Letting go

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谢谢

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The graduation at Peking University and her active cooperation with a new sponsor from the financial services sector were crucial steps for Yifan’s further personal development.
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In the words of Bob Dylan: She is a big girl now. Indeed, things are going well for Yifan. As the reigning world champion, graduated from Peking University, with all the wealth from the prize money, the sponsoring contracts, and now the additional income from the stock market transactions, she can dive and wallow in her money bin like Dagobert Duck, while at the same time countless boys from all over the world are queuing up for a date with her… The 2700+ rating? It won’t run away.
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Joking aside, we have made this totally non-commercial site to honour one of the most exciting personalities of our time. Yifan impressed us with her natural beauty, her unique personality and first of all with her mental purity that stood behind her extremely strong intuitive skills. Her currently more materialistic orientation and especially the association with these new partners from the dirty world of money and finance are no longer compatible with our initial setup.

We are not Yifan’s advisers. She alone knows best what she wants from her life. But going on like this, she will not be able to unfold her full potential as a chess player. She will never equal Judit, neither with regard to the peak rating nor to the placement among the top players. In fact, she will more and more destroy her greatest gift, a gift that she has in common with Magnus Carlsen, a gift that distinguishes these two players from all others: their highly impressive intuition.

As members of a monastic community we think that this is exactly the right moment to follow the old Chinese teachings of Laozi and Zhuangzi and to let go of yifanhou.net. Our simple message for Yifan is: “It is difficult to hit more than one target with one arrow.”

As long as the logfiles show some interest we will leave the site on the server to give you the opportunity to download contents you like, especially the photos and videos from the Chinese media. But there will be no further contributions until we finally disconnect the URL.

Many thanks to Yifan for all the inspiration. It was a huge pleasure to accompany her on her path over all these years from the distance. We will remember the old Divine Yifan, the one who impressed the world with her natural beauty, her unique personality and her mental purity.

After following her career over all these years, we like Yifan like a younger sister. The consistency of her biography with the parents, with Jiangchuan Ye and Shaoteng Yu still sounds like a modern tale in our fast-moving times, especially in the Chinese media. And now, just like older brothers, we are a little sad to see her go her own way with a more materialistic orientation, a way that conflicts with our rather romantic and old-fashioned ideals and principles.

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May she be well and protected!

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A bait by the name of Yifan Hou

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A nameless financial services start-up proudly announces
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The main attraction for the future top brokers will be
A dinner with Yifan in Beijing

Money market gnocchi da mama, Eurobonds with wild boar sauce, share packages with fresh mushrooms expertly cooked over coals, and finally a skilfully created dessert with Russian rouble strudel and homemade Chinese yuan cakes…
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We don’t want to be the spoilsports in this funny idea to meld the worlds of investing and chess.
But to be honest, the whole story reminds us a little bit of Yifan’s attempts to conquer the fashion scene with her
unforgotten pictures in the Oyster magazine in 2014.

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Joking aside, there are more than one billion humans on this planet, who have to ‘live’ with less than 1 Euro per day. Against this background, the call to help Yifan to fill her personal bank account with another 100.000 Euro or even more by the end of the year sounds – to put it mildly – a little shameless in our ears. At least it shows the intentions and the complete lack of professionalism of these idiots who stand behind a campaign that causes immense harm to Yifan’s reputation. She is definitely not the money-grubbing bitch that we can see in the promotion video.

We have made this site without ever asking anything from anybody. At the end we make an exception. We invite you to ignore this so-called Yifan Trading Challenge and to make instead a donation to a non-profit charity organization of your choice – our intelligent Google friends with their sophisticated algorithms will help you to find one – an organization that ensures that your money directly reaches people who need it to survive.

One Euro for One smile of One hungry child…

We are sure that your reward will be far greater than this embarrassing dinner in the smog filled Beijing with a chess player whose association with these people suggests that she has completely lost her track at the moment.

