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Chinese Chess Championship Tournament

Ding Liren8/11(+5 -0 =6)[games]
Yu Yangyi7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Ni Hua6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Wang Yue6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Bu Xiangzhi5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Zhao Jun5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Zhou Jianchao5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Yifan Hou5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Lu Shanglei5/11(+3 -4 =4)[games]
Li Shilong5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Liu Qingnan4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Wang Chen3/11(+3 -8 =0)[games]

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Wang Chen vs Yifan Hou 1-0442012Chinese Chess ChampionshipB27 Sicilian
2. Li Shilong vs Lu Shanglei 1-0332012Chinese Chess ChampionshipD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Ding Liren vs Wang Yue 1-0782012Chinese Chess ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Liu Qingnan vs Ni Hua  ½-½352012Chinese Chess ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
5. Zhao Jun vs Yu Yangyi 0-1612012Chinese Chess ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
6. Bu Xiangzhi vs Zhao Jun ½-½312012Chinese Chess ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. Li Shilong vs Wang Chen 1-0282012Chinese Chess ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Ni Hua vs Zhou Jianchao  1-0602012Chinese Chess ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Wang Yue vs Liu Qingnan  1-0572012Chinese Chess ChampionshipA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
10. Yifan Hou vs Ding Liren ½-½562012Chinese Chess ChampionshipC11 French
11. Lu Shanglei vs Yu Yangyi 0-1532012Chinese Chess ChampionshipB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. Wang Chen vs Lu Shanglei  0-1572012Chinese Chess ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
13. Zhao Jun vs Ni Hua ½-½1032012Chinese Chess ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Liu Qingnan vs Yifan Hou 1-0592012Chinese Chess ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
15. Yu Yangyi vs Bu Xiangzhi  ½-½302012Chinese Chess ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
16. Zhou Jianchao vs Wang Yue  ½-½342012Chinese Chess ChampionshipA90 Dutch
17. Ding Liren vs Li Shilong 1-0562012Chinese Chess ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
18. Yifan Hou vs Zhou Jianchao ½-½582012Chinese Chess ChampionshipB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
19. Wang Yue vs Zhao Jun  ½-½712012Chinese Chess ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
20. Lu Shanglei vs Bu Xiangzhi  1-0642012Chinese Chess ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
21. Li Shilong vs Liu Qingnan ½-½792012Chinese Chess ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
22. Ni Hua vs Yu Yangyi ½-½222012Chinese Chess ChampionshipA14 English
23. Wang Chen vs Ding Liren 0-1462012Chinese Chess ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
24. Ding Liren vs Lu Shanglei 1-0242012Chinese Chess ChampionshipD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
25. Yu Yangyi vs Wang Yue ½-½392012Chinese Chess ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
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  Sneaky: Official site it's all Chinese to me.
Mar-28-12  spawn2: its possible that top 5 finisher will compose China's Men's Team to the Olympiad.
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  WannaBe: Sure, even if it includes Hou!
Mar-28-12  plimko: <Sneaky> I don't know if I can help you. is a chessblog that follows these chinese chess events: it's not in chinese, but in italian...
Mar-28-12  Troller: Hou Yifan - Ding Liren round 2, after 21..Rb8:

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White: 0:34
Black: 1:02

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  twinlark: Hou is losing this one too. She's played some strange moves.

In response to <9...Qa5> she plays <10. Ra2>:

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and then leaves it there. Nearly 20 moves later, at <27. Nc7>:

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She's in a lost position. The rooks are dislocated and undeveloped, her knights are disconnected and roving on individual adventures, and after <27...Re7> she would have been completely lost. Luckily Liren played <27...g5> and she's still in it for the moment, but not if she takes the d-pawn, she has to take the rook and give up the other knight as well.

My money's on Liren to take this one out fairly easily.

Mar-28-12  Si1: I've just begun following chess. When I download the PGN of this tournament some games are followed by an asterisks instead of a result & there is no game to view. What does this mean? Has the game been canceled or not played yet?
Mar-28-12  Troller: <she's still in it for the moment, but not if she takes the d-pawn, she has to take the rook and give up the other knight as well>

Which is exactly what she did. The reduction in material helps White, although the rook on a2 is still problematic. Position after 32.Rxb5:

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Looks like white is doing a lot better than in the previous diagram. Black can initiate some threats against the white king, but he could quickly end up with no pawns.

Mar-28-12  Troller: In Li Shilong-Wang Chen, White has <1 minute left at move 19. Increments yes, but to play on them for 20 moves is risky.
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  twinlark: Li Shilong must be a blitz whiz cause he won quite handily in 28 moves.
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  twinlark: Hou managed to swindle a draw which Liren fell into after a long think. Hou's played a last gasp <43. f6>:

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Black can win with either <43...Kf8> or <43...h6>, but played the obvious <43...Nxh3+> which is drawn.

I had this theory that Hou can't beat her countrymen, maybe she's intimidated in a way a lot of players are intimidated in their own country, or maybe something else like maybe she's too young still to have any sort of record.

Anyway these are her head to head results against the top Chinese players, all classical games:

Wang Hao beat Hou +3 =1

Wang Yue beat Hou +1 =1

Li Chao beat Hou +2 =3

Ding Liren beat Hou +2 = 4 (including this game)

Bu beat Hou +2 =3

Ni beat Hou +2 =3

Zhou Jianchao beat Hou +2 =3

Her only successes against other players in the top 10 have been against

Yangyi Yu +1 -1 =1 and

Zhou Weiqi against whom she has scored +2 =3.

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  twinlark: Lu Shanglei will have nightmares about his game against Yangyi Yu. Goes to show that nothing is harder to win than a won game.
Premium Chessgames Member Does anybody know what's up with the Zhou-Bu game from the 1st round? We can't find the PGN for it.
Mar-29-12  Troller: < Does anybody know what's up with the Zhou-Bu game from the 1st round? We can't find the PGN for it.> I assume it was delayed for some reason, as it was not broadcasted on the official site, and no result has been reported. But one of the Chinese-speaking members might browse the official site for news.

Ding Liren - Li Shilong is the top game in rd 3, and for all Li's blitz abilities Ding must be clear favourite.

Mar-29-12  Troller: Rd 3 is on. Wang Yue plays the Dutch against Zhou, I think that's a first for him and probably a big surprise for Zhou.

Liu-Hou is a closed Sicilian which already after 5 moves looks rather offbeat.

Mar-29-12  Alien Math: <> xinhuanet sport page March 27, 2012 Day 21:49:09 show |

Bu Xiangzhi and Zhou Jian Chao game extended to the game a rest day (April 1)., sorry no PGN list.

Premium Chessgames Member <Bu Xiangzhi and Zhou Jian Chao game extended to the game a rest day (April 1)> Thanks AM!
Mar-29-12  Alien Math: <> Page for news, forget to link sorry, some translation required. |
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  twinlark: Oh dear, Hou's up against it again.
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  twinlark: Looks like she's been hit by the Gibraltar-Rejkyavik hangover pretty hard.
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  HeMateMe: I bet they serve that on the rocks.
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  twinlark: A pun-ishing concoction indeed.
Mar-29-12  Shams: <HeMateMe> You went right to the fastball there.
Mar-29-12  haydn20: <Alien Math> Love your user name. Any special meaning? <HeMateMe> Thanks for making me spit up my coffee. Again.
Mar-29-12  Alien Math: <haydn20> Thank you, from online gaming, computer use, internet use, finding for games strengths and weaknesses for each class types, nickname from sisters about.
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