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|Jan-08-07|| ||Benzol: He's due to play Malcolm Tredinnick next.|
|Jan-09-07|| ||whatthefat: Congratulations to Zhao on winning the 2007 Australian Open, with 9.5/11!|
|Jan-09-07|| ||Where is my mind: Congratulations to Zong-Yuan Zhao the new Australian Open Champion. 2673 performance rating.|
|Jan-30-08|| ||Ken MacGillivray: Congratulations to Zhao for achieving his 3rd and final GM norm at the Gibralter chess congress. This is great news for Australian chess.|
|Feb-01-08|| ||the bad bishop: Amazing result. Congratulations!!!
Below is an excerpt from the report on abc news online:
<Not only is the 21-year-old student the youngest player to ever become a Grand Master <read Australian>, but he achieved this feat in just seven weeks, when the process usually takes years.
He hopes hoped his achievement will help raise the profile of the sport in Australia.
Australia's first ever Grand Master, Ian Rogers, was at the Gibraltar Tournament when Mr Zhao gained the title by defeating French Grand Master Gildas Goldsztein.
Mr Rogers says becoming a Grand Master is no easy feat.
"You need a series of world class performances and Yuan has achieved them in seven weeks, it's a record," he said.
"No one has ever scored three Grand Master results in such a short period of time. It's absolutely incredible.
"In fact, in Decemeber he played his first ever Grand Master tournament, he won it. His second one, he won that as well.
"[He is the] first player in history to win the first two Grand Master tournaments he's played in and this tournament in Gibraltar's been a bigger open tournament with many more Grand Masters in it, but he came through.">
|Feb-01-08|| ||Prugno: Looks like it was really a good tournament for the Chinese in Gibraltar... not only for the ones who still represent their country like Bu but even for those who have moved abroad a long time ago, such as Zhao.|
|Mar-26-08|| ||supertimchan: Who wins more games between Zhao Zong Yuan and Ian Rogers?|
|Jul-30-08|| ||twinlark: Zhao recently published an article about how he came to accumulate three GM norms faster than any else has ever done.|
No small part of this was due to Magnus Carlsen , who Zhao played and lost to in the first round of the World Cup last year.
Zhao commented in a recent article he wrote for the <Australasian Chess> magazine that when he left Australia for the World Cup and subsequent chess competitions in Europe last November:
<I felt even to collect one norm in the four or five European tournaments I was about to take part in can be considered a huge success...>
Zhao played and lost both games against Carlsen in the first round, his first encounter with "an absolute chess elite", and gave the business end of the score of both games in his article. He goes on to write:
<At this point, the reader probably feels a little puzzled thinking why have I just shown two such dramatic games in which I lost? Actually, I joined Magnus Carlsen and his family for dinner after the game and I learnt so much about chess in general. I don't mean of course that I learnt some technical things but the brief contact with him left a very positive impression on my play in the following months. Magnus Carlsen was of the opinion that I already had sufficient chess strength to make my grandmaster dream come true very soon...>
Thus inspired, Zhao went on to win the three GM norms as described in his bio.
It just goes to show how a senior grandmaster can influence the young player, even if that young player is older than the grandmaster!
Well done, Zhao, and an inspirational story that reflects very well on both you and Magnus Carslen.
|Sep-09-08|| ||supertimchan: That is total rubbish. Zhao had taken so many years to become a grandmaster, which is not impressive at all. If he can become a grandmaster around the age of Carlsen did, then he did a good job, otherwise he is just a regular grandmaster.|
|Sep-10-08|| ||twinlark: <supertimchan>
<That is total rubbish.>
What exactly are you talking about?
Are you saying that anyone who's not Carlsen is <just a regular grandmaster>?
|Sep-10-08|| ||Manic: <supertimchan>
1. There are about 600 GM's in the world. Becoming one takes a lot of work. It is considered to be equivalent to around 8 years of study.
2. Australia is a country which does not put as many resources into chess as others do. To become a GM in your 20's is a remarkable feat.
3. Zhao has rarely played overseas until a few years ago (I think). His primary concern, I believe, is his university degree. He only plays part-time.
4. Zhao was 21 when he got the GM title. Taking into account the above, are you calling that regular?
5. Zhao has performed incredibly considering the above. He has so far won his first 3 GM round-robins he has participated in. That has never been done before in the history of chess. He also achieved his GM norms within 2 months, which shows remarkable consistency.
6. The phrase <regular GM> is in my opinion kind of an oxymoron. No GM is "regular". I know the title is much easier to get nowadays, but I don't think that Zhao would still be called a "regular" GM.
|Sep-10-08|| ||Manic: And yes, I am Australian, so call me biased if you want =P, but I believe my opinion would represent the view of a majority of chess followers.|
|Sep-10-08|| ||Where is my mind: Latest tournament win for GM Zong Yuan Zhao was in Brazil when he played in the 2nd Euwe Stimulans Tournament http://www.fpx.com.br/visor/program...|
|Sep-29-08|| ||gazzawhite: <Manic> Yes, Zhao is doing a Pharmacy degree at Sydney Uni. As I'm sure you know, even the best Australian chess players need to find other ways to get an income (or they would have to live overseas).
It actually is pretty incredible to think that even though he plays in few international tournaments, Zhao does so well.|
BTW, how did chessgames find Zhao's world ranking (of 344)?
|Jul-18-09|| ||kurtrichards: Born in China and ended up playing chess in Australia. Hmmmm...|
|Jan-13-10|| ||redwhitechess: and winning the 2010 Australia Championship. http://red-white-chess.blogspot.com...|
|Jan-13-10|| ||ozmikey: Congrats to Zong-Yuan on a great win and a magnificent score. It was a close race with George Xie until the end...George will surely be our fifth GM before long!|
|Jan-14-10|| ||brucejavier: congrats Zhao Zong-Yuan on winning the australian championship 2010 and a performance rating of 2772!! keep up the good work!|
|Jan-14-10|| ||whatthefat: Brilliant performance indeed: +9 =2 -0.|
|Jan-17-10|| ||Tabanus: Australian championship 2-13 January 2010, final ranking crosstable after 11 Rounds:|
|Apr-11-10|| ||Tabanus: Placed 3rd today in Sydney Open, after a 15-move draw in last round vs GM Gawain Jones:|
|Jan-30-11|| ||Ken MacGillivray: With a round to play Zhao has a score of 7.5/8; 1.5 points clear of the field in the 2011 Oceania Zonal tournament being played in Rotorua, New Zealand, thus securing first place. Congratulations Zhao.|
|Jan-31-11|| ||twinlark: Congratulations to Zhao for winning the Oceania Zonal, and winning it decisively with 8.5/9.|
|Apr-21-13|| ||twinlark: Congratulations to Zhao Zong-Yuan for winning the Bangkok Open 2013 outright!|
|Apr-21-13|| ||Ken MacGillivray: Excellent result for Zhao, winning the 2013 Bangkok open outright with an undefeated score of 7.5/9. Congratulations on another very impressive performance.|
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