|Sam Shankland (credit China Chess)|
The Bay Area's own GM Sam Shankland participates in his first Super GM invitational in southern China. Eight young players, all rated above 2700 FIDE, compete in a single round-robin hosted by the city of Danzhou on the island of Hainan. While Shankland has been successful against 2700s in the past, there are no easy opponents at this elite event.
- Yu Yangyi (CHN) 2762
- Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL) 2737
- Wei Yi (CHN) 2729
- Le Quang Liem (VIE) 2728
- Sam Shankland (USA) 2727
- Santosh Gujrathi Vidit (IND) 2718
- Bu Xiangzhi (CHN) 2712
- Vladimir Fedoseev (RUS) 2707
Duda won in the first round against Vidit while the other three games were drawn. Shankland survived a scare with black against the former prodigy Bu, once the youngest GM in the world at age 13. In this tournament, Bu is the oldest at 32, and Shankland the second oldest at 26.
Games begin at 11:30PM Pacific and are broadcast at Chess24. Follow @sinachess for the latest news and photos. Readers who understand Mandarin may be interested in the official website.