Jan 24, 2020 - FEFU News
Hou Yifan: “Knowledge of chess helps to win not only in sports, but also in life”


The famous chess player, four-time world champion among women and three-time winner of the women's team world championships in the team of the People’s Republic of China Hou Yifan. She took part in the meeting at Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU). The event was attended by students and university staff, as well as guests and participants in the match for the Title of World Champion in Women's Chess, which has been held at FEFU since January 16.

Hou Yifan told how since she was 10 years old, she managed to combine education and chess (it was exactly this age when she moved to Beijing and entered the National Chess Center of China).

“I did not want to sacrifice my studies and always tried to correctly distribute my time. On ordinary days, I played chess up to 5 hours, before the matches - 8-9 hours”, said Hou Yifan.

Hou Yifan believes that knowledge of chess helps to win not only matches but also to make more thoughtful actions in life, knowing the “next move”. The Chinese woman shared her opinion with the audience about the qualitative difference in the game of chess between women and men, as well as about plans for the future. Among them are the promotion of chess sport, the involvement of more players in various fields of activity.

At Far Eastern Federal University, Hou Yifan held a simultaneous game on 20 boards with British grandmaster Nigel Short. Sessioners won in all the games. Nigel Short himself also met with students of FEFU and shared the secrets of chess victories.

The Russian chessplayer Alexandra Goryachkina and the current world champion, Chinese woman Ju Wenjun, continue the confrontation that began in Shanghai. As part of the Match for the Title of World Champion, an extensive additional program has been organized, in which experienced grandmasters, numerous chess players and chess fans from Russia and other countries participate. Including the first “FEFU Rector Cup - 2020”, which brought together more than 100 of the strongest players from all over the Far East.

The organizers of the World Champion Title Match are the International Chess Federation (FIDE), the Chinese Chess Association, the Russian Chess Federation, the Government of the Primorsky Region and Far Eastern Federal University.