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Yifan, Hou
Wednesday, 04 March 2009

houyifan2.jpgHou Yifan, is the Chinese chess prodigy who was the finalist in FIDE World Women Chess Championship and became the youngest ever female in history (just at the age of 14 years 6 months) to attain the title of Grandmaster.

Her debut was winning medals in some youth championships in under10 category but she was noticed in the international arena during Three Arrows Cup in San Jinan thanks to her amazing results against a higher rated opposition. At the age of 12, she became the youngest ever player to participate in the FIDE Women's World Championship in Yekaterinburg and the Chess Olympiad in Turin.

Next year, she became the youngest Chinese Women's Champion and she was invited to the Corus Wijk aan Zee C Group where she took the fifth place while last year she played in B Group where most of the players being Grandmasters rated above 2600 and in the top 100 of FIDE rating list and she scored -1.

During 2008, she visited Turkey twice, in the first one winning the Atatürk Women Masters Tournament. In the second one she shared the third place in the open category of World Junior Championship (the first female player to do that) which was held in Gaziantep.

In the most recent (January 2009) FIDE rating list, she is ranked the no. 1 girl player and the no. 3 female player in the world. She is also ranked no. 18 junior player, and the highest-ranked 14-year-old of either sex.
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