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Zhong Zhang
Z Zhang 

Number of games in database: 688
Years covered: 1993 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2640 (2475 rapid, 2535 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2657
Overall record: +199 -111 =232 (58.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 146 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (124) 
    B52 B30 B51 B31 B40
 Ruy Lopez (34) 
    C69 C85 C78 C77 C67
 French Defense (29) 
    C00 C19 C11 C03 C12
 King's Indian Attack (25) 
    A07 A08
 Sicilian Najdorf (17) 
    B90 B91 B94 B96 B97
 Caro-Kann (15) 
    B12 B10 B13 B18 B14
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (55) 
    B90 B40 B92 B22 B80
 Ruy Lopez (43) 
    C92 C67 C69 C91 C65
 Dutch Defense (30) 
    A81 A87 A85
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (23) 
    C92 C91 C99 C84 C90
 Nimzo Indian (21) 
    E39 E32 E48 E46 E25
 Sicilian Najdorf (20) 
    B90 B92 B97 B96
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Z Zhang vs D Marciano, 2016 1-0
   Z Zhang vs Koneru, 2003 1-0
   Z Zhang vs D de Vreugt, 2003 1-0
   Z Zhang vs G Timoscenko, 2002 1/2-1/2
   S Sale vs Z Zhang, 2005 0-1
   Z Zhang vs Sadvakasov, 2005 1-0
   D Smerdon vs Z Zhang, 2012 0-1
   Z Zhang vs Y Tong, 1998 1-0
   Z Zhang vs Naiditsch, 2003 1-0
   Z Zhang vs Y Wang, 2005 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Asian Chess Championship (2005)
   Corus Group B (2003)
   Torch Real Estate Cup China Chess League (2005)
   World Junior Championship (1998)
   HeiBei Zonal (2001)
   PGMA Cup International Open (2007)
   World Junior Championship (1997)
   Malaysian Open (2008)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   Lee Cup 3rd (1996)
   Dubai Open (2017)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   Chinese Chess League (2016)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (2010)
   Baku Olympiad (2016)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Corus Group B 2003 by Tabanus
   1998 World Junior chess championship by gauer
   Wijk aan Zee Group B 2003 by Chessdreamer
   Hastings Premier 2001/2 by protean

   🏆 The Chinese League
   W Zhou vs Z Zhang (Jun-17-23) 1/2-1/2
   Z Zhang vs Yuan Chen (Jun-16-23) 1-0
   Y Wan vs Z Zhang (Jun-15-23) 1/2-1/2
   Z Zhang vs Y Wang (Jun-13-23) 1/2-1/2
   Z Zhang vs C Zeng (Jun-12-23) 1/2-1/2

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(born Sep-05-1978, 45 years old) China
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Zhong Zhang was born in Chongqing, China. He learned chess at the age of eight and won several Chinese boys' championships before finishing second in the 1998 World Junior Championship. He was awarded the title of IM in 1995 and the title of GM in 1998. He became Chinese champion in 2001, and in 2003 he won the B-group of the Corus Chess Tournament with a record score of 11/13. In 2005 he won the Asian Championship to qualify for the FIDE World Cup, but lost his first-round match against Ivan Sokolov. Zhang Zhong won the 11th Malaysia Open (2014). He's married to WGM Li Ruofan. Zhong Zhang is also a FIDE Trainer.

Wikipedia article: Zhang Zhong

Last updated: 2018-11-11 11:05:19

 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 688  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Dantas vs Z Zhang 1-0131993U-16 World ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
2. Z Zhang vs Miles  0-1341993Beijing Lee CupA04 Reti Opening
3. Z Zhang vs H A Gretarsson  0-1521993Wch U16C75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
4. B Alterman vs Z Zhang  1-0491995Lee Cup 2ndA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
5. K Kulaots vs Z Zhang  1-0451996Wch U20C01 French, Exchange
6. J Xu vs Z Zhang  ½-½641996Beijing Tan Chin Nam cupA81 Dutch
7. Z Zhang vs Sutovsky  0-1271996COLA48 King's Indian
8. Z Zhang vs G Vescovi  1-0591996Wch U20A07 King's Indian Attack
9. A Antunes vs Z Zhang  1-0451996POR-CHNA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
10. Z Zhang vs W Zili  1-0291996Tan Chin Nam Cup 2ndD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
11. Z Zhang vs A Antunes  ½-½691996POR-CHNB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
12. Gufeld vs Z Zhang  ½-½461996Tan Chin Nam Cup 2ndC10 French
13. Z Zhang vs Z Li  1-0651996Lee Cup 3rdB40 Sicilian
14. Z Zhang vs L Wang  1-0271996Lee Cup 3rdB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
15. Pigusov vs Z Zhang  1-0491996Lee Cup 3rdA04 Reti Opening
16. Miles vs Z Zhang  0-13019962nd Tan Chin Nam CupA10 English
17. Ehlvest vs Z Zhang  1-0281996Lee Cup 3rdB40 Sicilian
18. J Ye vs Z Zhang  0-1671996Lee Cup 3rdC05 French, Tarrasch
19. P Wang vs Z Zhang  1-0541996Lee Cup 3rdC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
20. Z Zhang vs J Xie  1-0391996Lee Cup 3rdC42 Petrov Defense
21. Z Zhang vs A Greenfeld  ½-½221996Lee Cup 3rdB30 Sicilian
22. Unzicker vs Z Zhang  0-1461996Lee Cup 3rdA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
23. Yang Xu vs Z Zhang 1-0191996Lee Cup 3rdB40 Sicilian
24. Z Zhang vs Smirin  ½-½431996Lee Cup 3rdB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
25. Z Zhang vs C Braga  1-0451996Yerevan OlympiadC60 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 28; games 1-25 of 688  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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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:

<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!
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  Benzol: Does he play for China or Singapore these days?
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  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...
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  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.

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  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, please compare .

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!

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  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:

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

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: .

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  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!
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  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: Red vs. Etienne Cedric "Eddy" Garde (herewith the biography: )/Black - please see once more again the clip - , can be watched from the first move to the last check by following the link as follows: , you have just to click on the second picture on that page!
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  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:

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  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.
Aug-15-19  Caissanist: At the end of 2017 Zhong went back to representing China. His longtime friend and (Singaporean) teammate Kevin Goh wrote a tribute to him on with the wry title "How I Became Singapore's Top Chess Player": .
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