16-year-old Yu Yangyi victorious in Dangzhou

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Yu Yangyi victorious in DangzhouNot Wang Hao, not Wang Yue nor Bu Xiangzhi nor Chinese champion Ding Liren, but 16-year-old Yu Yangyi won the Hainan Dangzhou Super GM tournament. The ten best Chinese chess players were present and Yu Yangyi finished clear first, 1.5 points ahead of the rest of the field.

The 2nd Hainan Dangzhou Super GM tournament was held from May 15 to 24, 2011 in Dangzhou, Hainan (China). It was a 10-player, single round-robin. The time control was 90 minutes for the whole game plus 30 seconds per move starting from move one. Draw offers were not allowed before move 30. The complete current top 10 in China participated:

# Name Title Fed Rating World rank Birth year
1 Wang, Hao g CHN 2732 19 1989
2 Wang, Yue g CHN 2714 29 1987
3 Ding, Liren g CHN 2664 78 1992
4 Bu, Xiangzhi g CHN 2662 80 1985
5 Ni, Hua g CHN 2661 83 1983
6 Li, Chao b g CHN 2656 90 1989
7 Yu, Yangyi g CHN 2646 103 1994
8 Zhou, Jianchao g CHN 2636 119 1988
9 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2612 187 1994
10 Zhou, Weiqi g CHN 2610 193 1986



Presentation of the players during the opening ceremony

Presentation of the players during the opening ceremony



You might remember that after four rounds Yu Yangyi and Wang Yue were sharing the lead with 3/4. (If you missed our first report, take the time to check it out as we give a spectacular game won by Wang Yue.) In the next round Yu Yangyi became the sole leader again thanks to this win:

Zhou Weiqi-Yu Yangyi Danzhou 2011

Diagram 4

39... Nd3+! 40. Bxd3 Qxd2+ 41. Be2 Rxf3+! 42. Kxf3 Qf4+ 43. Kg2 Rg6+ 0-1

In the same round, Wang Yue drew with Black in a Petroff against Li Chao. In the next round it was the other way around: Wang Yue won a good game against Bu Xiangzhi - again starting with 1.e4 by the way. It's nice to see that top players can also make this switch, instead of going from 1.e4 to 1.d4 like many players have done. Yu Yangyi drew with Black and so the two shared the lead again with 4.5/6.

In the next two rounds everything was decided. Yu Yangyi first beat Ni Hua in a game that had one continuous theme: the positional exchange sacrifice. See for yourself in the game viewer how all these rooks are put en prise, and not taken! Wang Yue drew with Black against Zhou Weiqi and then, in the big clash in the penultimate round, Yu Yangyi defeated Wang Yue with Black. In doing so, the 16-year-old won the tournament with a round to spare.

The winner in Danzhou: Yu Yangyi

The winner in Danzhou: Yu Yangyi



Women World Champion Hou Yifan (2612) played her worst tournament in recent years and finished last with just one victory and two draws (a 2447 performance). In round 8 Li Chao beat her with a crushing attack on the king:

Hou Yifan-Li Chao Danzhou 2011

Diagram 5

White's last move 26.b3 was a mistake. 26... Bxb3! Killing. 27. cxb3 (27. Ne2 Bxc2+ 28. Kxc2 Be1+ 29. Kb1 Qc2+; 27. Qd3 a4 28. Ne2 Bxa2+! 29. Kxa2 b3+ 30. Kb1 bxc2+ 31. Qxc2 Rab8+) 27... a4 28. Bc4 (28. Ne2 axb3 29. Nxc3 bxc3) 28... axb3 29. Bxb3

Diagram 6

29... Rxa2! 30. Bxa2 b3 31. Bxb3 Qa3 32. Kc2 Qb2+ 33. Kd3 Ba5 34. Bc4

Diagram 7

34... Rxc4! 35. Ne2
(35. Kxc4 Qc2+ 36. Kb5 Qc5+) 35... Qc2+ 36. Ke3 Bb6+ 0-1

A tough tournament for Hou Yifan

A tough tournament for Hou Yifan



Games rounds 5-9



Game viewer by ChessTempo


2nd Hainan Dangzhou Super GM Tournament 2011 | Results

2nd Hainan Dangzhou Super GM Tournament 2011 | Final Standings




Photos © Wang Lian, more here



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