It's "Professor Hou Yifan" now!
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It's "Professor Hou Yifan" now!

Women’s no. 1 Hou Yifan has set a new record by becoming the youngest full professor in the history of Shenzhen University at the age of 26. Hou Yifan, who recently studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, is now Professor of the School of Physical Education. Her goal is to make Shenzhen University into a major centre of chess, though chess fans will of course still be hoping to see Hou Yifan back in competition.

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  • Features Mar 13, 2015 | 9:44 AM 3

    Learning from our mistakes (2)

    In the previous article we saw a strategic struggle in which chess24 user Wepner managed to get the better of his rival. The position he reached was one with a clear advantage for Black – a passed pawn, better pieces and also a w...

  • Features Mar 10, 2015 | 3:31 PM 0

    Did Korchnoi inspire the move of the year?

    Denis Khismatullin’s stunning 44.Kg1!! was the move of the European Championship and the year 2015 so far, but was it inspired by a great predecessor? The move bore more than a passing resemblance to one which helped Viktor Korch...

  • Features Mar 9, 2015 | 7:10 PM 5

    Learning from our mistakes

    In a recent birthday article we invited users to submit their games for analysis. The first to be selected was considered so interesting by Spanish IM David Martínez that he split the analysis into two separate articles. In this ...

  • Features Mar 7, 2015 | 10:51 PM 12

    Yet another draw…

    The European Championship has long had a bad reputation for draws, with most of the players treating getting into the coveted 23 World Cup qualifying places as the overriding goal. This year, in the absence of Sofia Rules, the pl...

  • Features Feb 21, 2015 | 3:03 PM 6

    Korchnoi vs. Uhlmann, two legends in Zürich

    On the sidelines of the Zürich Chess Challenge, we also witnessed a duel of four games between the chess legends Viktor Korchnoi and Wolfgang Uhlmann. The event gave International Master Pablo Almagro an excuse to pay tribute to the...

  • Features Feb 20, 2015 | 10:30 PM 5

    Memory lapses and elite synapses

    After Hikaru Nakamura defeated Sergey Karjakin in Round 3 of the Zürich Chess Challenge, the Russian tweeted his frustration at forgetting his opening preparation. That prompted us to ask sport psychologist Carlos Martínez, who spec...

  • Features Feb 11, 2015 | 7:34 PM 12

    Battle of the chess generations

    When 24-year-old Magnus Carlsen won the recent Tata Steel Masters in Wijk aan Zee the next four players in the table were the same age or younger than him, while the Challengers was won by 15-year-old Chinese prodigy Wei Yi. In a ...

  • Features Jan 31, 2015 | 8:58 PM 31

    Carlsen’s incredible supertournament record

    The GRENKE Chess Classic starts on Monday and will see Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand meet for the first time since their World Championship match in Sochi. Carlsen is fresh from winning the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in W...

  • Features Jan 29, 2015 | 3:17 PM 36

    Is Ivanchuk a genius?

    Vassily Ivanchuk lost only one game in Wijk aan Zee, and in an interview afterwards mentioned it might have been because he failed to read enough Philippine folk-tales to understand his opponent, Wesley So. That's the kind of eccent...

  • Features Jan 10, 2015 | 12:39 PM 5

    Tkachiev on Tata Steel: Preview

    How will Carlsen cope with the young(er) generation? What’s actually financially at stake in Wijk aan Zee? What’s the venue like for the players and fans? Who should we bet on? Vlad Tkachiev’s preview of the 2015 Tata Steel Chess...


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