Ding Liren Leads Danzhou As Hou Yifan Wins Women’s Tournament


GM Ding Liren leads the 11th Danzhou tournament, the annual Chinese event that is held on the Chess.com server this year due to the pandemic. GM Hou Yifan came first in the women’s tournament that has already finished.

The 11th edition of the Danzhou tournament is played at a 15+10 time control. It is a double round-robin among eight players: four from China and four international participants.

The Chinese players are all playing from the same venue: the Danzhou Country Garden Havana Holiday Hotel in Danzhou, Hainan. The other four are all playing from their homes in Europe. Interestingly, this includes GM Veselin Topalov, who played his last official game of chess at the Gibraltar Masters in January this year.

After five rounds, Ding is the leader with 5/7. Hungarian GM Richard Rapport, the only player still undefeated, is in second place. Two rounds were played on Thursday, two on Friday, and three on Saturday.

11th Danzhou Tournament | Round 7 Standings






# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts SB
1 Ding Liren 2836 2900 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 5.0/7
2 Rapport, Richard 2727 2858 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.5/7
3 Grischuk, Alexander 2784 2798 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 4.0/7
4 Yu Yangyi 2738 2755 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 3.5/7
5 Wei Yi 2752 2704 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 3.0/7 9.5
6 Giri, Anish 2731 2707 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 1 3.0/7 9
7 Topalov, Veselin 2707 2658 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 2.5/7 10
8 Wang Hao 2750 2652 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 1 2.5/7 8.25

The game between the current number one and two took place in the first round. In a hyper-sharp middlegame, Rapport was lost at one point but profited from two mistakes by Ding:

Ding Liren started with a loss but then scored 5/6. Photo provided by the organizers.

Ding continued with an impressive 5/6. His win over co-Candidate GM Wang Hao was crushing:

Wang Hao 2020 Danzhou
Wang Hao. Photo provided by the organizers.

GM Anish Giri started well with a draw against GM Yu Yangyi and wins against Wang and Topalov. However, the Dutchman had a terrible Saturday when he lost all three games.

Here’s his game with GM Alexander Grischuk from round seven:

Danzhou 2020 players Zoom call
The eight players together on a Zoom call.

All games rounds 1-7

Sunday is a rest day. The tournament has three more rounds on Monday, two on Tuesday, and two on Wednesday. The total prize fund is 400,000 RMB ($61,241 or 50,516 euros), with 80,000 RMB ($12,249 or 10,103 euros) going to the winner.

Alongside the Danzhou tournament, another online event was held on Friday and Saturday: the second edition of the Belt and Road 2020 World Chess Women (Xi‘An) Summit. This two-day, women-only rapid tournament had a slightly faster time control of 15+5. 

The tournament was won by GM Hou Yifan, who finished a point ahead of the field. Her last-round game with GM Mariya Muzychuk is quite interesting:

Hou Yifan Belt and Road Summit 2020
Hou Yifan at Belt and Road Summit 2020.

Belt and Road 2020 World Chess Women Summit | Final Standings









# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts SB
1 Hou,Yifan 2621 2627 ½ 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 6.5/9
2 Khademalsharieh,Sarasadat 2393 2565 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 1 5.5/9 23.75
3 Tan,Zhongyi 2501 2553 0 ½ 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 5.5/9 22.25
4 Lei,Tingjie 2527 2512 1 0 0 1 ½ 1 1 0 ½ 5.0/9
5 Abdumalik,Zhansaya 2462 2479 0 ½ 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 4.5/9 19.75
6 Muzychuk,Mariya 2506 2475 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 1 ½ 1 4.5/9 17
7 Dzagnidze,Nana 2447 2403 1 ½ 0 0 1 0 0 ½ ½ 3.5/9 17
8 Zhao,Xue 2442 2404 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 ½ 0 3.5/9 16.25
9 Stefanova,Antoaneta 2461 2402 0 0 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 3.5/9 13.75
10 Atalik,Ekaterina 2419 2365 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 0 3.0/9

All games



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