Happy birthday to Hou Yifan who turns 24 today!

Happy birthday to Hou Yifan who turns 24 today!

Hou Ji-fan (Hóu Yìfán (侯逸凡), a nemzetközi szakirodalomban Hou Yifan) (Hszinghua, Csiangszu, 1994. február 27. – ) kínai női sakkozó, nemzetközi nagymester, női sakkvilágbajnok (2010–2012, 2013–2015 és 2016), Kína kétszeres női bajnoka, U10 ifjúsági sakkvilágbajnok, csapatban sakkolimpiai bajnok és háromszoros ezüstérmes, egyéni arany. és ezüstérmes, sakkcsapat világbajnok, Grand Prix-sorozat győztese. A legfiatalabb sakkozó, aki elnyerte a világbajnoki címet, és a legfiatalabb nő, aki megszerezte a nagymesteri címet.

Legmagasabb Élő-pontszámát tekintve Polgár Judit mögött a sakkozók örökranglistáján a második helyen áll 2686 ponttal, amelyet 2015. márciusban ért el.

Happy 24th Birthday to Hou Yifan, three times Women’s World Chess Champion! She has taken up a Rhodes Scholarship, and will be studying for an MSc in Education at Oxford University in 2018

Live Chess Ratings

Last update: 26 February 2018, 17:52 GMT

# Name Classic +/− Rapid Blitz Age
1 Hou Yifan 2654.0 0.0 2595.0 2659 i 24
2 Ju Wenjun 2567.9 −4.1 2568.0 2558.0 27
3 Muzychuk A 2563.2 −7.8 2611.0 2545.0 27
4 ↑1 Lagno 2556.3 +0.3 2533.0 2574.0 28
5 ↓1 Kosteniuk 2545.4 −15.6 2515.0 2551.0 33
6 ↑1 Lei Tingjie 2544.9 +3.9 2505.0 2455.0 20
7 ↑1 Muzychuk M 2544.7 +4.7 2521.0 2385.0 25
8 ↓2 Cmilyte 2542.0 0.0 2394.0 2435.0 34
9 ↑2 Batsiashvili 2528.1 +24.1 2372.0 2316.0 31
10 ↓1 Tan Zhongyi 2523.0 0.0 2462.0 2494.0 26

World chess champion Hou Yifan of China holds the trophy at an award presentation ceremony of the FIDE World Chess Championship in Lviv, Ukraine, on March 17, 2016. (Pavlo Palamarchuk/Associated Press)

Hou Yifan (Chinese: 侯逸凡; pinyin: Hóu Yìfán About this sound pronunciation ) (born 27 February 1994, Xinghua, Jiangsu, China)[2][3] is a Chinese chess grandmaster and former chess prodigy. She has been the Women’s World Chess Champion three times, the youngest ever to win the title, as well as the youngest female player ever to qualify for the title of Grandmaster.

At the age of 12, Hou became the youngest player ever to participate in the FIDE Women’s World Championship (Yekaterinburg 2006) and the Chess Olympiad (Torino 2006).[4] In June 2007, she became China’s youngest National Women’s Champion ever. She achieved the titles of Woman FIDE Master in January 2004, Woman Grandmaster in January 2007, and Grandmaster in August 2008. In 2010, she won the 2010 Women’s World Championship in Hatay, Turkey at age 16. She has since been the Women’s World Chess Champion about half the time: she won all the championships in which the title was decided by a match without losing a game (in 2011, 2013 and 2016, with a total of ten wins to zero losses and 14 draws against three different opponents), but was either eliminated early or declined to participate in the later championships in which the title was decided by a knockout tournament (in 2012, 2015 and 2017).

Hou is the third woman ever to be rated among the world’s top 100 players, after Maia Chiburdanidze and Judit Polgár, in the August 2014 FIDE rating list. She is widely regarded as the best active female chess player, “leaps and bounds” ahead of her competitors.[5] She is the current top-rated female player, 94 points ahead of Anna Muzychuk

Hou’s performances are inevitably matched against Judit Polgar, the all-time female No1, whose lifetime rating peak of 2735 was nearly 50 points higher than Hou’s best and who in 2005 played in a tournament against men for the world championship. Most comparisons favour Polgar but at Tradewise Gibraltar 2012 Hou shared first with Nigel Short, had a 2872 performance rating and defeated the Hungarian the only time they met. The quality of Hou’s Biel result is on a par with Polgar’s best all-play-all tournament win at Madrid 1994, a 2774 performance. At 23 years old Hou will be encouraged to continue her quest to achieve new peaks for women in chess.

Leonard Barden on Chess
Chess: Hou Yifan advances challenge to Polgar’s No1 status with victory in Biel
2017. aug. 4.


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