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Anya Corke

Anya Corke, Warsaw 2013
Full name Anya Sun Corke
Country England Hong Kong
Born September 12, 1990
California, United States
Title Woman Grandmaster
Peak rating 2301 (October 2008)

Anya Sun Corke (born 12 September 1990 in California, USA) is a Woman Grandmaster and the top chess player from Hong Kong who is currently playing for England.

She earned the WGM title with her performance in the 36th Chess Olympiad, playing for the Hong Kong men's team.

She was the 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008 Hong Kong National Champion (for men and women), one of the youngest national champions ever at the age of 13 years and 9 months. She is almost certainly the only woman to win three consecutive national federation "men's" championships.

She was the British Junior Under-11 Champion in 2002 and the Under-12 Champion in 2003, the first girl to win either of these age groups. In 2004, she became joint British U-14 Champion.

In December 2004, she won the Asian Youth Girls U-14 Championship.

In August 2005, she won the second annual Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls under 19.

Corke represented the England Women's team at the 2012 Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, Turkey, and the 2013 European Team Championship in Warsaw, Poland.

In 2013, she graduated from Wellesley College summa cum laude with a B.A. in Russian and Philosophy.

In 2014, she started a Ph.D. program in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University.


Her photograph was misappropriated by supporters of Barisan Nasional, the ruling political party of Malaysia, to depict the victim in a controversy alleging sexual misconduct by the son of Lim Guan Eng, who is one of the leaders of DAP, a Malaysian opposition party. DAP and their supporters then contacted Anya Corke to obtain an official denial that she knows Lim Guan Eng's son; she confirmed that the allegations were false, and that the photo was used without her knowledge or consent. The original photo used in this controversy was stolen from an article on the website ChessBase News, and had the chess board cropped out.