Januar 15, 2021

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

The playing hall for the Chinese participants of the Danzhou tournament. Photo provided by the organizers.

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

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