New giant dinoasaur found – named after chess champions

by ChessBase
4/1/2011 – A giant predatory dinosaur, similar in size and stature to Tyrannosaurus rex, has been discovered in eastern China. The new theropod probably stood four metres tall and weighed around six ton. It has been named Zhuchengtyrannus Magnus, as far as we can tell after former Women's World Chess Champion Zhu Chen and current world number two Magnus Carlsen. BBC Earth News report.

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Zhu Chen

Zhu Chen (诸宸) became became China's second women's world chess champion (after Xie Jun) in In 2001. In 1988 she became the first Chinese player to win an international chess competition: the World Girls Under 12 Championship in Romania. She won the World Junior Girls Chess Championship in 1994 and 1996. At the age of 25 she defeated Alexandra Kosteniuk of Russia in a tournament for the 2001/2002 Women's World Chess Championship, by 5-3, becoming the eleventh champion. Zhu also studied for a master's degree at Tsinghua University. Today she is married to Qatari Grandmaster Mohamad Al-Modiahki, and now plays for Qatar.

Zhu Chen after winning the North Urals Cup in 2007

At a photo shoot during the Accoona Women’s World Chess
in 2005 (which she won)

Oops, there's a "g" in there

Like so many good stories this one has a tiny little flaw: the name of the new dinosaur, Zhuchengtyrannus magnus, contains an intrusive "g", which indicates that it was not named after our friend Zhu Chen but after the city of Zhucheng, which is located in eastern China's Shandong Province. What a pity...

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