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Yuhua Xu
Y Xu 
Number of games in database: 348
Years covered: 1993 to 2011
Last FIDE rating: 2465
Highest rating achieved in database: 2517

Overall record: +95 -51 =103 (58.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 99 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (91) 
    B51 B52 B30 B31 B42
 Caro-Kann (17) 
    B18 B12 B17
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C95 C92 C78 C84 C60
 Giuoco Piano (13) 
    C53 C50
 Sicilian Kan (12) 
    B42 B43
 French Defense (11) 
    C11 C18 C00 C10 C04
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (33) 
    B90 B92 B23 B50 B22
 French Defense (30) 
    C11 C07 C02 C10 C03
 Nimzo Indian (28) 
    E32 E48 E39 E20 E21
 Queen's Indian (26) 
    E15 E12 E14 E17 E19
 French (15) 
    C11 C10 C00 C12
 Sicilian Najdorf (14) 
    B92 B90 B99 B93
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Y Xu vs A Ushenina, 2006 1-0
   I Berzina vs Y Xu, 2008 0-1
   Y Xu vs S Tkeshelashvili, 2004 1-0
   T Kosintseva vs Y Xu, 2008 0-1
   S Tkeshelashvili vs Y Xu, 2004 0-1
   T Kosintseva vs Y Xu, 2006 0-1
   Y Xu vs N Zhukova, 2001 1-0
   Y Xu vs E Danielian, 2001 1-0
   S Paridar vs Y Xu, 2007 0-1
   Vo Hong Phuong vs Y Xu, 2000 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Cup (Women) (2000)
   Chinese Team Championship (Women) (2001)
   Nanjing Women's FIDE Grand Prix (2009)
   World Cup (Women) (2002)
   Russian Team Championship: Women's League (2009)
   FIDE Women Grand Prix (2010)
   Istanbul Olympiad (Women) (2000)
   6th FIDE Women Grand Prix (2011)
   Women Grand Prix Jermuk (2010)
   Bled Olympiad (Women) (2002)
   European Club Cup (Women) (2007)
   Jakarta Interzonal (Women) (1993)
   Calvia Olympiad (Women) (2004)
   Aeroflot Open-B (2005)

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(born Oct-29-1976, 46 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 Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2006), thereby gaining her Grandmaster title. However, she was eliminated in the second round of the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (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

Last updated: 2019-10-29 03:00:11

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 349  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Y Xu vs M Sulistya  1-0321993Jakarta Interzonal (Women)C50 Giuoco Piano
2. Y Xu vs M Voyska  ½-½301993Jakarta Interzonal (Women)C53 Giuoco Piano
3. Y Xu vs J W Lindri  0-1481993Jakarta Interzonal (Women)C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. M Maric vs Y Xu  ½-½451993Jakarta Interzonal (Women)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
5. C Amura vs Y Xu  1-0451993Jakarta Interzonal (Women)D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. F Khasanova vs Y Xu  1-0501993Jakarta Interzonal (Women)B53 Sicilian
7. Y Xu vs A Csoke  1-0361993Jakarta Interzonal (Women)B02 Alekhine's Defense
8. J Tverskaya vs Y Xu  0-1471993Jakarta Interzonal (Women)B23 Sicilian, Closed
9. B Marinello vs Y Xu  1-0551993Jakarta Interzonal (Women)B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
10. Y Xu vs J Demina  0-1401993Jakarta Interzonal (Women)B30 Sicilian
11. Y Xu vs N Khurtsidze  1-0301993Jakarta Interzonal (Women)B83 Sicilian
12. Y Xu vs E Danielian  0-1381994Wch U18 GirlsB08 Pirc, Classical
13. Y Xu vs A Hahn 1-0461994Wch U18 GirlsC55 Two Knights Defense
14. Y Xu vs R Goletiani  1-0441996Wch U20 GirlsB42 Sicilian, Kan
15. Y Xu vs W Zili  ½-½531997Lee Cup 4thB58 Sicilian
16. Y Xu vs Y Wang  1-0371999Asia-chT (Women)B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
17. Y Xu vs E Kovalevskaya  1-0432000World Cup (Women)B58 Sicilian
18. A Maric vs Y Xu  ½-½362000World Cup (Women)E15 Queen's Indian
19. Y Xu vs N Payet  1-0312000World Cup (Women)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
20. C Zhu vs Y Xu  ½-½252000World Cup (Women)E12 Queen's Indian
21. Y Xu vs R Pokorna  ½-½332000World Cup (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
22. Y Wang vs Y Xu  ½-½392000World Cup (Women)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
23. Y Xu vs Y Wang  1-0502000World Cup (Women)A34 English, Symmetrical
24. P Cramling vs Y Xu  1-0772000World Cup (Women)E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
25. Y Xu vs P Cramling  1-0342000World Cup (Women)B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 349  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.
Oct-17-06  twinlark:

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.)

Oct-17-06  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.

Oct-17-06  twinlark: Does she need to apply or is it automatic?
Oct-17-06  alexapple: It's automatic,I think.
Oct-21-06  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?

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  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.
Jan-30-14  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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