China’s Hou Yifan, 17, stunned the chess world by beating the legendary and almost invincible Judit Polgar.
CHINA’S 17-year-old Hou Yifan did not start out as a favourite at the recent Tradewise Gibraltar chess festival, even though she is the women’s world champion. Hou’s international rating stood at 2605 points, and there were at least 20 high-profile players who were ranked much higher than her. Eleven of them were players whose ratings placed them in the super-grandmaster class.
Besides, there was always Judit Polgar who has been the top ranked woman chess player for as long