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Yifan Hou 
World Junior Championship, Gaziantep, 2008
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Yifan Hou
Number of games in database: 1,033
Years covered: 2003 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2673 (2600 rapid, 2662 blitz)
Overall record: +335 -169 =328 (60.0%)*
   * 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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (198) 
    B93 B42 B30 B90 B92
 Ruy Lopez (125) 
    C78 C67 C65 C95 C84
 French Defense (57) 
    C11 C10 C18 C03 C05
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (52) 
    C95 C84 C92 C89 C96
 Caro-Kann (47) 
    B18 B17 B11 B13 B10
 Sicilian Najdorf (43) 
    B93 B90 B92 B94
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (156) 
    B84 B22 B90 B81 B80
 Nimzo Indian (60) 
    E32 E37 E34 E46 E58
 Queen's Gambit Declined (48) 
    D38 D31 D30
 French Defense (43) 
    C11 C07 C18 C01 C04
 Sicilian Scheveningen (38) 
    B84 B81 B80 B83 B82
 Queen's Pawn Game (37) 
    A46 E10 E00 D05 A45
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Yifan Hou vs M Sebag, 2011 1-0
   Yifan Hou vs N Dzagnidze, 2014 1-0
   J Smeets vs Yifan Hou, 2008 0-1
   Yifan Hou vs Judit Polgar, 2012 1-0
   Yifan Hou vs Le Quang Liem, 2012 1-0
   A Giri vs Yifan Hou, 2013 0-1
   Yifan Hou vs Y Yu, 2013 1-0
   Yifan Hou vs Sasikiran, 2009 1-0
   Shirov vs Yifan Hou, 2012 0-1
   Yifan Hou vs A Ushenina, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2011)
   Women's World Team Championship (2007)
   37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Khanty - Mansiysk (2014)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Sharjah (2014)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Lopota (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Basque) (2013)
   Women's World Chess Championship (2010)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2009)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Kazan (2012)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   World Junior Championship (Girls) (2006)
   8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)

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YIFAN HOU
(born Feb-27-1994, 20 years old) China
PRONUNCIATION:
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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.

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 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).

Hou's rating as of 1 October 2014 was 2673 (world #72). She is still the top rated Girl (woman U20) in the world and the #2 woman in the world after Polgár, but only by 2 points in this rating list, the closest approach by any female player ratings-wise to Polgar since she entered the top 100 in 1989. Hou is also the 8th ranked player overall in China and #14 in Asia. Her rapid rating is 2600 while her blitz rating is 2662.

Article about Hou being the youngest female GM: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail... Live rating: http://www.2700chess.com/women * http://www.fide.com/component/conte... ** http://www.worldmindgames.net/en/ne...

Wikipedia article: Hou Yifan


 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,033  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. A Le Bail vs Yifan Hou  0-137 2003 Wch U10 GirlsB56 Sicilian
7. Yifan Hou vs N Paikidze ½-½57 2003 WYCC - G10B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
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 S Narayanan  1-047 2004 Wch U10B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
11. P Zhao vs Yifan Hou  ½-½64 2004 Wch U10A46 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Yifan Hou vs Wang Yu  0-137 2004 Asian-ch (Women)C78 Ruy Lopez
13. S Meenakshi vs Yifan Hou  1-037 2004 Asian-ch (Women)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
14. Yifan Hou vs A A De la Rosa Lara  1-044 2004 Wch U10B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
15. M Bortnyk vs Yifan Hou  ½-½47 2004 Wch U10B22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. Yifan Hou vs S Vijayalakshmi  1-043 2004 Asian-ch (Women)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. Robson vs Yifan Hou 0-137 2004 Wch U10B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. M Ovezova vs Yifan Hou  0-1133 2004 Asian-ch (Women)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Yifan Hou vs B Khvan 1-041 2004 Wch U10B71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
20. A Galymzhanov vs Yifan Hou  0-156 2004 Wch U10B50 Sicilian
21. Yifan Hou vs S Zigangirova  1-045 2004 Asian-ch (Women)B42 Sicilian, Kan
22. D Khachykian vs Yifan Hou  0-157 2004 Wch U10A30 English, Symmetrical
23. Yifan Hou vs J Moussard 0-152 2004 Championnat du Monde -10B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
24. Yifan Hou vs Hiba Omrani 1-011 2004 Asian-ch (Women)C67 Ruy Lopez
25. Zhang Jilin vs Yifan Hou  1-038 2004 Asian-ch (Women)C18 French, Winawer
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jul-30-14  Whitehat1963: Can anyone here speak intelligently about the playing "styles" of Judit Polgar and Yifan Hou? It's always difficult for me to make such observations with any kind of objectivity. Perhaps there's someone out there who can.
Aug-12-14  dehanne: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifr...

Damn, Hou Yifan is cute.

Sep-02-14  BobbieM: Yifan Hou could overtake Judit Polgar today
Sep-02-14  Whitehat1963: Looks like Judit Polgar may have retired just in the nick of time!
Sep-02-14  Dr. Overlord: <dehanne: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifr...

Damn, Hou Yifan is cute.>

Makes me wanna learn Mandarin...

Sep-02-14  Refused: Hou still has a mountain to climb if she wants to be considered Judit Polgar's equal. If Hou breaks into the Top Ten at some point and becomes a regular at the biggest tournaments for a few years, than we can start a discussion over who is better. Until that day, Hou will <just> be strongest chess playing. And not one of the strongest Grandmasters, who happens to be a woman.

