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Zhang Zhong

For the 14th-century Taoist mystic, see Zhang Zhong (Taoist).
Full name Zhang Zhong
Country People's Republic of China
Born September 5, 1978
Chongqing, China
Title Grandmaster (1998)
Peak rating 2667 (July 2001)
Zhang Zhong
Traditional Chinese 章鍾
Simplified Chinese 章钟

Zhang Zhong (simplified Chinese: 章钟; traditional Chinese: 章鍾; pinyin: Zhāng Zhōng; born September 5, 1978 in Chongqing) is a Chinese chess grandmaster who plays for Singapore since 2007.

In 1998, he became China's 9th Grandmaster.


Zhang won the silver medal at the World Junior Chess Championships of 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 and won the 7th World University Chess Championship in Ulaanbaatar.

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 round. In 2008, he won ASEAN Chess Circuit Tournament in Tarakan.

In 2014 he won the 11th IGB Dato' Athur Tan Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur.

China Chess League

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

Personal life

He is married to WGM Li Ruofan.

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