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Ding Liren wins the Chinese Chess Championship

Wang Hao lets the victory slip in the last rounds

Ding Liren (2458) won the Chinese Chess Championship 2009 that took place in the city of Xinghua Jiangsu. It was a very interesting event, with many surprising results and unexpected photo finish.

The top seeded GM Ni Hua started unconvincingly with 2,5/6. Similar was the story of the second seeded GM Bu Xiangzhi, who got a series of draw to achieve only 3,5/6. Both were surprised by the strong opposition lower rated players gave during the first rounds. Among them, was the future champion, who managed to get away with 1,5 points from the two matches against the favorites.

This distraction was wisely used by GM Wang Hao. Despite the first round draw against GM Zhang Pengxiang, Wang Hao achieved 7 consecutive victories. At that point, the chasing pack was two points behind him, with the final victory at sight. An 8th round draw against GM Bu Xiangzhi and a protocol victory against the lowest rated Ji Dan, left Wang Hao 1,5 points ahead and with a very good tiebreak, just 2 rounds before the end.

Right at that point the unthinkable happened. Ding Liren, who had a very stable tournament until that point and was one of the chasing pack players, managed to defeat Wang Hao in their direct match. It was quite strange to see a player only half a point away from Wang Hao, who has comfortably led the whole tournament, but odds seemed to be on the side of the stronger player – Ding Liren had a game with black against the higher rated GM Zhou Jianchao, while Wang Hao had white against one of the lower rated grandmasters, GM Liang Chong.

The final day was a fairy tale to Ding Liren. He got a direct win due to the zero tolerance policy applied by the organizers (his opponent was late for the game). And to complete the total turn of events, Wang Hao lost to Liang Chong to make Ding Liren Chinese Chess Champion.

Final Standings

1 Ding Liren 2458 8.5

2 GM Wang Hao 2696 8

3 GM Bu Xiangzhi 2704 7

4 GM Zhou Weiqi 2563 6.5

5 GM Li Chao B 2643 6

6 GM Ni Hua 2724 6

7 Ji Dan 2342 4.5

8 GM Zhou Jianchao 2635 4.5

9 GM Zhang Pengxiang 2638 4

10 GM Liang Chong 2511 4

11 GM Hou Yifan 2590 3.5

12 GM Li Shilong 2557 3.5

Results

1 Ji Dan 0 – 1 GM Li Shilong

2 Ding Liren ½ – ½ GM Bu Xiangzhi

3 GM Liang Chong 0 – 1 GM Zhou Jianchao

4 GM Zhang Pengxiang ½ – ½ GM Wang Hao

5 GM Ni Hua ½ – ½ GM Li Chao B

6 GM Hou Yifan ½ – ½ GM Zhou Weiqi

1 GM Li Shilong 0 – 1 GM Zhou Weiqi

2 GM Li Chao B ½ – ½ GM Hou Yifan

3 GM Wang Hao 1 – 0 GM Ni Hua

4 GM Zhou Jianchao 1 – 0 GM Zhang Pengxiang

5 GM Bu Xiangzhi 1 – 0 GM Liang Chong

6 Ji Dan ½ – ½ Ding Liren

1 Ding Liren 1 – 0 GM Li Shilong

2 GM Liang Chong 0 – 1 Ji Dan

3 GM Zhang Pengxiang ½ – ½ GM Bu Xiangzhi

4 GM Ni Hua 1 – 0 GM Zhou Jianchao

5 GM Hou Yifan 0 – 1 GM Wang Hao

6 GM Zhou Weiqi ½ – ½ GM Li Chao B

1 GM Li Shilong 0 – 1 GM Li Chao B

2 GM Wang Hao 1 – 0 GM Zhou Weiqi

3 GM Zhou Jianchao ½ – ½ GM Hou Yifan

4 GM Bu Xiangzhi ½ – ½ GM Ni Hua

5 Ji Dan 1 – 0 GM Zhang Pengxiang

6 Ding Liren ½ – ½ GM Liang Chong

1 GM Liang Chong 1 – 0 GM Li Shilong

2 GM Zhang Pengxiang 0 – 1 Ding Liren

3 GM Ni Hua ½ – ½ Ji Dan

4 GM Hou Yifan ½ – ½ GM Bu Xiangzhi

5 GM Zhou Weiqi ½ – ½ GM Zhou Jianchao

6 GM Li Chao B 0 – 1 GM Wang Hao

1 GM Li Shilong 0 – 1 GM Wang Hao

2 GM Zhou Jianchao ½ – ½ GM Li Chao B

3 GM Bu Xiangzhi ½ – ½ GM Zhou Weiqi

4 Ji Dan ½ – ½ GM Hou Yifan

5 Ding Liren 1 – 0 GM Ni Hua

6 GM Liang Chong ½ – ½ GM Zhang Pengxiang

1 GM Zhang Pengxiang ½ – ½ GM Li Shilong

2 GM Ni Hua 1 – 0 GM Liang Chong

3 GM Hou Yifan 0 – 1 Ding Liren

4 GM Zhou Weiqi 1 – 0 Ji Dan

5 GM Li Chao B 0 – 1 GM Bu Xiangzhi

6 GM Wang Hao 1 – 0 GM Zhou Jianchao

1 GM Li Shilong 1 – 0 GM Zhou Jianchao

2 GM Bu Xiangzhi ½ – ½ GM Wang Hao

3 Ji Dan ½ – ½ GM Li Chao B

4 Ding Liren ½ – ½ GM Zhou Weiqi

5 GM Liang Chong + – - GM Hou Yifan

6 GM Zhang Pengxiang 1 – 0 GM Ni Hua

1 GM Ni Hua 1 – 0 GM Li Shilong

2 GM Hou Yifan ½ – ½ GM Zhang Pengxiang

3 GM Zhou Weiqi 1 – 0 GM Liang Chong

4 GM Li Chao B ½ – ½ Ding Liren

5 GM Wang Hao 1 – 0 Ji Dan

6 GM Zhou Jianchao ½ – ½ GM Bu Xiangzhi

1 GM Li Shilong ½ – ½ GM Bu Xiangzhi

2 Ji Dan ½ – ½ GM Zhou Jianchao

3 Ding Liren 1 – 0 GM Wang Hao

4 GM Liang Chong 0 – 1 GM Li Chao B

5 GM Zhang Pengxiang ½ – ½ GM Zhou Weiqi

6 GM Ni Hua 1 – 0 GM Hou Yifan

1 GM Hou Yifan ½ – ½ GM Li Shilong

2 GM Zhou Weiqi ½ – ½ GM Ni Hua

3 GM Li Chao B 1 – 0 GM Zhang Pengxiang

4 GM Wang Hao 0 – 1 GM Liang Chong

5 GM Zhou Jianchao - – + Ding Liren

6 GM Bu Xiangzhi 1 – 0 Ji Dan


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