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First rated chess game on Antarctica

Bicontinental Chess Match Hou Yifan vs Cristobal Henriquez Villagra

Top rated female player and former World Champion Hou Yifan is visiting Chile from 2-10th February.

The first activity was a 60-board simultaneous exhibition at the Plaza de la Constitución del Palacio de la Moneda. On the same day Hou Yifan visited Universidad San Sebastián to attend the national Youth Championship.

Finally, the main activity is the Bicontinental Chess Match between Hou Yifan and local star Cristobal Henriquez Villagra which is taking place in Chilean Patagonia and Antarctica.

Russian agency Interfax is quoting FIDE Vice President Beatriz Marinello: “In the chess history there was never an international chess match taking place on Antarctica”.

Match schedule:
– 5th February, first game in Punta Arenas, Chilean Patagonia (1/2-1/2)
– 6th February, simultaneous exhibition in Zona Franca
– 7th or 8th February, second game in Chilean base on Antarctica
– 9th February, third game in Punta Arenas
– 10th February, fourth game in Punta Arenas

The event is one of the many timed to the 500th anniversary of the opening of the Strait of Magellan.

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Hou Yifan and Cristobal Henriquez Villagra

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