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Xie Jun
Xie Jun 
Number of games in database: 416
Years covered: 1985 to 2007
Last FIDE rating: 2574

Overall record: +126 -75 =177 (56.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 38 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (100) 
    B58 B90 B33 B47 B83
 Ruy Lopez (42) 
    C76 C78 C84 C92 C90
 French Defense (24) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09 C10
 Caro-Kann (22) 
    B12 B18 B16 B15 B17
 French Tarrasch (21) 
    C07 C05 C03 C09
 Sicilian Taimanov (19) 
    B47 B46 B45 B48
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (66) 
    E92 E97 E60 E73 E99
 Ruy Lopez (52) 
    C85 C92 C84 C93 C90
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (41) 
    C85 C93 C92 C84 C90
 Grunfeld (19) 
    D78 D76 D72 D79 D73
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (13) 
    C85 C69 C68
 English (11) 
    A16 A15 A10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Stefanova vs Xie Jun, 1996 0-1
   Xie Jun vs Short, 2002 1-0
   Xie Jun vs Larsen, 1994 1-0
   Xie Jun vs N Ioseliani, 1997 1-0
   Xie Jun vs K Arakhamia-Grant, 1997 1-0
   Korchnoi vs Xie Jun, 2001 1/2-1/2
   Shabalov vs Xie Jun, 2002 0-1
   Seirawan vs Xie Jun, 2002 0-1
   Spassky vs Xie Jun, 1994 1/2-1/2
   Xie Jun vs C Peptan, 1998 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hostdans Veterans vs Ladies (1997)
   Pan Pacific International (1995)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Xie Jun by capybara
   Women WCC Index [1999: Xie Jun - Galliamova] by chessmoron
   Women WCC Index [1991: Xie Jun-Chiburdanidze] by chessmoron
   Pan Pacific International, San Francisco, 1995 by Phony Benoni
   Women WCC Index [1993: Xie Jun - Ioseliani] by chessmoron
   Other Top Women by larrewl
   Hostdans Veterans vs Ladies 1997 by Phony Benoni
   Amsterdam 1994 A by suenteus po 147
   1997 (women's) candidates tournament by gauer

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(born Oct-30-1970, 48 years old) China
[what is this?]
Xie Jun was born on the 30th of October 1970 in Baoding, China and grew up in Beijing. She was awarded the WIM title in 1989 and and in 1991, Xie became China's second Grandmaster, after Ye Rongguang.

At the age of six Xie began to play Chinese chess, and by the age of 10 she had become the girls' xiangqi champion of Beijing. At the urging of government authorities, she soon began playing international chess. Despite indifferent training opportunities, Xie became the Chinese girls' chess champion in 1984. In 1988 she tied for second–fourth places at the women's world junior championship.

In 1991 she defeated Maia Chiburdanidze (+4, =9, -2) to become the 7th Women's World Champion. She successfully defended the title against Nana Ioseliani in 1993 but relinquished it in 1996 to Zsuzsa Polgar.

Xie Jun now spends most of her present time working as an official at the Beijing Sports Commission, taking care of chess players and other sports people. In July 2004, she gained the titles of International Arbiter and FIDE Senior Trainer. She is married to Wu Shaobin.

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Wikipedia article: Xie Jun

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 416  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Xie Jun vs Qi Jingxuan  1-0301985Simultaneous GameB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
2. Xie Jun vs J Hickl  ½-½541988Beijing OpenB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
3. Adams vs Xie Jun  0-1481988Sydney Open TtC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. Xie Jun vs K Arakhamia-Grant  1-0391988Wch Girls U20B33 Sicilian
5. Xie Jun vs A M Galliamova  0-1411988Wch Girls U20C60 Ruy Lopez
6. Xie Jun vs Judit Polgar  0-1531988Chess Olympiad (Women)B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
7. Gordana Markovic vs Xie Jun  0-1331988Chess Olympiad (Women)C53 Giuoco Piano
8. Xie Jun vs X Peng  1-0521989National Junior ChB42 Sicilian, Kan
9. N Ioseliani vs Xie Jun  0-1631990Candidates TtC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. M Litinskaya-Shul vs Xie Jun  1-0511990Kuala Lumpur Interzonal (Women)E90 King's Indian
11. A Akhsharumova vs Xie Jun  0-1571990Interzonal TtE81 King's Indian, Samisch
12. Xie Jun vs A M Galliamova 0-1521990Borjomi cf (Women)B58 Sicilian
13. N Gaprindashvili vs Xie Jun 0-1431990BorzhomiE73 King's Indian
14. Zsuzsa Polgar vs Xie Jun  ½-½281990Chess Olympiad (Women)E97 King's Indian
15. Xie Jun vs N Gaprindashvili  1-0421990Chess Olympiad (Women)B15 Caro-Kann
16. A Maric vs Xie Jun  ½-½241991Belgrade\Beijing WCH WomanE92 King's Indian
17. Chiburdanidze vs Xie Jun  ½-½611991Manila Wch-Woman ManilaD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
18. Xie Jun vs Chiburdanidze 1-0301991Manila Wch-Woman ManilaC96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. Chiburdanidze vs Xie Jun  0-1561991Manila Wch-Woman ManilaC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. Xie Jun vs A Maric  1-0551991Belgrade\Beijing WCH WomanB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
21. Xie Jun vs Chiburdanidze  1-0511991Manila Wch-Woman ManilaC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. Chiburdanidze vs Xie Jun ½-½121991Manila Wch-Woman ManilaC45 Scotch Game
23. Xie Jun vs Chiburdanidze ½-½191991Manila Wch-Woman ManilaC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
24. A Maric vs Xie Jun  1-0421991Belgrade\Beijing WCH WomanE92 King's Indian
25. Chiburdanidze vs Xie Jun  ½-½311991Manila Wch-Woman ManilaE70 King's Indian
 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 416  PGN Download
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Nov-12-09  abscissa: lol Ladolcevita. you like to dream of getting her in bed.
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  HeMateMe: From Wiki: <Xie is only the second woman to have two reigns, the other being Elisabeth Bykova.>

