Chinese Championship 2012 – Ding Liren takes off
The opening ceremony
2012 China Chess Individual Championships take place from 26th March to 7th April 2012 in Xinghua, Jiangsu Province, China. The top eight qualifiers will play for China Chess Championship 2013. The last four players will play China Chess Championship 2013 Group B. It is eleven rounds at 90 minutes for the whole game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. April 1st is a free day (no joke).
Gu Xiaobing joking around with friends.
The Chinese championship recently started and once more Hou Yifan is playing in the men's group (or 'Open' group as the trend of political correctness would have it). This time she is actually fourth in the starting ranks, currently ahead of three time champion Ni Hua. Given her recent run of results, it is understandable that the spotlight will be on her.
GM Wang Yue did not have the start he had hoped for and now must press the
accelerator to catch up with...
...reigning champion, Ding Liren, who defeated him in the opening round.
Her opening round was a mini-disaster as she lost to 19-year-old IM Wang Chen (2490) in the opening round, but she was not the only one to start with a setback. Top-seed Wang Yue (2702) fell to reigning champion, 19-year-old Ding Liren (2660), who caught fire and is leading with 3.5/4, followed by 17-year-old Yu Yangyi (2615) with 3.0/4.
16-year-old GM Lu Shanglei is the youngest player in the men's section
Men's standings after four rounds
In the women's championship, the early lead was taken by WGM Guo Qi (2351), followed by the elo-favorite GM Ju Wenjun (2557) who has over 100 Elo on her nearest rival.
Pictures by Fan Lulu and Yang Lei
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