It's Friday and it's X day. No not Triple X Day, although...Ahem. I'll just save those thoughts for my next salacious tale. ;D Okay, mind out of the smut bag and back to the challenge.
In 1991, Xie became only the second chess grandmaster from China. That same year she defeated 13 time world champion Maya Chiburdanidze of Georgia. Jun was just 20 years old. She went on to reign as world champion until 1996, but became champion once more in 1999 and defended that title successfully until 2001.
Xie Jun's popularity amongst her countrymen has contributed to the popularity of chess throughout China and the rest of Asia. She remained in the top three of female chess players throughout her international career. Today, she holds a doctorate in psychology and works with athletes as well as chess players.
In 2004, Xie was tapped by FIDE, the international governing body of chess, to be an International Arbiter. Th requirements for this awarded title are very stringent and she is only one of a handful of women to have been awarded this title.
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