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Jeffery Xiong (born October 30, 2000) is an American chess grandmaster. He is the third-youngest grandmaster in the US (after Awonder Liang and Samuel Sevian), having been awarded the GM title in September 2015 at age fourteen.

Jeffery Xiong
Xiong (2017)
CountryUnited States
Born (2000-10-30) October 30, 2000 (age 18)
Plano, Texas
TitleGrandmaster (2015)
FIDE rating2666 (February 2019)
Peak rating2676 (December 2018)

Chess careerEdit

Xiong was aged seven when he played in his first tournament, quickly achieving the USCF title expert on August 22, 2009. He was awarded the title FIDE Master a year later at the World Youth Chess Championships,[1] where he was the runner-up to Jason Cao in the U10 category.

Xiong achieved his norms required for the title International Master by scoring 6/9 at the 4th Annual Golden State Open in January 2013, 5/9 at the UT Dallas Spring FIDE Open and 5.5/9 at the Annual Philadelphia Open, both in March 2013.[2] His title was confirmed in 2014, when his FIDE rating reached 2400.[3][1]

He became a Grandmaster after scoring 6/9 at the Chicago Open in 2014, 6/9 at the UT Dallas Open in November 2014, 7/9 at the Chicago Open in May 2015.[4] Xiong is trained by Babakuli Annakov.[5]

Xiong came second at the US Junior Closed Chess Championships in July 2015 with a score of 6.5/9.[6][7] He won the 7th Saint Louis Grandmaster Invitational 2015 with a score of 7/9.[8] He later received the organizer's wild card invitation to the 2016 US Chess Championship, where he finished 6th out of 12 players, with 1 win, 1 loss, and 9 draws.[9][10]

In February 2016 he entered the top ten players in the world under age 20, and a month later he reached a FIDE rating of 2600 for the first time.[11]

In July 2016, Xiong won the B group ("Premier") of the Capablanca Memorial[12] and the US Closed Junior Championship.[13] The following month, he won the World Junior Chess Championship, held in Bhubaneswar, India with a round to spare.[14]

In March 2018, Xiong won the Category XVII St. Louis Spring Classic, with an unbeaten +4 score and a clear 1½ points clear of the field. His TPR was 2819.[15]


  1. ^ a b Jeffery Xiong rating card at FIDE
  2. ^ "FIDE Title Application". FIDE. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  3. ^ List of titles approved by the 2nd quarter Presidential Board 2013. FIDE.
  4. ^ "Jeffery Xiong, America's next top chess prodigy". 9 June 2015.
  5. ^ Ramirez, Alejandro (2015-06-01). "Jeffery Xiong rocks Chicago". ChessBase. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Akshat Chandra wins 2015 US Junior Championship". Chessbase News Page.
  7. ^ "Grandmaster Xiong, 15 years old, Wins Southwest Class - US Chess". US Chess. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  8. ^ "The Week in Chess 1081". Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  9. ^ Klein, Mike (2016-02-20). "Back To St. Louis: U.S Championships Fields Set".
  10. ^ "Caruana and Paikidze Clinch First U.S. Championships".
  11. ^ "Top List Records". FIDE.
  12. ^ Ramirez, Alejandro (2016-07-03). "Looking back: Xiong in the Capablanca". Chess News. ChessBase. Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  13. ^ Ramirez, Alejandro (2016-07-19). "Jeffery Xiong wins U.S. Junior". Chess News. ChessBase. Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  14. ^ "Jeffery Xiong and Dinara Saduakassova are 2016 World Junior Champions". Chessdom. 2016-08-21. Retrieved 2016-11-09.
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