On the morning of June 24, 2018 four-time Women’s World Chess Champion 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán) made her triumphal return from the Far West and was gloriously received by the municipal Party leaders as well as the Mass Organizations Work and Publicity Department Director 余秋婵 (Yú Qiūchán) in 龙城街道 (Lóngchéng Subdistrict), 龙岗区 (Lónggǎng District), northeastern 深圳 (Shēnzhèn), China. In the welcoming ceremony, attended by a large audience of admirers, 侯逸凡 (Hóu Yìfán), who on the occasion was wearing a summer dinner dress, did not save herself from the attentions of her fans. In a world of uncertainties, however, there’s one certainty: as it was already stated on the occasion of her TIME photoshoot, the Pawn continues to be her favourite chessman. No Pawn, indeed, will ever turn itself into a King. All photos: 樊璐璐 (Fán Lùlù)/Sina Sports.