Xie Jun, dubbed the "world chess queen," confirmed on April 24 that she has assumed the presidency of the Chinese Chess Association (CCA), a member of the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE), or the World Chess Federation.
Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Al Nehyan, President of the Asian Chess Federation, sent his congratulations on April 23 to the CCA. He wrote in his letter "I believe that Ms Xie Jun as the former women's world chess champion is able to promote the popularization and development of the world chess in Asia."
The term of world chess is used to differentiate the game from Chinese chess, or Xiangqi.
"I am so happy that I can serve in this new platform for world chess, the most beloved cause in my life," Xie said.
She shared her view on the role of world chess in China. According to her, as a cerebral activity, world chess is accommodative and versatile.
Xie holds that it plays an important role in facilitating and fostering people-to-people exchanges, education, culture, and in particular, scientific technology with the development of artificial intelligence.
"It is my firm belief that the CCA, under the guidance of the FIDE and the Asian Chess Federation, will function more effectively on the world stage, and spread more Chinese wisdom and experience," Xie added.
Xie is now an international arbiter, FIDE Senior Trainer and the Deputy President of Capital University of Physical Education and Sports in Beijing. She is the first female world chess champion in China, and has beaten players from the Western countries who had been long-time reigning champions in this field.
(Source: Xinhua/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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