Reports | January 31, 2008 3:05

[lang_nl]Australi?ɬ´ heeft een 3e GM[/lang_nl][lang_en]Australia has a 3rd GM[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Hij heeft het 'm geflikt: Zong-Yuan Zhao is vandaag de derde grootmeester van zijn continent geworden. Slechts anderhalve maand had de 21-jarige Australi?ɬ´r ervoor nodig. Een interview, vers van de pers.[/lang_nl][lang_en]He did it. Today Zong-Yuan Zhao became the third grandmaster of his continent. The 21-year-old Australian only needed one and a half month to do so. An interview, taken right after today's game.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Zong-Yuan, geboren in Beijing en opgegroeid in Coffs Harbour (Australi?ɬ´), is sinds zijn veertiende IM. Ondanks zijn studie medicijnen en de schaarse echt sterke toernooien in Australi?ɬ´, is hij langzaamaan steeds beter geworden.

Zijn eerste grootmeestertoernooi was het First Saturday-toernooi in Boedapest, in december 2007. Hij scoorde meteen zijn eerste norm, en won het toernooi. Begin januari in Mondariz (Spanje) van hetzelfde laken en pak: toernooiwinst en norm nummer twee. Hij was reserve voor de C-groep van Corus, en had kunnen invallen maar helaas was hij op de eerste dag niet aanwezig in Wijk aan Zee. Mede daardoor speelt hij nu mee in Gibraltar, en hoppa, meteen scoorde hij zijn derde norm. In april zal hij een rating hebben van boven de 2500 en dus wordt hij bij het eerstvolgende FIDE Congress tot GM gekroond. Hij haalt daarmee David Smerdon in, die ook al drie normen heeft maar nog wat ratingpunten moet winnen.

Hier een interview met Zong-Yuan Zhao en Ian Rogers, de eerste grootmeester van Australi?ɬ´ (nu gestopt met schaken) en in Gibraltar aanwezig is als journalist en coach.[/lang_nl][lang_en]Zong-Yuan was born in Beijing and grew up in Coffs Harbour, Australia. He became an IM when he was fourteen years old. Despite his studies (medicine) and the small number of really strong tournaments in Australi?ɬ´, he managed to improve considerably in recent years.

The first grandmaster tournament he ever played was the First Saturday Tournament in Budapest, in December 2007. He immediately scored his first norm, and an impressive tournament victory at the same time. Same story early January in Mondariz (Spain): a tournament victory and norm no. 2. He was a reserve for Corus group C, and could have played there if only he had been in Wijk aan Zee on the first day. Instead, he went to Gibraltar and wham, third norm is in the pocket! In April, his rating will be above 2500 and so he'll be awarded the GM title at the next FIDE Congress. In doing so, he overtook David Smerdon, who also has three GM norms but needs to win some more rating points.

Here's an interview with Zong-Yuan and Ian Rogers, Australia's first GM (now retired) who is in Gibraltar as a journalist and a coach.[/lang_en]

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of ChessVibes.com, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.

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Damian's picture

Great tournament, Zong, including a nifty win over the tournament winner!

Best regards from Colorado, USA
Damian

AnnA's picture

Congratulations, Zong!

Best regards from Barcelona,
Sarakhatkhan

Peter's picture

I would like to add my congratulations to Zong for his marvellous achievement. I went to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland to watch the Australian Open in 1999 and was very impressed with the then 12 year-old "Z". He certainly has great presence at the chess board.

Peter, I know it is difficult to set up interview rooms, but it would be great if the interviews took place in a room without echoes. It just seems to me that some of these inteviews are so important for prosterity, that it is important to have good sound quality.

Keep up the excellent videos. Thanks, Peter Munro

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