Friday, 19 August 2011


I had little idea, when I was writing my story on Tuesday for this week's chess column in The Star, that the Chinese woman grandmaster, Ju Wenjun, would be playing in the Malaysia Chess Festival which is now going on at the Cititel Midvalley Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. I was mentioning that earlier this year, actually just several weeks ago, she had won a major international women's tournament in China ahead of the reigning women's world champion, Hou Yifan. It was just a casual mention in my story which was more about the world junior chess championship than anything else and then now suddenly, I find her here in the country playing chess!

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