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|Mar-16-12|| ||Penguincw: < brankat: <Penguincw> <She's still active.>|
Why wouldn't she be? After all she's only 36 :-) >
Yah. After all, former world champion Kasparov retired only at 41 or something (last pro. game: Topalov vs Kasparov, 2005).
Also, Happy Birthday Zhu Chen!
|Mar-27-12|| ||Nightsurfer: Both Zhu Chen and Xie Jun - with regard to the latter please see Xie Jun - are the outstanding role models who make some points with regard to the controversial thesis by chess expert Professor David H. Li - herewith a biography of David H. LI: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_... (herewith a photo of the author: http://www.chessbase.com/news/2005/...)- that "playing XiangQi ... " (that is the Chinese variant of Chess) "... makes you a stronger player of Western Chess" (please compare David H. Li elaborating on that in http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...). |
Before Zhu Chen has started her career in International Chess (being labeled "Western Chess" by David H. Li), Zhu Chen has started to play Chinese Chess "XiangQi". Zhu Chen's approach to start a career in the chess world - first XiangQi, then International Chess - has been similar to the approach by Xie Jun (please compare: Xie Jun) who first played Chinese Chess before switching to the International version.
Therefore the deep-rooted culture of XiangQi in China seems to be the key that explains the stunning performance by Chinese players in International Chess during the last years.
In case that you would like to know more about that mysterious Chinese brand of chess, herewith the link that will lead you to a clip that the German program of MTV has produced on Chinese Chess aka XiangQi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NBX...
|Mar-27-12|| ||Nightsurfer: Herewith a whole game of Chinese Chess that has been featured from the first move to the last move by GAME ONE - that young and fast TV-magazine on games that is aired by the German program of MTV: http://www.gameone.de/blog/2010/9/g...|
|Mar-30-12|| ||Nightsurfer: Herewith one more climax of a game of XiangQi: Red army corners Black General, that is the matrix of the HORSE-CANNON-PALCORNER-CHECKMATE - please watch the final moves in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_ef...|
That clip has transformed the final moves of the friendly game Rene Gralla (Red) vs Phan Thang (Hamburg 2003) into a scenario of <Chinese Battle Chess>.
That very game <Rene Gralla vs Phan Thang> has been battled out on February 28th, 2003, at Hamburg, Germany, at the place of the Vietnamese <Doctor Quang Nguyen-Chi> at the square <Berliner Platz> in the eastern part of Hamburg.
The well-known <Doctor Quang Nguyen-Chi> is a mentor of Chinese Chess, herewith a photo: http://shaolinchess.de/svalban0.gif .
The original game has been played with traditional pieces, herewith the link that leads to the recording of the moves of the final attack by Red Army that can be replayed by the help of an animated diagram:
http://22.214.171.124/wxf/index.php... (you will find the recording of the game by first clicking on the headline of the article <"In The Footsteps Of Epameinondas"> - that has been published on March 16th, 2006 - and then, after having opened the link that leads to that very article, by scrolling down to some paragraphs after the subtitle <"Echoes of Epameinondas">.
|Apr-02-12|| ||Nightsurfer: The expert <Zhijun> has published a very interesting assessment with regard to the significance of Chinese Chess XIANGQI in China - in comparison to our beloved International Chess - , and he has done so in the section of comments with regard to China's whizz kid Ding Liren, please read <Zhijun>'s contribution that he has posted there on June 6th, 2009: <"In China ..."> International <"... chess is not popular ... "> at all, and <" ... the reason is that people usually play Chinese chess (XiangQi) and Go. Believe it or not, almost every little boy can play Chinese chess but ..."> no International <"... chess. As you ..."> may <"... know or not, China has 1.4 billion ..."> people and <"... that means more than 1 billion ..."> people <"... can play Chinese chess">.
|Apr-04-12|| ||Nightsurfer: The big fun in Chinese Chess XIANGQI is the fact that you can plan and execute flank attacks and pincer moves there - without always having to worry whether you control the center of the board or not. Those flank attacks and pincer moves in XIANGQI make you feel like a great strategist - and that is real fun, of course!|
Whilst pincer moves and flank attacks are common strategies in Chinese Chess XIANGQI, the situation in the scenario of the notorious checkered 64 squares is quite different. In International Chess you have to stubbornly attack the center, therefore Cannae-style operations are the exception.
But there is an alternative now for the aficionado who dreams of realizing grand schemes of pincer strategies in the scenario of the well-known 64 checkered squares: Then you just have to turn to CIRCULAR CHESS - in case that you want to work the board like a second HANNIBAL at CANNAE, please compare the (German-language) feature: http://www.chessbase.de/nachrichten...