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Yifan Hou meets Fernando Torres and visits museum

Chess champion checks in on Atletico Madrid



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World Chess Champion, 22-year-old Yifan Hou, got the VIP treatment while visiting Atletico Madrid.

The Chinese player got to speak to Fernando Torres, watch Tuesday’s training session and also visited the club’s museum as well as the Estadio Vicente Calderon.

The prodigy won the title at the age of 16, recently completed a degree in international relations, and is in Spain to compete in the X Tournament in Alcubierre and also the Festival Internacional Valencia Cuna.

The male world champion Magnus Carlsen is a Real Madrid fan but the Norwegian’s 125,000 Twitter followers pales in comparison with Yifan Hou’s 3.7 million following on Chinese social media platform Weibo.

MARCA 10.08.2016 – Jesús J. Boyero / Joseph Sexton

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10th Torneo Internacional de Ajedrez Alcubierre

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At the end of July Yifan was the guest of honour at the 10th edition of the Adjedrez Alcubierre International Tournament in Spain. The tournament was organized by the City of Alcubierre and sponsored by the Provincial Council of Huesca, with the collaboration of the County of Los Monegros, Aragon and Ibercaja Chess Federation. Alcubierre is a municipality located in the province of Huesca, Aragon, Spain.

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Yifan proved one more time her outstanding character and her social skills. The investment for her participation in these events pays off in many regards, first of all for the sponsors. With her popularity she attracts the attention of the public much more than most of the other players. She was warmly received and treated with respect and hospitality. On July 30 she signed the golden book in the town hall of Alcubierre and followed the games of the tournament as a spectator. On July 31 she assisted the organizers around the mayor of Alcubierre, Alvaro Amador, during the prize ceremony and finally played a simultaneous exhibition that ended with 17 victories and one draw after only one hour and 23 minutes, a new record in the history of the tournament. A local newspaper headlined after the event: “Charisma and friendliness – Yifan Hou conquers Alcubierre”.

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So special, so beautiful . . . 🙂

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It is fulfilled

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Centennial Memorial Hall in Beijing where the ceremony was held

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Some impressions from the
2016 Graduation Party at Peking University

After four years of study Yifan is now a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from the Institute of International Relations at Peking University.

衷心祝贺!

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The great moment: Yifan receives her graduation certificate

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A snapshot for the Weibo account of one of Yifan’s fellow students

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Student representative Yifan Hou addresses the audience

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Always a class of her own

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Dance, folk music, magic, comedy and other presentations, most of them performed by the graduates themselves, made the event a very special experience.

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Yes, we are a little late. This year’s Graduation Party of Peking University was held on July 2 at the Centennial Memorial Hall in Beijing. More than two thousand teachers, students and invited guests attended the ceremony that was organized by the Communist Youth League and sponsored by the PKU Education Foundation. The evening was filled with a rich programme. Dance, folk music, magic, comedy and other presentations, most of them performed by the graduates themselves, made the event a very special experience.

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1st Hancheng Cup – Silk Road Grandmaster Chess Match

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From July 18 to 22 Yifan participates in the 1st Hancheng Cup, a grandmaster tournament for women. Featuring three other (knockout) women’s world champions, the event can be considered as one of the strongest tournaments for women ever played.

Yifan will compete with some of the strongest women players for a total prize fund of 28.000 USD. Her opponents are Humpy Koneru, Mariya Muzychuk, Anna Ushenina, Valentina Gunina, and Antoaneta Stefanova. The opening ceremony is scheduled at 3 pm local time on July 18 in Yu Austin Park. The games will be played from July 19 to 21. On July 19 and 20, five rounds rapid chess are scheduled, following a single round robin system. On July 21, ten rounds blitz chess will be played, following a double round robin system.

