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Yifan Hou 
World Junior Championship, Gaziantep, 2008
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Yifan Hou
Number of games in database: 1,071
Years covered: 2003 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2686 (2614 rapid, 2704 blitz)
Overall record: +352 -177 =341 (60.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      201 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (201) 
    B93 B42 B90 B30 B92
 Ruy Lopez (125) 
    C78 C67 C65 C95 C84
 French Defense (58) 
    C11 C10 C18 C03 C05
 Caro-Kann (53) 
    B18 B17 B10 B13 B11
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (52) 
    C95 C84 C92 C89 C96
 Sicilian Najdorf (45) 
    B93 B90 B92 B94 B91
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (166) 
    B84 B22 B90 B81 B50
 Nimzo Indian (61) 
    E32 E37 E34 E46 E58
 Queen's Gambit Declined (50) 
    D38 D31 D30
 French Defense (44) 
    C11 C07 C18 C01 C13
 Sicilian Scheveningen (41) 
    B84 B81 B80 B83 B82
 Queen's Pawn Game (37) 
    A46 E10 E00 A40 D05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Yifan Hou vs M Sebag, 2011 1-0
   Yifan Hou vs Judit Polgar, 2012 1-0
   J Smeets vs Yifan Hou, 2008 0-1
   A Giri vs Yifan Hou, 2013 0-1
   Yifan Hou vs N Dzagnidze, 2014 1-0
   Yifan Hou vs Le Quang Liem, 2012 1-0
   Yifan Hou vs V Gunina, 2013 1-0
   Yifan Hou vs Y Yu, 2013 1-0
   A Das vs Yifan Hou, 2015 0-1
   Yifan Hou vs Sasikiran, 2009 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006)
   Women's World Team Championship (2007)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2011)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Lopota (2014)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Khanty - Mansiysk (2014)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Sharjah (2014)
   Women's World Chess Championship (2010)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Basque) (2013)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2009)
   Reykjavik Open (2012)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   World Junior Championship (Girls) (2006)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)

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   Omnis stultia laborat fastidio sui。 by hanwubai
   Hou Yifan by Nicocobas
   Girl meets boy by englishplus
   2004 WYCC (open) U-10 by gauer
   2005 WYCC (open) U-12 by gauer
   Sicilian by Nicocobas
   fasi2all's favorite games by fasi2all

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(born Feb-27-1994, 21 years old) China
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Grandmaster. 13th Women's World Champion from 2010-12, and again from 2013. Having lost the Champion's title in 2012, she regained it in 2013 only to relinquish it again in April 2015. She will against contest the World Championship in a match later in 2015.

Yifan was born in Xinghua City, Jiangsu, China. She is the youngest female in the history of chess to acquire the GM title, and was the youngest GM in the world when she acquired the title. At 14, she was the youngest ever finalist in a Women's World Championship contest. Winning the Women's World Championship title in 2010 at the age of 16 made her the youngest Women's World Champion ever, beating the mark long held by the legendary Maia Chiburdanidze who won the title in 1978 at the age of 17. In 2011, she successfully defended her title by winning the best-of-ten Hou - Koneru Women's World Championship (2011) by 5.5-2.5 (+3 =5 -0), also making her the youngest Women's World Champion to defend her title, and the youngest to do so successfully.

Yifan started playing chess at age 6, and in 2003 she won the U10 Girls division of the World Youth Championships in Halkidiki, Greece. In 2004, she contested the Boys' U10 World Championship in Heraklio, Crete, placing third. She came fifth in the 3 Arrows Cup in 2005 in Jinan, recording a performance rating of nearly 2400. At the age of 12, she contested the FIDE Women's World Championship (2006) in Ekaterinburg, Russia, defeating Nadezhda Kosintseva and Natalia Zhukova in the first two rounds before falling to Nino Khurtsidze in the third round.

