Yu Yangyi & Ju Wenjun Chinese Champs

by Alejandro Ramirez
3/29/2014 – The Chinese Chess Championships have come to a close and they ended in a dramatic finale. Yu Yangyi barely edged out Ding Liren on tiebreaks to claim the title, a tournament which could easily have gone to either one at the last moments. The women's section was just as exciting as the leader Ju Wenjun lost her game, but was lucky that the second place Lei Tingjie also lost!

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The Chinese Chess Championship returned to Xinghua in the province of Jiangsu. Despite the absence of a few stars, the tournament is still a very strong round robin. Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi and Hou Yifan are the top seeds in the Championship.

In the open section things heated up as Ding Liren trailed Yu Yangyi by only half a point throughout most of the event. Ding Liren won his last game to score 7.0/11, same as Yu Yangyi, but on tiebreaks it was Yu Yangyi that came out ahead and won the title, his first ever.

Ma Qun finished undefeated with 6.5/11, good enough for third place

Zhou Jianchao's 6.0/11 was enough to win almost 10 rating points

Ding Liren's loss to Hou Yifan early in the tournament cost him dearly. He tried to recover, but here he was unable to beat Liu Qingnan in round nine.

The Women's section was also very close. Jun Wejun's key to victory was her 10th round victory over Lei Tingjie. Actually Lei Tingjie could have surpassed Ju Wenjun in the last round as China's number two female player (behind Hou Yifan) lost her final round to Ding Yixin, however Lei Tingjie also lost a vital game against Zhang Xiaowen in a hard fought game.

Tan Zhongyi (left) was one of the pre-tournament favorites,
but her results were not as expected

It is difficult to play against the power of The Hulk pen

Ju Wenjun took lead of the tournament by beating Lei Tingjie who finished tied for second

Shen Yang was part of the Chinese team in the late 2000s,
but has yet to regain her status in the past couple of Olympiads

Ding Yixin's fourth place was an excellent result

The winners: Yu Yangyi and Ju Wenjun

Runner up titles went to Ding Liren and Shen Yang

Chinese Championship games:

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Women's Chinese Championship games:

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Final Standings

Women's Chinese Championship

Chinese Championship

Photos from the official website


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Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez has been playing tournament chess since 1998. His accomplishments include qualifying for the 2004 and 2013 World Cups as well as playing for Costa Rica in the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympiads. He currently has a rating of 2583 and is author of a number of popular and critically acclaimed ChessBase-DVDs.


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