Wang Hao & Ju Wenjun new Chinese Champions

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Wang Hao & Ju Wenju new Chinese ChampionsWang Hao and Ju Wenjun became the new Chinese Champions on Friday in Xinghua, China. Wang Hao edged out Bu Xiangzhi and Zhou Jianchao on tiebreak after the three ended on 7.5/11. Ju Wenjun ended clear first with 8/11.

The Chinese Championship took place May 24-June 4 in Xinghua, China. The city is located in the central part of Jiangsu Province.





The rate of play of both the 'open' and the women section was 90 minutes and 30 seconds increment for the whole game. Except for Wang Yue, who played the FIDE Grand Prix, in Astrakhan, all Chinese top players participated. Hou Yifan played in the open section.

Wang Hao didn't have a very impressive start; after six rounds he was still on a mediocre 50% score. However, thanks to a very strong finish of 4.5/5 (a draw against Bu Xiangzhi and wins versus Lu Shanglei, Zhou Jianchao, Zhou Weiqi and Ni Hua in the last round) he caught Bu Xiangzhi and Zhou Jianchao in the last round and then turned out to have the best tiebreak. His games and those of women champion Ju Wenjun can be found in the game viewer below.

Chinese Championship (Open) 2010 | Final Standings
Chinese Championship 2010 | Final Standings
Chinese Championship (Women) 2010 | Final Standings
Chinese Championship 2010 | Final Standings


The top eight of both groups qualified for next year's Chinese Championship. The last four of both groups will play in the B group in 2011. More importantly, the championship decided the teams that will go to the 2010 Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk. Before the tournament Wang Yue, Wang Hao and Li Chao b. had already qualified for the men's team and Hou Yifan, Zhao Xue, Ju Wenjun and Wang Yu A. for the women's team. The new qualifiers (men) are Bu Xiangzhi, Zhou Jianchao and (women) Huang Qian. So the Chinese teams will have:

Men: Wang Yue, Wang Hao, Bu Xiangzhi, Zhou Jianchao and Li Chao b Women: Hou Yifan, Zhao Xue, Ju Wenjun, Huang Qian and Wang Yu A.



The games of both champions



Game viewer by ChessTempo


Bu-Ni Hua

Bu Xiangzhi vs Ni Hua, two big names...



Wang Hao

...but it was that other big name Wang Hao who took the title



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Hou Yifan usually prefers to play against the strongest opposition possible - she scored 4.5 points against 11 male opponents



Ju Wenjun

Ju Wenjun is the new Chinese ladies champion



Winners

Speeches by the winners at the closing ceremony...



Closing ceremony

...which saw many dansers...



Closing ceremony

..and singers...



Closing ceremony

..and children...



Closing ceremony

...all in beautiful colours...



Closing ceremony

...and (chess) outfits



Photos © Zhang Xiaolu



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