Huh? On Susan Polgar's web page, I think her bio says she is a 4 times world champion. That would mean she has had several 'reigns?' Also, I thought some of the Georgian women have had more than one reign as champ, Mayor or Nona...?

Mar-29-10  Caissanist: I don't know what Polgar is referring to, so far as I know she was women's champion from 1996 to 1999 only:
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  minasina: <HeMateMe>, <Caissanist> I know what Polgar is referring to:

<In August 1982, Polgar captured her first world title by winning the World Chess Championship for Girls under 16 at the age of 12."


In May 1992, Polgar won the Women's World Blitz and Women’s World Rapid Chess Championship ahead of her sisters Judit and Sofia as well as many other top women players in the world.

In February 1996, Polgar won the classical Women's World Championship, her 4th World Championship title.>

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  Eric Schiller: I don't know that youth events should count as real World Championships. My students have won the "Susan Polgar Boys Under-11" and "Susan Polgar Girls Under-14" "World Open Championships" when rated about 1000 and 1600 and I caution them not to brag about them. Nice trophies, though!
Aug-25-10  FISCHERboy: A talented lady, indeed.
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  HeMateMe: Doesn't FIDE itself sanction world titles in the various age groups? Those seem to be legitimate. I think if an 8 year old boy or girl is playing at 1600, that is quite an accomplishment.
Aug-26-10  rapidcitychess: <Eric Schiller> Susan Polagar doesn't exactly attract young FM, IM, Masters, even Experts like the World Junior, or US junior closed, Us Open, even the nationals. One last question: What was the average competition rating?
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  Eric Schiller: Average rating low, many players under 1000. FIDE events are much stronger. Top scholastic players don't seem to be interested, and some young stars prefer to play in the main sections of national open.

I do encourage my young students to play as the overall Vegas Chess Festival is a lot of fun. I'm usually there.

Aug-26-10  rapidcitychess: <Eric> Low to you, or low to me?
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  HeMateMe: <Eric> Are you a poker player when visiting Vegas? Any good at blackjack? Just wondering. It seems a number of strong chess players are pretty good at some of the casino games.
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  Eric Schiller: <hehateme> Blackjack, no, it is boring. In poker games among linguists I won a lot more than any student should from his professors, but I can't play with the big boys like my publisher Avery Cardoza.

In Vegas I find roulette has lousy odds,but a whole lot of free drinks for a small investment, so that's what I do.

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  HeMateMe: wonder he got that masters in linguistics, eric called in a few markers....LOL!
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  Eric Schiller: <hehateme> Masters was easy Ph.D. took hard work. But I'm still pleased with the dissertation.
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  wordfunph: <luckytrader: Yes, Xie is her last name since surname goes first for Chinese. "Jun" actually means army; please refer to her book for details.>

taken from her book Chess Champion from China - The Life and Games of Xie Jun..

"My father served in the army, which explains partly my parents' preference for the name Jun, which is best translated as 'soldier'."

- GM Xie Jun

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  Nightsurfer: Xie Jun is the outstanding female protagonist who makes a point with regard to the controversial thesis by chess expert Professor David H. Li - herewith a biography of David H. LI: (herewith a photo of the author: 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

Before Xie Jun has started her career in International Chess (being labeled "Western Chess" by David H. Li), Xie Jun was Under-10 XiangQi Champion of Beijing (as David H. Li has put it forward in

Xie Jun's approach to start a career in the chess world - first XiangQi, then International Chess - has been similar to the approach by Zhu Chen (please compare: Zhu Chen) 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:

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  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:
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  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

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: .

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: (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">.

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  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">.


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  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.

Herewith some further information with regard to the Battle of Cannae (, and herewith the masterplan of the Battle of Cannae: - the very masterplan that has inspired generals and strategists throughout the centuries ever since.

But there is hope 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 (with regard to HANNIBAL please check out the website at CANNAE (herewith the plan of the battle: ), please compare the (German-language) feature:

Modern CIRCULAR CHESS is the relaunch of historical BYZANTINE CHESS, please compare . 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: and

The feature 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.

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  Nightsurfer: One of those two game records of CIRCULAR CHESS that have been discussed in the final passages of the (German-language) feature - 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: - and that feature has published some very instructive diagrams that help to understand what was going on during that very game.
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  Nightsurfer: Apart from <Xie Jun> and Zhu Chen 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!
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  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!
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  sonia91: These days the so-called chess journalists are showing their ignorance by writing Ju Wenjun is the first women's world champion to defend her title in a KO tournament, but actually the first one was Xie Jun. Xie won in 2000 the first Women's World Championship held with the KO format, after winning the WC match against Alisa Mikhailovna Galliamova in 1999.
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  ketchuplover: Kudos on her induction into the World Chess HOF :)
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