Zhang Zhong

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For the 14th-century Taoist mystic, see Zhang Zhong (Taoist).
Zhang Zhong
Country  People's Republic of China
Born (1978-09-05) 5 September 1978 (age 38)
Chongqing, China
Title Grandmaster (1998)
FIDE rating 2641 (March 2017)
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 5 September 1978 in Chongqing)[1] is a Chinese-born Singaporean chess grandmaster, a twice Chinese champion and the 2005 Asian champion.

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


Zhang Zhong finished second at the World Junior Chess Championship twice, in 1996 and 1998. He won the Chinese Chess Championship in 2001 and 2003. In 2002 he scored 8.5/12 points at the 35th Chess Olympiad in Bled[2] and won the 7th World University Chess Championship in Ulaanbaatar.[3] Zhang Zhong was clear first with a score of 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 Corus A tournament in 2004, in which he scored 5/13. He won the 2005 Asian Chess 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.

In 2007 he transferred federations to represent Singapore.[4] In 2008, he won ASEAN Chess Circuit Tournament in Tarakan.[5] In 2014, he tied for 1st–3rd with Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son and Le Quang Liem, placing second on tiebreak, at the 4th HDBank Cup in Ho Chi Minh City,[6] and won the 11th IGB Dato' Athur Tan Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur.[7]

China Chess League[edit]

Zhang Zhong plays for China Mobile Group Chongqing Company Ltd chess club in the China Chess League (CCL).[8]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to WGM Li Ruofan.[9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 中国国际象棋运动员等级分数据库
  2. ^ OlimpBase Men's Chess Olympiads Zhang Zhong
  3. ^ Crowther, Mark (2002-09-30). "7th World University Chess Championships". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Player transfers in 2007 FIDE
  5. ^ Crowther, Mark (2008-01-28). "TWIC 689: ASEAN Masters Tarakan City". London Chess Center. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  6. ^ Crowther, Mark. "4th HD Bank Cup 2014". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "GM Zhang Zhong clear first in Malaysia Open". Chessdom. 2014-09-21. Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  8. ^ http://ccl.sports.cn/
  9. ^ ChessBase.com - Chess News - 4th Dato’ Arthur Tan Open: the “Empire” Strikes Back!
  10. ^ "Ni hao, GM Zhang Zhong and WGM Li Ruofan". ChessBase News. 

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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