Shenzhen Masters: Ding Liren and Yu Yangyi Lead
Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 1:34PM
Dennis Monokroussos in 2018 Shenzhen Masters, Ding Liren, Yu Yangyi

The first round-robin of the Shenzhen Masters is over, and after four rounds of all draws a decisive result - two, in fact - finally occurred in round 5. Yu Yangyi outplayed Nikita Vitiugov on the white side of an Open Ruy, and Ding Liren defeated Radoslaw Wojtaszek in a Reti/Catalan hybrid. His win wasn't quite as clean as Yu's, but he was the deserved winner, and it moved him into a virtual tie for fourth with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the live ratings. (Mamedyarov is 2817, Ding 2816.9.)

This being the halfway point in the event they get their one free day, and then resume action on Saturday with these pairings:

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