The third Danzhou tournament – Bu Xiangzhi takes gold

6/15/2012 – The 3rd Hainan Danzhou GM tournament finished in a race. The sole leader GM Ni Hua, opted for a quick draw against GM Zhao Jun in the last round. GM Bu Xiangzhi, who was half a point behind, beat top seed GM Wang Yue, and snatched first place on tiebreak. This also gave him the last spot on the Chinese team for the Olympiad. He comments his win in the pictorial by Gu Xiaobing.

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The third Danzhou tournament – Bu Xiangzhi takes gold

Report and pictures by Gu Xiaobing

The third Hainan Danzhou Super Grand Master Chess Tournament began on May 29 in Danzhou. This year the ten players are: Wang Yue, Ding Liren, Ni Hua, Bu Xiangzhi, Yu Yangyi, Zhou Weiqi, Hou Yifan, Zhou Jianchao, Zhao Jun, and Wen Yang. China’s top two rated players, Wang Hao and Li Chao, for reasons unknown are not participating. The competition is more than simply a national tournament of the highest level, with a generous prizefund, the champion will be also earn a spot on the Chinese team and join them in the upcoming Olympiad in Istanbul.

The 3rd Hainan Danzhou GM tournament finished in a race. The sole leader before the last round was GM Ni Hua, and in the last round he played a quick draw with GM Zhao Jun with black. GM Bu Xiangzhi, who was half a point behind, came back with a last round win over top seed GM Wang Yue, who had a dreadful tournament, and snatched first place due to a better tiebreak. This also gave Bu Xiangzhi the last spot on the to the Chinese team for the Olympiad. To decide third place, defending champion GM Yu Yangyi defeated GM Wen Yang in a blitz playoff.

Before the last round, the question Ni Hua had to ask himself, was whether he should
take the draw, or play for a win.

GM Ni Hua

GM Zhao Jun

This was another key encounter: Bu Xiangzhi against top seed Wang Yue

GM Bu Xiangzhi looks relaxed and confident

Wang Yue, who is a close friend of Ni Hua, was under considerable pressure

Game annotated by GM Bu Xiangzhi

The only female in the event, Hou Yifan was unable to make a mark, though she fought hard

GM Zhou Weiqi, known as "Mr. Fight" also had a tough tournament

GM Zhou Jianchao

Newcomer GM Wen Yang (2550) played quite well and ended with a 2683 performance

Two Chinese talents, Ding Liren and Yu Yangyi face each other in the final round

The closing ceremony was short and to the point

7th-9th place: GM Zhou Jianchao, GM Wang Yue, GM Zhou Weiqi and guests

4th-6th places: GM Wen Yang, GM Ding Liren, GM Zhao Jun

Third:GM Yu Yangyi, first was GM Bu Xiangzhi, and second, GM Ni Hua,

Xiangzhi was jubilant for earning a spot on the team, but emphasized
the importance of the team working together to get a result.

The hotel was very nice with lovely gardens

Here is where the players stayed

Final standings


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