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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Analysis of Zhu Chen-Hou Yifan Chess game from round 4 of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix

I have just completed the analysis of another chess game. This game comes from round 4
of the current Women's Grand Prix Chess tournament, and is between
former World Chess Champion Zhu Chen of Qatar  and GM Hou Yifan of China.
This game is game number 51, in the Chessviewer Deluxe game index, and involves
the Nimzo-Indian Defense. In this game GM  Hou Yifan pounces on an error by
her opponent with a beautiful tactic to win the game!

Here is some information concerning the two players in this game I have analyzed for you:

Zhu Chen – The (Qatari) Chinese Chess Player

"Zhu Chen is a Chinese born convert and chess grandmaster who is married to a Qatari Chessmaster Mohamad Al-Modiahki. She is now a Qatari citizen and represents Qatar at the international level."
(source of text and image: " In 2001,she became China's second women's world chess champion after Xie Jun, and in that same year
she became China's 13th Grandmaster.At the age of 25 she defeated Alexandra Kosteniuk of Russia in a tournament for the 2001/2002 Women's World Chess Championship, by 5-3, becoming the eleventh champion. She won the World Junior Girls Chess Championship in 1994 and 1996.
Zhu gave up the chance to defend her world title in Georgia in May 2004 due to a jammed schedule and her pregnancy.Zhu is married to Qatari Grandmaster Mohamad Al-Modiahki, and now represents Qatar

16- year old Hou Yifan (source of image:චෙස්-ලොවේ-ලාබාලතම-මහදුරු/hou-yifan-china/ was born on February 27,1994. and  is a "chess prodigy, who in 2008, became the youngest ever female in history (at the age of 14 years 6 months) to qualify for the title of Grandmaster.In June 2007, she became China's youngest ever National Women's Champion, and in September 2008 she became the youngest ever finalist for the Women's World Championship title.Hou started playing chess regularly at the age of 6, but became fascinated with the game when she was 3 years old. "I took up chess because I was fascinated by the pieces - I just liked it. In the future, I want to be a professional chess player or maybe study to be a doctor", she said in 2007." (source:

I hope you enjoy playing through this game!

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.