Sun-Herald, February 4, 2001
When Zhao Zong Yuan heads overseas next month to compete on the European tournament circuit he will be only one of many teenagers to try their luck on the professional chess circuit.
The 14-year-old from Coffs Harbour leaves Australia with impressive credentials - the International Master title and national under 18 title amongst them - but Zhao will find others of his age even more highly ranked.
Late last month two of Zhao's contemporaries, Teimour Radjabov and Penteala Harikrishna, were in action at the Wijk aan Zee tournament in the Netherlands and both scored Grandmaster results - the second 'norm' for each.
Three such norms are needed to secure the GM title yet to date Zhao has rarely played in a tournament where such a result was even an academic possibility.
Radjabov, 13 and hailing from Kasparov's birthplace Baku, has been travelling the world with his parents for some time and is racing against time to secure his final GM result and thus become the youngest GM of all time.
Radjabov is currently playing, not entirely convincingly, for the conclusive GM norm at the Aosta Valley Open in Saint Vincent, Italy, a tough task in an event with 29 Grandmasters, two of whom can be seen in action in the following game.
Saint Vincent Open 2001