Games from Recent Events

April 10, 2018

China vs The World


"The Arcadia hotel in the Chinese city of Liaocheng is playing host to a match between the Chinese National team and five representatives from the rest of the world from the 7th to the 9th of April 7, 2018. Of the ten rounds of the match, the first six were played on the 7th of April while the remaining four will be played on April 9. April 8 is reserved for a chess seminar. The match uses the Scheveningen system wherein each player plays all of the players of the opposing team twice. The time control for the games is 10 minutes plus 10 seconds per move from move one.

Liaocheng is about 400 kilometres south of Bejing."

The combatants and their final point scores:


Ding Liren 6.5
Yu Yangyi 7
Bu Xiangzhi 6.5
Wei Yi 5.5
Li Chao 4.5

Rest of the World

Jan-Krzysztof Duda 4.5
Etienne Bacrot 2.5
Daniil Dubov 5.5
Vidit Gujrathi 4.5
Samuel Shankland 3

Perhaps a bit unfairly, I have chosen three games of Daniil Dubov to show. Two of them are against Wei Yi, the other against Ding Liren.

China vs The Rest of the World
Liaocheng, China
Round 1,
Dubov, Daniil - Wei Yi
A06 Reti Opening

1.Nf3 d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 b6 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bb5+ c6 7.Be2 Bd6 8.O-O O-O 9.b3 Bb7 10.Bb2 Nbd7 11.Rc1 Re8 12.Re1 Rc8 13.Bf1 Qe7 14.g3 Ba3 15.Bxa3 Qxa3 16.Bh3 Qd6 17.d4 Rcd8 18.Nd2 g6 19.Bg2 Kg7 20.Qc2 Nf8 21.Qb2 Ne6 22.b4 h5 23.h4 Qe7 24.b5 c5 25.Nf3 cxd4 26.exd4 Ne4 27.Ne5 Qf6 28.Nc6 Bxc6 29.bxc6 Qxd4 30.Bxe4 dxe4 31.Rxe4 Qf6 32.Rce1 Kg8 33.Re5 Qg7 34.Ne4 Rd5 35.Ng5 Rxe5 36.Rxe5 Rc8 37.Nxe6 fxe6 38.Qe2 Rxc6 39.Qe4 Rc4 40.Qe3 Rc6 41.Rg5 e5 42.Rxe5 Rf6 43.Re7 Rf7 44.Qe6 Qf6 45.Qxf6 Rxf6 46.Rxa7 b5 47.Ra3 b4 48.Rb3 Ra6 49.Rb2 Kf7 50.Kf1 Kf6 51.Ke2 Ra3 52.Kd2 Kf5 53.Kc1 Rc3+ 54.Rc2 Rf3 55.Rb2 Ke5 56.Rxb4 Rxf2 57.a4 Ra2 58.Kb1 Ra3 59.g4 hxg4 60.Rxg4 Kd5 61.Kb2 Rh3 62.a5 Kc5 63.a6 Rh2+ 64.Kb3 Kb5 65.Ra4 Rh3+ 66.Kb2 Rh2+ 67.Kc1 Rh1+ 68.Kd2 Rh2+ 69.Ke3 1-0

Round 6,
Wei Yi - Dubov, Daniil
B07 Pirc-Robatsch

1.Nf3 g6 2.e4 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Bd3 Bg7 5.O-O O-O 6.c3 Nc6 7.h3 e5 8.Re1 Re8 9.Na3 b6 10.Nc2 Bb7 11.Bg5 h6 12.Bd2 Qe7 13.b4 Qf8 14.d5 Ne7 15.c4 Nd7 16.a4 f5 17.a5 Nf6 18.b5 f4 19.Nb4 g5 20.Nc6 Ng6 21.Bc3 Qf7 22.Kf1 Nf8 23.Nfxe5 dxe5 24.Nxe5 Rxe5 25.Bxe5 Re8 26.Bd4 N6d7 27.Bc2 f3 28.Ra3 fxg2+ 29.Kxg2 Ng6 30.Bxg7 Qxg7 31.Kg1 Nde5 32.axb6 axb6 33.d6 Rf8 34.c5 bxc5 35.dxc7 Qxc7 36.Rc3 c4 37.Ree3 Qc5 38.Qh5 Kg7 39.h4 g4 0-1

Round 9,
Dubov, Daniil - Ding Liren
kB48 Sicilian, Taimanov variation

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 e6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Qc7 6.Be3 a6 7.Bd3 Nf6 8.O-O Ne5 9.h3 Bc5 10.Qe2 d6 11.Rad1 O-O 12.f4 Ng6 13.f5 Ne5 14.g4 h6 15.Nf3 exf5 16.Nxe5 dxe5 17.gxf5 b5 18.Kh2 Bb7 19.Rg1 Kh7 20.Rg3 Rg8 21.Rdg1 b4 22.Na4 Bxe3 23.Qxe3 a5 24.b3 Rad8 25.R1g2 Rd4 26.Qg1 Nh5 27.Rg4 Qd6 28.Nb2 Qf6 29.Nc4 Nf4 30.Qxd4 exd4 31.Rxf4 Qd8 32.Rg3 Ba6 33.e5 Bxc4 34.bxc4 Kh8 35.Kg2 Re8 36.Re4 Qd7 37.Rf3 Kg8 38.h4 a4 39.Kf2 Qc7 40.e6 Qh2+ 41.Kf1 Kf8 42.c5 Ke7 43.f6+ gxf6 44.exf7+ Kxf7 45.Bc4+ Kf8 46.Rxf6+ Kg7 47.Rf7+ Kg6 48.Rxe8 Qh3+ 49.Ke2 Qg2+ 50.Rf2 Qg4+ 51.Kd2 1-0

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