Judit Polgar v Hou Yifan Match Denied

Judit Polgar v Hou Yifan Match Denied

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Chinese women's world chess champion Hou Yifan is still only 18 years old, but her recent stellar form in Gibraltar and Reykjavik has forced the issue of a match with long-time women's #1 ranked player Judit Polgar onto the agenda.

A Chinese chess news blog has reported that an 8-game match (of 4 classical games and 4 rapid games) between the two best women players has been arranged to take place in China between 26 September and 2 October 2012.

Hou Yifan and Judit Polgar before their historic clash in Gibraltar this year

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This apparently definite announcement met with a bemused response from Polgar on twitter, who denied any knowledge of the plans:

"Yifan vs.Polgar officially announced? Well, find it strange that I don’t know about it, never signed anything.So, completely FALSE!"

Polgar expanded on her comment via an official statement at her sister Susan's chess blog:

"Well, I find it very strange and unfortunate that based on the writing of a Chinese insider chess blog some mainstream chess websites present false information about me putting it up as a fact. They not only say that a match between me and the woman world champion has been officially announced, but also go into details, as of date and organization plans (4 classical and 4 rapid games).

I firmly have to say that the information is FALSE! I neither know anything about this match, nor agreed to sign any kind of contract whatsoever! If there is a real determination for such a historic clash, than I wait to hear about it in an appropriate way. Until then I just enjoy time with my family! :)"

So the original announcement seems to be very much mistaken - but the commercial attractiveness of such a match is not in doubt, so it may only be a matter of time before suitable terms are reached for a match between Judit Polgar and Hou Yifan.

The live ratings for the top women players from ChessPro:

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