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|Apr-16-13|| ||HeMateMe: It makes sense for Hou to be in the men's draw, but only if by merit. I'm just wondering if there is a higher ranked male who deserved a chance to play in the men's closed event. At around 2600, Hou may not be in the top ten of ranked chinese players.|
I'm reminded of Michelle Wie, the Korean-american golfer who was seeded into mens events while a teenage phenom. The idea wasn't so great, as she never made the final cut in any men's events, and her being there took a spot from someone more deserving. Sometimes publicity trumps fairness.
|Apr-16-13|| ||Eyal: <I'm just wondering if there is a higher ranked male who deserved a chance to play in the men's closed event. At around 2600, Hou may not be in the top ten of ranked chinese players.>|
This is something which can be very easily checked (http://ratings.fide.com/topfed.phtm...). Not only is Hou one of the top-10 ranked Chinese players, she's actually the 4th highest ranked in this tournament, since half of the top-10 aren't playing (Ding Liren is participating in the Alekhine Memorial which starts in a few days, don't know about the others).
|Apr-16-13|| ||HeMateMe: I'm surprised by that, good for her. I just assumed that if a large country has players rated 2700, there would be another, larger layer of players rated around 2650. That would exclude Yifan. I think she has to enter the second tier men's events, the 2650 players, if she is going to improve.|
Hopefull she can do well here. Not only good, PR, but she deserves the spot.
|Apr-16-13|| ||parmetd: why is wang hao not playing?|
|Apr-16-13|| ||Blunderdome: I think he's playing in Norway.|
|Apr-17-13|| ||Eyal: According to http://chess-results.com/tnr98201.a..., 12 players are in fact participating (for some reason, Yu Yangyi & Zhou Weiqi didn't play their 1st round game or it's missing), so actually 6 players of the top-10 Chinese are here and Hou (who won her 2nd round game vs. Yu) is the 5th highest ranked player.|
|Apr-17-13|| ||Eyal: <why is wang hao not playing?> |
<I think he's playing in Norway>
The tournament in Norway only starts on May 7th; it probably has to do with the fact that Wang Hao was supposed to be playing in the Zug Grand Prix which starts tomorrow, but had to cancel at the last moment since he couldn't travel to Switzerland due to visa issues.
|Apr-17-13|| ||parmetd: thanks eyal|
|Apr-18-13|| ||Thanh Phan: An update from Kosteniuk
Chinese Chess Championships 2013: Ma Qun, Ding Yixin in Lead
Standings after 2 rounds – Open Championship:
1 GM Ma Qun 2559 2.0
2 GM Li Chao B 2686 1.5
3 GM Hou Yifan 2617 1.5
4 IM Wei Yi 2530 1.0
GM Bu Xiangzhi 2662 1.0
6 GM Wang Yue 2706 1.0
7 GM Zhao Jun 2589 1.0
8 GM Xiu Deshun 2534 0.5
GM Li Shilong 2558 0.5
GM Zhou Weiqi 2590 0.5
GM Zhou Jianchao 2607 0.5
12 GM Yu Yangyi 2675 0.0
Standings after 2 rounds – Women’s Championship:
1 WGM Ding Yixin 2427 2.0
2 WGM Wang Jue 2401 2.0
3 IM Shen Yang 2397 1.5
4 WGM Guo Qi 2439 1.0
5 WIM Zhai Mo 2259 1.0
6 WGM Zhang Xiaowen 2367 1.0
WIM Ni Shiqun 2213 1.0
8 Ren Xiaoyi 2212 1.0
9 WGM Tan Zhongyi 2483 0.5
Lei Tingjie 2232 0.5
11 WIM Kuang Yinghui 2212 0.5
12 Li Xueyi 2135 0.0
|Apr-18-13|| ||The Last Straw: Round 1: Top seed in last place (no tie).
Round 3: Top seed in first place (three-way tie).
|Apr-19-13|| ||MountainMatt: The pubescent Wei Yi leads outright after 4 rounds. I'm tempted to wax hyperbolic, but I'll rein it in and just say - that kid is really something!|
|Apr-19-13|| ||fref: Wei Yi: a candidate to replace Wang Hao on board 1 for the 2016 Olympiad?|
|Apr-19-13|| ||nok: Good for Carlsen that he won this cycle.|
|Apr-20-13|| ||Shams: Fun fact: Wei Yi has castled once in five games.|
|Apr-20-13|| ||Phony Benoni: <Shams: Fun fact: Wei Yi has castled once in five games.>|
Only four short of the record!
|Apr-20-13|| ||WannaBe: Castling are for wussies, us Chinese don't 0-0 or 0-0-0!!!|
|Apr-22-13|| ||Shams: Wang Yue played the French Defense today against Wei Yi, clearly because White invariably castles against the French and Wang Yue wanted to get Wei Yi out of his non-castling preparation. The 2700-player's scheme paid off as he was able to hold the thirteen-year-old to a draw.|
|Apr-22-13|| ||Arcturar: Haha, Shams. In all seriousness though, Wei is REALLY impressing me here. I hope he can win the whole thing in the end.|
|Apr-22-13|| ||micartouse: Wow, go Wei Yi. What incredible talent!|
|Apr-23-13|| ||Maatalkko: You guys jinxed him. Ah well. The tournament's tough, but he can bounce back.|
|Apr-23-13|| ||keypusher: <Maatalkko: You guys jinxed him. Ah well. The tournament's tough, but he can bounce back.>|
Serves him right for castling.
Li Shilong vs Wei Yi, 2013
|Apr-25-13|| ||HeMateMe: Hou right in the middle, doing well. If she can hold that spot, maybe she picks up some rating points?|
|Apr-25-13|| ||Eyal: Hou beat Li Shilong in the 9th round, so she's among the four players who share 2nd-5th now, 2 full points behind Wang Yue who also won his 9th round game. So far she gained 3.6 rating points (http://www.2700chess.com/glass_wome...) - which means 4, rounding up.|
|Apr-26-13|| ||HeMateMe: Nice showing by Hou. She won't win the tournament, but is doing nicely, against higher rated players. |
Ana Ushenina will have her hands full, when they play their world championship match, later this year.
|Apr-27-13|| ||Check It Out: Wang Yue is up by 2 games going in to the last round? Dominance!|
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