Modern CIRCULAR CHESS is the relaunch of historical BYZANTINE CHESS, please compare http://www.chessbase.de/nachrichten... . The young British Master David Howell is an expert on the sector of CIRCULAR CHESS, <David Howell> has already won the World Championship in CIRCULAR CHESS in 2002 when he was 11 (!!!) years old.
Herewith two sources: http://www.chessbase.de/nachrichten... and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circul...
The feature http://www.chessbase.de/nachrichten... gives some hints with regard to practical play since part of the article are two games (plus annotations). Those two clashes on the circular board have been battled out during regular World Championships of CIRCULAR CHESS.
|Apr-04-12|| ||Nightsurfer: Herewith some further information with regard to the Battle of Cannae (that has been mentioned in the foregoing comment): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle....|
And herewith the masterplan of the Battle of Cannae: http://badassoftheweek.com/cannae.jpg - the very masterplan that has inspired generals and strategists throughout the centuries ever since.
And if you want to know something more about the winner at CANNAE, namely HANNIBAL, please check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannibal !
|Apr-04-12|| ||Nightsurfer: One of those two game records of CIRCULAR CHESS that have been discussed in the final passages of the (German-language) feature http://www.chessbase.de/nachrichten... (please see the first one of <Nightsurfer>'s two foregoing comments that have been posted today on April 4th, 2012!) - namely the World Championship encounter at Lincoln, UK, on May 14th, 2000, between <Francis Bowers (White)> and the later World Champion <Herman Kok (Black)> - has been discussed in an English-language feature as well: http://www.chessvariants.org/column... - and that feature has published some very instructive diagrams that help to understand what was going on during that very game.|
|Apr-24-12|| ||Nightsurfer: Apart from <Zhu Chen> and Xie Jun there are more big names among China's RISING STARS who have first learned Chinese Chess <XiangQi> before switching to International Chess, namely Zhong Zhang , Bu Xiangzhi and Wang Yue , please check out their personal pages!|
|Apr-25-12|| ||Nightsurfer: The name-dropping - namely with regard to players who both play International Chess and <XiangQi> - can be continued: members of the club are the former coach of the Women's Chinese Olympic Team, that is Liu Wenzhe; the World Champion in International Chess 2004, that is Rustam Kasimdzhanov; the most handsome guy in the chess circus, that is Alexander Grischuk , and the former German candidate to become World Champion of International Chess, that is Robert Huebner , please check out the personal pages of these players!|
|Aug-24-12|| ||hellopolgar: she isn't playing in the chess Olympics this year.|
|Apr-03-14|| ||Whitehat1963: Good lord! How old is the picture? She's 38, but she looks 15!|
|Apr-03-14|| ||Whitehat1963: I stumbled across more recent shots. The profile pick is from 2005.|
|Apr-03-14|| ||WannaBe: <Whitehat1963> Zhu is a cousin of T. Rex??|
|Apr-03-14|| ||Whitehat1963: LOl! No. Scroll down a bit, <WannaBe>. LOL!|
|Jul-10-14|| ||HeMateMe: Interesting, she lives in Qatar, and Seirawan, her chess team partner was born in Syria. Could there be a connection between his past and her present? Perhaps his relatives in Syria know her?|
|Jul-10-14|| ||Karposian: <HeMateMe: Interesting, she lives in Qatar, and Seirawan, her chess team partner was born in Syria. Could there be a connection between his past and her present? Perhaps his relatives in Syria know her?>|
Sure, why shouldn't they know her? After all it's only two different countries you're talking about, not even neighboring countries, only a thousand miles apart from each other (just little, tiny Iraq in between), so hell, why not?
|Jul-10-14|| ||waustad: They have been partners before: Zhu Chen / Yasser Seirawan|
|Jul-10-14|| ||HeMateMe: Why not, indeed?|
|Aug-15-14|| ||Mr. V: She must be pretty smart to have studied at Tsinghua University.|
|Aug-16-14|| ||HeMateMe: What happens at Tsinghua University?|
|Aug-16-14|| ||Mr. V: Typical studying, and other university activities.
What I was referring to was that I've heard it's one of the most rigorous and reputable universities in China. For someone from the United States, I guess it would be like a lavishly government-funded Harvard.
|Aug-16-14|| ||Mr. V: I know that's not in this page's current Biography, but I read about her education and was impressed.
Then again, she might not be that smart if she chose to be a chessplayer :)|
|Aug-16-14|| ||HeMateMe: I would study with her. I'm not sure how much work we would get done...|
|Aug-16-14|| ||perfidious: Very well preserved.|
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