Shanghai leads in Chinese Chess League

by André Schulz
6/30/2016 – Twelve teams start in division A of the Chinese Chess League and from April to December they play a double-round-robin tournament, 22 rounds altogether. The teams play on five boards with at least two female players. The rating differences between the various players are often huge but this does not mean that the favorites do have an easy life.

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Matchday

Each team in the league is allowed to register seven Chinese players and an unlimited number of foreign players. However, compared to European Leagues there are only a few foreign players who start for Chinese teams.

At the end of last week rounds five to seven of the current season were played and after seven round the team of Shanghai, which plays with Ni Hua and Ju Wenjun, leads the table.

The rating differences between the various teams are sometimes huge though this does not necessarily reflect the real strength of the players, but is partly due to the fact that a lot of Chinese players are underrated because they do not have a lot of opportunities to play in international tournaments against non-Chinese players.

The following game between the unknown 18-year old Liu Manli (Elo 2007) and WGM Tan Zhongyi (2509), who has lots of international tournament experience, was played in the match between Chongqing against Guangdong. It shows how important it is to know your openings well. In this game one player was well prepared while the other did not really seem to know the theory of the line she was playing. This might have tempted her to try a combination that thoroughly backfired. However, in this case, the nominally weaker player was the dominant one.

 

Round 7 - results

7. Round, 25.06.2016
Br. 4   Chongqing Elo - 12   Guangdong Elo 2½:2½
1.1 FM
Liu, Yan
2411 -  
Liu, Chang
2368 ½ - ½
1.2 GM
Zhou, Weiqi
2632 - GM
Zeng, Chongsheng
2559 1 - 0
1.3 IM
Wang, Chen
2500 -  
Xu, Yinglun
2531 ½ - ½
1.4 WGM
Tan, Zhongyi
2509 -  
Liu, Manli
2007 0 - 1
1.5 WGM
Lei, Tingjie
2487 -  
Li, Xueyi
2105 ½ - ½
Br. 5   Shanghai Elo - 3   Shenzhen Elo 4½: ½
2.1 GM
Ni, Hua
2682 - FM
Yu, Kaifeng
2252 1 - 0
2.2 GM
Zhou, Jianchao
2617 -  
Zhao, Chenxi
2022 1 - 0
2.3 IM
Lou, Yiping
2447 -  
Lin, Yi
2093 1 - 0
2.4 GM
Ju, Wenjun
2559 -  
Du, Yuxin
2076 1 - 0
2.5 WGM
Zhang, Xiaowen
2367 -  
Xu, Yuze
1792 ½ - ½
Br. 6   Beijing Elo - 2   Hangzhou Elo 4½: ½
3.1 GM
Yu, Yangyi
2737 - GM
Ma, Qun
2621 1 - 0
3.2  
Fang, Yan
2354 - GM
Bai, Jinshi
2567 ½ - ½
3.3 GM
Zhang, Zhong
2634 - GM
Gao, Rui
2556 1 - 0
3.4 GM
Zhao, Xue
2503 - GM
Dzagnidze, Nana
2532 1 - 0
3.5 WGM
Wang, Jue
2380 - WIM
Gu, Tianlu
2265 1 - 0
Br. 7   Zhejiang Elo - 1   Tianjing Elo 2½:2½
4.1 GM
Lu, Shanglei
2614 - GM
Wang, Yue
2728 ½ - ½
4.2 GM
Ding, Liren
2783 - GM
Malakhov, Vladimir
2696 ½ - ½
4.3 GM
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
2746 -  
Li, Yankai
2237 1 - 0
4.4 WGM
Ding, Yixin
2419 - WGM
Ni, Shiqun
2374 0 - 1
4.5 WFM
Qiu, Mengjie
2233 - GM
Khotenashvili, Bela
2456 ½ - ½
Br. 8   Chengdu Elo - 11   Jiangsu Elo 3½:1½
5.1  
Zhao, Yuanhe
2305 - GM
Xu, Jun
2537 ½ - ½
5.2 IM
Liu, Guanchu
2367 - GM
Lin, Chen
2520 ½ - ½
5.3 FM
Li, Di
2421 - GM
Yu, Ruiyuan
2512 1 - 0
5.4  
Ren, Xiaoyi
2184 - IM
Guo, Qi
2447 1 - 0
5.5 WFM
Li, Yunshan
2001 -  
Yuan, Ye
2171 ½ - ½
Br. 9   Shandong Elo - 10   Qingdao Elo 3 : 2
6.1 GM
Wen, Yang
2611 - GM
Inarkiev, Ernesto
2729 0 - 1
6.2 GM
Zhao, Jun
2619 - GM
Wang, Hao
2734 ½ - ½
6.3 GM
Bu, Xiangzhi
2729 -  
Mu, Ke
2419 1 - 0
6.4 WGM
Zhai, Mo
2354 - IM
Javakhishvili, Lela
2497 1 - 0
6.5  
Chu, Ruotog
2149 -  
Yao, Lan
2132 ½ - ½

 

Games - Rounds 1 to 7

 

 

Table:

Rg. Team 1a 1b 2a 2b 3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b 10a 10b 11a 11b 12a 12b  Wtg1   Wtg2 
1 Shanghai  *   *        3   2               3         11 22,0
2 Chongqing      *   *                3       3     3   10 19,0
3 Tianjing      *   *                        4     9 21,0
4 Shandong 2          *   *      3     3         3       9 18,5
5 Hangzhou 3            *   *      ½           2   4   4   8 18,5
6 Zhejiang           2        *   *    2   4           7 20,0
7 Beijing                  *   *    2             7 19,0
8 Qingdao   2       2       3      *   *            4   7 18,5
9 Chengdu                 1   3      *   *          6 15,5
10 Jiangsu 2   2           3              *   *        5 17,0
11 Guangdong       1   2   1   ½                  *   *  3   5 13,5
12 Shenzhen ½   2   ½       1           1       ½   2    *   *  0 7,5

 

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