Yifan played in the 37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006) on the Reserve Board (Board 4), winning the silver medal with 11/13 and a performance rating of 2596. She scored 9/12 in the World Junior Championship (Girls) (2006) and secured second place on countback behind Yang Shen. In June 2007 she broke through to win the Women's Chinese National Chess Championship in Chongqing city, a title she successfully defended in Beijing the following May. Also in 2007, she won a team gold and individual gold and silver medals on board 2 at the 2007 Women's World Team Championships. In 2008 she also won the Isbank Ataturk Women Masters (2008) outright by a clear point ahead of Pia Cramling, and came third in the World Junior Championship (2008) (for both sexes) behind Abhijeet Gupta and Parimarjan Negi . In 2009, Yifan came equal third in the 8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009) (open) with 7/11, half a point behind GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly and GM Zhou Weiqi, qualifying her for the World Cup (2009) in which she bowed out in the first round after losing to Arkadij Naiditsch. Also in 2009, she won team gold and individual bronze playing top board for China in that year's edition of the Women's World Team Championships. In April 2010, after relatively modest results in the Moscow Open (2010) and Aeroflot Open (2010) in February, she won the 3rd Kuala Lumpur Open with 7.5/9, came second with 7.5/11 in the Women's Grand Prix in Nalchik after Tatiana Kosintseva and won the FIDE Women Grand Prix (2010) in Ulan Bator, Mongolia with 8/11 and a 2649 performance rating. Later in the year, she then lead her country to a silver medal in the Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010); she also won bronze for her efforts on the top board where she scored 8/11 (+5 -0 =6). Yifan capped 2010 and her career so far by becoming the Women's World Champion in December, defeating Ruan Lufei in the tiebreaker 3-1 after drawing the classical games 2-2. Her win earned her China Central Television's 2010 award for Sportsperson of the Year involved in a sport that is not included in the Olympic category* and her title win also qualified her for participation in the World Cup 2011.

She competed in the "open" Chinese Championship (2011), scoring 6/11 (+2 -1 =8), won the 1st Women Master Tournament 2011 at Wuxi with 7/9, and played in the 2nd Hainan Danzhou GM tournament where she scored 2 points from 9 rounds. Her poor form continued in the 10th Asian Individual Championships (2011) (4.5/9), the Airports Authority of India (2011) (3/10) and the 1st Hangzhou Women's GM Tournament (2011)(4.5/9). Yifan staged a partial recovery by winning the FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2011) with 8/11, coasting to a victory by a clear point ahead of Kateryna Lahno (to whom she lost in their individual encounter) after leading by 2 points midway through the event. She qualified for the World Cup (2011) by dint of her being the Women's World Champion, but lost to Sergei Movsesian in the first round after missing a winning combination in the second game. Soon after the World Cup, she won the Shenzhen Women's Grand Prix (2011) with a score of 8/11 (+5 =6). In December 2011 at the inaugural World Mind Games which featured rapid, blitz and blindfold chess alongside Go, Bridge, Draughts, and Xiangqi, Hou won gold in the women's blitz and in the women's blindfold.** She finished a successful 2011 by winning team gold and two individual silver medals at the FIDE Women's World Team Championship (2011), and by overtaking Koneru as women's world number 2 after Judit Polgar.

Hou started 2012 in dramatic style by taking equal first place at Tradewise Gibraltar (2012) with 8/10 (+7 -1 =2; TPR 2872), alongside Nigel Short (+6 =4; TPR 2838), however she came second on tiebreak when she lost the 2 game blitz playoff with Short by 1.5-0.5; her record against the 7 GMs she played, each of whom was rated over 2700 was 5/7, and included wins against Zoltan Almasi, Judit Polgar, Le Quang Liem and Alexey Shirov, draws against Michael Adams and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and a loss to Krishnan Sasikiran. A few weeks later, she came close to winning the Reykjavik Open (2012), but failed to find the right continuation to defeat the eventual winner, Fabiano Caruana, in the last round; she scored 7/9 (+5 =4; TPR 2677) to place =2nd, albeit 6th on count back. Her results have been more modest since then, including 5/11 at the Chinese Chess Championships (2012), and 6/9 at the 12th Bangkok Open (2012), costing her 16 Elo points, and then reached a nadir by placing last with 3/9 (-3 =6) at the 3rd Danzhou Tournament (2012). Neither her =3rd at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Kazan (2012) with 7/11 nor her outright win at the Women Grand Prix Jermuk (2012) enabled her to regain any of her lost rating points, but nevertheless she won the 2011-12 Women's Grand Prix which entitles her to challenge for the Women's World Championship in 2013 since she lost her title in the 2012 World Women's Championship knockout tournament. Yifan represented China on board 1 of the Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012), and helped her team to win team silver (missing gold to Russia on tiebreak), and also picking up individual gold on board 1. 2012 finished with Hou crashing out of the FIDE Knock-out Women's World Championship (2012), losing to GM Monika (Bobrowska) Socko in the rapid game tiebreaker in round 2. As the winner of the 2011-2012 Grand Prix series, Hou won the right to challenge the winner of the Knockout Tournament and 2012 Women's World Champion, GM Anna Ushenina, for the women's title in 2013.

