Hou Yifan: New Women's World Youngest Chess Champion

No one has ever thought about it, a teenager could become a World Chess Champion!

A confident Hou Yifan arrives for game three followed by her mother (Source: Chessbase).

Ms. Hou is a solid player who takes few risks in her games, but also rarely makes critical mistakes. She has been among the best female players since 2006, when she suddenly rose to No. 8 in the world. She is now No. 3, but could surpass Humpy Koneru of India, the current No. 2, if her world championship victory is taken into account in the next rankings, which are due to be released Jan. 1. Ms. Hou defeated Ms. Koneru in the semifinals of the championship tournament.
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