2013 Chinese Chess Championships
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The Chinese Individual Chess Championships are underway in in Xinghua, Jiangsu. The competition takes place from 16-27 April and features 12 players in a single round-robin format.
Top seed is Wang Yue (2706 Elo, pictured), but the competition is missing some other top names this year, with Wang Hao and Ding Liren absent. The latter will be playing in the Alekhine Memorial shortly, while Wang Hao features in the Norway Chess tournament in May.
Former women's world champion Hou Yifan is once again playing in the main competition, rather than the separate women's event, which runs concurrently in the same format.
Also playing in the main is Wei Yi, the 13 year-old GM-elect!
The main competition line-up
|2||GM||Li Chao B||2686|
|4||GM||M Bu Xiangzhi||2662|
The women's competition line-up
The competition opened with an upset, as top seed Wang Yue lost against 9th seed Ma Qun.
Ma Qun (pictured) defeated Wang Yue in the opening round
Hou Yifan (pictured) started with a draw against second seed Li Chao