IV Hainan Danzhou tournament starts

by Liang Ziming
5/22/2013 – Now celebrating its fourth edition, the Danzhou Grandmaster tournament held in Danzhou city in the Hainan province of China once more brings the best Chinese players such as Ding Liren, Bu Xiangzhi, and 13-year-old GM Wei Yi to battle for the fans, and help promote the royal game. The first two rounds saw an incredible seven out of ten games end in decisive results. Illustrated report by Liang Ziming.

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The fourth edition of 'Hainan Danzhou Super Grand Master Chess Tournament' started on May 21 in Danzhou City, Hainan province, China.

Like the previous three editions, this tournament is still a ten-player single round-robin tournament with a total prize fund of 300,000 yuan. The ten GMs playing in this traditional tournament are Ding Liren (2707), Yu Yangyi (2675), Bu Xiangzhi (2662), Ni Hua (2646), Wen Yang (2618), Zhou Jianchao (2607), Zhou Weiqi (2590), Lu Shanglei (2551), Xiu Deshun (2534) and Wei Yi (2530), with an average rating of 2612.

China’s top player Wang Hao is now resting after having just finished the super tournament in Norway. The former Women World Champion Hou Yifan, who played in the past three years, is also not participating, turning the tournament into a pure men’s tournament for the first time. GM Wang Yue is also missing for personal reasons.

The time control for this tournament is 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one. Draw offers are not allowed before move 30.

The opening ceremony, held in the banquet hall of HNA New World Hotel Danzhou, was attended by Mr. Yang Junan, Chairman of the Chinese Chess Federation, Mr. Ye Jiangchuan, the General Secretary of the Chinese Chess Federation, Mr. Lin Dong, Mayor of Danzhou city, as well as dozens of guests and journalists and hundreds of students from the local primary schools and middle schools.

Players and VIPs posed together in the opening ceremony

The officials of the Danzhou government (right, Mayor of Danzhou city, Mr. Lin Dong)
kicked off the tournament with a beautiful crystal chess set.

In the drawing of lots ceremony conducted by the Chief Arbiter Ms.Liang Zhihua (left),
each player was asked to choose a box in a glass jar on the stage. GM Bu Xiangzhi,
the winner in 2010 and 2012, chose number seven.

Top seed GM Ding Liren chose number eight

Former women world champion GM Xu Yuhua and IM Lou Yiping give a presentation
to local primary students

The first two rounds saw seven decisive games, which promises a fierce competition for this tournament. Top seed Ding Liren has had a good start with two wins, one over Lu Shanglei and another over Wei Yi.

The veteran GM Ni Hua (above) is also in a good form, beating Xiu Deshun and Lu Shanglei.

The defending champion GM Bu Xiangzhi started with a draw against Wei Yi with
his pet Petroff Defense with black and won a tough game over Zhou Jianchao in
an unbalanced endgame after Zhou missed a good drawing chance in the end.

After a draw against Bu Xiangzhi, the promising star Wei Yi found himself in a very
passive queen and rook endgame in round two against Ding Liren. Although he
defended hard, Wei Yi failed to balance the position and finally got mated in a rook ending.

Ding Liren won an incredibly complicated game against Lu Shanglei

In the game with Lu Shanglei in the first round, Ding Liren as black chose his recent favorite Caro-Kann and got a big advantage by successfully dominating the center. After several inaccurate moves by Lu Shanglei, Ding comfortably won pieces and the game.

IM Lou Yiping annotates Liren-Shanglei:

