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|Mar-26-07|| ||atripodi: I had an interesting thought about Zhang and his supposed preference for Go over chess. I've heard it said that the reason Chinese players tend to be very tactical is because of Chinese chess, in which pawns are far less valuable than in our variant. Zhang is an exception to this generality, playing more in Karpov's style. Perhaps the reason for this is that Zhang's other game is Go and not Chinese chess. Just a thought.|
|Oct-13-07|| ||pawnofdoom: Married to Li Ruofan. Too bad he doesn't play for China anymore. He would have been a great member of their teams, but now he's moved to Singapore|
|Jan-10-08|| ||Karpova: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...
<Zhang Zhong: I grew up in Chongqing>
<Zhang Zhong: I do not have a coach. Instead, I do self training.>
<Zhang Zhong: My favorite chess players are none other Kasparov and Karpov.>
|Jan-23-08|| ||Cactus: Actually <WMD>, that is totally wrong. China (and Russia) never adopted communism. They adopted <socialism>. The only problem is that countries like the USSR and China claim to have communism when really it's just a dictatorship or socialism. Other countries agree to recognize them as communist, but really the countries show no regard for true communism. Communism is about power to the people, whereas in China, they don't exactly have any individual rights. :)|
|Feb-29-08|| ||wolfmaster: When will this guy get his GM title?
Thanks in advance.
|Mar-11-08|| ||mikeddot: wolfmaster, he will become a GM in 1998.
|Jul-07-08|| ||whiteshark: In short, <ZZ Top>.|
|Sep-05-08|| ||brankat: Happy Birthday GM Zhong Zhang!|
|Sep-05-08|| ||supertimchan: Happy Birthday!|
|May-09-09|| ||Benzol: Does he play for China or Singapore these days?|
|Aug-06-09|| ||GrahamClayton: <Benzol>Does he play for China or Singapore these days?|
According to Zhang's FIDE rating card, he now represents Singapore:
|Aug-06-09|| ||Ladolcevita: Yes,now he represents Singapore...|
|Sep-05-09|| ||Benzol: <GrahamClayton> <Ladolcevita> Thankyou both.|
|Sep-05-09|| ||wordfunph: Happy Birthday GM Zhang Zhong, hope you visit Philippines again..|
|Sep-05-09|| ||WhiteRook48: happy birthday!|
|Apr-07-10|| ||wordfunph: i think this will be the first time that GM Zhang Zhong will play for Singapore in chess olympiad..|
|Jul-22-11|| ||wordfunph: the golden heart of GM Zhang Zhong, i may have taken this from one of Mr. Bobby Ang's write-ups..|
Most of the Chinese players keep to themselves and do not freely mix with the "foreigners". A nice exception is GM Zhang Zhong who is very approachable and friendly. Engineer Ric Paragua (father of GM Mark Paragua) told Mr. Bobby Ang that during the Ubeda 2001 Open Tournament, Mark did not do particularly well, and they ran out of funds. GM Zhang Zhong, one of the prize winners there, immediately offered to loan them $500 to tide them over, and pay when able. How many people would do that?
to GM Zhang if you are reading this, thank you for helping one of Philippines best GM Mark "The Spark" Paragua!
|Nov-17-11|| ||ex0duz: What happened to him.. does he still play? He plays for SG and lives there now? Never see him in any tournaments.. or does he only play like small regional tourneys in asia that chessbase doesn't cover? :(|
Or has he turned into a Go Professional now? I think that he'd have less chance in that than chess, since i think Go is undeniably an even harder game to 'master' than western chess.. you can't play both and expect to be high level, ie SuperGM level in chess, and like top 50 in GO or something can you? Or has someone done this and i don't know about it yet? hehe
|Jan-08-12|| ||parisattack: No update on Z-Z? It appears he moved to Singapore, gave up chess? I don't see him mentioned on any Go sites, either.|
He certainly plays the Leningrad Dutch with gusto.
|Apr-24-12|| ||Nightsurfer: Maybe <Zhong Zhang> has returned to his first big love, that great game of Chinese Chess <XiangQi>?! Since <Zhong Zhang> has <"... started playing XiangQi first before taking up chess ...">, as he has confessed on the occasion of an interview that has been published by ChessBase.com, please compare http://www.chessbase.de/newsdetail.... . |
Apart from <Zhong Zhang> there are more big names among China's RISING STARS who have first learned Chinese Chess <XiangQi> before switching to International Chess, namely the female stars Xie Jun and Zhu Chen - plus the male top performers Bu Xiangzhi and Wang Yue , please check out their personal pages!
|Apr-24-12|| ||Nightsurfer: In case that you would like to know more about that mysterious Chinese brand of chess that has been the basis of so many Chinese careers in International Chess, namely the thrilling <XiangQi>: herewith the link that will lead you to a clip that the German program of MTV has produced on Chinese Chess aka XiangQi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NBX...|
The Chinese version of Chess can be compared to modern strategic <tabletop games>, please compare a clip that features the climax of a game of <XiangQi> after having transformed the traditional pieces into units on a tabletop: Red army corners Black General, and that is the matrix of the dreaded <HORSE-CANNON-PALCORNER-CHECKMATE> - please watch the final moves in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_ef...
The foregoing clip has transformed the final moves of the friendly game <Rene Gralla vs Phan Thang, Hamburg 2003> into a scenario of <Chinese Battle Chess>.
That very game <Rene Gralla vs Phan Thang> has been battled out on February 28th, 2003, at Hamburg, Germany, at the place of the Vietnamese <Doctor Quang Nguyen-Chi> at the square <Berliner Platz> in the eastern part of Hamburg.
The well-known <Doctor Quang Nguyen-Chi> is a mentor of Chinese Chess, herewith a photo: http://shaolinchess.de/svalban0.gif .
|Apr-25-12|| ||Nightsurfer: The name-dropping, namely with regard to players who both play International Chess and <XiangQi>, can be continued: members of the club are the former coach of the Women's Chinese Olympic Team, that is Liu Wenzhe; the World Champion in International Chess 2004, that is Rustam Kasimdzhanov; the most handsome guy in the chess circus, that is Alexander Grischuk , and the former German candidate to become World Champion of International Chess, that is Robert Huebner , please check out the personal pages of these players!|
|Apr-26-12|| ||Nightsurfer: The game that has been featured in the <XiangQi>-video that has been aired by MTV, please see my second posting dating from <Apr-24-12>, namely the contest between the well-known German experts on e-sports and electronic games, that is to say: Daniel "Budi" Budiman (herewith the biography: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel...)/ Red vs. Etienne Cedric "Eddy" Garde (herewith the biography: http://www.esport.de/wiki/Etienne_G... )/Black - please see once more again the clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NBX... - , can be watched from the first move to the last check by following the link as follows: http://www.gameone.de/blog/2010/9/g... , you have just to click on the second picture on that page!|
|Aug-11-12|| ||GrahamClayton: <parisattack>No update on Z-Z? It appears he moved to Singapore, gave up chess?|
Zhang has been named as #1 board for the Singapore team for the 2012 Istanbul Olympiad:
|Sep-05-12|| ||fm avari viraf: I was fortunate to have played with him in the Hastings International Blitz Tournament, England, where I won a Prize. He is a wonderful person & a strong chess player.|
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