06-19-2007 10:41

The 2007 National Chess Championship wound up in Chongqing city with 13 year old Hou Yifan setting an unbeaten record to win her first title. Hou becomes the youngest player to win the championship, breaking the record set by Shanghai's Qin Kanying who won her first title at the age of 14 in 1988.

Monday was the final day of matches at the 2007 National Chess Championship. Her victory on the last day made the 13-year-old Hou Yifan the youngest chess national champion.

Hou Yifan didn't let her fans down. She also broke the record set by Qin Kanying from Shanghai who was crowned at 14 in 1988.

Hou Yifan said, "I am very happy to be the champion, but it's just the beginning of my chess career. I will play chess for a long time and I'm starting to think about the next competition as soon as I finished this one. I won't be over excited about it."

Second and third place went to Zhao Xue and Shen Yang respectively. While in the men's group, reigning champion Ni Huali won his second straight title.


Editor:Liu Fang