A minor sensation
Dai Changren and Tan Zhongyi are the new champions of China. The 2022 Chinese Championships took place in Xinghua, Jiangsu province, on November 2-11. Both tournaments, open and women’s, were 12-player round robins with classical time controls.
In the absence of top Chinese players, the open event caused a minor sensation as the tenth seed in the starting list, Dai Changren (pictured below), scored 7/11 points and finished clear first, a half point ahead of Zhao Jun (6½/11), who took silver.
Two players tied for third place, with Xu Xiangyu claiming bronze thanks to a better Sonneborn-Berger score compared to Li Di. The event was a very close competition, with neither player completing the tournament unbeaten.
Final standings – Open
The women’s event was quite a different scenario, as rating favourite Tan Zhongyi dominated the field. Despite losing to Xiao Yiyi, she netted an impressive 9/11 and came out on top, 1½ points ahead of her main competitor, who claimed silver. This was Tan’s second national title.
There was a tie for third place in the women’s competition as well, with Guo Qi edging out Zhai Mo by dint of slightly better tiebreaks.
The playing hall
Final standings – Women’s