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Game of the Week: Hou yifan, Girya

Game of the Week: Hou yifan, Girya

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As the dominant male in the chess world, Magnus Carlsen, racked up another tournament victory in the Gashimov Memorial, World Champion Hou Yifan confirmed that she is the dominant female with a convincing victory in the Women’s Grand Prix in Khanty Mansiysk. Her score of 8 ½ out of 11 put her a point and a half clear of the field. The result of the second place finisher, however, was a surprise. Despite being one of the tournament’s lowest rated competitors, the 22-year old Russian WGM Olga Girya notched 7 points and an apparent grandmaster norm. With a highly successful youth career behind her, Girya looks to have a promising future. But in this week’s feature game, Hou Yifan sends the message that she herself owns the present.

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