Short and Dreev lead in Tai Yuan

7/22/2004 – This is something Dortmund didn't have: a food master show as the highlight of the opening ceremony. The average Elo at the GM tournaments is 2634 (category 16), thanks to the presences of guest players like Dreev, Short, Lautier and Lputian. We bring you games, results and pictures.

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Tai Yuan GM Tournament

The Tai Yuan GM is taking place in China from July 17th to 26th July 2004. The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves, plus 15 minutes for the remaining moves, and a 30 seconds increment per move for the entire game. The prize fund is $20,000. Play starts 14:00h local time (GMT+8). The final round begins at 10:00 am local time.

Standing after six rounds

Picture gallery


Press conference with the players before the start of the tournament


A children's dance number at the openings ceremony


And one we have never seen before: a local food masters show


The four-star SanJin International Hotel, where the games are being played


Smbat Lputian vs Nigel Short, in round two


Alexei Dreev kibitzes on the game Bu Xiangzhi vs Ye Jiangchuan


At one time Bu Xiangzhi was the youngest GM in history


Top player from France: GM Joel Lautier


The only female player in the tournament: GM Xie Jun


Chinese GM Xu Jun


China's top player GM Ye Jiangchuan


Spectators listening to analysis by experts


Sensation in round 6: GM Ni Hua beats GM Smbat Lputian with black in 70 moves


Nigel Short giving a ten-board simul for young Chinese players


Ni Hua playing with against younger kids


China's number one Ye Jiangchuan against the youngest

All pictures by courtesy of the official web site. The information and links were provided by Fang Zhang, a chess fan, freelance writer, dramatist, poet and historian, who lives in Belgium. Earlier spectacularly illustrated reports by Fang Zhang:


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