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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Wang Yue Top Seed in China National Chess Championship

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Hi everyone,

China has one of the strongest national chess championships in the world. It is time for the 2012 edition this month. The 2012 China Chess Championships for men and women is being organised from March 27 to April 7 in the city of Xinghua. Both groups will be 12-players round robin tournaments. Women’s World Champion Hou Yifan will compete in the open section. You can find all the live coverage at Chessdom. You can read about the opening ceremony at the Fide website.
The open section top seed is Wang Yue (2702 elo) who won one national title, in 2005. The last year champion Ding Liren will defend the title, but the 2010 champion Wang Hao is not in the starting list. The average elo of the players is 2595.

Participants (Men):
GM Wang Yue CHN 2702
GM Bu Xiangzhi CHN 2668 (champion in 2004)
GM Ding Liren CHN 2660 (champion 2009, 2011)
GM Hou Yifan CHN 2639
GM Ni Hua CHN 2637 (champion 2006, 2007 and 2008)
GM Zhou Jianchao CHN 2625
GM Yu Yangyi CHN 2615
GM Zhao Jun CHN 2583
GM Li Shilong CHN 2549
GM Lu Shanglei CHN 2514
IM Wang Chen CHN 2490
IM Liu Qingnan CHN 2461

Round 1 pairings:
GM Li Shilong – GM Lu Shanglei
IM Wang Chen – GM Hou Yifan
GM Ding Liren – GM Wang Yue
IM Liu Qingnan – GM Ni Hua
GM Zhou Jianchao – GM Bu Xiangzhi
GM Zhao Jun – GM Yu Yangyi

The women’s championship has an average elo of 2324. WGM Zhang Xiaowen  is the defending champion, while the 2010 champion Ju Wenjun is the top seed.

Participants (Women):WGM Ju Wenjun CHN 2557
WGM Tan Zhongyi CHN 2438
WGM Huang Qian CHN 2399
IM Wang Yu A CHN 2372
Wang Jue CHN 2366
WGM Zhang Xiaowen CHN 2354
WGM Guo Qi CHN 2351
WGM Ding Yixin CHN 2350
WGM Gu Xiaobing CHN 2257
WIM Wang Xiaohui CHN 2209
Wang Doudou CHN 2186
Nie Xin CHN 2053

Round 1 pairings:
WGM Guo Qi – IM Wang Yu A
WGM Gu Xiaobing – Wang Doudou
Wang Jue – WGM Ju Wenjun
WIM Wang Xiaohui – WGM Ding Yixin
WGM Zhang Xiaowen – WGM Huang Qian
WGM Tan Zhongyi – Nie Xin

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