The world women’s championship produced possibly its biggest upset ever. Tang Dan of Beijing, winner of three previous world championships, was beaten by Jia Dan of the US.

Soon to be champion Jia Dan (L) vs.Cao Phuong Thanh of Vietnam
Soon to be champion Jia Dan (L) vs.Cao Phuong Thanh of Vietnam

Each had won all her games in separate round robin sections followed by a semi-final game. In the final show-down and playing Red, Jia used just the sort of aggressive opening my teacher Ban Lo told me to use when I was learning Xiangqi. She allowed a dangerous looking black pawn to cross the river, but broke through in the centre and won with violent tactics.

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