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. A chess prodigy, she is 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 957,272 page views. Her biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 40 in 2019). Hou Yifan is the 239th most popular chess player (down from 189th in 2019), the 904th most popular biography from China (down from 779th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Chinese Chess Player.

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Among chess players, Hou Yifan ranks 239 out of 376Before her are Artashes Minasian, Salomėja Zaksaitė, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Suat Atalık, Zoltán Almási, and Emil Sutovsky. After her are Gabriel Sargissian, Alberto David, Victor Bologan, Eduardas Rozentalis, Ivan Cheparinov, and Karen Asrian.

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Among people born in 1994, Hou Yifan ranks 130Before her are Airi Suzuki, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Sébastien Haller, Caio Lucas Fernandes, Raúl de Tomás, and Elseid Hysaj. After her are Ludwig Augustinsson, Erick Pulgar, John Lundstram, Kaan Ayhan, Keisha Grey, and Seong-Jin Cho.

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Among people born in China, Hou Yifan ranks 904 out of 1,186Before her are Yang Yang (1976), Zhuang Xiaoyan (1969), Liang Wudong (1959), Gyaincain Norbu (1990), Shao Jiayi (1980), and Zhao Hongbo (1973). After her are Xuecheng (1966), Yan Zi (1984), Yi Jianlian (1987), Peng Shuai (1986), Wang Yan (1971), and Jenova Chen (1981).


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), Peng Zhaoqin (1968), Ye Jiangchuan (1960), Ju Wenjun (1991), Zhang Zhong (1978), Qin Kanying (1974), Wang Yue (1987), and Wang Hao (1989).