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Jennifer on X Chess II and Hou Power Print E-mail
February 2, 2012
It's been a great week for women in chess as Hou Yifan blazed through some of the best players (Shirov, Polgar) in the World at the Gibraltar Tradewise Chess Festival. She ended the tournament tied for first with GM Nigel Short. Though she lost the tiebreak match, her performance rating of 2872 definitely left an impression on chess fans all over the world. GM Pavel Eljanov may have said it best on twitter, "We need such a super talents like Hou Yifan! It`s very exciting to follow them! Judit, you are not alone anymore!" Look for a full recap of Gibraltar by Macauley Peterson in the coming days.

In other news, the second episode of the Extreme Chess Championships aka "X Chess Champs" just went live! This one features a "Battle of the Sexes" double header with Alena Kats vs. Alex Barnett & Alisa Melekhina vs. Elliott Liu. Enjoy!