Checkmate … Nah!

February 13, 2017

This is Hou Yifan. She is a four-time women’s world chess champion, a grandmaster in chess, and is called the “Queen of Chess.” So, how did she lose a match against an opponent she could have easily beaten? The question isn’t really how, but why. She threw a match (or purposely lost) to prove a point: that chess matches should not be determined by a player’s gender, but instead they should be determined by his or her ability. She was upset with how the tournament kept matching her up with female players when she could have been matched up with male players. Whether her actions worked or not, one thing’s for sure: she got the world of chess to take notice.