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Anna Ushenina, Humpy Koneru, Mariya Muzychuk, Valentina Gunina, and Antoaneta Stefanova after their arrival in Hancheng on July 17

We have already presented some background information about the competition. Provided that we get the necessary information in time, we will show one or the other of Yifan’s games with some draft notes and additional information about her opponents. The report will be updated continuously during the tournament. The original regulations of the event can be found below at the end.

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1st Hancheng Cup
Silk Road Grandmaster Chess Match

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1.119.07. Yifan Hou
Anna Ushenina1 – 01.0/5
1.219.07.Yifan Hou
Humpy Koneru1 – 02.0/5
1.319.07.Antoaneta StefanovaYifan Hou0 – 13.0/5
1.420.07.Yifan HouMariya Muzychuk1 – 04.0/5
1.520.07.Valentina GuninaYifan Hou1 – 04.0/5
2.121.07.Yifan HouMariya Muzychuk1 – 01.0/10
2.221.07.Antoaneta Stefanova
Yifan Hou0 – 1 2.0/10
2.321.07. Yifan HouAnna Ushenina0 – 1 2.0/10
2.421.07.Humpy KoneruYifan Hou0 – 13.0/10
2.521.07.Yifan HouValentina Gunina1 – 04.0/10
2.621.07.Mariya MuzychukYifan Hou0 – 15.0/10
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Antoaneta Stefanova1 – 06.0/10
2.821.07.Anna UsheninaYifan Hou1 – 06.0/10
2.921.07.Yifan HouHumpy Koneru1 – 07.0/10
2.1021.07.Valentina GuninaYifan Hou1 – 07.0/10

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The opening ceremony of the 1st Hancheng Cup was held in Yu Austin Park on July 18 at 3pm local time. Jiangchuan Ye welcomed the players with especially warm words for Yifan Hou, who is for him “one of the greatest female players ever”.
We would like to add that Yifan is the undisputed number one in women’s chess and undisputed world champion since she never lost a classical tournament match for the title. Antoaneta Stefanova, Anna Ushenina and Mariya Muzychuk won the title in these heavily criticized knockout lotteries, that were the reason why Yifan withdrew from the qualifier for these events, the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix. Whoever wants to become the recognized leader in women’s chess has to surpass Yifan’s rating and to beat her in a classical tournament match. All other titleholders are second-rate champions behind the best female player of our time.
Jiangchuan Ye further explained the meaning of the 1st Hancheng Cup, the Silk Road GM Match, that brings together some of the the strongest female players from countries along the ancient silk road. He further expressed his hope that the tournament will become a fixed event on the calendar of the chess circuit.
After the ceremony Jiangchuan Ye joined the six players for a simul against young participants of a tournament that is organized in the supporting programme of the 1st Hancheng Cup.
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Final Standings
Rapid Competition
RankNameRatingTotal
1Valentina Gunina25204.0/5
1Yifan Hou
26534.0/5
3Humpy Koneru
25753.5/5
4Anna Ushenina24581.5/5
5Mariya Muzychuk
25451.0/5
5Antoaneta Stefanova
25121.0/5
Valentina Gunina is the winner of the rapid event on the tiebreak of the direct encounter.

Congratulations to Valentina Gunina

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Final Standings
Blitz Competition
RankNameRatingTotal
1Anna Ushenina24587.0/10
1Yifan Hou26537.0/10
3Humpy Koneru25755.5/10
4Valentina Gunina25205.0/10
5Mariya Muzychuk
25453.5/10
6Antoaneta Stefanova
25122.0/10
The blitz event was finally won by our snowwoman from the 2013 WWCC match in Taizhou, Anna Ushenina. She tied Yifan on points and took the first place on the tiebreak of the direct encounter.

