav Artemiev.[14]

In March 2018, Xiong won the St. Louis Spring Classic A group, a round-robin tournament of category XVII, with an unbeaten score of 6½ points (4 wins, 5 draws) out of 9, 1½ points clear of the field. His performance rating was 2819.[15] One year later, he won again with an unbeaten 6/9 score (3 wins, 6 draws), half point clear of second-placed Illia Nyzhnyk.[16]

In September 2019, Xiong participated in the FIDE World Cup. Seeded 31st in the tournament, he made it to the quarterfinals by beating Igor Lysyj, Parham Maghsoodloo, Anish Giri and Jan-Krzysztof Duda. Xiong was then eliminated by the eventual winner, Teimour Radjabov[17]

In October 2020, Xiong placed second (behind Wesley So) in the US chess championship, and also second (behind John Burke) in the US junior championship.


  1. ^ a b Jeffery Xiong rating card at FIDE
  2. ^ "FIDE Title Application". FIDE. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  3. ^ List of titles approved by the 2nd quarter Presidential Board 2013. FIDE.
  4. ^ "Jeffery Xiong, America's next top chess prodigy". Telegraph.co.uk. 9 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Akshat Chandra wins 2015 US Junior Championship". Chessbase News Page. 19 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Grandmaster Xiong, 15 years old, Wins Southwest Class - US Chess". US Chess. 23 February 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  7. ^ "The Week in Chess 1081". theweekinchess.com. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  8. ^ "List of titles approved by the Executive Board in Abu Dhabi, UAE". FIDE. 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  9. ^ Klein, Mike (2016-02-20). "Back To St. Louis: U.S Championships Fields Set". Chess.com.
  10. ^ "Caruana and Paikidze Clinch First U.S. Championships". Chess.com. 26 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Top List Records". FIDE.
  12. ^ Ramirez, Alejandro (2016-07-03). "Looking back: Xiong in the Capablanca". Chess News. ChessBase. Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  13. ^ Ramirez, Alejandro (2016-07-19). "Jeffery Xiong wins U.S. Junior". Chess News. ChessBase. Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  14. ^ "Jeffery Xiong and Dinara Saduakassova are 2016 World Junior Champions". Chessdom. 2016-08-21. Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  15. ^ Crowther, Mark. "St Louis Spring Classic 2018". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  16. ^ Crowther, Mark (2019-03-10). "St Louis Spring Chess Classic 2019". The Week in Chess.
  17. ^ "FIDE World Cup 2019 Tournament Tree". Retrieved 2019-09-22.

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