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  1. Zugzwang
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    04 Jan '18 03:26
    Chinese GM Hou Yifan, the world's highest rated (by far) woman player
    will attend the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

    "At Oxford she plans to pursue an MSc in Education."
    --Oxford website about Rhodes Scholars

    For many years, Hou Yifan has devoted much, if not most, of her time to
    her education rather than improving at chess. This might well mean that
    she never will surpass the more dedicated Judit Polgar as the highest rated
    woman in chess history.

    Will Hou Yifan play chess for Oxford against Cambridge?
  2. Subscriberkmax87
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    04 Jan '18 03:36
    Originally posted by @duchess64
    ......Will Hou Yifan play chess for Oxford against Cambridge?
    Almost impossible to say, though being a Rhodes Scholar usually indicates a level of networked involvedness, so probably yes....

    Now if you asked, how will Hou Yifan play chess for Oxford against Cambridge, I can only posit, one move at a time...
  3. Zugzwang
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    05 Jan '18 03:091 edit
    The American sports giant ESPN has an article about Hou Yifan, who's one of the
    extremely few Chinese women that it has ever profiled.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/20619175/inspiring-greatness-exceptional-genius-hou-yifan-one-china-greatest-chess-players

    "The exceptional genius of Hou Yifan"

    "Without a doubt, they [top male players] said, she [Hou Yifan] was a phenom, a rare
    and unique talent. The only question was her commitment. "She works less on chess
    than men," said [Anish] Giri, the 12th-ranked player in the world. "She's less prepared.""

    "Even while traveling and competing, she [Hou Yifan] continued to pursue her studies,
    sampling a wide array of subjects and disciplines, from science and politics to social
    entrepreneurship and business."

    "In 2012, Hou chose to attend Peking University, one of China's top universities, to study
    international relations. It was an unusual move for a rising chess star; most forgo higher
    education to train and compete full time. Her coach strongly disagreed with the decision.
    "Use your best years for chess," he told her."

    "At university, Hou continued to train and compete. But chess was not her priority:
    She took a full course load, joined several extracurricular activities and devoted as
    much time as possible to meeting people outside her sport "

    "Hou admitted that she remains undertrained -- eager to compete with the very best yet
    reluctant to devote herself to the singular pursuit of greatness and thus sacrifice other
    areas of her life. "She told me she never really worked extremely hard," said Vladimir Kramnik,
    the third-ranked player in the world. "And, of course, that's a big compliment to her --
    never working like the professional male top players are doing and yet achieving so much." "

    ""If she wants to stay the best female player, she can probably do nothing," Kramnik said.
    "If she wants to achieve her potential, she must concentrate fully on chess, at least for
    the next few years. But she has to choose -- she can't study and compete. It's just too
    tough -- the competition is too tough."

    Some ignorant writers here, who pontificate about chess in China while being clueless
    about its reality, may like to presume that China's government has compelled Hou Yifan
    to work as hard as possible on chess to the exclusion of everything else. On the contrary,
    like all the Chinese professional chess players, Hou Yifan's free to make her own decisions
    about how much to train, when and where to play, and she keeps (after taxes) the money she wins.
    Chess in China today is quite different from the state-controlled chess of the USSR.

    Given her decision, we may never know how strong Hou Yifan could have become if
    she had trained as hard as the top men in chess.
  4. SubscriberAThousandYoung
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    06 Jan '18 17:29
    Originally posted by @duchess64
    Chinese GM Hou Yifan, the world's highest rated (by far) woman player
    will attend the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

    "At Oxford she plans to pursue an MSc in Education."
    --Oxford website about Rhodes Scholars

    For many years, Hou Yifan has devoted much, if not most, of her time to
    her education rather than improving at chess. This mi ...[text shortened]... ighest rated
    woman in chess history.

    Will Hou Yifan play chess for Oxford against Cambridge?
    I guess she couldn’t get into a Chinese school
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    06 Jan '18 17:591 edit
    Originally posted by @athousandyoung
    I guess she couldn’t get into a Chinese school
    After all, everything Chinese is better. By definition. Donald64 definition, as well, which is the best definition, you'll be surprised at how good that definition is, it's the Chinesest definition ever.
  6. Zugzwang
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    06 Jan '18 20:111 edit
    Originally posted by @athousandyoung
    I guess she couldn’t get into a Chinese school
    FALSE. Hou Yifan has graduated (or expects to graduate) from Peking University.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peking_University

    "As of 2017, it is ranked among the world's top 20 universities according to Times Higher
    Education World Reputation Rankings."

    AThousandYoung has a long record of spewing blatant falsehoods about China and Chinese.
  7. Zugzwang
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    06 Jan '18 20:121 edit
    Originally posted by @shallow-blue
    After all, everything Chinese is better. By definition. Donald64 definition, as well, which is the best definition,
    you'll be surprised at how good that definition is, it's the Chinesest definition ever.
    AThousandYoung's a racist troll. Shallow Blue shows that he's becoming a racist troll.
  8. Zugzwang
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    06 Jan '18 22:511 edit
    Originally posted by @athousandyoung
    I guess she couldn’t get into a Chinese school
    I would add that the racist troll AThousandYoung shows his inability to comprehend this
    simple statement that I ALREADY (page 1 post 3) had quoted from an ESPN article:

    "In 2012, Hou [Yifan] chose to attend Peking University, one of China's top universities"
    --ESPN
  9. Behind the scenes
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    06 Jan '18 23:19
    Originally posted by @duchess64
    AThousandYoung's a racist troll. Shallow Blue shows that he's becoming a racist troll.
    And mchill is a mid level racist troll, studying to become a high level racist troll. Final exams next week. 😀
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