2012 'Yicheng cup' Chinese Chess League Division A

6/30/2012 – The mammoth Chinese Chess League Division A continued its run, and three more rounds were played out this week, reaching round seven of the full 22 to be completed. The top player of the event is reigning three-time Chinese champion, Ding Liren, whose performance exceeds 2800. One wonders merely when the 19-year-old will break into the 2700 club, not if. Report and pictures.

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2012 "Yicheng cup" Chinese Chess League Division A


The event's dignitaries preside over the opening

The mammoth Chinese Chess League Division A continued its run, and three more rounds were played out this week, reaching round seven of the full 22 to be completed. All the top Chinese players are there, though Hou Yifan continues to struggle with her form, possibly from fatigue as a result of the non-stop playing and traveling.


Hou Yifan lost in round five to Bu Xiangzhi after blundering a balanced position


The playing hall

The top player of the event is reigning three-time Chinese champion, Ding Liren, whose performance exceeds 2800. The 19-year-old's play and talent is hardly in question, and one wonders merely when he will break into the 2700 club, not if.


19 years old and already three consecutive Chinese Championship titles: Ding Liren

Among the women, WGM Zhao Xue has been overperforming after playing all seven rounds, though in terms of pure performance, Russian Valentina Gunina, the Women World Rapid and Blitz champion is ahead, albeit with four rounds played.

Current standings after seven rounds

Rk Team
Gms
  + 
  = 
  - 
 Mpts 
 Gpts 
1 Shanghai Jianqiao Academy Team
7
5
1
1
11
21.5
2 Beijing AIGO Team
7
4
2
1
10
20.5
3 Jiangsu Taizhou Team
7
3
3
1
9
20.5
4 Chongqing Team
7
4
1
2
9
20.0
5 Tianjin "Qin Huangdao" Team
7
4
1
2
9
19.0
6 Shandong Gree Team
7
2
4
1
8
19.0
7 Wuxi Huafang Construction Team
7
2
3
2
7
18.0
8 Zhejiang Yinzhou Team
7
3
1
3
7
18.0
9 Chengdu Bank Team
7
1
2
4
4
14.0
10 Qingdao School Team
7
1
2
4
4
13.5
11 Guangdong Huateng Club Team
7
1
1
5
3
14.0
12 Hebei Sports Lottery Team
7
0
3
4
3
12.0


Alexander Motylev has been a staple of the Chinese Leagues for years now, and beat
top-seed Wang Hao after a tactical slip.

[Event "TCh-CHN 2012"] [Site "Beijing CHN"] [Date "2012.06.28"] [Round "6"] [White "Motylev, Alexander"] [Black "Wang, Hao"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B94"] [WhiteElo "2683"] [BlackElo "2733"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "r4b1r/kb3ppp/p4p2/3p4/3NP3/1R6/1PP2PPP/4KB1R w K - 0 19"] [PlyCount "3"] [EventDate "2012.04.28"] [WhiteTeam "Chongqing"] [BlackTeam "Chengdu"] 19. Bxa6 $1 Kxa6 {and can you see the killer blow?} 20. Ke2 $3 {and the threat of Rha1 with mate is unstoppable.} 1-0

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