Beijing wins Chinese Chess League A

12/8/2011 – It is easily the longest top-level chess league of the year, taking place over five cities, and 18 rounds, starting in April and ending in December. In a day and age where the trend is fewer and faster, it is refreshing to see this old-fashioned, protracted competition give such a tribute to the game. Fifth seed Beijing emerged victorious ahead of Shanghai and eight other teams. Illustrated report.

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Beijing wins Chinese Chess League

It is easily the longest top-level chess league of the year, taking place over five cities, and 18 rounds played throughout the year. In a day and age where the trend is fewer and faster, it is refreshing to see this old-fashioned, protracted competition give such a tribute to the game. Though there were Elo favorites on paper, none of the ten teams had any crushing edge, and after eight months of competition, it was fifth seed Beijing who emerged victorious, mostly by gritty competitive spirit.


Beijing won the Chinese Chess League A for 2011, with GM Danielian (absent), Zhao
Xue, Xiu Deshun, Wang Jue, Yu Yangyi, Li Chao, Wang Yu, and Bai Jinshi.


Beijing receive their reward


In second place came Shanghai

Their lineup was certainly nothing to spit upon, but nor did they sport a single 2700 player, several of whom were playing in the competition. They were one of only two teams in which four of their five boards played all 18 rounds, and considering the vent, it is fitting that their second board, Li Chao, won the men's top board with 13.0/18. The competition awards the highest number of points over the highest performance (Vladimir Malakhov with 7.0/9 and 2734 has that honor), which is also why Ju Wenjun won the best woman's prize with 14.0/18, despite Hou Yifan's higher percentage and performance (82% and 2660 respectively), but scoring fewer points with 11.5/14.


Li Chao and Ju Wenjun scored the most points in the competition


Ju Wenjun has consistently been a top scorer in the Chinese Leagues


Last year Hou Yifan was the top woman, but due to her World Championship commitments
was unable to outscore Ju Wenjun. Her 2660 performance was superb all the same.


Pavel Eljanov faces Wang Hao in a top encounter


GM Wang Yue: now you see him...


...now you don't!

Here is a game by Motylev in which he tendered an amazing trap to his opponent, enticing him to play a 'combination' that ran into a fantastic refutation.


There must be something in this position!


WGM Gu Xiaobing often contributes pictures and reports for our pages


Wang Hao overlooks the game by Ni Hua


No party is complete without a banquet


WGM Shen Yang


They say "the clothes make the man". By that definition GM Zhou Weiqi was the
manliest man of the competition.


GM Elina Danielian

Final standings

Rk Team
Matches
+
-
=
TB1
TB2
1 Beijing
18
14
2
2
30
54.5
2 Shanghai
18
11
3
4
26
52.0
3 Qingdao
18
9
4
5
23
47.5
4 Shandong
18
8
6
4
20
49.5
5 Zhejiang
18
5
7
6
16
44.0
6 Tianjin
18
5
9
4
14
43.0
7 Jiangsu
18
5
9
4
14
41.5
8 Chongqing
18
4
8
6
14
40.5
9 Hebei
18
3
8
7
13
41.0
10 Sichuan
18
0
8
10
10
36.5

Tie Break1: Matchpoints (2 for wins, 1 for Draws, 0 for Losses)
Tie Break2: points (game-points)

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