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Sunday, April 21, 2013

China Chess Championships 2013: Wei Yi, Wang Yue in Joint Lead

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Wei Yi

The Chinese Chess Championships for men and women is taking place from 16th to 27th April 2013 in Xinghua, Jiangsu, China. After his early defeat against Ma Qun, rating favorite Wang Yue has recovered his form and now shares the lead with Wei Yi. The 14-years old prodigy from China has not suffered a loss in the event. Sunday is a rest day and the two leaders will be paired on in the sixth round.

Wang Yue defeated Bu Xiangzhi in the third round and obtained the only decisive result in his favor during the fifth, when he beat Xiu Deshun. He managed to win both these games using his trademark positional style, demonstrating his ability to slowly maneuver to get a winning position. On the other hand, the youngest GM in the world, Wei Yi, scored his two wins in tactical fashion. In both games, against Xiu Deshun and Li Chao, he was not able to castle. Instead, he went for the initiative to eventually outplay his opponents. Third and fourth places are shared by early leader Ma Qun and the ex-women’s world champion Hou Yifan, who once again is participating in the open event. WGM Ding Yixin is dominating the field in the women’s tournament. She has 4.5/5 points and her closest follower is already a whole point behind.

Standings after 5 rounds – Open tournament:
1 IM Wei Yi 2530 3.5
2 GM Wang Yue 2706 3.5
3 GM Ma Qun 2559 3.0
4 GM Hou Yifan 2617 3.0
5 GM Zhou Weiqi 2590 2.5
6 GM Li Chao B 2686 2.5
7 GM Li Shilong 2558 2.0
8 GM Zhou Jianchao 2607 2.0
GM Bu Xiangzhi 2662 2.0
10 GM Zhao Jun 2589 2.0
11 GM Xiu Deshun 2534 1.5
12 GM Yu Yangyi 2675 1.5

Standings after 5 rounds – Women’s tournament:
1 WGM Ding Yixin 2427 4.5
2 WGM Guo Qi 2439 3.5
3 IM Shen Yang 2397 3.5
4 WGM Wang Jue 2401 3.5
5 WGM Tan Zhongyi 2483 3.0
6 WGM Zhang Xiaowen 2367 3.0
7 WIM Ni Shiqun 2213 2.0
8 Lei Tingjie 2232 2.0
9 WIM Zhai Mo 2259 1.5
10 WIM Kuang Yinghui 2212 1.5
11 Ren Xiaoyi 2212 1.5
12 Li Xueyi 2135 0.5

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