Chinese Chess League Division A: midway report

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7/30/2010 – The Chinese Chess League Division A is a huge double-round team event with a total of 18 rounds, spanning from April until December, and has all of the very best Chinese players, as well as a few imports. It just reached the midway point. The rounds are played throughout China including the Shanghai World Expo. Gu Xiaobing reports on the event bringing pictures and games.

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Chinese Chess League Division A

by Gu Xiaobing

The Youngor Chinese Chess League Division A has begun and started on April 16 in Ningbo, China, and will end in December. The Chinese Chess Association and China's renowned competition "Youngor" are co-organizing this tournament, with 10 teams in the A league playing under a double round-robin system.  The rounds will be played in the cities of Ningbo, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Beijing. Please note that the Chinese Chess League Division A appeared in the Shanghai World Expo from July 23-26, and also in one of the new venues built for 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou.

The Chinese Chess League Division A started in 2005, and is now in its 5th year. The Beijing Aigo chess team was champion in the first year, and the Shanghai Jianqiao University Chess Team was champion last year.

Shanghai Jianqiao University Chess Team, winners in 2009.

Each year, the last two teams from the A Division are moved down to Division B; while the top 2 teams in Division B are moved up to Division A. In Division B, there are usually around 20 teams, so the competition is very fierce. For both A and B divisions, each team consists of 5 players; 3 males and 2 females. Each team is allowed to invite 2 foreigners; one male and one female for each game.

The Chinese Chess League Division A has an official website, and this year, its games are broadcast live around the world, both from the official site as well as on Playchess.

Team compositions

1. SHANGDONG  Linglong (Rtg Avg: 2565)
Bo.   Name Rtg FED
1 GM Bu Xiangzhi  2682 CHN
2 GM Zhao Jun  2575 CHN
3 GM Wen Yang  2520 CHN
5 GM Hou Yifan  2570 CHN
6 WGM Zhang Jilin  2281 CHN
7 GM Dzagnidze Nana  2478 GEO
2. SHANGHAI Jianqiao (Rtg Avg: 2537)
Bo.   Name Rtg FED
1 GM Ni Hua  2667 CHN
2 GM Zhou Jianchao  2650 CHN
3   Lou Yiping  2429 CHN
4   Lu Yijie  2349 CHN
5 WGM Ju Wenjun  2500 CHN
6 WGM Zhang Xiaowen  2437 CHN
3. ZHEJIANG (Rtg Avg: 2530)
Bo.   Name Rtg FED
1 GM Ding Liren  2565 CHN
2   Yu Lie  2407 CHN
4   Lu Shanglei  2340 CHN
5 GM Xu Yuhua  2478 CHN
6 WFM Ding Yixin  2315 CHN
7   Wang Xiaohui  2238 CHN
8 GM Zhu Chen  2476 QAT
9 GM Malakhov Vladimir  2722 RUS
4. China Mobile CHONGQING (Rtg Avg: 2547)
Bo.   Name Rtg FED
1 IM Gao Rui  2464 CHN
2   Wang Chen  2390 CHN
3 WGM Tan Zhongyi  2464 CHN
4 WGM Huang Qian  2439 CHN
6 GM Motylev Alexander  2705 RUS
7 GM Najer Evgeniy  2663 RUS
5. HEBEI (Rtg Avg: 2476)
Bo.   Name Rtg FED
1 GM Wang Hao  2715 CHN
2 GM Zhang Pengxiang  2605 CHN
3   Wan Yunguo  2424 CHN
4   Wang Li  2383 CHN
5 WFM Guo Jun  2251 CHN
6   Wang Doudou  2225 CHN
7 WFM Zhai Mo  2110 CHN
6. BEIJING Aigo (Rtg Avg: 2501)
Bo.   Name Rtg FED
1 GM Li Chao B  2613 CHN
2 GM Yu Yangyi  2574 CHN
3   Xiu Deshun  2493 CHN
4 GM Zhao Xue  2490 CHN
5 IM Wang Yu A  2335 CHN
6   Wang Jue  2180 CHN
7. Lanpo JIANGSU (Rtg Avg: 2480)
Bo.   Name Rtg FED
1 GM Zhou Weiqi  2584 CHN
2 GM Xu Jun  2513 CHN
3   Ji Dan  2379 CHN
4   Wei Yi  2244 CHN
5 WGM Ruan Lufei  2479 CHN
6 WGM Shen Yang  2444 CHN
7   Guo Qi  2143 CHN
8. TIANJIN  Nan Kai (Rtg Avg: 2483)
Bo.   Name Rtg FED
1 GM Wang Yue  2749 CHN
2 IM Liu Qingnan  2445 CHN
3   Ma Qun  2369 CHN
4   Li Haoyu  2369 CHN
5   Zheng Ruorong  2094 CHN
6 WGM Ning Chunhong  2347 CHN
8 IM Paehtz Elisabeth  2485 GER
9. GUANGDONG Huateng (Rtg Avg: 2530)
Bo.   Name Rtg FED
1 GM Yu Shaoteng  2529 CHN
2 GM Li Shilong  2514 CHN
3 GM Liang Chong  2502 CHN
4 GM Liang Jinrong  2462 CHN
5 WIM Liang Zhihua  2216 CHN
6 WIM Kuang Yinghui  2202 CHN
8 WGM Le Thanh Tu  2318 VIE
9 GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son  2642 VIE
10 WIM Pham Le Thao Nguyen  2349 VIE
10. BEIJING  Rendafuzhong (Rtg Avg: 2312)
Bo.   Name Rtg FED
1   Li Xueyi  1957 CHN
2   Xu Ruoying  2028 CHN
3 IM Yang Kaiqi  2396 CHN
4   Yu Ruiyuan  2309 CHN
5   Zeng Chongsheng  2350 CHN
7   Zhang Chuyue  0 CHN
8   Fan Yun  2050 USA

Team rankings after nine rounds

Rk. Team
1 Shandong  Linglong
2 Shanghai Jianqiao
3 Zhejiang
4 China Mobile Chogqing  
5 Hebei
6 Beijing Aigo
7 Lanpo Jiangsu
8 Tianjin  Nan Kai
9 Guangdong Huateng
10 Beijing  Rendafuzhong

Click for full table

Although Hou Yifan is understandably the best known 16-year-old Chinese player, another 16-year-old, Yu Yangyi, has risen like a rocket into the ranks of the top Chinese players with a 2594 rating, gaining 450 Elo in the last three and a half years. Here are a couple of games of his from the event.

