Dai Changren and Tan Zhongyi win Chinese Championships

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11/14/2022 – Dai Changren and Tan Zhongyi (pictured) are the new champions of China. The 2022 Chinese Championships took place in Xinghua, Jiangsu province, on November 2-11. Both tournaments, open and women’s, were 12-player round robins with classical time controls. | Photos: Chinese Chess Federation

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A minor sensation

Press release by FIDE

Dai Changren and Tan Zhongyi are the new champions of China. The 2022 Chinese Championships took place in Xinghua, Jiangsu province, on November 2-11. Both tournaments, open and women’s, were 12-player round robins with classical time controls.

In the absence of top Chinese players, the open event caused a minor sensation as the tenth seed in the starting list, Dai Changren (pictured below), scored 7/11 points and finished clear first, a half point ahead of Zhao Jun (6½/11), who took silver. 

Two players tied for third place, with Xu Xiangyu claiming bronze thanks to a better Sonneborn-Berger score compared to Li Di. The event was a very close competition, with neither player completing the tournament unbeaten.

Dai Changren

Dai Changren

Final standings - Open

    Name Rtg Pts
1 IM Dai Changren 2515 7
2 GM Zhao Jun 2600
3 GM Xu Xiangyu 2577 6
4 GM Li Di 2539 6
5 IM Lou Yiping 2490
6 GM Liu Yan 2532
7 GM Xu Yi 2502
8 GM Lu Shanglei 2605
9 GM Bai Jinshi 2569
10 GM Xu Yinglun 2553 5
11 GM Zeng, Chongsheng 2604 4
12 IM Xu Zhixing 2504 4

The women’s event was quite a different scenario, as rating favourite Tan Zhongyi dominated the field. Despite losing to Xiao Yiyi, she netted an impressive 9/11 and came out on top, 1½ points ahead of her main competitor, who claimed silver. This was Tan’s second national title.

There was a tie for third place in the women’s competition as well, with Guo Qi edging out Zhai Mo by dint of slightly better tiebreaks.

Chinese Chess Championship 2022

The playing hall

Final standings - Women’s

    Name Rtg Pts
1 GM Tan Zhongyi 2514 9
2 WGM Xiao Yiyi 2326
3 IM Guo Qi 2391 7
4 WGM Zhai Mo 2371 7
5 WIM Song Yuxin 2311
6 WGM Ni Shiqun 2370 5
7   Zhang Lanlin 2200 5
4 WGM Li Xueyi 2297
9 IM Wang Yu 2276
10 WIM Chu Ruotong 2224 4
11 WIM Ren Xiaoyi 2207
12   Yuan Ye 2086

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