Hou Yifan wins first 'Women Masters'

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Hou Yifan wins first 'Women Master' tournamentHou Yifan won the first 'Women Masters' tournament held in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China. The reigning Women's World Champion finished clear first, a full point ahead of Sheng Yang and Ju Wenjun.

Tournament winner Hou Yifan on the podium | Photo © Photos by Wang Yan

The first Chinese Women Chess Masters Tournament took place from 16th April to 26th April 2011 in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China. It was a 10 player, single round-robin. The time control was 90 minutes for the whole game and a 30 second increment from move one. GM Hou Yifan (2602), WGM Ju Wenjun (2519), GM Zhao Xue (2495), WGM Shen Yang (2443), WGM Tan Zhongyi (2428), IM Wang Yu A (2398), WGM Huang Qian (2394), WGM Ding Yixin (2376), WGM Gu Xiaobing (2369) and WGM Zhang Xiaowen (2344) played.



When Hou Yifan took off with an undefeated 5/6 score, it was pretty clear who was going to win the tournament. However, a loss in the 6th round against WGM Ding Yixin suddenly made things more exciting. However, by winning her last two games Hou Yifan eventually finished a point clear of Ju Wenjun and Sheng Yang, who had a slightly better tie-break to win the second prize.

Selection of games



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1st Women Master Tournament 2011 | Final Standings



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Hou Yifan with another success on home ground



Shen Yang

Shen Yang, second on tie-break



Ju Wenjun

Ju Wenjun, third on tie-break



Group

A joint toast at the closing ceremony dinner



Photos © Photos by Wang Yan courtesy of chinayuan.com



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