Vote for the H-Release!!! Here is the Poll on

While we close in on the Gaprindashvili release, it’s time to think about what we’ll name the H-Release. In keeping with our nomenclature of using chess grandmasters and world champions as release names, here are the proposed names for the H-Release, as well some interesting background data:

  • Hammer, Jon Ludvig (June 02,1990 – ) Peak rating 2705 (February 2016) Hammer was Norwegian Chess Champion in 2013 and 2017. He was the main second for Magnus Carlsen in the World Chess Championship 2013. Hammer has been described as taking chess very seriously, playing very often online, in tournaments, or practicing. In 2009, Hammer announced he would not pursue a professional chess career and would study economics. In 2012, he switched to journalism, writing for Science Nordic as part of his degree studies.
  • Harikrishna, Pentala (May 10, 1986 – ) Peak rating 2770 (December 2016) Harikrishna became the youngest grandmaster from India on September 12, 2001. Harikrishna has represented India at seven Chess Olympiads, making his debut at the age of 14 years 5 months during the 34th Chess Olympiad held in Istanbul.
  • Hess, Robert (December 19, 1991 – ) Peak Rating 2635 (March 2012) Hess is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York and now attends Yale University after deferring a year to play chess. In the 2007–08 school year, he was a sophomore and the co-captain of Stuyvesant’s junior varsity football team, on which he was a starting linebacker. He is currently the Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of The Sports Quotient.
  • Hort, Vlastimil (January 12, 1944 – ) Peak rating 2620 (January 1977) During the 1960s and 1970s, Hort was one of the world’s strongest players and reached the 1977–78 Candidates Tournament for the World Chess Championship, but never qualified for a competition for the actual title. Hort defected to the West after the 1985 Tunis Interzonal, moving to West Germany and winning the national championship of his new homeland in 1987, 1989, and 1991.
  • Hou, Yifan (February 27, 1994 – ) Peak rating 2686 (March 2015) Hou has been the Women’s World Chess Champion three times, the youngest ever to win the title, as well as the youngest female player ever to qualify for the title of Grandmaster. Hou is the third woman ever to be rated among the world’s top 100 players, after Maia Chiburdanidze and Judit Polgár, in the August 2014 FIDE rating list. She is widely regarded as the best active female chess player. She is the current top-rated female player.

Vote HERE for your favorite by making a selection in the corresponding talk topic for this post! You are welcome to write in any player you want (as long as their last name starts with the letter H) by replying to the topic with your choice. Here are the top 100 active players and all grandmasters - past and present.

Votes entered by Friday, November 17 will be tallied and the name will be announced on Monday November 20.