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
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 continued with an impressive 5/6. His win over co-Candidate GM Wang Hao was crushing:
Here’s his game with GM Alexander Grischuk from round seven:
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.
Belt and Road 2020 World Chess Women Summit | Final Standings