Hou Yifan

1994 - Today

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Hou Yifan (Chinese: 侯逸凡; pinyin: Hóu Yìfán pronunciation ; born 27 February 1994) is a Chinese chess grandmaster, four-time Women's World Chess Champion and the second highest rated female player of all time. Once a chess prodigy, she was the youngest female player ever to qualify for the title of grandmaster (at the age of 14 years, 6 months, 2 days) and the youngest ever to win the Women's World Chess Championship (at age 16). At the age of 12, Hou became the youngest player ever to participate in the Women's World Championship (Yekaterinburg 2006) and the Chess Olympiad (Torino 2006). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hou Yifan has received more than 1,082,442 page views. Her biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Hou Yifan is the 253rd most popular chess player (down from 238th in 2019), the 1,022nd most popular biography from China (down from 903rd in 2019) and the 4th most popular Chess Player.

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Among chess players, Hou Yifan ranks 253 out of 374Before her are Sergei Tiviakov, Mariya Muzychuk, Eugenio Torre, Karen Asrian, Aloyzas Kveinys, and Ivan Cheparinov. After her are Artashes Minasian, Ding Liren, Ju Wenjun, Kateryna Lagno, Eduardas Rozentalis, and Anna Ushenina.

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Among people born in 1994, Hou Yifan ranks 165Before her are Gong Myung, Eugenie Bouchard, Nat Wolff, Tom Daley, Charlie Heaton, and Kaan Ayhan. After her are Andrea Conti, Adam Masina, Gonçalo Paciência, Miguel Almirón, Bruno Petković, and Evgenia Tarasova.

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Among people born in China, Hou Yifan ranks 1,022 out of 1,392Before her are Gedhun Choekyi Nyima (1989), Li Xiaopeng (1975), Wu Minxia (1985), Yang Huiyan (1981), Jiang Jin (1968), and Xuecheng (1966). After her are Luan Jujie (1958), Ni Ni (1988), Xie Xingfang (1981), Ding Liren (1992), Ju Wenjun (1991), and G.E.M. (1991).


Among chess players born in China, Hou Yifan ranks 4Before her are Xie Jun (1970), Zhu Chen (1976), and Xu Yuhua (1976). After her are Ding Liren (1992), Ju Wenjun (1991), Zhang Zhong (1978), Peng Zhaoqin (1968), Ye Jiangchuan (1960), Wang Hao (1989), Qin Kanying (1974), and Bu Xiangzhi (1985).