Xie Jun

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Xie Jun
Xie Yun 1993.jpg
Xie Jun, Curitiba 1993
Full name Xie Jun
Country China
Born (1970-10-30) October 30, 1970 (age 43)
Baoding, Hebei, China
Title Grandmaster (1991)
Women's World Champion 1991–1996
1999–2001
FIDE rating 2574 (August 2014)
Peak rating 2574 (January 2008)

Xie Jun (simplified Chinese: 谢军; traditional Chinese: 謝軍; pinyin: Xiè Jūn; born October 30, 1970, Baoding, Hebei)[1] is a chess grandmaster from China. She had two reigns as Women's World Chess Champion, from 1991 to 1996 and again from 1999 to 2001. Xie is only the second woman to have two reigns, the other being Elisabeth Bykova.

In 1991, Xie became China's second Grandmaster, after Ye Rongguang. Xie Jun is married to her former coach GM Wu Shaobin.[2][3]

Career[edit]

At the age of six Xie began to play Chinese chess, and by the age of 10 she had become the girls' xiangqi champion of Beijing. At the urging of government authorities, she soon began playing international chess. Despite indifferent training opportunities, Xie became the Chinese girls' chess champion in 1984. In 1988 she tied for second–fourth places at the women's world junior championship.

At the age of 20 Xie won the right to challenge for the women's world title, and in 1991 she defeated Maya Chiburdanidze of Georgia, who had held the title since 1978, by a score of 8½–6½. In 1993 she successfully defended her title against Nana Ioseliani (winning the match 8½–2½). She lost the title to Susan Polgar of Hungary in 1996 (8½–4½) but regained the title in 1999 by defeating another championship finalist, Alisa Galliamova (8½–6½), after Polgar refused to accept match conditions and forfeited her title.[4] In 2000, FIDE changed the format of the world championship to a knock-out system, and Xie won the title again, beating fellow Chinese player Qin Kanying 2½–1½ in the final.

In Guangzhou in April 2000, Women's Champion Xie played a match with former World Champion Anatoly Karpov. Billed as a "female vs. male chess contest", the match consisted of four games at normal time controls and two rapid games. The four-game portion was won by Karpov 2½–1½ (1 win, 3 draws), and the rapid-play portion also went to Karpov, 1½–½ (1 win, 1 draw).[5]

A hero in China, Xie became widely known for her optimism and vivid attacking style. Her success did much to popularize international chess in her country and the rest of Asia. Xie Jun proved to be the first of a number of strong Chinese women players, the others being Zhu Chen, Xu Yuhua, and Wang Lei. She was also an important factor in the Chinese women's team winning the gold medal at the 1998 Chess Olympiad in Elista in Kalmykia, Russia.

Among women, Xie has been the number 2 or number 3 highest rated woman for much of her career.

Around the end of the 1990s, Xie was reading for a doctorate in psychology at Beijing Normal University. Xie Jun now spends most of her present time working as an official at the Beijing Sports Commission, taking care of chess players and other sports people.[6]

In July 2004, she gained the titles of International Arbiter and FIDE Senior Trainer.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "中国国际象棋运动员等级分数据库". Chessinchina.net. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  2. ^ "Intchess Asia Pte Ltd". Intchessasia.com. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  3. ^ Relatives and Spouses of Chess Masters
  4. ^ "The Week in Chess 242". Chesscenter.com. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  5. ^ THE WEEK IN CHESS 284. London Chess Center. 17 April 2000. 
  6. ^ "Nanjing: Bu draws first blood in Super-GM". Chessbase.com. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  7. ^ "World Chess Federation". FIDE. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Xie Jun (1998). Chess Champion from China: The Life and Games of Xie Jun. Gambit Publications, London. ISBN 1-901983-06-4.  An annotated collection of many of Xie's games along with some biographical information.
  • Forbes, Cathy (1994). Meet the Masters. Tournament Chess. ISBN 1-85932-041-4.  A book containing interviews with many famous chess players.

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Preceded by
Qin Kanying
Women's Chinese Chess Champion
1989
Succeeded by
Peng Zhaoqin
Preceded by
Maia Chiburdanidze
Women's World Chess Champion First Reign
1991–96
Succeeded by
Susan Polgar
Preceded by
Susan Polgar, then vacant
Women's World Chess Champion Second Reign
1999–2001
Succeeded by
Zhu Chen