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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Interview with nine-time Chinese Women's Chess Champion

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Hello everyone,

Here is an interesting interview from China with a talented chess player. Can you guess who we are talking about? She happens to be nine-time Chinese Women's chess champion Liu Shilan.
Liu Shilan (born January 24, 1962) holds the WGM title, which she received in 1982. She was the first Chinese woman who received this title from FIDE. She was nine-time China National Women's Champion. There is more to her biography. 

Liu Shilan at a press interview

She said several interesting things in a press interview recently on the sidelines of the Shenzhen Women's Chess Grand Prix.

She says, "In 1992 I moved to Shenzhen and there were only three kids who were interested in playing chess. People didn’t know anything about chess so I was personally coming to every director of the school, every director of kindergarten asking to include chess lesson into the school program, trying to convince them at least to try. I was a deputy of the parliament in Shenzhen at that moment, so of course this status and my chess successes helped me to speak with people and encourage them. They trusted me and nowadays we have 163 schools which opened chess lessons."

Read the full interview at the official website.

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