Wang Yue and Yu Yangyi lead in Danzhou

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Wang Yue and Yu Yangyi lead in DanzhouWang Yue and Yu Yangyi had a good start at the Hainan Dangzhou Super GM tournament. Both GMs scored 3/4 in this second edition that has the full Chinese top 10 playing, including stars like Wang Hao, Hou Yifan, Ni Hua and Bu Xiangzhi.

As we mentioned already in our report on the recent Chinese Championship, there is a lot of chess to be played in China for its top players. First, there was the FIDE Zonal 3.5 tournament from March 19th to 29th. Then, the 2011 Chinese Individual Championships, from March 30th to April 10th in Xinghua, Jiangsu.

Right after the national championship, the Chinese GMs travelled to Tianjing for three rounds in the Chinese League, from April 12th to 14th. The ladies continued to play from April 15th to 25th in the first ‘Women Celebrity Tournament’ in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China.

And now, a month later, there is the 2nd Hainan Dangzhou Super GM tournament. Last year's edition, won by Bu Xiangzhi, was a success, writes WGM Gu Xiaobing at Chessbase.

The 1st Hainan Danzhou super grandmaster chess tournament was successfully held in the summer of 2010, and was a perfect combination of chess culture and the rich natural resources of Danzhou City. Aiming to build a "smart city" and "national chess town", the local governor has already signed a five-year contract of strategic cooperation with the General Administration of Sports Management Center.


Back then, we noted the many spectacular games played by the Chinese players, and this year the tournament has already seen many attractive fights as well. This 2nd edition is held from May 15 to 24 and is again a 10-player, single round-robin. The time control is 90 minutes for the whole game plus 30 seconds per move starting from move one. Draw offers are not allowed before move 30.

The list of players makes clear how strong this tournament really is - there is not a single participants rated below 2600. In fact it's the exact top 10 at the moment in China:

# 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



16-year old Yu Yangyi had the best start and was leading after three rounds. First he scored a solid draw with the black pieces against top seed Wang Hao. In the second round he defeated reigning Women World Champion Hou Yifan in a sharp Nimzo-Indian, which was followed by another win, with Black against Li Chao.

Today Yu Yangyi drew in spectacular fashion with White against Bu Xiangzhi. This allowed Wang Yue, who beat Hou Yifan in round 4, to join him in the lead with 3 points out of 4 games.

Wang Yue is known for his solid play and was even nicknamed 'Sleepy Panda'. However, his game with White against Zhou Jianchao was a great attack full of sacrifices. It seems that the Panda woke up and has turned into a 21st century Mikhail Tal!

Wang Yue-Zhou Jianchou Danzhou 2011 1. Nf3 c5 2. e4 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. Bc4 Qb6 8. Qd2 Qxb2 9. Rb1 Qa3 10. O-O e6

Wang Yue-Zhou Jianchou

11. Bxe6 fxe6 12. Nxe6 Qa5 13. f4 Kf7

Wang Yue-Zhou Jianchou

14. e5 Kxe6 15. Kh1 Kf7 16. Rbe1 h6 17. Bh4 Nb6 18. exf6 g6 19. Qe3 Bd7 20. f5 g5 21. Bf2 g4 22. Qg3 Rc8 23. Bxb6 Qxc3 24. Qxg4 Qxf6 25. Bd4 Qg5 26. Qe4 Be7 27. Bxh8 Rxh8 28. Qd5+ Kg7

Wang Yue-Zhou Jianchou

29. Rxe7+ 1-0


Games rounds 1-4



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2nd Hainan Dangzhou Super GM Tournament 2011 | Results

2nd Hainan Dangzhou Super GM Tournament 2011 | Round 4 Standings




The playing hall of the tournament

The playing hall of the tournament



Yi Yangyi in his game against Hou Yifan

Yi Yangyi in his game against Hou Yifan



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Reigning Chinese Champion Ding Liren against Bu Xiangzhi



A Tal-like attacking game by Wang Yue

A Tal-like attacking game by Wang Yue



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