Strong grandmaster tournament begins in Danzhou, China

by André Schulz
7/9/2016 – The 7th grandmaster tournament in Danzhou on the Chinese island of Hainan has an attractive and strong line-up. Six top players from China, including Women's World Champion Hou Yifan, test their skills against each other and four international top players. In the first round Ian Nepomniachtchi won against Ding Liren, Bu Xiangzhi defeated Pentala Harikrishna and Wang Yue won against Hou Yifan. The other games ended in a draw.

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The tournament is played from 8th to 17th July and offers a prize-fund of 400,000 Yuan (60,000 USD). The winner receives 120,000 Yuan (18,000 USD). The Chinese start with Ding Liren, Wang Hao, Yu Yangyi, Wang Yue, Bu Xiangzhi, and Women's World Champion Hou Yifan. They fight against Pentala Harikrishna, Vassily Ivanchuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Peter Leko.

In the first round Ian Nepomniachtchi played with White against Ding Liren, Chinese number one, and succeeded with the Scotch Opening - a favorite of Nepomniachtchi.

 

Bu Xiangzhi won a tactically complicated game against Pentala Harikrishna.

 

The Chinese duel between Wang Yue and Hou Yifan ended in favor of Wang. The other games were drawn.

Results round 1

Board Title Name ELO Erg. Title Name ELO
1 GM Yue Wang 2728 1 - 0 GM Yifan Hou 2663
2 GM Peter Leko 2705 ½ - ½ GM Yangyi Yu 2737
3 GM Ian Nepomniachtchi 2703 1 - 0 GM Liren Ding 2778
4 GM Hao Wang 2734 ½ - ½ GM Vassily Ivanchuk 2710
5 GM Penteala Harikrishna 2763 0 - 1 GM Xiangzhi Bu 2723

 

Standings after round 1

Games

 

Schedule

07.07 2016 - Round 1 - 14.30
08.07 2016 - Round 2 - 14.30
09.07 2016 - Round 3 - 14.30
10.07 2016 - Round 4 - 14.30
11.07 2016 - Round 5 - 14.30
12.07 2016 - Round 6 - 14.30
REST DAY
14.07 2016 - Round 7 - 14.30
15.07 2016 - Round 8 - 14.30
16.07 2016 - Round 9 - 10.30

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Topics Danzhou

André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.
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