China wins 2020 FIDE Online Nations Cup

SusanPolgar

Final Match

Caruana, Fabiano Wei, Yi 1-0
Ding, Liren Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½
Krush, Irina Hou, Yifan ½-½
Yu, Yangyi So, Wesley 1-0

China held the USA to a 2-2 draw in the superfinal match, a result that was enough to secure the title thanks to its superior performance in the round-robin stage: having won the first part of the competition by a four points margin, China had draw odds in its favor.

Team USA was forced to win the match, but after Hikaru Nakamura drew against Liren, Ding Yu Yangyi scored the decisive by beating Wesley So. Irina Krush, playing with the white pieces, was never in trouble against the world's best woman chess player Hou Yifan, but she didn't have the chance to press for a victory either. Fabiano Caruana scored the only victory for team USA, but by the time he finished his game the title had already been decided in China's favor.

Yu Yangyi, China's third board, had an impressive performance, scoring a total of 7½ points out of 10 games (six victories, three draws, one loss). However, the symbolic "most valuable player" title goes to Fabiano Caruana of the USA. Playing on board two, Caruana went through the event undefeated and scored six wins and three draws.

The Chinese team is headed by Ding Liren and Wang Hao, the world's numbers three and twelve respectively. They are two of the eight players who are currently a part of the Candidates tournament - the final stage which decides who will be the finalist in the World Championship Match. But the main news is the return of Hou Yifan to the Chinese national team. The four-time World Champion is a former prodigy and the youngest female player ever to achieve the Grandmaster title. Two years ago Hou won the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University and put her career on hold, but she is still the highest-ranked female player in ranking. Hou Yifan's temporary return to the board might imply that the reigning Women's World Champion, Ju Wenjun, is sent to the bench.

CHINA

Captain: Ye Jiangchuan

Standard Ratings - Rapid Ratings

Ding Liren 2791 - 2836

Wang Hao 2763 - 2750

Wei Yi 2732 - 2752

Hou Yifan 2658 - 2621

Yu Yangyi 2709 - 2738

Ju Wenjun 2560 - 2610

2.702,17 - 2.717,83

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