2013 started with Hou's inaugural participation in an open super-tournament, starting as the 14th and lowest seed in the category 20 Tata Steel (2013). After a string of early losses, she recovered well (especially when playing Black) to defeat current and previous 2700 players Anish Giri, Pentala Harikrishna and Ivan Sokolov to score 5.5/13 (+3 =5 -5) and a near 2700 performance to finish 10th, ahead of Fabiano Caruana, Erwin L'Ami and Sokolov. Seeded 4th, she came in at =4th (8th on tiebreak) with a relatively rating-neutral 5.5/11 (+3 =5 -3) result at the Chinese Championships (2013). Her participation in the Women Grand Prix Geneva (2013) in May 2013 has been her least successful to date, scoring only 5/11 and placing =8th out of 12, and shedding 22 rating points for the June 2013 rating period. In June, and presumably part of her preparation for her World Championship match with Ushenina, Hou played the Navara vs Yifan Hou, 2013 and drew all 4 classical games; however, after drawing the blitz tiebreakers 1-1 she won the Armageddon blitz tiebreaker. In July 2013, she was selected as one of the President's nominees to play in the World Cup (2013), where she lost to Latvian #1 Alexey Shirov in the tiebreaker of the first round. However, in the following month in September 2013, she played and won the Ushenina - Hou Women's World Championship (2013) by 5.5-1.5 (+4 =3), to regain her title as 13th Women's World Champion.

As a WFM, her rating topped 2500 in the January 2007 FIDE ratings before FIDE formally conferred her WGM title in late January 2007. Her results in the Aeroflot Open (2008) and the Isbank Ataturk Women Masters (2008) provided her with her first and second GM norms. She picked up her third GM norm in the World Junior Championship (2008) with a round to spare. Any lingering doubts about Yifan's GM norm from the Isbank Ataturk Masters were resolved when she acquired another GM norm upon defeating Koneru Humpy to reach the final of the Women's World Championship (2008) before losing the championship match against Alexandra Kosteniuk. In October 2012 she helped her team Cercle d'Echecs Monte-Carlo to win gold at the 28th European Club Cup (Women) (2012), and in the following year, she repeated that feat for the same team at the European Club Cup (Women) (2013). Hou easily won the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Khanty - Mansiysk (2014) with 8.5/11, with a round to spare. She scored a crushing 9/11 at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Lopota (2014) and followed up with a strong 5/10 at the Biel (2014), placing =3rd a point behind the winner, and boosting her rating to the extent that she has reached the world's top 100, only the second woman to do so. In September 2014, she was =1st at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Sharjah (2014). In December 2014, she played in the women's contingent of the chess section of the Mind Games events held in Beijing, placing 2nd with 5/7. She easily won the blitz portion of the event with 22.5/30, boosting her blitz rating to over 2700.

In 2015, she participated in her first open invitational super-tournament, namely Tata Steel (2015), and scored a rating-neutral 5/13. Soon afterwards she scored 7.5/10 to place 3rd at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2015), a point behind the winner Hikaru Nakamura and half a point behind the runner-up David Howell against whom she missed a winning variation to draw their final round game.

