Thursday, June 11, 2009

FIDE Stop Starts Executed

Chinese Championship – decision by default
09.06.2009 – The 2009 Chinese Championship was won by Ding Liren, an untitled 16-year-old, rated 2458, the youngest national champion ever. But Ding's victory was overshadowed by the last-round default of his opponent, who was not seated at the board when the clocks were started. The only female contender, 15-year-old GM Hou Yifan, also lost a game by default when she arrived five seconds late for the start.

All chess players beware the FIDE ruling on stop starts will be enforce as the news from the 2009 Chinese Championship shows.

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