Friday, August 03, 2007

Who is Zhu Chen?

Born on March 16, 1976, Zhu Chen represents Qatar nowadays having married a Qatari GM, but she was originally from China. In fact, back in 1988, she was the first Chinese player to win an international chess tournament. That was the World Girls Under 12 Championship held in Romania. Her winning ways continued in 1994 and 1996 when she won the World Junior Girls Chess Championship. But, the grand daddy of them all came in 2001 when Zhu Chen beat Alexandra Kosteniuk for the Women's World Chess Championship by a score of 5-3. She reigned until 2004. Her title, by the way, is a straight forward Grandmaster's title. Zhu Chen is ranked No. 5 on the July 2007 list of the top 50 women players in the world.


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