Hou Yifan and Ju Wenjun lead in First Women's Masters

4/19/2011 – The event is taking place in Wuxi, China, and features top national female players. Top seed – by 83 points – and clear favourite is reigning women's world champion GM Hou Yifan, who together with second seed WGM Ju Wenjun has scored 2.5/3 points. To start our reporting on this very attractive event we present the participants in a big picture parade.

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The first Chinese women chess grandmasters tournament is taking place from April 16 to April 24 (free day on April 21) in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, in China. Ten top Chinese women grandmasters, including Women's World Champion Hou Yifan, are participating. The event is a round robin with time controls of 90 minutes for the entire game plus a 30 second increment for each move. Draw offers are only allowed with the permission of the chief arbiter and will only be granted in theoretically drawn positions. Games start at 14:00h local time. The participants are:

Seed
Title Player
Rating

1

GM

Hou Yifan

2602

2

WGM

Ju Wenjun

2519

3

GM

Zhao Xue

2495

4

WGM

Shen Yang

2443

5

WGM

Tan Zhongyi

2428

6

IM

Wang Yu A

2298

7

WGM

Huang Qian

2394

8

WGM

Ding Yixin

2376

9

WGM

Gu Xiaobing

2369

10

WGM

Zhang Xiaowen

2344


Giant photos of the players in the lobby


Group photo of participants, trainers and organisers


A short ceremonial game with the Women's World Champion Hou Yifan


Top seed Hou Yifan got the one in the drawing of lots


Fourth seed WGM Shen Yang, rated 2443, drew the two


Handshakes all around at the start of round one


Top seed and favourite, GM Hou Yifan, rated 2602 – 83 points above...


... second seed WGM Ju Wenjun, rated 2519


Third seed GM Zhao Xue, rated 2495


Fifth seed WGM Tan Zhongyi, rated 2428


WGM Gu Xiaobing, rated 2369


WGM Shen Yang, 2443, playing 4.Bd2 in a Bogo-Indian (which she won in round one)


WGM Ding Yixin, rated 2376


WGM Zhang Xiaowen, rated 2344


WGM Ju Wenjun, WGM Gu Xiaobing and WGM Shen Yang

Pictures provided by participant WGM Gu Xiaobing

Standings after the first three rounds


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