Grischuk vs Yu: the Signing Ceremony

by Liang Ziming
6/3/2017 – On June 1 2017, the signing ceremony of Jiayuguan·2017 China-Russia Chess Grandmaster Summit Match was held in China Qiyuan (China Chess Academy). This match between Russian GM Alexander Grischuk and Chinese GM Yu Yangyi will held during July 19 to 25 in the city of Jiayuguan, a very important city of the silk road economic belt in China's "Belt And Road" strategy. The players will battle over four classical games. Here is the opening report.

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This Match is organized by the Chinese Chess Association and the People's Government of Jiayuguan city. The Sports Bureau of Jiayuguan city, the Beijing Huayi culture development center and the Heilongjiang Longyi Sports Industry Development Co., Ltd are the co-hosts.

Mr.  Ye Jiangchuan, the head coach of China Chess Team, Mr. Wang Zhongwen, the chief of sports bureau of Jiayuguan city and Mr. Zhang Sheng, the director of the Beijing  Hua Yi culture development center, signed the cooperation agreement during the signing ceremony.

Alexander Grischuk and Yu Yangyi will play four classical games. If the score is even after four games, rapid and blitz games will be played to determine the winner of the match. The total prize money is 30,000 USD and the winner will take 20,000 USD and the loser will get 10,000 USD.

When asked about his prediction for the match, Yu Yangyi said that Grischuk has a higher rating and is much more experienced. “I'm happy to have such an opportunity to play a match with him. I will try my best during the games. If I had to predict the result of the match, I think my winning chances are 48% vs 52% for Grischuk”.

GM Ye Jiangchuan, the headcoach of China Chess Team, said that Russia is the Chess Kingdom. “It's very helpful for Chinese chess players to play against top Russian players. I really hope one day, our players like Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi and Wei Yi will have the chance to play for the World Chess Title.”

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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Burstow Burstow 6/5/2017 01:20
Yu Yangyi knows how to convert ELO into % expectation. Each rating point equals 0.0125% The players are 12 ELO apart. Yu has graciously rounded the product up from 1.5% to 2.0% in favour of his opponent.
moonsorrow55 moonsorrow55 6/4/2017 04:55
Curious location, in the sparsely populated northwest of China. Also 48% is a curiously specific number.