After six rounds, GM Ni Hua is in the sole lead with 5.0/6, after four consecutive
wins in rounds one through four followed by two quick draws in round five and six.
After six rounds, the Hainan Danzhou tournament held in China has seen GM Ni Hua take the lead with 5.0/6, followed by top-seed Ding Liren with 4.5/6. One of the surprises has been the comeback by Xiu Deshun who lost his first two games, and then won four straight. Illustrated report by Liang Ziming.
The 4th ‘Hainan Danzhou Super Grand Master Chess Tournament’ is taking place in Danzhou City, Hainan province, China.
This traditional round robin tournament, with a total prize fund of 300,000 yuan, gathered ten top Chinese GMs, without China’s no.1 GM Wang Hao and the former women world champion GM Hou Yifan, who are both preparing their mid-semester exams at the Beijing University. Hou Yifan will fly to Danzhou to attend the simul and a special challenge game on the rest day on Sunday.
A half point behind the leader is the top seed GM Ding Liren (2707 Elo), who scored three wins and three draws. After starting with two wins against Lu Shanglei and Wei Yi in the first two rounds, Ding’s next victory came in round four, where he easily refuted Wen Yang’s overly optimistic sacrifices on the kingside.
In the fifth round, Xiu Deshun as black seized the initiative and won a piece by capitalizing on a mistake by Wei Yi in the complicated middle game that arose from a popular variation of the Sicilian Najdorf. He went on to seal his win after successfully preventing White’s perpetual check attempts.

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