2013 Chinese Chess Championships

2013 Chinese Chess Championships

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phpnKmMcQ.jpegThe 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 time control is 90 minutes for the whole game plus a 30 second increment. Games start at 14:30 local time (06:30 UTC). Live games are broadcast here.

The main competition line-up

# Title Name Elo
1 GM Wang Yue 2706
2 GM Li Chao B 2686
3 GM Yu Yangyi 2675
4 GM M Bu Xiangzhi 2662
5 GM Hou Yifan 2617
6 GM Zhou Jianchao 2607
7 GM Zhou Weiqi 2590
8 GM Zhao Jun 2589
9 GM Ma Qun 2559
10 GM Li Shilong 2558
11 GM Xiu Deshun 2534
12 IM Wei Yi  2530

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The women's competition line-up

# Title Name Elo
1 WGM Tan Zhongyi 2483
2 WGM Guo Qi 2439
3 WGM Ding Yixin 2427
4 WGM Wang Jue 2401
5 IM Shen Yang 2397
6 WGM Zhang Xiaowen 2367
7 WIM Zhai Mo 2259
8 Lei Tingjie 2232
9 WIM Ni Shiqun 2213
10 Ren Xiaoyi 2212
11 WIM Kuang Yinghui 2212
12 Li Xueyi 2135

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The competition opened with an upset, as top seed Wang Yue lost against 9th seed Ma Qun.

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Ma Qun (pictured) defeated Wang Yue in the opening round

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Hou Yifan (pictured) started with a draw against second seed Li Chao

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Photos from the official website, via the Sina chess blog. Games via TWIC.

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