Congratulations to Anna Ushenina

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Overall Result
1st Hancheng Cup
Silk Road Grandmaster Chess Match
RankName
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1YifanHou01_80Yifan Hou265311.0/15
2ValentinaGunina04_80Valentina Gunina25209.0/15
2HumpyKoneru01_80Humpy Koneru25759.0/15
4AnnaUsenina02_80Anna Ushenina24588.5/15
5MariyaMuzychuk03_80Mariya Muzychuk
25454.5/15
6AntoanetaStefanova01_80Antoaneta Stefanova
25123.0/15
In the overall score Yifan took the first place with 11/15. Valentina Gunina is second in front of Humpy Koneru thanks to her better Sonneborn-Berger score.
Yifan underlined her leading position in the women’s section. She is without any doubt the most complete player with above-average results in all formats. We are almost sure that she is not happy with the media presentation of the event. China has messed up a great opportunity to promote women’s chess without FIDE. However, it is not her fault, she remains Simply the Best.


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And now we hardly can wait to see pictures from the graduation at Peking University.

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Secrets of the Silk Road

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On the day of the closing ceremony of the 7th Hainan Danzhou Super GM Tournament Yifan Hou is expected to arrive in Hancheng, where she will participate in the 1st Hancheng Cup – Silk Road Grandmaster Chess Match. The tournament is organized by the Chinese Chess Association and will be held from July 18 to 22. Featuring four Women’s World Champions, the event can be considered as one of the strongest closed tournaments for women ever played.

Yifan will compete with some of the strongest female players for a total prize fund of 28.000 USD. Based on latest information, her opponents will be Humpy Koneru, Mariya Muzychuk, Anna Ushenina, Valentina Gunina, and Antoaneta Stefanova. Alexandra Kosteniuk, who was announced to play in Hancheng, will most likely not be among the players. She currently plays in Switzerland. The opening ceremony is scheduled at 3 pm local time on July 18 in Yu Austin Park.

The games will be played from July 19 to 21. On July 19 and 20, five rounds rapid chess are scheduled, following a single round robin system. On July 21, ten rounds blitz chess will be played, following a double round robin system.
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Yifan and Humpy Koneru at the 2012 knockout lottery in Khanty-Mansiysk

We are particularly pleased that Humpy Koneru is among the participants. She is the main victim of the Russian chess mafia. Even though she has been the number two in women’s chess for years, she had only once the opportunity to play against Yifan for the title. Maybe the CCA will one day organize a match between these two players, or a tournament with the four strongest women by rating – with classical time controls. As usual, you can follow Yifan’s results in the Yifan Hou Biography 2016.

Women’s Chess without FIDE – thanks to Yifan and Jiangchuan Ye our dreams come true. Hopefully we won’t see the undead spirit of chess Kirsan Nikolayevitch spooking around in the historic city of Hancheng, spoiling the event with his presence.

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Hancheng is a city in Shaanxi Province, People’s Republic of China, about 125 miles northeast of Xi’an, at the point where the south-flowing Yellow River enters the Guanzhong Plain. It is a renowned historic city, containing numerous historic mansions and streets as well as over 140 protected historical sites that range from the Tang to the Qing dynasties. As of 2005, it had a population of around 385,000 people.
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In ancient times, Yu the Great bored a tunnel in the nearby Dragon Gate Mountain to alleviate the frequent flooding that occurred in the area, which led to the area being called Dragon Gate. During the Western Zhou Dynasty, the area was bestowed on the Han Marquises. During the Spring and Autumn Period, the area was under the administration of the State of Jin and became known as Hanyuan or ‘Land of the Hans’. In the Warring States period, the area belonged to the State of Wei and was called Shaoliang. Towards the end of the Warring States Period, the State of Qin conquered and designated the area as Xiayang County. In the Sui Dynasty, the area received its present name of Hancheng. In 1983, Hancheng County became Hancheng City. In 1986, the city was named a National Historic and Cultural City and, in 2007, was added to the list of Prime Tourist Cities of China.
Hancheng has the biggest power plant in western China, generating over 2,400,000 kW.

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A temple in commemoration of Qian Sima

The famed Chinese historian Qian Sima was born in Hancheng in the Han Dynasty and buried nearby.

