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Zhu Chen and her husband Muhammad
In the 1980s and 1990s, zhu Chen, the "beauty chess queen", was extremely popular and well-known at home and abroad. She is a chess double winner for both Women's Grandmaster and Men's Grandmaster.
Zhu Chen is also the first chess player in the world to win the world championship in junior, youth and adult competitions.
In 2001, Zhu Chen won the women's world championship at the Moscow Chess World Championship, becoming the second chess world champion in mainland China after Xie Jun.
In 2000, Zhu Chen broke through many obstacles and married the famous Qatari chess player Al Mohammed. After marriage, Zhu Chen gave birth to two daughters. Qatar practices polygamy, and the in-laws have always wanted a boy, which has brought great trouble to Zhu Chen.
Now that Zhuchen and Muhammad have been married for 22 years, what kind of unknown marital status does she have?
When I was an editor and reporter in a well-known media in the country, I had the honor of interviewing Zhu Chen, the "beautiful chess queen".
At that time, it was rumored that Zhu Chen was married to a member of the Qatari royal family, so the author specifically asked Zhu Chen for verification. Zhu Chen gave a negative: My husband Muhammad is not a member of the royal family, but has royal relatives in the family, and my in-laws and mothers-in-law are ordinary people.
It turned out that Zhu Chen's husband Muhammad was only related to the royal family, and Muhammad himself was also a world-renowned chess player, and the couple was married because of chess...
Zhu Chen was born on March 13, 1976 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, with an older sister named Zhu Zhen, who was 2 years apart. Zhu Chen's mother, Zhu Ailiang, was a senior teacher at Wenzhou No. 6 Middle School, and Zhu Chen followed her mother's surname Zhu.
Zhu Chen's father, Zhu Zhilin, was a science and technology worker, and his sister and father's surname was Zhu.
Zhu Chen and his parents when he was a child
When Zhu Chen was 8 years old, Zhu Chen went to her cousin's house to play and saw her cousin Lin Ye playing vivid chess at home, so she begged her parents to learn chess as well.
Her father took Zhu Chen to Wenzhou Sports School and asked her to learn chess with coach Huang Xiwen.
At that time, Zhu Chen played chess with Coach Huang three times a week, and when she returned home, she also asked her father to accompany her to practice chess. In this case, his father Zhu Zhilin also had to learn chess.
At the age of 9, Zhu Chen participated in the Wenzhou "Xiaxun Cup" primary school students chess tournament, and finally lost to his cousin Lin Ye in the final.
Zhu Chen was not convinced and cried for a long time. Both her parents and Coach Huang Xiwen felt that Zhu Chen had a talent for playing chess, so they let her learn chess with Ye Rongguang, Xu Jun and other chess masters.
Ye Rongguang is the first men's international grandmaster of chess in mainland China, and Xu Jun is a famous chess coach. Under the guidance of the two famous masters, Zhu Chen's chess skills improved by leaps and bounds.
In 1987, the first national junior chess tournament was held in Tianjin. At that time, Wenzhou's quota was full, and Huang Xiwen asked Ningbo for a quota and let Zhu Chen compete in place of the Ningbo team.
Therefore, everyone thinks that Zhu Chen is a Ningbo native. The final result of the competition: Zhu Chen and Shanghai's Wang Lei scored exactly the same, but Zhu Chen was the runner-up with a small score disadvantage.
In 1988, the World Chess Championship was held in the Romanian city of Timisoara. The 12-year-old Zhu Chen was selected by the National Sports Commission to participate in the competition, and when the documents reached the Ningbo Sports Commission, they could not find Zhu Chen. Later, after much trouble, the documents were transferred to the Wenzhou Sports Committee.
Zhu Chen and the chess world famous Su Xiao champion
At that time, the date of applying for the visa was very close, and the special office of the Wenzhou Municipal Sports Committee handled the visa procedures for Zhu Chen as quickly as possible.
At this World Chess Championship, Zhu Chen won the women's world championship in the 12-year-old group, and she also became the first world champion in the history of Chinese chess.
From 1994 to 1996, Zhu Chen won the Chess Junior World Championship twice, and set a record for the highest victory of 12 points in 13 innings.
Zhu Chen has a moderate figure, a clear face, a shawl long hair to add a bit of style to her, the media and reporters praised her as a "beautiful chess queen".
Zhu Chen took a photo on the campus of Tsinghua University
In 1995, Zhu Chen entered the Department of Chinese of Tsinghua University as a special student. Because she usually has to train and compete, she often misses class. Therefore, she failed to graduate normally after 4 years, which made the competitive Zhu Chen feel a sense of frustration. So she changed to business administration and studied at Tsinghua University for 7 years before getting her bachelor's degree.