About their playing styles: Polgar was a first rate attacking player in her prime. If there were some tactics on the board involving the opposing king, she would almost certainly find it.

Sep-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Polgar's attacking skills were long first-rate. In Judit Polgar vs Anand, 1999, she displayed remarkable sangfroid when two pieces down.
Sep-06-14  Penguincw: Congratz to Hou Yifan for winning the overall Women's Grand Prix for 2013-14 (although it was clinched a few rounds earlier). In Sharjah, she finished with 8.5/11, tied with Ju Wenjun. I'm not sure who gets the tiebreak, but regardless, she still receives a huge advantage in the WCC "Cycle". If she wins the WCC 2014, then she will play Koneru Humpy, who she is +11,-2,=15 against (almost like the women's version of Carlsen-Topalov). If she doesn't win the 2014 WCC, she will face the winner in 2015 in a 10 game match.

Also worth noting: This tournament has helped her inch closer to catching Polgar, as she comes out with 4.2 rating points to move to 2667.2, just 7.8 away from Polgar. However, at one point, she was at 2672.2, a mere 2.8 off.

Sep-22-14  Penguincw: And she continues to inch closer, as it's just a mere 2 points. Unfortunately, she'll have to wait until the WCC until she plays again (unless there are some other events until then).
Sep-22-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  devere: <Penguincw: If she wins the WCC 2014>

That will be hard to do. The WCC is scheduled to start on October 11th, but so far no site has been announced. Rumors are that Kirsan is negotiating with the space aliens, and that all contestants may be beamed up to an intergalactic ship. If not, Hou Yifan will remain champion until the 2015 match, and it would be a huge upset if she loses that match.

I do agree, however, with those who contend that until Hou Yifan is in the top 10 in the world, regardless of gender, she can't compare her career accomplishments with those of Judit Polgar.

Sep-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  devere: In 2005 Judit Polgar peaked at #8 in the world with a rating of 2735. Today, #8 is Sergey Karjakin, with a rating of 2767. If and when Hou Yifan gets up into that elite company, it will be realistic to talk about her chess career exceeding Judit's. Hou Yifan is young, and has a decade to make it happen, if she's talented enough.
Sep-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: The FIDE calendar no longer includes an item for the knockout WWCC event in 2014. Will it be delayed or scrapped?
Sep-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Women's World Championship 2014 will be "postponed for a few months". This postponement puts at risk the whole complex Women's World Championship cycle.

http://chess-news.ru/en/node/16753

Sep-27-14  42eyes: What is up with FIDE? I've recently decided to follow womens chess. The WWCC being postponed, potentially cancelled has put me off. I'll persevere though.
Sep-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  devere: <waustad: The FIDE calendar no longer includes an item for the knockout WWCC event in 2014. Will it be delayed or scrapped? Premium Chessgames Member cro777: Women's World Championship 2014 will be "postponed for a few months". This postponement puts at risk the whole complex Women's World Championship cycle.>

Perhaps sponsors see no point in wasting good money on determining still another dubious 2-game-knockout champion. That dog won't hunt, Kirsan, please give it up!

Sep-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Looks like chess ran out of money--again. Maybe the gals should go to the three year cycle, determine the true champion, and have a 16 game final match.
Oct-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: Is she playing in the World Junior Chess Champs, starting in 3 days in India? I haven't seen a list anywhere of players. The FIDE site links to a site that is mostly talking about some local event. http://www.fide.com/component/conte...
Oct-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  WannaBe: <waustad> Try: http://www.worldjuniorchess2014.com...

Hou is not listed in "Open" or "Girl". The rules I read stated "Under 20". Ms. Hou is already 20+

Oct-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: <42eyes: What is up with FIDE? I've recently decided to follow womens chess.> I'm a much bigger fan of women playing chess than I am of "women's chess" per se. The only good thing I see in the WGM/WIM titles and gender based prizes is that it gives a way for a tournament to encourage women to play, by waiving fees or making it a little easier to make some money. The gender mix in tournaments needs all the help it can get. One fun thing I've noted is that a lot of female players are quite aggressive on the board. Perhaps having Judit Polgar as a role model is part of the reason, but it helps make for an entertaining product.
Oct-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: <wannabe>I was under the impression that one needs to be under 20 on January 1 of the year in question. She turned 20 in February. Thanks for the link.
Oct-06-14  Penguincw: Looks like it could be a while until Hou Yifan gets another crack at Polgar's record, as the WWCC is looking like it might not take place until <December>.

In the meantime, she, along with Polgar, have "unofficially" became the first 2 female players to be listed on the men's side at http://www.2700chess.com/. Since they've expanded it from 2700 players to Top 100, it's made possible.

Oct-06-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: There are other ways to get rating points. She could have played in any number of tournaments in the past few months. Perhaps she'll play in some before the end of the year?
Oct-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: Hou for FIDE president !
Oct-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Thanh Phan: <Oct-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member ketchuplover: Hou for FIDE president !>
why would she wish for such a strenuous activity when her able to just continue to play and ignore the current regime of semi-random activities called fide?
Oct-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Hou Yifan is in the final at Corsica. She made it through a gauntlet of strong male players and will face sergey Federchuk (who knocked off Anand in their mini match) in the final. You GO girl!

<http://en.chessbase.com/Portals/4/f...>

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