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Yifan Hou 
World Junior Championship, Gaziantep, 2008
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
 
Yifan Hou
Number of games in database: 1,140
Years covered: 2003 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2663 (2631 rapid, 2704 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2686
Overall record: +372 -188 =375 (59.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      205 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (205) 
    B93 B42 B90 B30 B92
 Ruy Lopez (136) 
    C78 C67 C65 C84 C95
 French Defense (60) 
    C11 C10 C18 C03 C05
 Caro-Kann (57) 
    B18 B17 B12 B10 B13
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (54) 
    C84 C95 C92 C89 C96
 Sicilian Najdorf (47) 
    B93 B90 B92 B94 B91
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (171) 
    B84 B22 B90 B81 B50
 Nimzo Indian (67) 
    E32 E46 E37 E34 E58
 Queen's Gambit Declined (53) 
    D38 D31 D30
 French Defense (44) 
    C11 C07 C18 C01 C13
 Queen's Pawn Game (42) 
    A46 E10 E00 A40 D05
 Sicilian Scheveningen (41) 
    B84 B81 B80 B83 B82
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Yifan Hou vs Navara, 2016 1-0
   Yifan Hou vs N Dzagnidze, 2014 1-0
   J Smeets vs Yifan Hou, 2008 0-1
   Yifan Hou vs M Sebag, 2011 1-0
   Yifan Hou vs Judit Polgar, 2012 1-0
   A Giri vs Yifan Hou, 2013 0-1
   Yifan Hou vs V Gunina, 2013 1-0
   Yifan Hou vs Le Quang Liem, 2012 1-0
   Yifan Hou vs B Esen, 2015 1-0
   Yifan Hou vs H J Cordes, 2015 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Women's World Team Championship (2007)
   37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006)
   Shenzhen Women's Grand Prix (2011)
   Women's Grand Prix Monte Carlo (2015)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Khanty - Mansiysk (2014)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2011)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Sharjah (2014)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Lopota (2014)
   SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Basque) (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2012)
   Women's World Chess Championship (2010)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2009)
   World Junior Championship (2008)
   World Junior Championship (Girls) (2006)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)

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   Blunderdome's favorite games of 2012-2013 by Blunderdome
   2005 WYCC (open) U-12 by gauer
   2004 WYCC (open) U-10 by gauer
   Omnis stultia laborat fastidio sui。 by hanwubai
   Girl meets boy by englishplus
   Hou Yifan by Granmaestro
   Sicilian by Granmaestro
   Yifan Hou by akatombo

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YIFAN HOU
(born Feb-27-1994, 22 years old) China
PRONUNCIATION:
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Grandmaster; Chinese Women's champion (2007 & 2008); 13th Women's World Champion (2010-12 & 2013-2015).

Preamble

Yifan was born in Xinghua City, Jiangsu, China and started playing chess at age 6. 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.

Championships

<Age - Girls> In 2003 she won the U10 Girls division of the World Youth Championships in Halkidiki, Greece. She scored 9/12 in the World Junior Championship (Girls) (2006) and secured second place on countback behind Shen Yang.

<Age - open> In 2004, she contested the Open U10 World Championship in Heraklio, Crete, placing third. She came third in the World Junior Championship (2008) behind Abhijeet Gupta and Parimarjan Negi.

<National - Women> In June 2007 Hou broke through to win the Women's Chinese National Chess Championship in Chongqing city, a title she successfully defended in Beijing the following May.

<National - open> She competed in the "open" Chinese Championship (2011), scoring 6/11 (+2 -1 =8). She scored 5/11 at the Chinese Chess Championships (2012).

<Continental - open> In 2009, Yifan came equal third in the 8th Asian Continental Chess Championship (2009) (open) (ACCC) with 7/11, half a point behind GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly and GM Zhou Weiqi, qualifying her for the World Cup 2009. She scored 4.5/9 at the 10th Asian Individual Championships (2011).

<Grand Prix> She came second with 7.5/11 in the Women's Grand Prix in Nalchik in 2010 after Tatiana Kosintseva and won the FIDE Women Grand Prix (2010) in Ulan Bator, Mongolia with 8/11 and a 2649 performance rating. Soon after the World Cup 2011 she won the Shenzhen Women's Grand Prix (2011) with a score of 8/11 (+5 =6).

<World - Women> 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 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. 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.

