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Chinese Championships Tournament

Wang Yue7.5/11(+6 -2 =3)[games]
Qun Ma6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Li Chao6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Bu Xiangzhi5.5/11(+1 -1 =9)[games]
Xiu Deshun5.5/11(+4 -4 =3)[games]
Wei Yi5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Yifan Hou5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Zhao Jun5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Yu Yangyi5/10(+1 -1 =8)[games]
Zhou Jianchao5/11(+2 -3 =6)[games]
Zhou Weiqi4.5/10(+2 -3 =5)[games]
Li Shilong3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Li Chao vs Yifan Hou  ½-½402013Chinese ChampionshipsE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
2. Xiu Deshun vs Bu Xiangzhi  ½-½372013Chinese ChampionshipsD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Wei Yi vs Zhou Jianchao  ½-½482013Chinese ChampionshipsB30 Sicilian
4. Wang Yue vs Qun Ma 0-1822013Chinese ChampionshipsD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Li Shilong vs Zhao Jun  ½-½252013Chinese ChampionshipsE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
6. Li Chao vs Xiu Deshun 1-0572013Chinese ChampionshipsE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
7. Bu Xiangzhi vs Wei Yi  ½-½262013Chinese ChampionshipsD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
8. Zhou Jianchao vs Wang Yue  0-1442013Chinese ChampionshipsA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
9. Qun Ma vs Li Shilong 1-0342013Chinese ChampionshipsB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
10. Zhao Jun vs Zhou Weiqi  ½-½562013Chinese ChampionshipsB10 Caro-Kann
11. Yifan Hou vs Yu Yangyi 1-0312013Chinese ChampionshipsB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
12. Yu Yangyi vs Zhao Jun  ½-½692013Chinese ChampionshipsC45 Scotch Game
13. Zhou Weiqi vs Qun Ma 1-0492013Chinese ChampionshipsD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Li Shilong vs Zhou Jianchao  ½-½352013Chinese ChampionshipsE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
15. Wang Yue vs Bu Xiangzhi 1-0832013Chinese ChampionshipsA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
16. Wei Yi vs Li Chao 1-0302013Chinese ChampionshipsC48 Four Knights
17. Xiu Deshun vs Yifan Hou 1-0652013Chinese ChampionshipsA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
18. Xiu Deshun vs Wei Yi 0-1502013Chinese ChampionshipsD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
19. Li Chao vs Wang Yue  ½-½412013Chinese ChampionshipsD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
20. Bu Xiangzhi vs Li Shilong  ½-½502013Chinese ChampionshipsD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. Zhou Jianchao vs Zhou Weiqi  ½-½782013Chinese ChampionshipsE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
22. Qun Ma vs Yu Yangyi  ½-½312013Chinese ChampionshipsB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
23. Yifan Hou vs Zhao Jun 1-0392013Chinese ChampionshipsC53 Giuoco Piano
24. Zhao Jun vs Qun Ma  ½-½662013Chinese ChampionshipsC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
25. Yu Yangyi vs Zhou Jianchao  ½-½382013Chinese ChampionshipsC45 Scotch Game
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  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.

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  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 ( 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).

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  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.

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  parmetd: why is wang hao not playing?
Apr-16-13  Blunderdome: I think he's playing in Norway.
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  Eyal: According to, 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.
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  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.

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  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 Womens 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.
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  Phony Benoni: <Shams: Fun fact: Wei Yi has castled once in five games.>

Only four short of the record!

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  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.
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  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

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  HeMateMe: Hou right in the middle, doing well. If she can hold that spot, maybe she picks up some rating points?
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  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 ( - which means 4, rounding up.
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  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.

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  Check It Out: Wang Yue is up by 2 games going in to the last round? Dominance!
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