In October 1998, Zhu Chen, Xie Jun, Wang Lei and Wang Pin joined hands to break through the encirclement of Europe and win the Olympic team championship in one fell swoop, shocking the world chess world.
In this competition, Zhu Chen appeared 11 times, with a record of 5 wins and 6 rounds, which was perfect, and Zhu Chen also became popular in the world chess world.
As early as 1994, when Zhu Chen was just 18 years old, love quietly came to her. It was June 1994, when Zhu Chen competed in the Asian Youth Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her fifth-round opponent was a Qatari male chess player named Mohammed.
Zhu Chen and Muhammad
Zhu Chen unexpectedly lost to the other party, and this tall, thin boy left a deep impression on Zhu Chen. Muhammad was two years older than Zhu Chen, and had a younger brother and two younger sisters.
Muhammad's father worked in the financial system, his mother was also an intellectual woman, and Muhammad's father had relatives who were members of the royal family, and his family was related to the royal family.
At this Asian Youth Championship, Zhu Chen finally defeated the male and female chess players to win the championship, while Muhammad only finished 5th, which made him very sad.
After the game, Muhammad sat alone by the pool, dazed. As a chess player, Zhu Chen could understand Muhammad's mood and took the initiative to go over to comfort him until a smile appeared on Muhammad's face.
Zhu Chen's life photos
After the closing ceremony, everyone sang and danced together. Muhammad took Zhu Chen's hand and gave her an Arabic dance, and Zhu Chen was very happy.
The next morning, when Zhu Chen and the translator Du Ying were preparing to return to China, they saw a painting painted on the blackboard of the competition venue. The picture shows a red heart being shot by an arrow, and there is a goblet underneath, dripping blood into the cup. The name of the fallen money is Muhammad.
Zhu Chen knew that Muhammad had something to do with himself, and his heart couldn't help but be a little flustered. At this time Muhammad came to Zhu Chen's side and asked her for contact information.
At that time, Zhu Chen did not have a personal phone, so he left him the phone in the office of the translator Du Ying.
After returning to Beijing, Muhammad's handsome image and innocent smile will come to Zhu Chen's mind unconsciously.
A week later, Muhammad called from Doha, Qatar, and told Zhu Chen on the phone that he had begun to learn Chinese in order to be able to communicate with her smoothly.
Zhu Chen's heart was like a deer, realizing that Muhammad was pursuing him, and she also said that she would try to learn English.
After that, Muhammad often called, he spoke English, Zhu Chen could not understand, so he asked Duying to translate.
So each phone call is particularly long and expensive.
Zhu Chen and Muhammad
At that time, Zhu Chen did not have any prize money, and her monthly allowance was only enough to play two or three long distances. So she began to write letters to Muhammad, and the two changed from talking on the phone to circulating books.
In September 1994, Zhu Chen went to Brazil to participate in the World Junior Chess Championship, and Mohammed was studying flying at the university.
In Qatar, Mohammed bears all the costs of his participation. In order to be able to appear next to Zhu Chen, he sold his famous watch and bought a ticket to rush to the competition.
In this competition, Zhu Chen won the championship, and Muhammad did not get a good place, but he was in a very happy mood when he accompanied Zhu Chen on a walk by the sea.
When they were separated, he courted Zhu Chen. She did not accept it, which made Muhammad very sad.
After returning to Beijing, Muhammad made another transoceanic phone call and once again courted Zhu Chen. He said that he had been losing sleep for the past few days, and if Zhu Chen did not accept him, he would lose sleep for the rest of his life.
To be sure, Zhu Chen also quietly fell in love with Muhammad, so she accepted his courtship on the phone.
In the Spring Festival of 1996, when Zhu Chen returned to Wenzhou for the New Year, he opened his relationship to his parents. When my mother heard this, she was so angry that she couldn't speak.
My father said solemnly: Your decision shocked me and made me very sad. Sister Zhu Zhen also does not want her sister to find a foreign boyfriend.
Zhu Chen's parents and sister both believed that Zhu Chen was beautiful and a world champion, and Muhammad was not worthy of Zhu Chen.
Zhu Chen and Muhammad
When Zhu Chen returned to Beijing after the Spring Festival, his parents explicitly asked Zhu Chen to break up with Muhammad. Zhu Chen, who had never confronted his parents, said a heavy word to his parents this time: I make my own decision on love, and you don't have to worry about me.
