SportAccord Mind Games: Basque winners Print
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 06:41
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Sergey Karjakin from Russia has dominated the Basque system chess tournament with a great score of 8,5 out of 10. His advantage over second Shahkryiar Memadyarov from Azerbaijan was up two points. Bronze went to Ruslan Ponomariov from Ukraine.

In women's section China got the ultimate thriump, as illustrated by the following standings:

Gold: Zhao Xue China 7.5 points
Silver: Hou Yifan China 7. points
Bronze: Ju Wenjun China 7. points



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Day 1 of Basque

Blitz gold medalist Sergey Karjakin of Russia is sole leader after the first day of Basque system chess event. Basque system is an interesting idea, opponents are playing on two boards simultaneously, one with white pieces and one with black. It makes the matches really exciting. One of the most important parts is the time management.

In women's section Hou Yifan, the 19 years old Womens World Champion, and 2013 World Mindgames gold medalist in blitz, got of to an excellent start by beating former World Champion Antonetta Stefanova of Bulgaria by 2-0.

Full report is available at the official website

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Blitz Results

Sergey Karjakin from Russia won the blitz tournament with 19.5 out of 30 games.

Hou Yifan from China is the winner in women's section.

Full report is at the official website

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Day 2 of Blitz

Day 2 of the womens blitz event, saw the reigning World Champion, Hou Yifan break away from the field of competitors.

Day 2 of the mens blitz tournament, was a very dramatic day, where the lead constantly kept changing.

Full report of the day is available at the official website


Day 1 of Blitz

Valentina Gunina from Russia and Levon Aronian from Armenia are leading the Blitz tournament after Day 1.

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Cross-tables Men

Cross-tables Women

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Rapid Results

Wang Yue and Valentina Gunina became the winners of the rapid tournament SportAccord Mind Games in Beijing.

Rapid results - WOMEN

Rapid results - MEN

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SportAccord Mind Games started today in Beijing, China.

Day 1 of Rapid

At the end of day 1 of the rapid chess competitions, we have two clear leaders in the Men and Women events.

In men section, Peter Leko from Hungary has got 3.5 out of 4 by winning Vachier-Lagrave from France, Le Quang Liem from Vitnam and Sergey Karjakin from Russia in round 4. This game is quite decisive for today's final standing, after making few blunders in the middle game Karjakin was defending very well, but after almost 100 moves he eventually had to resign. Thanks to wins in first three rounds Karjakin is now on the second place.

With 100% score we find GM Valentina Gunina (current Women World Blitz Champion) from Russia who has managed to dispose of two former World Champions, Alexandra Kosteniuk also from Russia and Antoaneta Stefanova from Bulgaria. The latter is also the current Women World Rapid Champion. The field is tremendously strong and tomorrow we will see a power house match between the current Women World Champion and prodigy Hou Yifan.

Results after Round 4 MEN

Results after Round 4 WOMEN




December 12th   14:00-19:00    Rapid Event: 1-4 rounds (men), 1-4 rounds (women)
December 13th   14:00-19:00    Rapid Event: 5-7 rounds (men), 5-7 rounds (women)
December 14th   14:00-19:00    Blitz Event: 1-10 rounds (men), 1-10 rounds (women)
December 15th   14:00-19:00    Blitz Event: 11-20 rounds (men), 11-20 rounds (women)
December 16th   14:00-19:00    Blitz Event: 21-30 rounds (men), 21-30 rounds (women)
December 17th   14:00-19:00    Basque System: 1-3 rounds (men), 1-3 rounds (women)
December 18th   11:00-16:00     Basque System: 4-5 rounds (men), 4-5 rounds (women) & Closing Ceremony
December 19th   Departure


  MEN         WOMEN
Karjakin, Sergey RUS Koneru, Humpy IND
Grischuk, Alexander RUS Hou, Yifan CHN
Aronian, Levon ARM Muzychuk, Anna SLO
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE Dzagnidze, Nana GEO
Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB Lagno, Kateryna UKR
Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS
Radjabov, Teimour AZE Gunina, Valentina RUS
Le, Quang Liem VIE Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL
Wang, Hao CHN Ju, Wenjun  CHN
Wang, Yue CHN Sebag, Marie FRA
Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS Zhao, Xue CHN
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS
Kamsky, Gata USA Cramling, Pia SWE
Leko, Peter HUN Ushenina, Anna UKR
Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR Paehtz, Elisabeth GER
Giri, Anish NED Cmilyte, Viktorija LTU