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Chinese Chess League Division A: Rounds 10-12

9/14/2010 – The monumental 18-round Chinese League Division A, which spans over eight months, played in each team's hometown, pursued its course with three rounds played this weekend. Shangdong continues to dominate with eleven wins, led by Bu Xiangzhi and Hou Yifan. Alexander Motylev is on a seven-win streak and 2848 performance. Here is the pictorial coverage with tactical highlights.
 

Chinese Chess League Division A

The Youngor Chinese Chess League Division A has begun and started on April 16 in Ningbo, China, and will end in December. The Chinese Chess Association and China's renowned company "Youngor" are co-organizing this tournament, with 10 teams in the A league playing under a double round-robin system.  The rounds will be played in the cities of Ningbo, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Beijing. Please note that the Chinese Chess League Division A appeared in the Shanghai World Expo from July 23-26, and also in one of the new venues built for 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou.

The Chinese Chess League Division A pursued its course as rounds 10-12 were played in Guangzhou in one of the venues especially built for the 16th Asian Games. After twelve of eighteen rounds, Team Shandong continues to steam roll its way to victory with a massive eleven wins and one draw. Although top-seeded with a 2565 Elo average, compared to second-rated Shanghai with 2537, its combination of Bu Xiangzhi as top board for the men, with Hou Yifan as top female, has proven untouchable this year. Hou Yifan has overtaken Ju Wenjun for top scoring laurels with 10.5/12, while Alexander Motylev (2705) continues his terror streak with 8.0/9 and hefty 2848 performance.

We bring you some highlights to test your skills.

Position 1 - Wang Hao - Jia Haoxiang








Ironically, it is White who will exploit the a8-h1 diagonal
and not Black. White to play and win
.


Position 2 - Yu Yangyi - Zeng Chongsheng








White to play and win.


Position 3 - Liu Qingnan - Wang Chen








White took the knight with Rxe7 and Black
replied d2. How does White win?


Position 4 - Ni Hua - Wang Chen








White to play and win.


Position 5 - Yu Ruiyuan - Xiu Deshun








Black just played Bd6, to which White found a spectacular
and quite hard to see reply. Can you do as well?


Position 6 - Motylev - Ma Qun








Motylev's move requires considerable precise calculation.
Try to work out some of the variations. White to play and win.

[Click here for solutions]

Team rankings after twelve rounds (of 18)

Rk.
Team
Games
+
=
TB1
TB2
1
Shangdong Linglong
12
11
1
0
23
41,5
2
Beijing Aigo
12
7
1
4
15
37,5
3
Shanghai Jianqiao
12
6
3
3
15
33,5
4
Zhejiang
12
6
2
4
14
34,0
5
China Mobile Chongqing  
12
5
4
3
14
34,0
6
Hebei
12
7
0
5
14
30,0
7
Lanpo Jiangsu
12
4
4
4
12
30,0
8
Tianjin Nan Kai
12
3
2
7
8
24,0
9
Guangdong Huateng
12
2
0
10
4
21,0
10
Beijing Rendafuzhong
12
0
1
11
1
14,5

Here are some pictures of the latest rounds at the new venue:


Bu Xiangzhi scored 2.5/3 in the latest rounds for top team Shangdong.


GM Zhao Jun (2575) is second board for Shangdong.


GM Zhou Weiqi (2584)


11-year-old Wei Yi (2244) facing GM Liang Jinrong (2462)


The playing hall at Guangzhou


Young fans watch the action from above.


Chinese prodigy Hou Yifan forgoes on her signature attire and comes dressed to kill.


WGM Zhang Xiaowen (2437)


GM Zhao Xue (2490) against WGM Ning Chunghong (2367)


Guo Qi (2167)


Alexander Motylev (2705) is on a streak of seven straight wins.

Pictures by Wang Liang and Ni Feng


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