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Yuhua Xu
Y Xu 
Number of games in database: 308
Years covered: 1993 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2465
Highest rating achieved in database: 2517

Overall record: +90 -43 =94 (60.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 81 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (82) 
    B51 B52 B30 B31 B42
 Caro-Kann (15) 
    B18 B19 B17 B12
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C78 C95 C92 C84 C77
 French Defense (11) 
    C11 C10 C00 C18 C04
 Giuoco Piano (11) 
    C53 C50
 Sicilian Kan (10) 
    B42 B43
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (30) 
    C11 C07 C02 C10 C01
 Nimzo Indian (27) 
    E32 E48 E21 E39 E20
 Sicilian (26) 
    B92 B23 B50 B90 B87
 Queen's Indian (23) 
    E15 E12 E14 E17 E19
 French (15) 
    C11 C10 C00 C12
 Sicilian Najdorf (11) 
    B92 B90 B93 B99
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Y Xu vs A Ushenina, 2006 1-0
   S Tkeshelashvili vs Y Xu, 2004 0-1
   I Berzina vs Y Xu, 2008 0-1
   Y Xu vs S Tkeshelashvili, 2004 1-0
   T Kosintseva vs Y Xu, 2006 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Nanjing Women's FIDE Grand Prix (2009)
   Russian Team Championship: Women's League (2009)
   FIDE Women Grand Prix (2010)
   6th FIDE Women Grand Prix (2011)
   Women Grand Prix Jermuk (2010)
   European Club Cup (Women) (2007)

   Huang Qian vs Y Xu (Jul-10-11) 1/2-1/2
   Y Xu vs E Danielian (May-27-11) 0-1
   Wang Jue vs Y Xu (Apr-14-11) 0-1
   Y Xu vs P Cramling (Mar-05-11) 1-0
   M Fierro vs Y Xu (Mar-04-11) 0-1

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(born Oct-29-1976, 40 years old) China
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Grandmaster (and WGM). Women's World Champion 2006-2008.

Yuhua Xu won the inaugural Women’s World Cup in Shenyang, China in 2000 and successfully defended that title two years later in Hyderabad, India when she defeated Antoaneta Stefanova in the final match. She was a member of the victorious Chinese women's teams in the World Team Olympiads in 2000, 2002, and 2004.

She has competed in the World Women’s Championship tournaments since 2000, winning through to the third round in 2000 in New Delhi, the semi finals in Moscow in 2001, and the quarter finals in Elista in 2004. Xu's perseverance finally paid off when she won the FIDE Women's World Championship (2006), thereby gaining her Grandmaster title. However, she was eliminated in the second round of the Women's World Championship (2008), relinquishing her title as Women's World Champion. In 2009 she won the Women's FIDE Grand Prix tournament in Nanjing.

Wikipedia article: Xu Yuhua

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 308  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. B Marinello vs Y Xu  1-055 1993 Jakarta Interzonal (Women)B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
2. Y Xu vs M Sulistya  1-032 1993 Izt (w)C50 Giuoco Piano
3. Y Xu vs A Hahn 1-046 1994 WYFWC Szeged G18(2)C55 Two Knights Defense
4. Y Xu vs R Goletiani  1-044 1996 World Under-20 ChB42 Sicilian, Kan
5. Y Xu vs Wang Yu  1-037 1999 Asia-chT (Women)B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
6. Y Xu vs N Zhukova  1-074 2000 FIDE World CupB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
7. Y Xu vs N Payet  1-031 2000 WCCB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
8. Zhu Chen vs Y Xu  ½-½25 2000 WCCE12 Queen's Indian
9. Y Xu vs Pokorna  ½-½33 2000 WCCC47 Four Knights
10. Wang Yu vs Y Xu  ½-½39 2000 WCCB22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. Y Xu vs Wang Yu  1-050 2000 WCCA34 English, Symmetrical
12. P Cramling vs Y Xu  1-077 2000 WCCE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
13. Y Xu vs P Cramling  1-067 2000 WCCB40 Sicilian
14. P Cramling vs Y Xu  0-135 2000 WCCE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
15. Y Xu vs P Cramling  0-162 2000 WCCB42 Sicilian, Kan
16. Y Xu vs P Cramling  1-034 2000 WCCB40 Sicilian
17. N Zhukova vs Y Xu  ½-½22 2000 WCCA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Y Xu vs R Ribeiro  1-040 2000 Olympiad (Women)B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
19. Y Xu vs N Garcia Vicente  1-064 2000 Olympiad (Women)C50 Giuoco Piano
20. N Bojkovic vs Y Xu  ½-½33 2000 Olympiad (Women)B23 Sicilian, Closed
21. Y Xu vs E Sziva  ½-½41 2000 Olympiad (Women)B06 Robatsch
22. Khurtsidze vs Y Xu  ½-½23 2000 Olympiad (Women)E48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
23. Y Xu vs Anna Wagener  1-029 2000 Olympiad (Women)B42 Sicilian, Kan
24. Vo Hong Phuong vs Y Xu  0-148 2000 Olympiad (Women)B23 Sicilian, Closed
25. E Sedina vs Y Xu  ½-½41 2000 Olympiad (Women)B50 Sicilian
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 308  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jun-15-06  alexapple: Chinese Chess much more popular than chess in China.
Jun-15-06  alicefujimori: <alexapple><Chinese Chess much more popular than chess in China>No lies. Even Go is more popular than chess in China.
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Does anyone know why Yuhua hasn't been awarded a full GM title for winning the Women's World Championship?

