Second China Women's Master Tournament

4/12/2012 – The Second Women Masters is underway in Xi Shan, China. The first edition was won by GM Hou Yifan, however it is clear she is too strong for such a tournament, and in order to help her fulfill her ambitions, she will instead be playing in the Bangkok Open starting tomorrow. The strongest player is Ju Wenjun who has had a strong 2.5/3 start and leads on tiebreak. Report, pictures, and games.

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Second China Women Chess Masters Tournament

The Second China Women Chess Masters Tournament takes place from 9th April to 19th April 2012 in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China. This is a nine-round event. The time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves and 30 minutes for rest, with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. 15th April 2012 is a free day. The total prizefund is: 215,000 Yuan (US$ 34 thousand), winner: 60,000 Yuan (US$ 9500); 2nd 40,000 Yuan (US$ 6350); 3rd 20,000 Yuan (US$ 3150); etc.

The players

Rk
Tit
Name
Fed
Rtg
1
WGM
Ju, Wenjun
CHN
2557
4
GM
Zhao, Xue
CHN
2495
9
WGM
Khotenashvili, Bela
GEO
2490
3
WGM
Muzychuk, Mariya
UKR
2490
10
WGM
Shen, Yang
CHN
2443
8
WGM
Zhang, Xiaowen
CHN
2438
7
WGM
Tan, Zhongyi
CHN
2428
2
WGM
Huang, Qian
CHN
2399
6
WGM
Ding, Yixin
CHN
2350
5
WGM
Gu, Xiaobing
CHN
2257


A larger-than-life pictorial of the players


GM Ye Jianchuan, president of the Chinese federation, signs
the panel of the tournament.

The Second Women Masters is underway in Xi Shan, China. The first edition was won by GM Hou Yifan, however it is clear she is too strong for such a tournament, and in order to help her fulfill her ambitions, she will instead be playing in the Bangkok Open, alongside Nigel Short, starting tomorrow.


Gu Xiaobing, Zhang Xiaowen and Huang Qian, the 2012 Chinese Women champion,
during the opening ceremony
.

The strongest player is Ju Wenjun, rated 2557, and contrary to her lackadaisical Chinese championship just a week ago, he has had a strong 2.5/3 start and leads on tiebreak. Aside from several strong Chinese players, the lineup includes Georgian WGM Bela Khotenashvili (2490), as well as Ukrainian WGM Mariya Muzychuk (2490), sister to Anna Muzychuk.


The players and official pose for a group picture

Here is an attractive finish by WGM Ding Yixin in round three, which helped give her a share of the lead.


WGM Bela Khotenashvili looks on as the round starts


WGM Mariya Muzychuk


Elo-favorite WGM Ju Wenjun has taken the early lead with 2.5/3


WGM Bela Khotenashvili

Standings after three rounds

Photos by Zhang Xiaolu, Fan Lulu, and Nie Feng


Links

The games are being broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase 11 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.

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