<World - open> Having qualified via the ACCC 2009 for the World Cup (2009), she bowed out in the first round after losing to Arkadij Naiditsch. 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. In September 2015 she was a Presidential Nominee for the World Cup (2015) where she defeated Rafael Duailibe Leitao in the first round but lost to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the rapid game tiebreaker of the second round to be eliminated from the event.

Team Events

<Olympiads> 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 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).

<Women's World Team Championship> 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 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.

Standard Tournaments

<2005-2010> Hou came fifth in the 3 Arrows Cup in 2005 in Jinan, recording a performance rating of nearly 2400. In 2008 she also won the Isbank Ataturk Women Masters (2008) outright by a clear point ahead of Pia Cramling. 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.

<2011-2015> She 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 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. 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 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.

Rating and Ranking

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.

References and Sources

* http://www.fide.com/component/conte... ** http://www.worldmindgames.net/en/ne...

Article about Hou being the youngest female GM: http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...; Live rating: http://www.2700chess.com/women; Wikipedia article: Hou Yifan

Latest Update 24 January 2016


 page 1 of 46; games 1-25 of 1,141  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 N Paikidze ½-½57 2003 WYCC - G10B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
4. Yifan Hou vs M Butuc  1-042 2003 Wch U10 GirlsB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
5. G Madanasri vs Yifan Hou  0-146 2003 Wch U10 GirlsA36 English
6. Yifan Hou vs J Bluebaum  1-050 2003 Wch U10 GirlsC18 French, Winawer
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. Ju Wenjun vs Yifan Hou  ½-½61 2004 Asian-ch (Women)A37 English, Symmetrical
11. Yifan Hou vs S Narayanan  1-047 2004 Wch U10B84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
12. P Zhao vs Yifan Hou  ½-½64 2004 Wch U10A46 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Yifan Hou vs Wang Yu  0-137 2004 Asian-ch (Women)C78 Ruy Lopez
14. Yifan Hou vs J Moussard 0-152 2004 Championnat du Monde -10B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
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 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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May-12-16  1971: <chessgames> Her World Championship matches should be included in her Notable Tournaments.
May-13-16  AzingaBonzer: Good luck to Hou in the Gashimov Memorial!
May-19-16  AzingaBonzer: Hou Yifan explains why she dropped out of the WWCC cycle:

"But as long as the winner of the World Championship match automatically loses her title, without a match, I unfortunately have no other choice than to stop participating in the cycle. However, thinking positively, this may not be that bad. It would allow me to focus on the top level, on the “men’s” field. I could try to become stronger, to be more efficient, as there would be no obligation to play the women’s tournaments anymore."

Link to the full article: http://en.chessbase.com/post/why-ho...

May-19-16  Alien Math: Hou Yifan gives a lecture about 「非凡的小兵」or extraordinary soldier, about the Pawn Sacrifice, and her thoughts about chess

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waf...

http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_1567...

notes and her lecture are in Chinese

May-20-16  HumSundwuch: Mugnus und Yufun shud ply mutch to decide Wurld Chumpion.
May-20-16  Jambow: <HY: I’m flexible with any formats of chess events. The thing I can’t agree with is that such a knock-out tournament will decide who is the World Champion. A 64-player knockout event is mostly a lottery: you play two games, and if you lose the first for some reason you have good chances to be eliminated. It is something that can happen in any of the five rounds required to reach the final. I was lucky in 2010 in Turkey, but in Khanty-Mansiysk I was knocked out by Monika Socko in round two. In the same round the other top seeds Humpy Koneru and Anna Muzychuk were also eliminated, all three of us by players rated 150 points lower. The winners of previous knockout world championships have been Xu Yuhua, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Hou Yifan, Anna Ushenina, Mariya Muzichuk – strong players, but in some cases not close to the strongest in the world.>

Like her lottery comment, FIDE needs to get a clue.

May-21-16  ketchuplover: You go girl!
May-21-16  dumbgai: <You go girl!>

My thoughts exactly.

May-22-16  Jambow: FIDE recognized that the format wasn't very good for the men, but somehow it works for the women? Why is that I wonder?

Champion privileges qualify that person. Then you either need a balanced system for a tournament to choose the challenger, or mini matches of sufficient length to remove the randomness from the outcome. Both work if done correct. I want to see the strongest players play for the world title, not the luckiest.

