Yifan Hou – Tata Steel 2016 player preview

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GM Yifan Hou

Tata Steel 2016 is one of the strongest tournaments in 2016. The Masters bracket of the tournament features 14 of the most renowned chess players today. Each day before the tournament, Chessdom brings you a pre-tournament summary for one of the 14 participating Grandmasters.

Magnus Carlsen / Fabiano Caruana / Anish Giri / Liren Ding / Wesley So / Sergey Karjakin / Pavel Eljanov / Shakhryar Mamedyarov / Evgeny Tomashevsky / Michael Adams / David Navara / Yi Wei / Yifan Hou / Loek van Wely

Yifan Hou is the former World Champion who is now the top ranked woman in the world (2673). She will challenge the title of World Champion Mariya Muzychuk , third on the rating list with 119 ELO less, in the 2016 World Women Chess Championship in Lviv.

Yifan Hou has recovered from that early 2015 loss to string together several successful events. A decisive victory in the Match of Friendship versus European Chess Champion Evgeniy Najer, competing the 2 day rapid and blitz event with a very convincing score 9.5-4.5. A solid win in the Women GP Monte Carlo in October, two points ahead of every other participant. 2016 is looking very promising for the former World Champion, but first up, she will be participating this January in the Tata Steel Masters 2016.

In the Tata Steel / Corus tournaments Yifan Hou has had moderate success. She has participated in 3 tournaments in the series so far. Her first event was in 2008, when she was only 14, playing in the Group B and achieving the respectful 7th place. That was followed by two main group participations in 2013 and 2015 where with fighting chess she managed to take 11th. This year she has accumulated even more chess experience and initial predictions show that Tata Steel this January might be her best Tata Steel ever, despite rating odds being against her one more time.

Follow the Tata Steel 2016 live daily on Chessdom.com with triple engine analysis by Komodo, Stockfish, and Houdini and via GM commentary in pgn and pdf by GM Kuljasevic, GM Grigorov, IM Videnova, and GM Arnaudov through Chess Insider (January) and Modern Chess (January) magazines.

Yifan Hou in Tata Steel tournaments

Tournament (3) Final ranking
Corus 2008 7
Tata Steel Chess 2013 11
Tata Steel Chess 2015 11

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