Bu Xiangzhi takes lead in Danzhou

by Georgios Souleidis
7/10/2016 – After winning against Vassily Ivanchuk in round three of the category 20 grandmaster tournament in Danzhou, the Chinese Grandmaster Bu Xiangzhi took sole lead with 2.5/3. Ian Nepomniachtchi won in round three against Wang Yue while Pentala Harikrishna defeated Elo-favorite and Chinese number one Ding Liren, who is having a rough start and is last with 0.5/3.

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After his first round win against Pentala Harikrishna Bu Xiangzhi also won with White against Vassily Ivanchuk. In an interesting game that for a long time had been equal the 30-year old Chinese succeeded in the endgame.

 

After beating Ding Liren with the Scotch Opening in round 1, Ian Nepomniachtchi also beat Wang Yue with the Scoth. However, for a long time the game seemed to be headed for a draw but then Wang Yue mishandled the endgame and lost.

 

The third winner of the third round was Pentala Harikrishna. He played against Ding Liren and they discussed a heavily analysed and complicated line of the Open Spanish. When the theoretical duel was over Ding Liren committed a number of inaccuracies and allowed the Indian Grandmaster to win the game with a nice tactical idea.

 

Standings after three rounds

Rg.   Name Elo Country 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pkt.  TB 1   TB 2   TB 3 
1 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2723 CHN *           1 ½ 1   2,5 0,0 1,0 3,00
2 GM Yu Yangyi 2734 CHN   * 1 ½   ½         2,0 1,0 2,0 3,50
3 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2725 RUS   0 *   1         1 2,0 0,0 1,0 2,00
4 GM Leko Peter 2712 HUN   ½   * ½     ½     1,5 0,0 1,0 2,25
5 GM Wang Yue 2730 CHN     0 ½ *     1     1,5 0,0 0,5 1,75
6 GM Wang Hao 2734 CHN   ½       *     ½ ½ 1,5 0,0 0,5 1,75
7 GM Harikrishna P. 2755 IND 0           *   ½ 1 1,5 0,0 0,0 1,00
8 GM Hou Yifan 2653 CHN ½     ½ 0     *     1,0 0,0 1,0 2,00
9 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2728 UKR 0         ½ ½   *   1,0 0,0 1,0 1,50
10 GM Ding Liren 2778 CHN     0     ½ 0     * 0,5 0,0 0,5 0,75

Games - Rounds 1 to 3

 

Schedule

08.07 2016 - Round 1 - 14.30
09.07 2016 - Round 2 - 14.30
10.07 2016 - Round 3 - 14.30
11.07 2016 - Round 4 - 14.30
12.07 2016 - Round 5 - 14.30
13.07 2016 - Round 6 - 14.30
REST DAY
15.07 2016 - Round 7 - 14.30
16.07 2016 - Round 8 - 14.30
17.07 2016 - Round 9 - 10.30

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Georgios Souleidis is an International Master with a degree in media and communication studies. He is an experienced journalist, author, photographer, chess trainer, editor-in-chief for the German Bundesliga, YouTuber, a regular contributor to the chessbase website, German chess magazine SCHACH, and previously blogged on his own site entwicklungsvorsprung.de.