DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – One of the youngest American chess players to achieve grandmaster status at 14, Jeffery Xiong of Dallas has qualified to compete in the 2022 American Chess Championship.
Now, at just 20 years old, Xiong is one of 14 chess players to qualify for the upcoming championship.
Players will face off October 4-20 at the Saint Louis Chess Club.
This is the same tournament room that was at the center of thewhere the Norwegian world chess champion withdrew from a tournament and gave up in a match against Hans Niemann. Carlsen, the 31-year-old grandmaster, said he believed the 19-year-old American was cheating.
Niemann is also participating in this year’s American Chess Championship.
Xiong started playing chess when he was 7 years old. In 2010, he won the North American Continental Under-10 Championship and then a silver medal at the World Under-10 Championship. He was the United States Junior Champion in 2016 and then went on to become the World Junior Champion in 2016.
According to a spokesperson, Xiong’s most impressive trait is his ability to handle losses.
“No matter how painful the loss was, he always sees his losses as an opportunity to improve. This mentality has set him apart from other grandmasters by remaining calm and collected after games, often analyzing them to find where he could improve.”
Xiong said he credits this mentality with pushing him to over 2,700 after a string of impressive results in 2019. great masters such as Anish Giri and Jan-Kryzystof Duda, catapulting him to the quarter-finals.
Next month’s tournament will last 13 rounds, with $250,500 in prize money and the coveted 2022 United States Championship title on the line.