American Talent

With the World Championship over it’s worth considering who might finally topple the remarkable Vishwanathan Anand. The obvious candidates might seem to be Levon Aronian or Magnus Carlsen, but history doesn’t usually fall into neat or predictable patterns.

Will a young player intervene, perhaps someone who is currently unknown? Very possibly, and they might well come from a quite unexpected city as well. Like Dallas, for example.

There are some remarkably strong young players coming through there as the line-ups for these online invitations show. A name that is particularly worth noting is 11 year old Jeffery Xiong who weighs in with a USCF rating of 2394.

This sort of level clearly suggests that the US has a potential World beater on their hands, though much depends on how he develops from here.


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: