Giri wins in Wenzhou

by Klaus Besenthal
8/18/2017 – In the Chinese metropolis of Wenzhou last week, a four game match, dubbed the "Xinqiao Cup", was played between the two world-class players Anish Giri (Netherlands) and Ding Liren (China). Three games were drawn but Giri reeled in one full point to win the match 2.5:1.5. The decisive game contained several interesting moments worthy of further study. | Photos:

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A match you might have missed

Often with Chinese metropolitan cities, we scarcely have heard of their names in the West, let alone have a clue as to their geographical location, and Wenzhou, for most, is no exception — despite having more than 7.5 million inhabitants, and 1,500 years of history! The city is located on the Chinese mainland, about equidistant from Taipei (the capital of Taiwan) to the south and Shanghai to the north, on the East China Sea.

Here Anish Giri and Ding Liren met for their four game match. The photo of the prize ceremony indicates that this was a serious payday for Giri, at $5000 per game!

The man of the match: Anish Giri

Ding Liren did not leave empty handed

In the second game, Giri had already put his opponent under pressure on the kingside, when the Chinese finally made a mistake on his 28th move. Giri sacrificed a rook and then showed off his fine technique. Ding Liren's pieces had such dim prospects that he could not even find a way to save the game by returning material:


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Players and officials pose for a group photo


Title Name FED Elo Res. Title Name FED Elo
GM Anish Giri
2772 ½ - ½ GM Liren Ding
GM Liren Ding
2777 0 - 1 GM Anish Giri
GM Anish Giri
2772 ½ - ½ GM Liren Ding
GM Liren Ding
2777 ½ - ½ GM Anish Giri

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Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.


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