Meet China's answer to the Queen’s Gambit
Beth Harmon has nothing on Hou Yifan, China’s child chess prodigy. First of all, Harmon, the star of Netflix’s hit show The Queen’s Gambit, is a fictional character, while Hou is very much a real person.  Hou was born on February 27, 1994, into a typical Chinese family in Xinghua, a city in the eastern province of Jiangsu. Like many younger siblings, she first got pushed towards chess when she wanted to play with her older brothers and sisters, who had taken up Chinese checkers. She asked them to teach her, and soon, they were no match for her. At 5 years old, her parents introduced her to extracurricular activities, and she chose chess. Within a year, she won her first gold medal at a reg