Yu Yangyi (2574) - Wan Yunguo (2424) [C17]
TCh-CHN Shanghai CHN (7), 24.07.2010

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.dxc5 Ne7 6.Nf3 Nbc6 7.Bd3 Ng6 8.0-0 Ngxe5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.Bf4 Qf6 11.Bb5+ Bd7

12.Nxd5! exd5 13.Bxe5 Qxe5 14.Bxd7+ Kxd7 15.Qg4+ Kc7 16.Qxb4 Rae8 17.Rae1 Qf5 18.Qa4 Re6 19.Qxa7 Rhe8 20.Qa5+ Kc8 21.Rxe6 Rxe6 22.Qc3 Re2 23.Qxg7 Rxc2 24.Qf8+ Kc7 25.Qd6+ Kc8 26.b4 Qe6 27.Qf8+ Kc7 28.b5 d4 29.c6 bxc6 30.b6+ Kb7 31.Qd8 Qe5 32.Rb1 Rxa2 33.Qd7+ 1-0 [Click to replay]

Yu Yangyi (2574) - Yu Shaoteng (2529) [B12]
TCh-CHN Shenzhan CHN (4), 07.06.2010

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 e6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bf4 Bb4 6.Qd3 b6 7.Nge2 Ba6 8.Qe3 Nbd7 9.0-0-0 Bc4 10.Kb1 b5 11.a3 a5 12.Ng3 Nb6 13.axb4 axb4 14.b3 Ra3 15.Kc1 bxc3 16.Qxc3 Na4 17.Qb4 Ra1+ 18.Kd2 c5 19.dxc5 dxe4+ 20.Bd6 Nxc5

21.Qxb5+!? This move is neither winning nor losing, but White gets extra marks for imagination and courage. 21...Bxb5 22.Bxb5+ Nfd7 23.Rxa1 Nb7 24.Nxe4 Nxd6 25.Nxd6+ Kf8 26.Bxd7 Ke7. 26...Qxd7 27.Ra8+ Ke7 28.Rxh8 Qxd6+ 29.Kc1+/= 27.Kc1 Kxd6 28.Rd1+ Ke5 29.Bxe6 Qg5+ 30.Rd2 Qe3 31.Bd5 Rd8 32.Ra4 Qg1+ 33.Kb2 Qxh2 34.f4+ Kf6 35.Ra6+ Ke7 36.Re2+ Kf8 37.Rd2 Ke7 38.Re2+ Kf8 39.Ra7 Kg8 40.Rd7 Rc8 41.Rxf7 Kh8 42.Be6 Ra8 43.Bd5 Rc8 44.c4 Qg1 45.Rfe7 Qd4+ 46.Ka2 h6 47.f5 Kh7 48.Be4 Kh8 49.Bd5 Kh7 50.Rd7 Ra8+ 51.Bxa8 Qxd7 52.Be4 Qd4 53.Bd5 Kh8 54.Ba8 Kh7 55.Be4 Qd7 56.Kb2 Kg8 57.Kc2 Qd4 58.Bd5+ Kh7 59.Be4 Kh8 60.Bd5 Kh7 61.Ba8 Qd7 62.Be4 Kg8 63.Kb2 Qd4+ 64.Kc2 Kf7 65.Bd5+ Kf6 66.b4 Kxf5 67.b5 Qa1 68.Re6 Qa2+ 69.Kc3 Qa1+ 70.Kb4 Qb2+ 71.Kc5 Qa3+ 72.Kc6 Qa8+ 73.Kc7 Qa7+ 74.Kc8 Qc5+ 75.Kb8 Qf8+ 76.Kb7 Qf7+ 77.Kc6 Qf8 78.b6 Qc8+ 79.Kb5 Qd7+ 80.Kb4 Qd8 81.b7 h5 82.Kb5 h4 83.Ra6 Qe8+ 84.Kb6 Qe3+ 85.Kc7 Qe7+ 86.Kb8 1-0 [Click to replay]

Here are select pictures from the event:

The Shanghai World Expo Information and Communication Center where rounds six
to nine were played.

Players arriving at the playing area.

The lovely WGM Gu Xiaobing serving as hostess at the press conference and ceremony.

18-year-old Ding Liren, surprise winner of last year's national
championship, facing Russian GM Motylev.

GM Wang Hao, 2724, vying with Wang Yue for the title of top
Chinese player.

German IM Elizabeth Paehtz, 2485, playing for Tianjin Nan Kai.

GM Bu Xiangzhi

Chinese GM Wen Yang, 2520

Wei Yi, eleven years-old, and 2244 FIDE, was given special
permission to play for Lanpo JIANGSU.

Malakhov has been on a great run, scoring no less than 5.5/6
for ZHEJIANG and a 2900 performance.

WGM Zu Wenjun, 2500, playing for Shanghai Jianqiao, has
been the terror of her opponents, with a superb 8.0/9 and
2700 performance.

Pictures by Xiaobing and official site.


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