My Career So Far – GM Hou Yifan

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29 My Career So Far

In this series the reigning Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan looks back on the most important moments of her chess career so far.

From her early tournaments wins as a child prodigy to becoming the youngest ever female Grandmaster aged 14, Hou Yifan talks us through her experiences, the challenges and the victories. Along the way, Hou analyzes the most interesting and memorable of her games including wins over Judit Polgar and Anish Giri.

Then comes her greatest accomplishment to date, winning the Women’s World Championship at just 16. Hou Yifan reveals how she beat Ruan Lufei to win the title, which she defended the next year against Koneru Humpy.

This is a fascinating glimpse into the life and chess of a prodigy and World Champion, with many instructive games to be enjoyed too.


1. Introduction to My Career So Far
2. The World Youth Championship
3. First Steps
4. How I became a grandmaster
5. 2008 World Championship finalist
6. World Champion at 16
7. Life as a World Champion
8. The Olympiad

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Running Time

1 hour 46 minutes



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