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Chinese Championship Tournament

Wei Yi7.5/11(+5 -1 =5)[games]
Ding Liren7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Wang Hao6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Yu Yangyi6.5/11(+4 -2 =5)[games]
Zhao Jun6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Zhou Jianchao6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Wen Yang6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Lu Shanglei5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Lin Chen4/11(+1 -4 =6)[games]
Liu Qingnan4/11(+3 -6 =2)[games]
Wan Yunguo4/11(+2 -5 =4)[games]
Wang Chen3/11(+1 -6 =4)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Chinese Championship (2015)

Played in Xinghua, China 18-29 May 2015. Crosstable:

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Zhou Jianchao vs Wang Hao  ½-½302015Chinese ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Zhao Jun vs Ding Liren  ½-½632015Chinese ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
3. Lu Shanglei vs Yu Yangyi  ½-½672015Chinese ChampionshipB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
4. Wan Yunguo vs Wei Yi  0-1502015Chinese ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. Wang Chen vs Liu Qingnan  0-1332015Chinese ChampionshipB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
6. Lin Chen vs Wen Yang  0-1352015Chinese ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. Wan Yunguo vs Zhou Jianchao  ½-½462015Chinese ChampionshipB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
8. Wen Yang vs Wang Chen 1-0452015Chinese ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Liu Qingnan vs Zhao Jun  0-1362015Chinese ChampionshipB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
10. Ding Liren vs Lu Shanglei ½-½332015Chinese ChampionshipD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
11. Wei Yi vs Yu Yangyi  ½-½302015Chinese ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
12. Wang Hao vs Lin Chen  ½-½342015Chinese ChampionshipE90 King's Indian
13. Lu Shanglei vs Liu Qingnan  0-1422015Chinese ChampionshipB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
14. Zhou Jianchao vs Wei Yi 0-1392015Chinese ChampionshipD73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
15. Yu Yangyi vs Ding Liren 0-1292015Chinese ChampionshipC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
16. Lin Chen vs Wan Yunguo  ½-½312015Chinese ChampionshipC00 French Defense
17. Wang Chen vs Wang Hao  ½-½302015Chinese ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Zhao Jun vs Wen Yang  ½-½312015Chinese ChampionshipC54 Giuoco Piano
19. Wei Yi vs Ding Liren 1-0362015Chinese ChampionshipC67 Ruy Lopez
20. Zhou Jianchao vs Lin Chen  ½-½332015Chinese ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
21. Wan Yunguo vs Wang Chen 1-0292015Chinese ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
22. Wang Hao vs Zhao Jun  ½-½382015Chinese ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
23. Liu Qingnan vs Yu Yangyi  ½-½272015Chinese ChampionshipC59 Two Knights
24. Wen Yang vs Lu Shanglei 1-0252015Chinese ChampionshipD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
25. Wang Chen vs Zhou Jianchao  0-1512015Chinese ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
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  Penguincw: Wei Yi is currently leading the way with 6.5/8 (surprise surprise). He has also gained 10.9 more rating points.



May-26-15  Tiggler: Awesome performance so far by Wang Yi. Who will give him a wildcard into the candidates? Best prospect in a decade, and the likliest successor to Carsen.
May-26-15  Tiggler: Wei Yi, I meant, of course. And Carlsen, not Carsen.
May-27-15  Pulo y Gata: I'm sorta fond of Wang Yi and Carsen, Tiggler.
May-27-15  waustad: Ah yes, the first two rounds are not available.
May-27-15  MrMensa: Wei yi turns 16 years old next week. His rise has been meteoric. Wei is among the very youngest to reach the 2700 level.
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  HeMateMe: And, this is possibly the guy who beats Carlsen. No one among MC's present peers is gong to beat him, but this guy could, ten years down the road.
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  MissScarlett: It's like I've been saying all along; nobody's interested in the Chinese. A Chinese world champion would be a disaster for our game.
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  HeMateMe: It hasn't hurt women's chess at all. In fact, if Yifan lived in Europe or the USA I think the media would court her, and she would be even more of an asset to the sport than she is now.
May-27-15  epistle: It seems that in China the shorter your name is, the better you are as a player.
May-27-15  fisayo123: <A Chinese world champion would be a disaster for our game.> Speak for yourself.
May-27-15  gokusano: Chinese products have questionable longevity. The same may hold true with their athletes and celebrities. Another Chinese youngster could be tracking down Wei Yi and may pose as another threat to Carlsen. With more than 2 billion of population, China can produce more than a dozen of players of Wei Yi's caliber or even better. Carlsen may not reign long after all.
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  HeMateMe: If your logic is correct, then isn't it only a matter of a few years before someone from China a) finds a cure for cancer, b) improves on Mozart and Beethoven and c) invents warp drive?
May-28-15  gokusano: a.) degradation of human cell has no cure. Who could invent an elixir to make man live forever. Cancer is cell related. b.) Wizzardry in music and arts is subjective. Many musician may have been better than the two you've mention although did not become famous worldwide. In fact, Beethoven claimed Handell is better than him. C.) Inventor of warp drive. I'm still waiting for the arrival of that someone. Can't relate your argument with skill in chess and ability
May-28-15  MrMensa: after round 10 Wei is still a full point ahead of the field.
May-28-15  torrefan: The field has 36.5 points while Wei only has 5.5. Not true.
May-28-15  strobane: Why is Li Chou not playing?
May-28-15  gokusano: Busy sleeping.
May-28-15  tmifune1966: Hey gokusano do not pontificate when your general knowledge is obviously deficient: China has 1.3 billion people, not more than 2! I would also give knight odds on Sam Sevian becoming a better player than Wei Yi.
May-28-15  gokusano: Hehehe...sorry, my fault about the population stat. But Wei Yi is better than Sam Sevian by a mile with or without knight odds.
May-28-15  greed and death: For quite a while, I've had the impression that most of the players from the "Chinese School" of chess right now have a style geared towards open positions and tactics, generally more so, IMO, than most European and American players.

Playing through some of these games has strengthened this impression in my mind, but I'm curious as to whether or not other kibitzers would agree with my assessment of Chinese players' chess styles.

May-29-15  Catfriend: Really depends on the player. The older ones, Wang Hao in particular, are actually known to be quite positional. I even heard once one of them (either Wang Hao or Wang Yue) referred to as the Chinese Kramnik.

Of course, nowadays Kramnik is far less "Kramnik-y", dry and risk-free himself!

May-29-15  siggemannen: Probably you mean Wang Yue. Wang Hao is an extremely aggressive player
May-29-15  SirRuthless: The Chinese contingent produces the most "computer-ish" types of positions to me. Their games are largely unintelligible to me. Base on pure calculation rather than themes. If they see a weird line and it works, they go for it. Of course this is a gross generalization but it seems that way to my eyes.
May-29-15  Appaz: He-he, it's kind of funny to watch us Westerners struggle with Chinese names.

This simple pattern should be easy to spot for chess players, right? Two names, usually with 2-4 characters each. Still, I mix them up all the time.

I've noticed Ding Liren for some time (finally a name I can distinguish) and this Wei..uh..Ju..? Anyway, I will probably notice him soon, despite his name.

Oh, and I thought Wang Hao was the positional one, but admit that there is a 50/50 chance for being wrong.

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