Summary of Achievements:
Nicknames: Ten Consecutive Xiangqi King 十连覇
There is a Chinese saying: 前无古人, 后无来者. Translated literally, it means that there have been no predecessors of similar accomplishments, and it is unlikely that anybody from future generations will have similar achievements. Grandmaster Hu Ronghua (胡荣华)’s achievements in Xiangqi demonstrate so.
He is legendary, a man in a class of his own. And many consider him to be the best Xiangqi player of all time.
Born in Shanghai in 1945, GM Hu won the national championship in China at the tender age of 15. Skeptics considered the feat as a stroke of luck, but how wrong were they! He continued to win 10 consecutive times from 1960-1979 before GM Liu Dahua(柳大华) dethroned him. There were only 10 Chinese National Xiangqi Singles Competitions held in this period due to the cultural revolution whereby the tournament was stopped from 1967 to 1973. It was also stopped in 1976 due to the death of Mao Zedong.
He won the prestigious event again in 1983 and1985. And when people thought that he was past his prime, he won the event again in 1997 and 2000, thus becoming both the youngest (15years of age) and the oldest (55years of age) to have won the competition. And he was runner up 4 times and second runner up 2 times from 1982-1992.
He has also won the Five Rams Cup 5 times, with a consecutive 3 year run as champion, thus preserving the Cup in Shanghai. The Five Rams Cup is perhaps the most difficult Xiangqi tournament in the world, whereby only Grandmasters are eligible.
In group tournaments, he has lead Shanghai to victory countless
His style of play has been described as very well balanced. He does not waste too much time per move during competition but would often surprise his opponents with his in-depth meticulous calculations. He often surprises his opponents with unorthodox openings, brilliant mid-game maneuvers
For his achievements, he
Outside of the competition arena, his contributions to Xiangqi are also tremendous. Back in the
He is also well known for playing blind chess, that is, playing Xiangqi without looking at the board from memory alone. His personal record was 1 vs 14 players. Since then his record has been
Currently, he is the vice-president of the Chinese National Xiangqi Federation, vice-chairman of the Asian Xiangqi Federation, and Chairman of the Shanghai Chess Consortium.
He has also authored many books, like <<反宫马专辑>>, <<胡荣华象棋自战解说>
It is impossible to list the greatness of this superhuman being in such a short essay. If you have more to tell me, please feel free to email me. Thanks!
Last updated 5th March 2011
Acknowledgments: Chris Hankinson for the excellent photos.
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