#105
Hou Yifan
China, 22
  • Classic 2651
  • Blitz 2659
  • Rapid 2611
  • World rank105
  • National rank9
  • Continent rank19

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Yifan in Chess World

World Chess’s columnist looks at some of the shortest games by some of the best players.
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The American grandmaster once again had to do it in a playoff
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It is the first for the United States since 1976. UPDATE: China has won the gold medal in the women’s division.
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The United States and Ukraine remain tied for the lead in the open section, while China and Russia will play each other for the gold in the women’s division.
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After wins in Round 9, the United States and Ukraine lead Russia by a point. In the women’s section, China beat the United States to become the sole leader.
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China, the defending champion, was beaten by Ukraine. Azerbaijan also lost. There are now only three unbeaten teams left in the open section.
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In Round 4, Russia, the top seed, was upended by Ukraine, while the United States, the No. 2 seed, was held to a draw by the Czech Republic. And in the women’s section, the World Champion lost to a professional politician.
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Most of the top teams won, but they were not unscathed, and there were some mild upsets. Notably, the top seeded Chinese women were held to a draw.
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The tournament finished Sunday and included most of China’s top players and a few elite foreign players.
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With a last round win and then a victory in a playoff, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, one of the tournament’s local stars, won the Gashimov Memorial.
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An unexpected loss in Round 8 by the leader of the Gashimov Memorial leaves first place up for grabs heading into the finale on Saturday.
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Round 7 produced no change at the top of the standings in the Gashimov Memorial, but there were some decisive results.
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After a rest day at the Gashimov Memorial, the players were back in action, but all of the games were drawn.
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Fabiano Caruana and Anish Giri continued their torrid pace in the Gashimov Memorial by dispatching their opponents in Round 5.
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With wins in Round 4, Fabiano Caruana and Anish Giri are, respectively, 1.5 and 1 point ahead of the rest of the field in the Gashimov Memorial.
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Hou Yifan, the reigning Women’s World Champion, has quit the Grand Prix and seems to be prepared to walk away from women’s chess if the World Chess Federation does not change how the championship is decided
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