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7th Hainan Danzhou Super GM Tournament

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The 7th Hainan Danzhou Super GM Tournament is held from July 6 to 18. The event is played since 2010 with growing attention of the Chinese media. This year ten players with an average rating of 2727 will compete for a total prize fund of 400.000 Yuan (about 61.000 USD) with a first prize of 120.000 Yuan (about 18.000 USD). Besides Liren Ding, Yangyi Yu, Hao Wang, Yue Wang, Xiangzhi Bu, and Yifan Hou from China, we will see Pentala Harikrishna, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Peter Leko, and Vassily Ivanchuk.

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The venue: Danzhou Training Base for the Chinese Chess Association

Yifan played the tournament three times from 2010 to 2012. Her invitation this year, short after the withdrawal from the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix, is a great sign of solidarity from the Chinese Chess Association. Nobody expects her to win this tournament as the lowest rated player among nine 2700+ GMs. “It is another great opportunity to train her skills and to become more familiar with her new situation”, said the deputy director of the SGAS Chess Management Centre Jiangchuan Ye.

We have already presented some background information about the tournament. As usual we will show Yifan’s games with some draft notes and additional information about her opponents. The report will be updated continuously during the tournament. The games are expected to start at 8.30 am CEST.
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The ten players during the opening ceremony

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Yifan Hou
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108.07. Yue WangYifan Hou1 – 00.0/9
209.07.Yifan HouXiangzhi Bu½ – ½0.5/9
310.07.Peter LekoYifan Hou½ – ½1.0/9
411.07.Yifan HouVassily Ivanchuk½ – ½1.5/9
512.07.Ian NepomniachtchiYifan Hou1 – 01.5/9
613.07.Yifan HouLiren Ding½ – ½2.0/9
715.07.Hao WangYifan Hou0 – 13.0/9
816.07. Yifan HouYangyi Yu½ – ½3.5/9
917.07.Pentala HarikrishnaYifan Hou ½ – ½4.0/9

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After round 9
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1IanNepomniachtchiIan Nepomniachtchi27256.0/9
2PentalaHarikrishnaPentala Harikrishna27555.0/9
 2YueWangYue Wang27305.0/9
 4YangyiYuYangyi Yu27344.5/9
4buxangzhiXiangzhi Bu27234.5/9
 4LirenDingLiren Ding27784.5/9
 7VassilyIvanchukVassily Ivanchuk 27284.0/9
 7peterlekoPeter Leko 27124.0/9
 7YifanHouYifan Hou26534.0/9
10HaoWangHao Wang27343.5/9

The notations are taken from www.qipai.org.cn. The standings are from chessbomb.com, they include the Sonneborn-Berger score.

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Wenjun Ju

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With her strong performance at the Chicago Open

Wenjun Ju

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The screenshot from the FIDE website with the July ratings illustrates the power relations in women’s chess quite vividly. Even though she played the last tournaments below her possibilities, Yifan is still about 75 points ahead of Humpy Koneru and Wenjun Ju. The lead on her opponent from the WWCC match in Lviv even amounts to more than 100 points. Compared with Magnus Carlsen in the men’s section, Yifan dominates women’s chess far more impressively with a huge lead.
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Our favourite one: While Yifan persistently refuses to play in a burqa or in one of the other Islamic outfits, Wenjun was far more cooperative with her beautiful hijab in Wijk aan Zee

The beautiful photos were taken by Alina l’Ami during the 2016 Tehran FIDE Women’s Grand Prix and in Wijk aan Zee. Chessbase has made a nice report about Wenjun after her victory in Tehran. The 25 years old from Shanghai is just another proof of the successful work of the Chinese Chess Association. Wenjun Ju, who stands always a little in the shade of Yifan’s outstanding personality, deserves the public attention not only for her playing skills but also for her attractive appearance. Especially Alina’s pictures from Tehran show a very special young lady with a deep and almost spiritual personality that touches most probably not only us.

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