2nd Hainan Dangzhou: 16-year-old Yu Yangyi leads

by ChessBase
5/18/2011 – After the success of the first Hainan Dangzhou tournament, the second edition is underway and a long-term contract has already been signed for five tournaments. This year has the cream of the crop of Chinese players including Wang Hao, Wang Yue and the teen prodigies, Hou Yifan and Yu Yangyi. 16-year-old Yangyi leads after three rounds. Here is the illustrated report by Gu Xiaobing.

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2nd Hainan Danzhou tournament

By Gu Xiaobing

The 1st Hainan Danzhou super grandmaster chess tournament was successfully held in the summer of 2010, and was a perfect combination of chess culture and the rich natural resources of Danzhou City. Aiming to build a "smart city" and "national chess town", the local governor has already signed a five-year contract of strategic cooperation with the General Administration of Sports Management Center.

The Vice-President of FIDE, president of the Chinese Chess Association, and 
Secretary of China's Qi Yuan, Mr.Chu Bo gives his speech in the opening ceremony.

The 2nd super grandmaster tournament will last from June 15 to 24, while the ten most prestigious Chinese grandmasters compete in a nine-round round-robin tournament. The time control is 90 minutes for the whole game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. Draw offers are not allowed before the 30th move.

The players wearing the tournament shirt in the opening ceremony

The players are GM Wang Hao (2732 Elo), GM Wang Yue (2714), reigning Chinese champion GM Ding Liren (2664), GM Bu Xiangzhi (2662), GM Ni Hua (2661), GM Li Chao (2656), GM Yu Yangyi (2646), GM Zhou Jianchao (2636), reigning Women WOrld Champion GM Hou Yifan (2612), and GM Zhou Weiqi (2610).

Defending champion GM Bu Xiangzhi

The very first round saw intense competition, and after five hours the defending champion GM Bu Xiangzhi drew first blood, defeating GM Li Chao with black in a long fight.

GM Hou Yifan in the first round

The youngest Women World Champion, GM Hou Yifan, won over GM Zhou Weiqi with white, after sacrificing a piece for three pawns and a huge advantage.

Here, Hou played 15.Bg6! and after 15...fg 16.Qg6+ Kd8 17.Qe6 Na7 18.Qf7 Nf8 19.f4 Rh7 20.Qh5 Qg6 21.Qg6 Ng6 22.f5 White gained a serious advantage.

Two teammates of from the two-time Chinese Chess League champion, GM Zhou Jianchao and GM Ni Hua played each other, and ultimately GM Zhou Jianchao won the game.

Teammates GM Zhou Jianchao and GM Ni Hua

GM Wang Yue facing GM Ding Liren

The playing hall

Results after three rounds

About the author

The online game commentator and reporter WGM Gu Xiaobing, is a chess hostess and journalist, serving as a presenter at this tournament and others. She won the World University Championship, placed 2nd at the World Youth championship, 2nd place in the Chinese Championship - A group, and won the Chinese Championship - B group.


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