Hi everyone, I will introduce myself to you later. Today let me just share with you with my great adventure in chess. I have had my good and bad moments, but it is all exciting.

First I played in the Golden State Open in January. I did pretty good ending with 6.0/9 and scoring my first IM norm. The highlight of my tournament had to be drawing Super GM Li Chao. 



Here I am White in an endgame where Black obviously has the initiative. He is attacking my e4 pawn and a passive defense like Kf3 will be met by Rd4. So what did I do then? I would like to prove to my dad that I could draw super GM. I was able to find Rc7! I attack his other pawns and he can not take my pawn without giving up one of his. The game ended in a draw. It was my first Super GM game and I am very pleased to be able to draw it. I made my norm 1 point above what was needed and only half a point behind a GM norm.

In my second tournament I played in the UTD Spring FIDE Tournament. This was a preparation tournament for the final four. Many strong players attended from all over the world. In the last round of the tournament I was up against a 2300 player from India. I needed a win.



In this position I am Black and it is my turn. He has just played Nf4 threatning my pawn on h5. I didn't really consider this since it seemed like I was totally winning after Bxf4. But after gxf4 it's not that simple. I decided to opt for g6. After this move he really doesn't have much choice. He took twice and played Ka2. But I was able to quickly bring my King into position and I got my second norm.

For my third norm tournament I played in the Philly Open. I started off brilliantly getting 4/5 with a 2600+ performance. Then I lost two games in a row. But the learning is great from these 2 games. Below is my round 7 game with GM Alex Fishbein. Try to solve the puzzle, it is White to move.










I ended up losing that game. After my incredible performance of 4/5 I lost two games in a row. I won round 8 and in the last round I was facing off against IM Bindi Cheng from Canada. I only needed a draw for my last IM norm.



Instead my opponent played Ke2. Try to see if you can find my only defense.









And I was able to survive and get a draw. I made my three norms with the ability to see combinations, but also I had a lot of luck along the way. Doing a lot of tactics on has been very useful. Thanks for following me on my adventure, and I'll see you next time!


  • 2 years ago


    he,s number one now

  • 3 years ago


    Well done!!

  • 3 years ago


    For real, that's not braging at all! Nicely done Jeffery!

  • 3 years ago


    I don't see how it's bragging.

  • 3 years ago


    12 years old or not, bragging is not a good trait.

  • 3 years ago


    Been is past tense.

  • 3 years ago


    For those who dont know, Jeffrey Xiong is 12 years old and is number two out of all 12 year olds in the U.S.

    I have seen him play a few times and I am always amazed at how he clobbers those much older than him!


    Great article!

  • 3 years ago


    Chessmaster102, the article tells how he scored all 3 IM norms.  This means he's now an IM, since all of those norms are in the past.

  • 3 years ago


    Li Chao was over 2700 just a couple of years ago, so by your own definition he's been a Super GM.

    RainbowRising, If you could point me in the direction of something which officially documents the requirements to be called a Super GM though, that would be appreciated.

  • 3 years ago


    how did you score your first IM norm if has you as already being a IM ?

  • 3 years ago


    Last I checked, super GM was > 2700

  • 3 years ago


    Welcome to chess dot com, IM Xiong! 

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  • 3 years ago


    Nice post. In the first game, you obeyed the golden rule in R+P endgames, which is to keep the rook active.

  • 3 years ago


    God, I love perpetuals.

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