World’s youngest chess GM tops the bill for Hou Yifan Challenge

Hou Yifan Challenge

The Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour returns this weekend with a blockbuster event in honour of the world’s top female player.

The Hou Yifan Challenge will feature 17 emerging talents including Abhimanyu Mishra, who at 12 is the world’s youngest Grandmaster.

Two of Poland’s top youngsters will also make their tour debuts, 18-year-old IM Pawel Teclaf and 21-year-old WIM Oliwia Kiolbasa, and will be hoping to make a strong impression.

Four players are flying the flag for the US, while India – the country whose players have dominated the tour so far – has three.

The online tournament is the fourth and last leg of the Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour before the Final kicks-off in October.

The series of four-day, round robin tournaments has been designed as a platform for some of the world’s most exciting young chess players and run alongside the elite Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.

The Hou Yifan Challengers

It is both an individual and team event with the players divided into two opposing sides, Team Polgar and Team Kramnik.

The teams are headed respectively by chess legends Judit Polgar and Vladimir Kramnik. Team Polgar leads the overall team standings going into the Hou Yifan Challenge with 266 points to Team Kramnik’s 234.

During the tour both Polgar and Kramnik, supported by a pool of world class coaches, have provided weeks of prep for the players to help them improve their game.

Among the coaches is Grandmaster Hou Yifan of China, the world’s number one female player after whom this event is named.

The Hou Yifan Challenge will be broadcast live on with expert commentary provided by the team, which will include four-time Latvian champ Arturs Neiksans.

All games will be played in rapid format (10+5) on chess24’s playzone.

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