[Event "4th Hainan Danzhou Super Grand Master Ch"] [Site "Danzhou,China"] [Date "2013.05.20"] [Round "1.3"] [White "Lu, Shanglei"] [Black "Ding, Liren"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B11"] [WhiteElo "2551"] [BlackElo "2707"] [Annotator "IM Lou Yiping"] [PlyCount "60"] 1. e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e5 Ne4 5. h3 e6 6. Qe2 (6. Nxe4 dxe4 7. Nh2 Nd7 8. Qg4 Nxe5 9. Qxe4 Qd5 10. d3 Ng6 11. Nf3 e5 12. h4 f6 13. Be3 Ne7 14. Qa4 Nf5 15. O-O-O b5 16. Qb3 Qxb3 17. axb3 c5 18. g3 Bb7 19. Bg2 h5 {1/2-1/2 (50) Bartel,M (2635)-Berkes,F (2679) Germany 2012}) (6. d4 c5 7. Bd3 Nxc3 8. bxc3 c4 9. Be2 Be7 10. h4 Nc6 11. h5 h6 12. g3 Qa5 13. Qd2 Bd7 14. Nh4 O-O-O 15. a4 Rdg8 16. Bg4 Bg5 17. f4 Be7 18. Kf2 g5 19. hxg6 fxg6 20. Nf3 Qd8 {1-0 (41) Bologan,V (2687)-Mchedlishvili,M (2626) Plovdiv 2012}) 6... Nxc3 7. dxc3 c5 8. Bg5 Qc7 {Pressuring e5.} ({If} 8... Qb6 9. O-O-O Nc6 10. Qe3) 9. g4 {White wants to open the h1-a8 diagonal after Black plays Nc6, but...} ({An alternate plan was} 9. c4 d4 10. g4 Bd7 11. Bg2 Bc6 12. O-O Nd7) (9. O-O-O Nc6 10. Qe3 c4 {and Black may get good chances on the queenside.}) 9... Nc6 10. c4 $6 (10. Bg2 b5 {was suggested by Ding.} (10... b6 11. c4 Ba6 {is also interesting.}) 11. O-O a5) 10... dxc4 11. Bg2 (11. Qxc4 Nxe5) 11... b5 12. a4 Bb7 13. axb5 (13. O-O a6 14. axb5 axb5 15. Rxa8+ Bxa8 16. Ra1 Bb7 17. b3 h6 18. Bd2 Be7 19. bxc4 b4 $1) 13... Nd4 14. Qd1 (14. Nxd4 $2 {is bad due to} Bxg2 15. Rg1 cxd4 16. Rxg2 Qb7) 14... h6 15. Bd2 Be4 16. O-O Qb7 $1 ({The attractive} 16... Bxc2 $2 { is no good because of} 17. Nxd4 $1 Bxd1 18. Bxa8 {and Black has no good moves. For example} cxd4 {loses the queen to} 19. Bc6+ Ke7 (19... Kd8 20. Ba5) 20. Bb4+ Kd8 21. Ba5) (16... Nxc2 {is not a problem either.} 17. Rc1) 17. Ra3 Bd5 ( 17... Nxb5 18. Re3 Bd5 (18... Bc6 19. b3 cxb3 20. c4 Nd4 21. Nxd4 Bxg2 22. Rxb3 ) 19. b3 cxb3 20. c4 Bxc4 21. Nd4 $1 {In the post-mortem Ding said he could not calculate all the variations as they were too complicated.}) 18. Ne1 (18. Nxd4 Bxg2 19. Nc6 Bxf1 20. Qxf1 Qxb5 21. Qg2 Qb7 22. Na5 Qxg2+ 23. Kxg2 c3 24. Bxc3 h5 25. Nc4 {and though Black is better, his bishop looks quite useless.}) 18... Bxg2 19. Nxg2 Rd8 20. f4 Nxb5 21. Rg3 (21. Raf3 Qd5 22. R3f2 c3 23. bxc3 c4) 21... Nd4 22. f5 Qe4 23. Rf2 Be7 24. Qf1 exf5 25. gxf5 Qxe5 26. Bf4 (26. Re3 {doesn't work.} Qf6 27. Nf4 Nxf5) 26... Qd5 27. Ne3 Qe4 28. Qxc4 $4 {This loses.} ({If} 28. Rxg7 Bh4 29. Rfg2 (29. Bg3 Bf6) 29... Nf3+ 30. Kh1 Bg5) ({ White had to try} 28. Qg2 Qxg2+ 29. Rgxg2 Kf8 30. c3 Nc6 31. Nxc4 {and though down a pawn, White has good drawing chances.}) 28... Bh4 29. Rxg7 Bxf2+ 30. Kf1 Rd7 0-1


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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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