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Chess Champion from China
Boek
Titel: Chess Champion from China
Auteur: Jun X.
Jaartal: 1998
Taal: Engels
Aantal pagina's:   223
Verkoopprijs:   Ä 12.75
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Contents:

005 Introduction
006 Symbols

007 Chapter 1 My Childhood (1970 - 1985)

011 01 Xie Jun - Qi Jingxuan, Shanghai 1985

014 Chapter 2 Arrival on the Chess Scene (1986-1988)

017 02 Xie Jun - J. Hickl, Beijing Open 1988
023 03 Xie Jun - K. Arakhamia, World Junior Ch, Adelaide 1988
026 04 M. Adams - Xie Jun, Sydney Open 1988
030 05 G. Markovic- Xie Jun, Thessaloniki Olympiad 1988

034 Chapter 3 Clearing up some Knotty Points (1989 - 1990)

038 06 Xie Jun - Peng Xiaomin, National Junior Ch, Beijing 1989

042 Chapter 4 Entering the World Championship Cycle (1990 - 1991)

044 07 A. Akhsharumova - Xie Jun, Interzonal, Malaysia 1990
051 08 N. Gaprindashvili - Xie Jun, Candidates, Borzhomi 1990
057 09 N. loseliani - Xie Jun, Candidates, Borzhomi 1990

065 Chapter 5 The Candidates Final (1991)

067 10 A. Maric - Xie Jun, Candidates (7), Belgrade/Beijing 1991

073 Chapter 6 My First World Championship Match (1991)

075 11 Xie Jun - M. Chiburdanidze, World Ch (1), Manila 1991
079 12 Xie Jun - M. Chiburdanidze, World Ch (3), Manila 1991
083 13 M. Chiburdanidze - Xie Jun, World Ch (8), Manila 1991
090 14 M. Chiburdanidze - Xie Jun, World Ch (14), Manila 1991
095 15 Xie Jun - M. Chiburdanidze, World Ch (15), Manila 1991

101 Chapter 7 Years of Development (1992 - 1993)

103 16 Xie Jun - A. Kharlov, Alekhine Mem., Moscow 1992
107 17 R. Mainka - Xie Jun, Baden - Baden 1992
114 18 Xie Jun - V. Smyslov, Ladies against Veterans, Vienna 1993
119 19 Xie Jun - B. Larsen, Ladies against Veterans, Vienna 1993


124 Chapter 8 My Second World Championship Match (1993)

126 20 N. loseliani - Xie Jun, World Ch (7), Monaco 1993
130 21 N. loseliani - Xie Jun, World Ch (11), Monaco 1993

133 Chapter 9 Sabbatical Years (1994 - 1995)

135 22 P. van der Sterren - Xie Jun, Dormer Mem., Amsterdam 1994
141 23 B. Alterman - Xie Jun, Cap d'Agde 1994
145 24 Xie Jun - B. Larsen, Ladies against Veterans, Monaco 1994
149 25 Dr R. Hiibner - Xie Jun, San Francisco 1995
153 26 L. Brunner - Xie Jun, Match (9), Shanghai 1995
157 27 Xie Jun - B. Spassky, Ladies against Veterans, Prague 1995
161 28 Xie Jun - L. Portisch, Ladies against Veterans, Prague 1995
164 29 Ye Rongguang - Xie Jun, Match (I), Chengdu 1995

168 Chapter 10 My Third World Championship Match (1996)

170 30 Xie Jun - Zsu. Polgar, World Ch (10), Jaen 1996
173 31 Xie Jun - Zsu. Polgar, World Ch (12), Jaen 1996

176 Chapter 11 Recharging the Battery (1996-1997)

178 32 Xie Jun - S. Movsesian, Premier, Hastings 1996/7
181 33 A. Yusupov - Xie Jun, Anibal Open, Linares 1997
185 34 S. Krivoshy - Xie Jun, Anibal Open, Linares 1997
188 35 Xie Jun - N. Giffard, Hoogovens, Wijk aan Zee 1997
192 36 A. Rotshtein - Xie Jun, Cannes 1997
195 37 Xie Jun - L. Portisch, Ladies against Veterans, Copenhagen 1997
199 38 Xie Jun - M. Taimanov, Ladies against Veterans, Copenhagen 1997
203 39 Xie Jun - S. Tiviakov, Tan Chin Nam Cup, Beijing 1997

206 Chapter 12 A Candidate Again (1997)

208 40 Xie Jun - N. loseliani, Candidates, Groningen 1997

213 Chapter 13 Combinations

217 Solutions
220 Index of Opponents
222 Index of Openings  

Catalogue text:

Xie Jun's meteoric rise to stardom is virtually unprecedented in chess history. Born in 1970, in 1988 she was just a promising junior who had never even seen a grandmaster, let alone beaten one. Yet in 1991 she became Women's World Champion, by decisively beating Maya Chiburdanidze, Champion since 1978.
This book provides a fascinating and frequently amusing look at the chess world through the eyes of a young Chinese woman, as she describes her unique life and career to date.
Having come to (western) chess via the highly tactical Chinese form of the game, it is no surprise that Jun's style of play is extremely aggressive in nature. Her success shows that direct attacking play can be extremely effective in practice, and the reader is invited to sharpen his or her own skills by studying the 40 deeply annotated games and 12 puzzle positions in this book.
Xie Jun
is a grandmaster and was Women's World Champion from 1991 up to her fateful and controversial match with Zsuzsa Polgar in 1996. She regularly competes with success against top-class male opposition, notably in the annual series of Women vs Veterans events. She is a talented linguist, as can be seen from her fluent, captivating English prose in this book.

Review(s):


There have only been a few best games collections of women players, e.g. Vera Menchik, Kira Zvorikina, Maya Chiburdanidse and Zsuzsa Polgar, so former women's world champion Xie Jun's detailed chess autobiography with 40 well-annotated games, aggressive and tactical in nature, is a most welcome addition. Half the games are against women, rivals, the other half against men - including those distinguished old-timers that regularly turn out for Joop von Oosterom's Ladies v Veteran Grandmasters tournaments. From these, Xie Jun has annotated four wins against Larsen, Portisch, Smyslov, Spassky and also three losses to Larsen, Portisch and Taimanov - from which games she learned valuable lessons. In fact this thread of learning from her games and experiences weaves its way through the whole book in a most charming way. There is even a defeat of Michael Adams - "I thought she was quite cute until she beat me!" - and several wins against each of her principal Georgian rivals Maya Chiburdanidze and Nana Ioseliani.


Chess Monthly, September 1998






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