Thursday, December 29, 2011

SportAccord World Mind Games -

SportAccord World Mind Games -


SportAccord World Mind Games

Submitted by SonofPearl

world_mind_games_logo-2011.jpgThe 2011 SportAccord World Mind Games were held in Beijing from 9-16 December.

SportAccord is an umbrella organisation for all sports which aims to promote the visibility of less high-profile sports by organising multi-sports games on a worldwide stage.

The World 'Mind Games' in Beijing were Chess, Draughts, Go, Xiangqi and Bridge.

There were three separate chess competitions at rapid, blitz and blindfold chess, with separate men's and women's events. A total of 16 players took part in both the men's and women's events and the standard was very strong indeed.

Male competitors:

Name Nat Elo
1 Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR 2775
2 Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2763
3 Gashimov, Vugar AZE 2757
4 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2752
5 Wang, Hao CHN 2736
6 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2733
7 Kamsky, Gata USA 2732
8 Vallejo Pons, Francisco ESP 2724
9 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2723
10 Le, Quang Liem VIE 2714
11 Giri, Anish NED 2714
12 Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB 2712
13 Almasi, Zoltan HUN 2707
14 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2705
15 Wang, Yue CHN 2697
16 Peter Heine Nielsen DEN 2693

Female competitors:

Name Nat Elo
1 Hou, Yifan CHN
2 Muzychuk, Anna SLO 2562
3 Lahno, Kateryna UKR 2549
4 Ju, Wenjun CHN 2543
5 Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL 2531
6 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO 2516
7 Harika, Dronavalli IND 2513
8 Zatonskih, Anna USA 2506
9 Cmilyte, Viktorija LTU 2503
10 Danielian, Elina ARM 2497
11 Cramling, Pia SWE 2495
12 Socko, Monika POL 2479
13 Dembo, Yelena GRE 2468
14 Skripchenko, Almira FRA 2468
15 Paehtz, Elisabeth GER 2457
16 Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS 2439

The men's medals awarded were:

Rapid Blitz Blindfold
Gold Wang Hao (CHN) Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) Zoltan Almasi (HUN)
Silver Vugar Gashimov (AZE) Alexander Grischuk (RUS) Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA)
Bronze Gata Kamsky (USA) Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) Vugar Gashimov (AZE)

The women's medals awarded were:

Rapid Blitz Blindfold
Gold Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS)
Hou Yifan (CHN)
Hou Yifan (CHN)
Silver Kateryna Lahno UKR)
Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL)
Viktorija Cmilyte (LTU)
Bronze Nana Dzagnidze GEO)
Anna Muzychuk (SLO)
Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS)

Wang Hao won the Rapid Gold Medal


Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won Blitz Gold and Blindfold Silver


Zoltan Almasi won Blindfold Gold and Anna Muzychuk took a Blitz Bronze


Alexandra Kosteniuk won the Rapid Gold


Hou Yifan won Blitz and Blindfold Gold medals


All the games and lots more photos of all the chess events at the 2011 World Mind Games can be found here, and about the mind games in their entirety here.

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