Lu Shanglei and Xu Xiangyu qualified for 2019 Chess World Cup

GM Lu Shanglei won the Chess Zonal after beating Xiang Zeyu

2018 Zonal 3.5 Chess Championship was held in Daqing, China on August 13-20. The format is an 11-round Swiss System Chess Championship with 43 total chess players participated.

Nothing was decided until after the last round was completed. There were 2 chess players with 7 points going into the final round, and a number of players with just 1/2 point behind. Therefore, anything could have happened.

GM Lu Shanglei won the Chess Zonal after beating Xiang Zeyu and finished with 8 points out of 11. Finished in 2nd was Xu Xiangyu with 7.5, who defeated Xu Yinglun.

The top 2 finishers qualified for the Chess World Cup.

Peng Xiangjian finished with 7.5 points and missed the Chess World Cup after drawing his last game.

Final chess standings (top 20)

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