1st Danzhou Hainan Tournament 2010

7/1/2010 – In an example of the growing chess community in China, the 1st Danzhou Tournament was held in the city Danzhou, in Hainan province, China. The all-grandmaster event brought in a mix of top talent ranging from the experienced pros to the budding stars. Top pro Bu Xiangzhi outlasted his competition to take it by tie-break with 6.0/9 over Li Chao. 18-year-old Ding Liren came in third.

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In a further example of the vitality of western chess in China, a top-flight grandmaster event, the 1st Danzhou Hainan Tournament was held in the city of Danzhou, in the Chinese province, Hainan. The tournament took place from June 11 - 20, 2010, and brought together a collection of top talent ranging from experienced top pros such as Wang Hao (2722), Bu Xiangzhi (2681), and Ni Hua (2667), as well as budding stars such as 18-year-old Ding Liren (2547) and 16-year-old female phenom Hou Yifan (2589). The event had a purse of 300,000 yuans (before tax) which translates to USD 44,000.

The event saw the experienced player Bu Xiangzhi (2681) win the event with 6.0/9, edging out Li Chao b (2619) on tie-break, with young Ding Liren, the lowest rated player of the event with 2547 Elo, and second youngest, who came in clear third, with a remarkable 2708 performance.

Though he kept his war face for the duration of the event:


Bu brandishes his winner's trophy.

Here is a game by the tournament victor, punctuated by an elegant tactic at the end.

Xiangzhi,Bu (2681) - Hua,Ni (2667) [D17]
1st GM Danzhou CHN (6), 17.06.2010

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c6 3.d4 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.Nxc4 Nb6 8.Ne5 a5 9.g3 e6 10.Bg2 Bb4 11.0-0 0-0 12.e3 h6 13.Qe2 Nfd7 14.Nxd7 Nxd7 15.Rd1 Qe7 16.e4 Bg6 17.Be3 Rfd8 18.Rac1 Rac8 19.d5 Bc5 20.Bh3 b6 21.dxe6 fxe6 22.Qg4 Bxe3 23.Qxe6+ Qxe6 24.Bxe6+ Bf7 25.Bxf7+ Kxf7 26.fxe3 Nc5 27.Kf1 Ke6 28.Ke2 Nb3 29.Rc2 Ke5 30.Rf1 Rf8 31.Rxf8 Rxf8 32.Nd1 Nc5 33.Rc4 Rf6 34.Nf2 h5 35.g4 h4 36.g5 Rg6 37.b4 axb4 38.a5 Rxg5 39.axb6 Kd6 And now classic in its simplicity: White to play and win.

40.e5+! Rxe5 [40...Kxe5 41.Rxc5+ Kf6 42.Ne4++-] 41.Rxc5! Kxc5 if 41...Rxc5 42.Ne4+ Kd5 43.Nxc5 Kxc5 44.b7 And the pawn queens. 42.Nd3+ Kxb6 Black has no choice since after 42...Kd5 43.Nxe5 Kxe5 44.b7 he would be facing a queen and not a knight. 43.Nxe5 Kc5 44.Kd3 b3 45.Nf3 Kb4 46.e4 g5 47.Nxg5 c5 48.Nf3 c4+ 49.Kd2 c3+ 50.Kc1 b2+ 51.Kc2 Ka3 52.Kb1 Kb3 53.Nd4+ Kc4 54.Ne2 1-0

And here are a few pictures from the event:


18-year-old Ding Liren with his third place trophy


Ye Jiangchuan daring Wang Hao to look him in the eyes.


Ye Jiangchuan with 4th-6th winners, Zhou Jianchao, Wang Hao, and Zhao Jun.


3-time Chinese champion Ni Hua alongside Hou Yifan, Yu Yang Yi, and Zhou Weiqi.


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