Monday, February 20, 2012

Which Malaysian beat a World Champion?

We all know that Mas beat Korchnoi, a two-time World Championship challenger, at Turin Olympiad. But has anyone actually beaten a reigning or past/future World Champion? It is already difficult enough to get an opportunity to play with a WC, but to actually beat one? You might think it has never happened before.  And you would be wrong.

You might be surprised to learn that a Malaysian had beaten a World Champion before. Or maybe not, if you followed my posts diligently since I mentioned this in a 2010 post. The player is none other than Peter Long, current target for lies and misinformation by a certain blogger whom we will not name on this blog.

I do not remember the year, possibly it was in the late 90's when a group of Chinese players visited Malaysia. They took part in a rapid tournament in Kuala Lumpur. It was here that Peter beat former women's world champion Xie Jun. I remember it was a Caro-Kann , Peter's favourite defence, so I guess he must have the black pieces. Maybe if he read this, he can confirm it and even give us the game.

So that's it right? You should know the fact that I am still writing means there is more to come. Another player to beat a future World Champion is our strongest women player, WIM Siti Zulaika. The WC is no other than the current Women World Champion, WGM Hou Yifan who was 11 years old at the time. Here is the game.

Siti also played another former World Champion but she lost.

Here is another against another  notable women player.

Siti made a creditable eight placing in this strong tournament. Cross-table and pictures at this Chessbase report.


Peter Long said...

Hi Jimmy, Yes, I did beat Xie Jun but it was at the Malaysian Open held in Kajang and it was with a proper time control and not rapid. The game? I must have it somewhere...

Peter Long said...

Gilachess had it! See

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