Shenzhen Longgang Masters led by Ding Liren

by Albert Silver
3/31/2017 – The Chinese tournament taking place in Longgang, Shenzhen is now reaching the final stretch, with Ding Liren continuing to be the life of the party. Although he leads now with 5.0/8, he can still be overtaken by Anish Giri who trails just a half-point behind. In this report, don't miss Ding Liren's spectacular win over Yu Yangyi.

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Pentala Harikrishna has put up a good fight so far, and though he lost a game to Svidler, and another to Giri above, he also balanced this out with two win over Michael Adams, one with white and the other with black. Anish Giri trails the leader, Ding Liren by half a point, and might have shared that lead if he had managed to convert a dead won position against Peter Svidler in round five.

Young fans came to visit the event

Ding Liren has displayed an unparalleled hunger to defeat his compatriots, and show he is the no.1 Chinese player at the moment. His play has continued to be audacious and strong, something the spectators have enjoyed greatly. Watch the game below in which Ding Liren not only overpowers Yu Yangyi, but finishes the game in great style.

Ding Liren vs Yu Yangyi

After eight of ten rounds, Ding Liren leads with 5.0/8, followed by Anish Giri with 4.5/8.

Standings after round eight


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Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.


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