Zhong Zhang[ edit ]

Zhang Zhong (章鍾 born September 5, 1978) is a Chinese chess grandmaster.

Among Zhangs more notable results are the silver medal in the 1998 World Junior Chess Championship (behind Darmen Sadvakasov), first in the 2001 Chinese Championship, 8.5/12 at the 2002 Chess Olympiad in Bled, and first with 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 Wijk aan Zee tournament in 2004, in which he scored 5/13.

As of 2003, Zhang is almost always opening with 1. e4 when he has white, playing the Ruy Lopez after 1... e5 and usually avoiding the main lines of the Sicilian Defence (1... c5) by playing 2. Nf3 and 3. Bb5 (or 3. d3 after 2... e6). With black, he usually plays the Sicilian against 1. e4, sometimes the Najdorf variation. Against 1. d4 he has usually played Indian defences (the Nimzo-Indian Defence and the Queens Indian Defence; see chess opening for an overview of these openings).

On the April 2005 FIDE Elo rating list, Zhang has a rating of 2599, making him Chinese number four (behind Ye Jiangchuan, Ni Hua and Bu Xiangzhi).

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