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Belt and Road Hunan Open Tournament

Surya Shekhar Ganguly7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Yangyi Yu6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Bassem Amin6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Ivan Cheparinov6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Hao Wang6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
David Anton Guijarro6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Francisco Vallejo Pons6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Wei Yi6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Maxim Matlakov6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Ngoc Truongson Nguyen5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Yu Ruiyuan5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Jianchao Zhou5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Bogdan-Daniel Deac5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Ju Wenjun5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Chongsheng Zeng5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Sarasadat Khademalsharieh5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Zhao Jun5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Di Li5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Yinglun Xu5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Xiongjian Peng5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Mircea-Emilian Parligras5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Sethuraman P Sethuraman5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Jiner Zhu5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Constantin Lupulescu5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Kateryna Lagno5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Yang Wen5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Le Quang Liem5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Mikhailo Oleksienko5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Xiangyu Xu5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Evgeny Najer5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Li Tian Yeoh5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
* (72 players total; 40 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Belt and Road Hunan Open (2019)

The Belt and Road Hunan International Open was a 9-round Swiss tournament taking place from 29 July to 6 August 2019 in Changsha, China. The top section for players rated 2400 and above had a $50,000 overall first prize with $10,000 for the top woman. Players received 90 minutes for the entire game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one. Prizes were not shared, with the places determined by mathematical tiebreaks. (1) Chief arbiter: Zhu Jiaqi. (2)

Surya Shekhar Ganguly won with 7/9, and netted no less than 50,000 USD.

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 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 320  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Wei Yi vs Z Tan  ½-½342019Belt and Road Hunan OpenA13 English
2. Changren Dai vs Y Yu  ½-½232019Belt and Road Hunan OpenB33 Sicilian
3. H Wang vs T Lei  1-0492019Belt and Road Hunan OpenC42 Petrov Defense
4. Zhihang Xu vs Le Quang Liem  ½-½562019Belt and Road Hunan OpenE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
5. B Amin vs M Radovanovic  ½-½462019Belt and Road Hunan OpenC00 French Defense
6. Lou Yiping vs M Matlakov  ½-½292019Belt and Road Hunan OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. F Vallejo Pons vs S Bilguun  ½-½282019Belt and Road Hunan OpenB30 Sicilian
8. S Khademalsharieh vs Naiditsch  ½-½302019Belt and Road Hunan OpenD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Xu Jun vs E Najer  ½-½362019Belt and Road Hunan OpenD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. I Cheparinov vs Yuxiang Fang  1-0422019Belt and Road Hunan OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Wang Chen vs B Adhiban  1-0372019Belt and Road Hunan OpenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
12. Motylev vs X Peng  ½-½302019Belt and Road Hunan OpenC78 Ruy Lopez
13. Yu Ruiyuan vs Lupulescu  ½-½302019Belt and Road Hunan OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
14. Ganguly vs Y T Taher 1-0702019Belt and Road Hunan OpenA30 English, Symmetrical
15. Li Shilong vs M Parligras  0-1642019Belt and Road Hunan OpenD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
16. Ngoc Truongson Nguyen vs J Zhu  1-0552019Belt and Road Hunan OpenC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. Guanchu Liu vs Zhao Jun  0-1412019Belt and Road Hunan OpenB32 Sicilian
18. S P Sethuraman vs Yuanhe Zhao  ½-½402019Belt and Road Hunan OpenC42 Petrov Defense
19. Zeyu Xiang vs Deac  ½-½592019Belt and Road Hunan OpenD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. S Lu vs G Munkhgal  1-0492019Belt and Road Hunan OpenC02 French, Advance
21. Yiye Wang vs S L Narayanan  0-1492019Belt and Road Hunan OpenA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
22. J Zhou vs Chen Zou  ½-½412019Belt and Road Hunan OpenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Yankai Li vs M Oleksienko  ½-½222019Belt and Road Hunan OpenE00 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Ju Wenjun vs Harshit Raja  ½-½722019Belt and Road Hunan OpenE10 Queen's Pawn Game
25. N Batsiashvili vs Y Wen  ½-½322019Belt and Road Hunan OpenE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 320  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-31-19  wtpy: Prizes are not shared with places determined by mathematical tiebreaks. Maybe that will make people take more chances to get full points otherwise thousands of dollars could all be determined by a tiebreak that you can't know the result of until last round is over.
Aug-03-19  csmath: There are already 5 rounds. Wang Hao, Ganguly, Cheparinov and Bassem in lead with 4 out of 5.

Ganguly beat Wei Yi in 16 moves after crazy opening where Wei Yi started ill-conceived tactical attack with mate threats but missed simple and strong response of white. In fact he was losing the game in 13 moves and in desperation he simply gave up the queen in 16th move and resigned.