Hou relinquished her world title a second time in April 2015 when she played in the Hawaiian Masters' Tournament (which she won) instead of the FIDE Women's World Chess Championship (2015) which was scheduled for the same time. As the winner of the Women's Grand Prix 2013-14, she is qualified to contest the Women's world crown later in 2015 against Mariya Muzychuk, who won the knockout event.

Hou's highest rating to date was 2686 in April 2015 when she reached her highest world ranking so far at #59. She is now the #1 woman in the world. On 1 January 2015, she exited the Girls list, ending a domination of that division as world's #1 Girl (ie: female Junior U20) that started in January 2008, when she was 13, and lasted for 84 months

Article about Hou being the youngest female GM: Live rating: * **

Wikipedia article: Hou Yifan

Latest update 14 May 2015

 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,071  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Yifan Hou vs M Hejazipour  ½-½51 2003 Wch U10 GirlsC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. A Kashlinskaya vs Yifan Hou  0-139 2003 Wch U10 GirlsA46 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Yifan Hou vs M Butuc  1-042 2003 Wch U10 GirlsB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
4. G Madanasri vs Yifan Hou  0-146 2003 Wch U10 GirlsA36 English
5. Yifan Hou vs J Bluebaum  1-050 2003 Wch U10 GirlsC18 French, Winawer
6. Yifan Hou vs N Paikidze ½-½57 2003 WYCC - G10B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
7. A Le Bail vs Yifan Hou  0-137 2003 Wch U10 GirlsB56 Sicilian
8. Yifan Hou vs M Danelia 1-061 2003 Wch U10 GirlsB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. N Szabo vs Yifan Hou  0-135 2003 Wch U10 GirlsB56 Sicilian
10. Yifan Hou vs E Karavade  0-167 2004 Asian-ch (Women)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
11. Ju Wenjun vs Yifan Hou  ½-½61 2004 Asian-ch (Women)A37 English, Symmetrical
12. Yifan Hou vs S Narayanan  1-047 2004 Wch U10B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
13. P Zhao vs Yifan Hou  ½-½64 2004 Wch U10A46 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Yifan Hou vs Wang Yu  0-137 2004 Asian-ch (Women)C78 Ruy Lopez
15. S Meenakshi vs Yifan Hou  1-037 2004 Asian-ch (Women)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. Yifan Hou vs A A De la Rosa Lara  1-044 2004 Wch U10B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
17. M Bortnyk vs Yifan Hou  ½-½47 2004 Wch U10B22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. Yifan Hou vs S Vijayalakshmi  1-043 2004 Asian-ch (Women)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. M Ovezova vs Yifan Hou  0-1133 2004 Asian-ch (Women)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Yifan Hou vs B Khvan 1-041 2004 Wch U10B71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
21. A Galymzhanov vs Yifan Hou  0-156 2004 Wch U10B50 Sicilian
22. Yifan Hou vs S Zigangirova  1-045 2004 Asian-ch (Women)B42 Sicilian, Kan
23. D Khachykian vs Yifan Hou  0-157 2004 Wch U10A30 English, Symmetrical
24. Yifan Hou vs J Moussard 0-152 2004 Championnat du Monde -10B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
25. Yifan Hou vs Hiba Omrani 1-011 2004 Asian-ch (Women)C67 Ruy Lopez
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Mar-31-15  dumbgai: <That's a surplus of some 20 million men. In Russia it's quite the reverse...>

And the obvious solution is...

Mar-31-15  ragtag: <And the obvious solution is...> gay marriage!
Mar-31-15  HeMateMe: china has only itself to blame for killing or aborting female children. They still have a long ways to go, to truly become a modern nation.
Mar-31-15  dumbgai: <zanzibar> Yeah, I have no idea what was going on in that photo shoot. It seems that Hou (as evidenced by her Weibo) knows better than the Oyster Magazine folks how to make herself look good.
Mar-31-15  diceman: <zanzibar:
(What the heck is on the chessboard?!)

It's probably a cake.

...looks like Karpov is holding knife and about to cut.

Mar-31-15  ex0duz: Yes, i think it's way past time that Hou Yifan gets an updated profile pic..
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  Absentee: <HeMateMe: china has only itself to blame for killing or aborting female children. They still have a long ways to go, to truly become a modern nation.>

You never cease to amaze.

