Anya Corke

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Anya Corke
Anya Corke 2013.jpg
Anya Corke, Warsaw 2013
Full nameAnya Sun Corke
CountryEngland (after 2009)[1]
Hong Kong (before 2009)
Born (1990-09-12) September 12, 1990 (age 31)
California, United States
TitleWoman Grandmaster (2004)
Peak rating2301 (October 2008)

Anya Sun Corke (born 12 September 1990 in California, USA) is an American-born English chess player holding the title of Woman Grandmaster (WGM). She played for Hong Kong, where she was the top ranked chess player, until 2009.[2]

Career[edit]

Corke earned the WGM title with her performance in the 36th Chess Olympiad, playing for the Hong Kong men's team.[3][4]

She was the 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008 Hong Kong National Champion (for men and women), one of the youngest national champions ever at the age of 13 years and 9 months.

She was the British Junior Under-11 Champion in 2002[5] and the Under-12 Champion in 2003,[6] the first girl to win either of these age groups. In 2004, she became joint British U-14 Champion.[7]

In December 2004, she won the Asian Youth Girls U-14 Championship in Singapore.[8]

In August 2005, she jointly won with Alisa Melekhina and Abby Marshall the second annual Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls under-19.[9]

Corke represented the England Women's team at the 2012 Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey,[10][11] and the 2013 European Team Championship in Warsaw, Poland.[12]

Personal life and education[edit]

In 2013, Corke graduated from Wellesley College summa cum laude with a B.A. in Russian and Philosophy.[13][14]

In 2014, she started a Ph.D. program in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University.[15] She obtained an M.A. and M.Phil Slavic Languages and Literatures (specializing in Russian).[16]

In 2019, Corke started the J.D. program at Yale Law School.[17]

Corke is married and lives in the United States with her husband.[18]

Media[edit]

Her photograph was misappropriated by supporters of Barisan Nasional, the ruling political party of Malaysia, to depict the victim in a controversy alleging sexual misconduct by the son of Lim Guan Eng, who is one of the leaders of DAP, a Malaysian opposition party.[19] DAP and their supporters then contacted Anya Corke to obtain an official denial that she knows Lim Guan Eng's son; she confirmed that the allegations were false, and that the photo was used without her knowledge or consent.[20][21] The original photo used in this controversy was stolen from an article on the website ChessBase News, and had the chess board cropped out.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Player transfers in 2009, FIDE
  3. ^ Article about the Susan Polgar National Invitation by ChessBase
  4. ^ Mihajlova, Diana (5 July 2009). "Anya Corke – a special talent from Hong Kong". ChessBase. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  5. ^ "British Champions 1904-present". EnglishChess.org.uk. Archived from the original on 26 June 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  6. ^ "British Champions 1904-present". EnglishChess.org.uk. Archived from the original on 26 June 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  7. ^ "British Champions 1904-present". EnglishChess.org.uk. Archived from the original on 26 June 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  8. ^ Asian Youth Girls U-14, FIDE
  9. ^ "2005 Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls". Chessville News. Archived from the original on 31 August 2006. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Wellesley Senior Among World's Top Chess Players". Wellesley.edu. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Wellesley College Champ Returns Home a Victor". Boston.com. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  12. ^ "England Women's Team". EnglishChess.org.edu. 21 October 2013. Archived from the original on 31 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  13. ^ "2009 Wellesley College Press Release". Wellesley.edu. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  14. ^ "Wellesley College 135th Annual Commencement" (PDF). Wellesley.edu. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Yale Slavic Languages and Literatures". Slavic.Yale.edu. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  16. ^ "ABOUT". anyachess. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  17. ^ "Anya Corke Allen". LinkedIn.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ "HOME". anyachess. Retrieved 25 July 2020.
  19. ^ "Umno blogs used chess champion's picture to attack Guan Eng's son, says DAP". Malaysia-today.net. Archived from the original on 20 October 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  20. ^ "Anya Corke I don't know Guan Eng's son". The Malaysian Insider. Archived from the original on 21 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  21. ^ "Everybody seems to have forgotten about the girl". helenang.wordpress.com. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  22. ^ "First International Carinthian Chess Festival". 10 July 2007.

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