Ding dominates Danzhou

by Liang Ziming
6/4/2013 – After a great start, Ni Hua was unable to prevent top-seed Ding Liren from overtaking him and eventually winning the tournament. It all came down to a spectacular game in round seven. After a terrible start, 13-year-old Wei Yi posted a great comeback with 3.5/4 at the end. and gained further Elo. Here is the final illustrated report by Liang Ziming.

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The 4th 'Hainan Danzhou Super Grand Master Chess Tournament' finished on May 29 in Danzhou City, Hainan province, China.

This traditional round robin tournament, with a total prize fund of 300,000 yuan, gathered ten top Chinese GMs, not including the country’s top-rated player, Wang Hao, and the former women world champion, Hou Yifan, who are both preparing their midterm exams at Beijing University.

The final winner was top seed GM Ding Liren (2707), who win the tournament for the first time with 7.0/9. Ni Hua had been the leader until the seventh round when the two players collided for a crucial clash.

Ding Liren faces then leader Ni Hua

[Event "4th Hainan Danzhou GM"] [Site "Danzhou CHN"] [Date "2013.05.27"] [Round "7"] [White "Ding Liren"] [Black "Ni Hua"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D10"] [WhiteElo "2707"] [BlackElo "2646"] [PlyCount "91"] [EventDate "2013.05.20"] [EventRounds "9"] [EventCountry "CHN"] [EventCategory "15"] [SourceDate "2012.09.26"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 g6 5. Nf3 Bg7 6. Be2 O-O 7. O-O b6 8. b4 Ne4 9. Bb2 Nxc3 10. Bxc3 e6 {GM Li Chao played this move in March.} 11. a4 (11. Qd2 Bb7 12. cxd5 exd5 13. a4 Nd7 14. a5 b5 15. Bb2 Qe7 16. a6 Bc8 17. Rfc1 $14 {1/ 2-1/2 Cheng,B (2425)-Li,C (2686)/Canberra AUS 2013/The Week in Chess 960 (68)}) 11... a6 (11... Bb7 12. a5 (12. Ne5 dxc4 13. Nxc4 c5) 12... dxc4 13. Bxc4 c5 { looks interesting}) 12. Ne5 Bb7 13. c5 b5 ({The computer suggests} 13... Bxe5 14. dxe5 bxc5 15. bxc5 a5 16. Rb1 Qc7 17. Qd4 Ba6 {but most people don't like the weakness on the kingside.}) 14. Ra3 Nd7 15. Qa1 Qc7 16. Qb2 f6 17. Nd3 e5 18. Rfa1 exd4 19. Bxd4 Ne5 20. Nf4 Qe7 21. Qc3 Nc4 22. R3a2 Rae8 {Giving up the a-file to find some counter attack, but this seem in vain.} (22... Rfe8) 23. h4 g5 $6 (23... Qf7 24. axb5 axb5 25. Ra7 Re7 26. Bd3 Ne5 27. h5 g5 28. Ne2 Nxd3 29. Qxd3 Bc8 {Rxe7Qxe7} 30. Ra8 $16) 24. Nh5 gxh4 25. axb5 axb5 26. Ra7 Rb8 (26... Qf7 27. Qc2 Re7 28. Qf5 {White controls the game.}) 27. R1a6 Ra8 28. Qc2 Qd7 29. Bd3 Qg4 30. Bxh7+ Kh8 31. Qg6 {trades the queen after which White wins.} Qxg6 32. Bxg6 Bxa6 33. Rxg7 Ne5 34. Rh7+ Kg8 35. Nxf6+ Rxf6 36. Bxe5 Rxg6 37. Rh8+ Kf7 38. Rxa8 Bb7 39. Rb8 Ba6 40. Kh2 Ke6 41. Bd4 Kf5 42. f3 Rh6 43. Kh3 Rh7 44. Rf8+ Ke6 45. Ra8 Bb7 46. Rh8 1-0

With this win, Ding move ahead of Ni Hua and never looked back.

Ding Liren in the middle, won outright with 7.0/9. In second was Bu Xiangzhi
with 6.0/9, edging out Ni Hua on tiebreak.

Zhou Weiqi took 4th place with 5.5/9, which is his best result in the past four years

Wei Yi (top), Yu Yangyi (right) and Xiu Deshun (bottom) all scored 4.5/9. Wei Yi
had an outstanding comeback with 3.5/4 in the final four rounds.

The head coach of the Chinese National team, Ye Jianghuan, and the chief
arbiter Liang Zhihua

GM Wen Yang was not at his best and ended with 3.0/9

Zhou Jianchao and Lu Shanglei both ended with a disappointing 2.0/9

Lu was the newcomer at the Danzhou tournament. Unfortunately for him his pet
Dutch defense yielded zero points.

IM Lou Yiping and GM Xu Yuhua were a driving force to share the event with the
young audience. Xu Yuhua was Women World Champion from 2006-2008 and
recently obtained a masters degree in literature.

In the simul held by the organizer on the rest day after round six, we saw the former women world champion Hou Yifan who flew in from Beijing. She was joined by the ten grandmaster participants, together with whom they played a staggering 800 students from local primary and middle schools.

Hou Yifan always ready with a smile

The grandmasters played the students wearing the traditional garments of Hainan island

The organizer set up a challenge event for Hou Yifan. The top three winners from the Danzhou school chess league had the right to challenge her in a five-minute blitz. The children had the right to choose the color and Hou Yifan to take a piece from the board. In this game, Hou Yifan played without her kingside rook.

Photos by Liang Ziming

Final standings:

About the author

Liang Ziming has been a chess journalist for sina.com since 2003, and the spokesperson for the Chinese Chess League since 2011. In 2007, he translated Kasparov's book "How Life Imitates Chess" into Chinese together with the former Women World Champion Xie Jun.


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Liang Ziming has been a chess journalist since 2003 and the New Officer for the Chinese Chess Association since 2011. In 2007, he translated Kasparov's book "How Life Imitates Chess" into Chinese together with the former Women World Champion Xie Jun.


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