Mar-31-15  HeMateMe: <You never cease to amaze.>

Thank you. Why do you suppose China has this unfortunate ratio of women to men?

If you think aborting a female fetus, or actually abandoning a female baby is a sign of enlightenment and an advanced country, then I have to seriously wonder what sort of education you got, in school or at home.

Mar-31-15  Jim Bartle: Is there some policy which might in some way emcourage that?
Mar-31-15  HeMateMe: yes, the Chinese government was fining couples who had more than one child, taking money from them, as the official view is that China is overcrowded. I don't know how many years this state policy was in effect, "Only two, one is better", maybe a decade.

People in China were *already* aborting female fetuses, but this backward thinking was made worse by the state policy demanding one child per couple. Male children are thought to be higher earners over a lifetime than female offspring, and are favored.

To me, this is a sign of a backward nation, in many respects. They have a ways to go, before they reach the ideals of the West.

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  WannaBe: Actually, the bigger reason is/was that female do not carry on the family name. Hence family want a male baby.
Mar-31-15  HeMateMe: and you think money and economic security are trumped by the name on your house or passport? I think not. It's about offspring supporting the elders, all the way into grand parenting age and dotage. It is expected there, although that may change as China's economy continues to move towards the western model, making other changes occur along the way. Male heirs contribute more income to the household than females do. That's how they view it, but their response if primitive, criminal really.
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  Absentee: <HeMateMe: <You never cease to amaze.>

Thank you. Why do you suppose China has this unfortunate ratio of women to men?

If you think aborting a female fetus, or actually abandoning a female baby is a sign of enlightenment and an advanced country, then I have to seriously wonder what sort of education you got, in school or at home.>

You keep missing the point.

Countries don't strive to become your model of an advanced nation (which is just a carbon copy of your own, anyway). The "ideals of the west" are not at the top of a totem pole that only exists in your head.

What is amazing is that you can't wrap your head around this simple matter of fact.

Apr-01-15  HeMateMe: It is primitive to abort female fetuses.

Most successful nations in this world have followed the western model. That you can't understand basic history is amazing.

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  Absentee: See what I mean when I say you're missing the point? No. You don't. Else you wouldn't be missing it.

Your value judgments or success however you define it aren't a universal yardstick. They're your own cultural imprinting and they don't go beyond your HeMateMe-world. You just can't shake this ingrained idea that everyone should be, and wants to be, a HeMateMe in a HeMateMe-world (which is of course the best of all possible worlds). They don't. If you can't grasp this then it's pointless to even talk about anything. Regardless of what I personally think of birth control policies and how people react to them. Cheers.

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  perfidious: This page is neither the time nor place to debate such things--Rogoff has its uses, if the whole affair can even be deemed worthy of discussion.
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  Absentee: You're right, and I'd rather avoid it entirely. Except that some things make my keyboard fingers itch.
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  perfidious: <Absentee> Perfectly understandable; same here.
Apr-01-15  dumbgai: Slightly off topic?
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Hou Yifan for reaching a new (personal) high, live rating of 2687.5 after beating Aghayev with white in the 1st round of the Nakhchivan Open. Still a far cry from Polgar's 2735, but it's a work in progress.
May-07-15  dumbgai: Geez, losing twice with the white pieces to IMs at the Nakhchivan Open.
May-08-15  ketchuplover: good luck at dortmund and or biel young lady
May-08-15  SirRuthless: Isn't she not even a full time player? Her level is well below her standard at Naktchivan(sp) which is unlike her.
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  Penguincw: Well, that was an interesting tournament for Hou Yifan, with a bunch of highs and lows. Sure, she reached a personal high, but she lost back-to-back white games against IMs (both of them with the last name Mammadov). However, after that 2nd white loss, she won 3 straight to finish with 6/9 (+5,-2,=2). Funny enough, in her 9 games, the player with black went 6/9.

Those 3 wins would be huge, as she still remains the top woman in the world at 2675.5, ahead of Polgar's 2675.0.

May-27-15  weisyschwarz: Is it that CG doesn't like Yifan Hou? That profile picture is old.
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