May-22-16  HeMateMe: All FIDE had to do was compromise on one point: let the previous year's winner be exempt from the 64 player event and just defend the title in a match; Hou would then play the winner, probably each year. Not much to ask for. FIDE loses the best player and biggest draw in women's chess, as a result.

They should change their acronym to I-D-I-O-T.

May-22-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Appaz: A lottery is nothing new for FIDE. Smyslov advanced after knocking out Hubner by the spin of a roulette wheel and Z. Polgar was knocked out in the candidates in 1993.

I thought they also decided the WWC title itself once by lottery, but I couldn't find any references, so that may not be correct.

FIDE should start respecting their best players if they want their titles to have any prestige. Ignoring their clearly best female player (who, I would guess, probably also is supported by a huge majority of chess players in general) just makes their WWC title a paper title.

But I don't think they really care much about the women at all, those middle aged to old men that runs this corrupt organization.

I support Hou Yifan 100%. If she really wants and have time (I understand she is taking a higher education too) she will soon pass 2700 and climb into the top 50 of the world. Too bad FIDE doesn't understand what an inspiration she could be for young female players, which is a big untapped resource for the popularity of chess.

May-22-16  AzingaBonzer: <Appaz> Hou's actually graduating later this year, so she can focus on chess full-time afterward.
May-22-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Appaz: That's good news for chess. What a smart girl, you wouldn't happen to know what she will graduate in?

I googled a little but couldn't find anything. However, I came across this: http://yifanhou.net/category/uncens...

No wonder the relations are a "little tense". Seems there are no lost love between the Hou Yifan camp on one side and the FIDE/Kirsan/Moscow axis on the other side.

I'm looking forward to see China rise in influence in the chess world. Maybe they can actually make a difference to the better.

May-22-16  Alien Math: Hou Yifan started studying International Relations at the University of Beijing September 1, 2012
May-22-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Appaz: Thank you <Alien Math>.

Having read a little more on http://yifanhou.net I realize it's not an official site in any way, but an independent tribute created by foreigners (is it Laowei we are called :) with an interest in China, it's history and culture.

May-22-16  HeMateMe: Her dissertation is on Mao's Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. The main focus is on the official record of discounted outings to the opera houses and theaters of Peking for all college students and peasants. The basic bent of the paper is how the Cultural Revolution made Mao an even more beloved figure among bourgeois and peasants alike.

There may also be records of state subsidized trips to see the Beatles and Rolling Stones perform in Australia, have to google that to get the specifics.

May-22-16  Alien Math: <Appaz> if you can get google translate to work and use the search term 侯逸凡,

you could find some things like her weibo, a twitter/facebook/blog or

http://baike.baidu.com/subview/4413...
http://www.baike.com/wiki/%E4%BE%AF...

May-22-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Appaz: Google translate worked fine. "Alias: little monkey", he-he :)
May-23-16  dehanne: I don't understand much Chinese but I can read a lot of it as I know Japanese.
May-25-16  qstone: I am a little bit disappointed that Hou Yifan had withdrawn from the woman’s world championship cycle. To the development of woman’s chess, her decision is disappointing; however, I fully understand her frustration with current system. I propose a simple change to the system that would satisfy all parties involved, including Yifan, Fide, other female players and chess fans.

The change is simple. World up still produces a new world champion, Match play champion would still lose her title, however, she shall have the challenger right automatically. Grand prix winner will not be the challenger any more, but she will be awarded an automatic participation in the world up starting in the 3rd round.

These changes mean Yifan will not have to participate in the cycle, but she will be guaranteed in the match play championship. For Fide, they retain their favorite world cup, and there will be no extra sponsor issues. For other female players, the lottery world cup champion still there for them to fight for, they do not lose anything because of these changes. For us chess fans, we would still enjoy Yifan’s play and her contribution in the development of woman’s chess.

May-25-16  AzingaBonzer: I would honestly prefer that Hou quit the women's cycle. She has bigger and better things ahead of her, like breaking 2700.
May-25-16  qstone: With the proposed changes, she would still have time to focus on that goal.
May-29-16  Jambow: <Appaz> exactly!!!
May-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Appaz: <<AzingaBonzer> I would honestly prefer that Hou quit the women's cycle. She has bigger and better things ahead of her, like breaking 2700.>

I agree - and she is doing fine so far after four rounds of Gashimov, drawing the 2700+ and Safarli (2664). Losing to Caruana is not shameful for anyone.

May-29-16  AzingaBonzer: Especially since Caruana's crushing here--3.5/4!
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