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Xu Yuhua

Xu Yuhua
Xu Yuhua in 2008
Born (1976-10-29) 29 October 1976 (age 47)[1]
Jinhua, Zhejiang, China
TitleGrandmaster (2006)
Women's World Champion2006–08
FIDE rating2465 (June 2024) [inactive]
Peak rating2517 (April 2006)
Xu Yuhua
Traditional Chinese許昱華
Simplified Chinese许昱华

Xu Yuhua (born 29 October 1976) is a Chinese chess grandmaster and former Women's World Champion (2006–2008). She was China's third women's world chess champion after Xie Jun and Zhu Chen. She has been followed by Chinese women's world chess champions Hou Yifan, Tan Zhongyi, and Ju Wenjun.


On March 25, 2006 Yuhua won the Women's World Chess Championship knock-out tournament in Ekaterinburg, Russia, defeating Russian IM Alisa Galliamova in the final 2½–½ (in a best-of-four match). The knockout event had 64 participants, with both former world champion Zhu Chen and reigning world champion Antoaneta Stefanova. She became China's 22nd Grandmaster, the 3rd Chinese female grandmaster, by winning the event.[2]

She lost her world championship at the following championship in 2008, which was also a 64-player knockout tournament, when she was knocked out in the second round. She won one of the Grand Prix tournaments in the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2009–2011, but overall finished seventh, so did not qualify for the 2011 Women's World Championship match.

In 2011, Yuhua was playing for Zhejiang chess club in the China Chess League (CCL).[3] She has not played any FIDE-rated games since 2011.[4]


Major successes and titles include:[5]


She is a law graduate.[7]

Education degrees include:

See also


  1. ^ 中国国际象棋运动员等级分数据库 Archived 2012-03-01 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Xu Yuhua is the eleventh Women's World Champion". 25 March 2006. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  3. ^ "雅戈尔杯中国国际象棋甲级联赛官方网站". Archived from the original on 2011-10-28. Retrieved 2011-10-28.
  4. ^ Xu, Yuhua rating card, FIDE
  5. ^ North Urals Cup 2008 Archived July 26, 2008, at the Wayback Machine – Participants
  6. ^ a b "Asian Women's Chess Championship 1998". OoCities. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  7. ^ People's Daily Online – Three Chinese chess players qualified for men's World Cup
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