Hou Yifan

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Hou Yifan ( ) (born February 27, 1994, in Xinghua, Taizhou, Jiangsu, China) is a Chinese chess prodigy. She is the reigning Women's World Chess Champion, the youngest ever to win the title, as well as the youngest ever female player to qualify for the title of Grandmaster.

At the age of 12, she became the youngest ever player to participate at the FIDE Women's World Championship (Yekaterinburg 2006) and at the Chess Olympiad (Torino 2006). In June 2007, she became China's youngest ever National Women's Champion. She achieved the titles of Woman FIDE Master in January 2004, Woman Grandmaster in January 2007, and International Master in September 2008 by reaching the final of the Women's World Championship. In 2010, she became the youngest World Chess Champion in history (men's or women's) by winning the Women's World Championship in Hatay, Turkey at the age of 16.

In the most recent (May 2011) FIDE rating list, she is ranked as the No.1 girl player in the world, the No. 3 female player,After Judit Polgár and Koneru Humpy.After Anish Giri and Yu Yangyi. She is only...
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