The mother said: If you are not my daughter, I will not care about you. Mom wants you to be happy and doesn't want you to shed tears and be hurt in the future.
As a result, Zhu Chen and his parents fell into a stalemate.
After Zhu Chen returned to Beijing, her parents wrote to her several times, asking her to break up with Muhammad.
Gradually, Zhu Chen's transnational love affair spread, and many chess fans also opposed her love affair with Muhammad. There are also chess fans who write to Zhu Chen, saying that Muhammad is not worthy of her, hoping that she will treat this relationship carefully.
Zhu Chen is the head of the Chinese chess academy, Hua Dan, and the leaders do not want her to marry Qatar in the future, and euphemistically hope that she will break up with Muhammad. Under all kinds of pressure, Zhu Chen lost sleep all night, and the whole person lost several pounds.
Love is hindered on the side of Zhu Chen, and Muhammad also faces great resistance.
Mohammed is the only chess master in Qatar, he has won the men's gold medal in the Chess Olympiad twice, and is a household hero in Qatar. Moreover, Muhammad's family was related to the royal family, and Muhammad's parents also felt that Zhu Chen was not worthy of their sons.
When Zhu Chen and Muhammad communicated on the phone, both were very sad. Muhammad told zhu Chen: I will not marry anyone in this life except you. Zhu Chen was moved to tears by his infatuation.
When his parents learned that Muhammad would not marry Zhu chen, they took the lead in making concessions, but put forward a condition that Muhammad first marry a woman of aristocratic blood, and then let Zhu Chen make a second room.
Muhammad knew the national conditions of China, knew that it would be a great harm to Zhu Chen, and Zhu Chen would not accept it.
So he told his parents: I will only marry one wife in my life! Seeing that his son was dead set on loving Zhu Chen, his parents had to agree.
When Muhammad told Zhu Chen the good news on the phone, Zhu Chen was so excited that she burst into tears, and at the same time she became strong and brave.
In April 2000, Zhu Chen, despite his parents' objections, married Muhammad with a license. At this time, the couple had not yet met the parents of both parties.
Zhu Chen made a guest appearance in "Lu Yu has a date"
The daughter's marriage license was obtained, and Zhu Chen's parents had to acquiesce. In May 2001, Zhu Chen visited her husband's home for the first time. The in-laws had great respect for her, and the Arab women wore hoods, while Zhu Chen did not have to wear anything.
Subsequently, Muhammad also came to Wenzhou to meet his parents-in-law, and Zhu Zhilin and his wife were also very kind to him.
Under the nourishment of marriage, in September 2001, Zhu Chen was promoted from a female grandmaster to a male grandmaster, becoming the best female chess player in the Olympic Games.
In November of that year, Zhu Chen participated in the World Chess Championship in Moscow and won the coveted world championship.
After Zhu Chen won the championship, Muhammad took his wife in his arms and loudly announced: I love you, you are the best! Zhu Chenzhu burst into tears.
After marriage, Zhu Chen has been separated from her husband across borders, and the couple can only use the opportunity of competition to reunite, and they get along for more than a month every year.
In an interview, Zhu Chen said helplessly: My husband and I only have marriage, no home.
Indeed, because of the long-term transnational separation, Zhu Chen did not dare to have a baby, until 2004, when she was 28 years old, she gave birth to a mixed-race daughter Zhu Mo in Doha, Qatar.
Mr. and Mrs. Zhu Chen with their parents, daughter Zhu Mo and sister
Zhu Chen's parents rushed to Qatar to take care of their daughter's confinement, and they have been accompanying their daughter for more than two months.
During confinement, Zhu Chen often went online to check how to take the child and how to develop the child's intelligence, so that sleep was seriously insufficient.
Four months after their daughter, Zhu Chen and her husband returned to China with their daughter to compete. They first competed in Jinan, then in Wuxi, and then back to their mother's house in Wenzhou.
In order to spend more time with her husband, with the help of Zhu Chen, in April 2005, Mohammed joined the Jiangsu Chess Team, Zhu Chen is the Zhejiang Chess Team, and the couple often fight on the field.
But after the game, they took care of their daughter together, showing the appearance of a loving couple.
A year later, for various reasons, Mohammed returned to Qatar, and his daughter was taken away by him to be taken care of by Muhammad's parents and sister.
Zhu Chen thought of her daughter and often cried as soon as she called. At that time, her greatest wish was to have a stable home, to be able to stay with her husband and daughter.