The tactics in his head gets ahead of him.

Aug-03-19  csmath: Cheparinov is a sole leader after beating Wang Hao in the 6th round, 5 out of 6. For some reason a player like Wang Hao has chosen QG Declined and got himself into passive position. Then of course he started making further mistakes and finally committed (hard to see) error allowing Cheparinov very nice combination in 30th move that quickly decided the game.

Cheparinov is followed by Yu Yangyi, Ganguly and Amin Bassem with 4.5.

Aug-03-19  csmath: Pairings for the 7th round will be decisive, Ganguly-Cheparinov, Yu Yangyi-Amin Bassem. Wang Hao has a chance to get back as white against Lupulescu, I expect this to be a good game.

Wei Yi (who missed a win in 6th round) and Le Quang Liem also have chance to repair their sub-par performance so far as white against inferior opponents.

There are some great games in this tournament.

Aug-04-19  csmath: Ganguly takes the lead with 5.5/7. he has beaten Cheparinov in a rooks ending with a lot of errors, quite a disappointment.

Amin Bassem and Yu Yangyi split the game 1/2-1/2, objectively equal but hardly drawish. Wang Hao and Wei Yi won their games but Le Quang Liem could not win his. Vallejo won his game against Megaranto and joined the group following Ganguly (Amin, Vallejo, Wang Hao, Cheparinov and Yu all at 5/7).

Aug-04-19  Pedro Fernandez: <<csmath>: There are some great games in this tournament.> Hey <csmath>, as you may have noticed, the number of games is huge, so, can you point out a few games that you think are interesting? Thanks in advance and greetings!
Aug-05-19  SChesshevsky: Cheparinov - Wang Hao was very interesting. Looked like black equalized and might of got a three-peat at 20. Bb3 by going back 20...Re8.

But instead went for more with 20...Qb6. Seems might have misjudged weakness of no rooks down the center and got worse. Then appeared to get outplayed tactically from there. Thought it was a nice game with key positional and tactical aspects.

Aug-05-19  csmath: Amin Bassem (vs Cheparinov) and Ganguly (versus Wang Hao) won their games and it is now the race between two of them, Ganguly 6.5/7, Amin 6/8.

Wang Hao blundered better position into a loss.

Le Quang Liem is a separate story, with a rating 2713 he is now at 4/8, 50%, after losing to Zheng Chongsheng in an amateur style blunder.

I also wonder how artificial high ratings are. For example Wei Yi, Evgeny Najer, and Naiditsch are all on 4.5/8. My guess is that guys like Anish Giri and Dominguez would quickly lose their rating if they would play events like this.

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  Troller: <I also wonder how artificial high ratings are. For example Wei Yi, Evgeny Najer, and Naiditsch are all on 4.5/8. My guess is that guys like Anish Giri and Dominguez would quickly lose their rating if they would play events like this.>

Not so sure, e.g. Reykjavik Open (2017)

Ratings simply reflect past results; they have also, however, proven to be quite accurate with regards to predicting results. Of course there is a difference between an open Swiss and a closed Invitational, but most top players have done both with good results.

As you point out, right now it is remarkable how many top players are paddling about in the middle of the table here. Naiditsch is known for a roller coaster rating profile but LQL usually delivers in these events. On the other side, for both Ganguly and Amin it would be probably their career best to claim overall victory here.

Aug-05-19  csmath: You are probably right on abilities of highly rated guys. But there is a big difference between invitational and Swiss. For one thing, no rest days. Also no time for preparation versus unknown opponents, it is really a sheer talent and form at the moment. Sometimes these highly rated guys blow opponents out of the water and then they struggle with 200-300 points lower opposition. But it is nice to see it is possible to beat anybody given on a good day.

I think Ganguly is a bit lucky here because if Wang Hao was a bit more concentrated the top would have looked quite different. But then again what can you do without luck anyway. :-)

Aug-06-19  csmath: Ganguly wins the tournament.

Amazingly enough Vallejo had a chance to beat him with blacks but decided to go for simplifications in 36th move instead of continuing ending in superior and possibly won position.

Amin drew, Cheparinov won, Wang Hao won, Yu is currently winning as well, Le Q.L. is winning surely as well, escaping from the 50% swamp. Nevertheless the first place is already decided. This is probably the biggest result of Ganguly's career, he played well and punished opponents (Wei Yi, Cheparinov) when they made mistakes.

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  Troller: Yes, congrats to Ganguly. You need a little luck sometimes but you also have to spot and take the opportunities, and he did that well. Naiditsch lost also last round and is dropping 18.4 rating points. In December he was 2736, now he is 2656...
Aug-06-19  csmath: Notice Ju Wenjun result +2 without a loss.

She is women's World Champion for a reason

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