Zhang Zhong

For 張中, the 14th-century Taoist mystic, see Zhang Zhong (Taoist).

Zhang Zhong (simplified Chinese: 章钟; traditional Chinese: 章鍾; pinyin: Zhāng Zhōng; born 5 September 1978)[1] is a Chinese chess grandmaster, a twice Chinese champion and the 2005 Asian champion. In 1998, he became China's 9th Grandmaster.

Zhang Zhong
Singapore (2007–2017)
Born (1978-09-05) 5 September 1978 (age 42)
Chongqing, China
TitleGrandmaster (1998)
FIDE rating2640 (July 2021)
Peak rating2667 (July 2001)
Zhang Zhong
Traditional Chinese章鍾
Simplified Chinese章钟


Zhang Zhong finished second at the World Junior Chess Championship twice, in 1996 and 1998. He won the Chinese Chess Championship in 2001 and 2003. In 2002 he scored 8.5/12 points at the 35th Chess Olympiad in Bled[2] and won the 7th World University Chess Championship in Ulaanbaatar.[3] Zhang Zhong was clear first with a score of 11/13 at the Corus B tournament in Wijk aan Zee in 2003, three points ahead of his nearest rival. This result qualified him for the prestigious main Corus A tournament in 2004, in which he scored 5/13. He won the 2005 Asian Chess Championship to qualify for the FIDE World Cup held that year, where he beat Mikhail Kobalia in the first round, but lost to Ivan Sokolov in the second.

In 2007 he transferred national federations to represent Singapore.[4] In 2008, he won ASEAN Chess Circuit Tournament in Tarakan.[5] In 2014, he tied for 1st–3rd with Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son and Le Quang Liem, placing second on tiebreak, at the 4th HDBank Cup in Ho Chi Minh City,[6] and won the 11th IGB Dato' Athur Tan Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur.[7] In 2017 Zhang moved back to the Chinese federation.[8]

China Chess LeagueEdit

Zhang Zhong plays for China Mobile Group Chongqing Company Ltd chess club in the China Chess League (CCL).[9]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married to WGM Li Ruofan.[10][11]


  1. ^ "中国国际象棋运动员等级分数据库". Archived from the original on 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  2. ^ OlimpBase Men's Chess Olympiads Zhang Zhong
  3. ^ Crowther, Mark (2002-09-30). "7th World University Chess Championships". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  4. ^ Player transfers in 2007 FIDE
  5. ^ Crowther, Mark (2008-01-28). "TWIC 689: ASEAN Masters Tarakan City". London Chess Center. Retrieved 31 December 2009.
  6. ^ Crowther, Mark. "4th HD Bank Cup 2014". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 20 March 2016.
  7. ^ "GM Zhang Zhong clear first in Malaysia Open". Chessdom. 2014-09-21. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Player transfers in 2017". FIDE. Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-28. Retrieved 2009-12-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ ChessBase.com - Chess News - 4th Dato’ Arthur Tan Open: the “Empire” Strikes Back!
  11. ^ "Ni hao, GM Zhang Zhong and WGM Li Ruofan". ChessBase News.

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Preceded by
Liang Jinrong
Men's Chinese Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Zhang Pengxiang
Preceded by
Zhang Pengxiang
Men's Chinese Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Bu Xiangzhi