( for her official rating and title, and for FIDE's rules that presumably govern titles and title norms.)

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  jamesmaskell: Has she got the three GM norms?
Oct-17-06  alexapple: Xu Yuhua has already been a GM for her winning WWCC.

Just wait with patience until the FIDE changes her title.

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  twinlark: Does she need to apply or is it automatic?
Oct-17-06  alexapple: It's automatic,I think.
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  twinlark: Doesn't look like it. Titles were confirmed by FIDE's Presidential Board in late September 2006 in Elista:

Nor was Yuhua's title confirmed earlier:

What's going on here? Has FIDE forgotten how to abide by its own rules?

Oct-29-06  WTHarvey: Here is a little collection of puzzles from her games:
Oct-03-07  s4life: She's back at the European Club Cup with her first game(a win) in close to two years.
Oct-09-07  trapdor: 2591 performance at the European Club Cup.
Oct-29-07  cn1ght: Might as well add my little tid-bit. I'm going to college in Ohio, U.S.A. and my high schoool, or last year and previous, most of the kids TRIED to get good grades, and rarely skipped, in fact the uncool kids were the ones skipping. Than again, chess was looked up to, it was Jesuit (sect of Christian) and hence private so that might not count. As to college, it seems like the kids only skip the classes where they are not learning anything, they prefer to show up, in fact even if they KNOW they will not learn anything. As to chess, in high school I was rated between 1700-1800 and I lost maybe once a year and I'd play practically every day at school. And as of yet I've played one person at college and she claimed she hadn't played in a few years so chess is practically non-existent in both high school and college haha. ( high school is grades 9-12 and college grades 13+ for those not in U.S.A.)
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  whiteshark: Player of the day:

First duty of a World Champion:

Oct-29-07  duffer: private religious schools definitely do not count.
and kids preferring to show up to classes in college most of the time? that's ohio for you.
Apr-17-08  percyblakeney: FIDE's problems when it comes to arranging the men's World Championship are nothing compared to the women's cycle. Xu Yuhua is the current champion since the knockout competition in 2006, but it is uncertain when and where the next event will take place. The only thing that seems to be certain is that the knockout minimatches are here to stay. Some quotes from FIDE and various other sources on a Mark Weeks page:

<Presidential Board Meeting, January 26-28th, 2007 [...] Women’s World Chess Championship 2008 will be held on March 8-25th, 2008 in Prague, Czech Republic'>

<78th FIDE Congress 14-16 November 2007 Antalya, Turkey • '30. Women’s World Chess Championship 2008. The event shall be held in San Luis, Argentina>

<The Women's World Chess Championship was scheduled to be held in Argentina from June 18 to July 11 this year. It is a knock-out event with 64 participants. Unfortunately the Argentinian bid has been retracted, after FIDE extended the deadline a number of times>

<...Iran stepped in instead. However problems arose during initial meetings between FIDE and Iranian representatives, when Iran set conditions like wearing headscarves and preventing men from entering the championship arena. Furthermore it said Israeli players would not be allowed into the country>


The latest news is that Turkey maybe will host the event in December, but it doesn't seem too certain, at least the information on FIDE's site is sparse:

Jul-08-08  Strafe: World Women's Chess Championship 2008

Xu Yuhua will defend her title from 28 August to 18 September in Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia.

Seven other Chinese players will be also there too.

Yang Shen
Yifan Hou
Ruan Lufei
Zhao Xue
Tan Zhongyi
Zhang Jilin
Ju Wenjun

Jul-10-08  percyblakeney: It looks a bit strange with the defending Champion being 139 points lower rated than the rating favourite (and that without Judit Polgar competing). Xu Yuhua is 20th on the women's world ranking and fourth among the Chinese players, and it would be a sensation if she keeps the title.

Humpy Koneru and Hou Yifan are the favourites, but the knockout system has never seen the top ranked participant win the women's title before, so it wouldn't be too surprising if for example Sebag or Muzychuk wins. From the draw as published by Chessbase it seems as if Lahno and Dembo won't participate.

Sep-05-08  Albertan: There will be a new Women's Chess Champion crowned in Nalchik. Reigning World Chess Champion Xu Yuhua of China was eliminated in the second round of the 2008 Championship by Svetlana Matveeva or Rus by a score of 1.5-.5.
Oct-29-09  Birthday Boy: Happy Birthday!!!Yuhua Xu!!!
Oct-29-09  Moonstone: What's in a name? Wang Yu...Ni Hua...Xu jun...No wonder such a very good woman chess player...Happy Birthday!
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  Tabanus: She won the Women's FIDE Grand Prix tournament in Nanjing which ended 9 Oct. 2009:

Oct-29-13  Kikoman: <Player of the Day>

Happy 39th Birthday to our former WWCC GM Yuhua Xu! God bless! :D

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday <POTD>: Yuhua Xu.
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  ketchuplover: GG today Xu Jun
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  eternaloptimist: Happy 40th birthday to GM Yuhua Xu! Unfortunately there aren't any games of her's in CG's databases after 2011 so I guess she has retired from chess. Does anybody know what she is doing now? I know she has a bachelor's degree in law & a master's degree in literature. She is probably doing something in 1 of these fields.
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