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Monday, June 8, 2009

2009 Chess Championships of China final standings













The 2009 Chess Championships of China have concluded with WGM Shen Yang and unheralded and untitled Ding Liren winning the Women's and Men's crowns respectively.
In the Women's Championship,Shen Yang blasted her way through the event with a fantastic undefeated performance of 7 wins and four draws. She entered the event with an elo of 2420, and had a performance elo in this event of 2601! Congratulations Shen and best wishes in your future chess endevours. Zhao Xue, the top-rated player in this tournament finished second, with a wonderful score of 8.5 points (half a point behind Shen Yang). Xue, who holds the Men's Grandmaster title had 7 wins, 3 draws and one loss (to Wang Yu ), and had a performance rating in this tournament of 2540 (which exceeded her rating entering the tournament, of 2531). In third place was Tan Zhongyi, who had a an elo of 2436 entering the event, however her performance rating of 2531 will result in a higher elo in the next FIDE ratings list. Here are the final standings for the Chinese Women's Chess Championship:
ch-CHN w Xinghua Jiangsu CHN 2009

(Note the + or - number in front of a player's total is that player's performance rating in this tournament)

1st Shen Yang 2420 +180 9.0/11

2 Zhao Xue 2531 +11 8.5/11

3 Tan Zhongyi 2436 +72 8.0/11

4 Zhang Xiaowen2340+104 7.0/11

5 Ju Wenjun 2454 -53 6.5/11

6 Wang Yu A 2364+44 6.5/11

7 Gu Xiaobing 2336 +42 6.0/11

8 Ding Yixin 2281 +71 5.5/11

9 Wang Xiaohui 2265 -43 3.5/11

10 Zhang Jilin 2335 -200 2.5/11

11 Xu Tong 2231 -135 2.0/11

12 Wang Jue 2162 -199 1.0/11
Average elo: 2346 <=> Category: 4
In the Chinese Men's Chess Championship a major surprise occurred when untitled Ding Liren (whose elo entering the event was 2458) won the event. Ding Liren had an undefeated tournament consisting of 6 wins and 5 draws for a performance rating of 2811! GMWang Hao finished in second with 8 points and Bu Xiangzhi finished in 3rd with 7 points. The top-ranked player in the event, GM Ni Hua finished in sixth place with 6 points. Hua is going to be in Edmonton for the 2009 Canadian Open Chess Tournament next month (July 11-19th).
Here is the final crosstable:
2009 China Championship Men

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts.
1 Ding Liren 2458 CHN * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ + 1 ½ 1 1 8.5

2 GM Wang Hao 2696 CHN 0 * ½ 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 8.0

3 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2704 CHN ½½ * ½ 1½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 7 .0

4GM Zhou Weiqi 2563 CHN ½0 ½* ½½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 6.5
5 GM Li Chao B 2643 CHN ½ 0 0 ½* ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 6.0
6 GM Ni Hua 2724 CHN 0 0 ½½½* ½ 1 0 1 1 1 6.0
7 Ji Dan 2342 CHN ½ 0 0 0 ½½* ½1 1½0 4.5
8 GM Zhou Jianchao 2635 CHN - 0 ½½½0½ *1 1 ½ 0 4.5

9 GM Zhang Pengxiang 2638 CHN 0 ½½½0 10 0 * ½ ½ ½ 4. 0
10 GM Liang Chong 2511 CHN ½1 0 0 00 0 0 ½ * + 1 4.0
11 GM Hou Yifan 2590 CHN 0 0 ½½½0 ½ ½ ½ - * ½ 3.5
12 GM Li Shilong 2557 CHN 0 0 ½0 0 0 1 1 ½ 0 ½* 3.5

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