Chess champion from China: the life and games of Xie Jun by Xie Jun

By Xie Jun

Xie Jun’s meteoric upward push to stardom is nearly exceptional in chess background. Born in 1970, in 1988 she used to be only a promising junior who had by no means even noticeable a Grandmaster, not to mention crushed one. but in 1991 she turned Women’s international Champion via decisively beating Maya Chiburdanidze, Champion for the reason that 1978.

This ebook offers a desirable and regularly fun examine the chess international throughout the eyes of a tender chinese language girl, as she describes her certain existence and profession up to now.

Since she got here to (western) chess through the hugely tactical chinese language kind of the sport, it really is no shock that Xie Jun's variety of play is very competitive in nature. Her luck exhibits that direct attacking play could be super potent in perform, and the reader is invited to sharpen his or her personal abilities by way of learning the forty deeply annotated video games and 12 puzzle positions during this book.

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4f6. 10. 6f3-95! 6e6 has scored nicelv for White. gb5-b6 gb6-b5 a2-a4 12. a4-a5l 11. Wxd4?! 9b3 l, with a clear plus forWhite. 13. e2-e4 With an opening of central lines that should favour White. A cD 8. ffis trffi This is the modern way to play the game, and this move is most in keeping with the spirit of the opening. fi -f5. At this point the three most played continuations are: C1) 8. 6c3-d5!? 6f6xd5 9. c4xd5 E friA*:98 ela ffiAffiffirffiffi ffiffigffiffiffi Agg 9. d4xe5 10. e2-e4 11. Ac3-d5!

Rn,r E-E it is, he can instead play g7-96 11.... Then follows 12. 0-o 13. c6-c5 14. Ab8-a6! Heading for the optimum unoccupied However, as ab1-d2 tral-c1 ad2-fg e6-square. The resulting position has the ingredients for a fighting game typ- ical of the Dutch: White will only be able to take small comfort from his 'theoretical' advantage, which will be difficult to demonstrate over the board. 0-0 gd6^]. e4 has some theoretical dignity as an answer to the Dutch which indeed aims to make e4 as difficult as possible to play.

C6-c5 push. :t= i-la;r- ^) ]u: *# I *_: ffi With equal chances: the technically bad 85) 7. 9c1-f4 Ad6xf4! 4d7) where it weak, but White's pawn structure is won't be inferior to its white counterpart. compromised. 8. g3xf4 9. e2-e3 0-0 9. Af6-e4! 86) 7. b2-b3 To exchange the bishop via a3. Naturally, White has other options, but 7. Wd8-e7t this move reinforces the pawn structure The advantage of the modern approach and should be played sooner or later is that this move prevents - or more precisely delays anyway.

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