Zhu Chen wanted her husband to become a Chinese citizen, but Muhammad's parents were older and wanted their son to stay by his side; Coupled with his association with the royal family, there will be great resistance to joining Chinese nationality.
Zhu Chen was considerate of her husband, so she decided to become a Qatari citizen, and the family of three was reunited, no longer living this turbulent life of running from east to west.
Moreover, Zhu Chen is only eligible to represent Qatar if he becomes a Qatari citizen.
Zhu Chen and her husband Muhammad
In 2005, Zhu Chen put forward his own ideas to the Zhejiang Provincial Chess Academy, and the leaders felt that it was not easy for Zhu Chen to live across borders for a long time, and agreed.
Later, Zhu Chen submitted an application report to the Chinese Chess Academy, and she wrote: She only wants to live the life of a normal woman and have a stable home. The leaders of the chess academy also understood Zhu Chen and agreed.
In 2006, Zhu Chen gave up representing the mainland at the World Championships to represent Qatar in the Asian Games. Because according to the regulations, the same athlete cannot represent two countries.
After a reporter from a media in Shanghai learned about it, he published an article: "Zhu Chen will change his nationality and abstain from the World Championships to represent Qatar in the Asian Games."
A stone stirs up a thousand layers of waves. Zhu Chen was pushed to the cusp of public opinion, netizens have expressed their views, some said that Zhu Chen should not join the Qatari nationality, some said that Zhu Chen represented Qatar for money.
At this time, Zhu Chen had just returned to Shanghai, because her mother had bloody veins in her eyes and was almost blind, and Zhu Chen wanted to accompany her mother to perform surgery in Shanghai.
After Zhu Chen got off the plane, her mobile phone was exploded, and various reporters inquired about the background and reasons for her to become a Qatari citizen.
Zhu Chen's reason is simple, she just wants to be reunited with her husband and live a normal woman's life. Media reporters didn't believe what she said. Under tremendous pressure, Zhu Chen lost sleep and looked haggard.
During her mother's surgery in the hospital, Zhu Chen endured troubles and entanglements to take care of her mother, and she did not return to Qatar until her mother was discharged from the hospital and returned to Wenzhou.
Mr. and Mrs. Zhu Chen with two daughters
In September 2008, Zhu Chen gave birth to his youngest daughter, Zhu Yingying, in Wenzhou. After becoming the mother of two daughters, Zhu Chen basically quit the chess world and taught her daughter at home.
There is another reason why she quit the chess world, that is, she does not want to meet Chinese players in the game, which will hurt the feelings of Chinese chess fans.
In 2012, Zhu Chen was 36 years old, and her in-laws always wanted a boy, and Zhu Chen did not want to have another baby at this age, and the next one would not necessarily be a boy.
So the parents wanted to marry Muhammad and have a boy.
Zhu Chen and his parents
Muhammad firmly disagreed with marrying the second room, knowing that Zhu Chen could not accept it, nor could his parents-in-law accept it, and even more so could his relatives, friends, and chess fans in China.
Her parents were silent, but Zhu Chen saw the loss in her in-laws' eyes, and she felt very uncomfortable. Because in Qatar, the men around Zhu Chen have married two or three wives, and she has gradually accepted the fact that her husband marries a second room psychologically.
In 2016, Zhu Chen did a program on a domestic TELEVISION station, saying that he wanted to introduce his girlfriend to marry her husband, which was resolutely opposed by her girlfriend.
Muhammad was a good and responsible husband, and he had only one wife, Zhu Chen, and gave birth to two daughters. He also often worked for his parents to understand Zhu Chen's difficulties.
He told his parents: China's national conditions are monogamous, if I marry another wife, how will I face my parents-in-law? How do Zhu Chen return to China to explain to his relatives and friends?
Family portrait of Zhu Chen
Muhammad said too much, and his parents stopped urging him to take a second wife. Her husband's respect and love for herself touched Zhu Chen very much, and her feelings for Muhammad deepened.
Over the years, Zhu Chen and her husband have to return to Wenzhou with their two daughters two or three times a year to reunite with their parents and relatives. When his parents and friends learned that Muhammad had refused to find a second wife, they also loved him.
Many transnational marriages have disintegrated, and zhu Chen and Muhammad have been in love ever since.
In September 2022, Zhu Chen turned 46 years old and married Muhammad for 22 years. Time has changed their age and appearance, but it has not changed their sincerity to each other.
If life is only as it first saw, Zhu Chen and her husband still maintain the passion and romance when they are in love, and the marriage is becoming more and more harmonious!
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