FM (2004); IM (2007) and winner of the 2006 Australian Grand Prix. George Xie has performed the unique feat of scoring three GM norms entirely within Australia: at the 2009 Sydney International Open, the 2010 Australian Championship and at the 2010 Doeberl Cup. He will be awarded the title when he achieves the mandatory 2500 rating.
Tournaments: Australian Junior Champion 2002, won the University of NSW Invitational in Sydney 2002 and 2003. Is the 2002, 2004, 2006 NSW Champion, won the City of Sydney 2004. Scored a creditable 5/9 at the Asian Individual Championship 2005. He won the 2006 Australian Masters 8/10 Melbourne ahead of GM Dejan Antic and GM Darryl K Johansen, came =1st at the 2009 Australian Open and came =1st (2nd on tiebreak) at the Sydney International Open 2009 with GMs Johanssen, Abhijit Kunte and Gawain Jones, scoring his first GM norm. Won the Ford Memorial Sydney 2009.
2010 was a productive year for George. He came second in the Australian Championship behind Zhao Zong-Yuan with 9/11, earning his second GM norm, and came second on countback to Li Chao at the annual Doeberl Cup, earning his third Grandmaster norm. 2011 also started productively for George Xie, winning the Australian Open with 8.5/11 on tiebreak, however his subsequent results at the Oceania Zonal (see below), the NSW Open in July with 4.5/6, and the NSW State Championships with 5/9 have delayed his opportunity to secure his GM title which needs only the requisite rating of 2500 to be automatically ratified. His first place at the Melbourne Cup Weekender in 2011 with 8.5/9 partially redressed his recent slump, adding 19 Elo points to bring him closer to his 2500 objective. He started 2012 with a promising 7.5/11, coming =2nd in the Australian Championship, but has since faltered at the Queenstown Chess Classic (2012), the 2012 Ballarat Begonia Open, the 2012 Doeberl Cup, the 2012 edition of the Sydney International Open, the 2012 Fiji International Open Chess Championships (where he came a distant 2nd in a weak field), and the Gold Coast Open 2012 gradually shedding over 50 Elo points; he had a bright spot when he scored 6/7 to come 2nd at the 2012 NSW Open but then fell back further with a below par 6.5/9 at the NSW Championship, a poor 4/7 at the MCC Cup Weekender 2012 held in November, and a mediocre 7/11 at the 2013 Australian Open.
World championship competition: George Xie came =1st (3rd on count back) at the Oceania Zonal in NZ with 6.5/9 in 2005, scored 6/13 in the 2005 World Junior, 6/9 at the Oceania Zonal 2009 held on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia and 6/9 at the Oceania Zonal in 2011 in Rotorua, New Zealand.
Olympiad: George played reserve board for Australia at the Olympiad (2008) and board 3 for Australia at the Chess Olympiad (2010).
Rating: George Xie's rating as at 1 May 2013 is 2369, ranking him number 14 in Australia. His blitz rating in May 2013 is 2420 and his peak rating was 2482 in May 2010.
Wikipedia article: George Xie