China narrowly wins Taiyuan Scheveningen

7/25/2006 – After ten rounds the young Chinese team (average age 21) was in a commanding lead in the double round Scheveningen. In round eleven came the collapse, when they lost 1:5 to the "rest of the world" team. The final round ended in a tense tie, so that China took an overall one-point victory. Report and games. Report and games.

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The Taiyuan Scheveningen was staged from July 10th to 22nd 2006, with a prize fund of US $18,000. The tournament was a double round Scheveningen, with two teams of six players each. One team consisted of Chinese players, the other was a "Rest of the World" team, consisting of two Russians, a Georgian, an Armenian, a Hungarian and a Brazilian.

After ten of a total of 12 rounds China was leading by a score of 32.5 to 27.5 points. In round eleven the Chinese team collapsed, losing 1:5 and bringing the total score to a nail-biting 33.5-32.5. In the final round four games were drawn and each side won one game, for an overall one-point victory by China: 36.5-35.5. This remains a remarkable achievement by a very young Chinese team (average age around 21) and shows us where chess is heading in the first decade of this century.


The victorious Chinese team, with Zhang Zhong, Bu Xiangzhi, Wang Hao,
Wang Yue, Ni Hua and Zhang Pengxiang


Top scorers with their trophies and prize monies: Wang Yue, Artyom Timofeev,
Baadur Jobava, Zhang Pengxiang, Bu Xiangzhi and Ni Hua

Top players in Taiyuan were Baadur Jobava with 8.0/12 and a 2749 performance, followed by Ni Hua, Bu Xiangzhi and Zhang Pengxiang, all with 7.0/12 and 2696, and Artyom Timofeev with 6.5/12 and 2686. At the bottom end we find Giovanni Vescovi with 4.0/12 and a 2508 performance, followed by Zhang Zhong with 3.0/12 and 2448.


Zhang Pengxiang and Artyom Timofeev compare their prizes


Top scorer Baadur Jobava (Georgia)


Friends and rivals: Baadur and Bu

All pictures by courtesy of the official web site

Final standings (after twelve rounds)

Team A [Elo Ø 2638]

1

Jobava,Ba

GEO

2651

8.0

2

Timofeev,Arty

RUS

2657

7.0

3

Jakovenko,D

RUS

2667

6.0

4

Asrian,K

ARM

2635

6.0

5

Berkes,F

HUN

2601

4.5

6

Vescovi,G

BRA

2619

4.0

Final score
35.5
 
Team B [Elo Ø 2628]

1

Ni Hua

CHN

2607

7.0

2

Bu Xiangzhi

CHN

2664

7.0

3

Zhang Pengxiang

CHN

2622

7.0

4

Wang Yue

CHN

2626

6.5

5

Wang Hao

CHN

2610

6.0

6

Zhang Zhong

CHN

2639

3.0

Final score 
36.5

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