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Chess – World Mind Sports Games 2011

The World Mind Sports Games were first held in 2008 in Beijing. After a long pause the tournament returns in the chess calendar stronger than ever.

This year the World Mind Games has moved to a new level. Now they are being organized and held by a famous and respectable organization called SportAccord, the umbrella organization for both Olympic and non-Olympic sports as well as a major organizers of conferences and sporting events.

As a result, the participants list is in the Mind Sports Games is even stronger than before, with the 2700 club taking the scene. The top seeded in the men section are Sergey Karjakin, Vassiliy Ivanchuk, Ruslan Ponomariov, Vugar Gashimov, Shakhryar Mamedyarov and Gata Kamsky.

At the head of the Women’s event is Hou Yifan, who recently successfully defended her title of World champion in Tirana, Albania. Apart from her, there will be other players trying to compete with the very best namely – Anna Muzychuk, Nana Dzagnidze, Katerina Lahno, Viktorija Cmilyte, and of course former World Champions Antoaneta Stefanova, and Alexandra Kosteniuk.

Live games with 2700 commentary here

1  Ivanchuk, Vassily GM  UKR 2775 1969
2  Karjakin, Sergey GM RUS 2763 1990
3  Gashimov, Vugar GM  AZE 2757 1986
4  Grischuk, Alexander GM  RUS 2752 1983
5  Wang, Hao GM  CHN 2736 1989
6  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar GM  AZE 2733 1985
7  Kamsky, Gata GM  USA 2732 1974
8  Vallejo Pons, Francisco GM  ESP 2724 1982
9  Ponomariov, Ruslan GM  UKR 2723 1983
10  Le, Quang Liem GM  VIE 2714 1991
11  Giri, Anish GM  NED 2714 1994
12 Dominguez Perez, Leinier GM  CUB 2712 1983
13  Almasi, Zoltan GM  HUN 2707 1976
14  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime GM  FRA 2705 1990
15  Wang, Yue GM  CHN 2697 1987
16  Peter Heine Nielsen GM  DEN 2693 1985

 

The women section is headed by the World Champion Hou Yifan.

1 Hou, Yifan GM CHN 2578 1994
2  Muzychuk, Anna  IM  SLO 2562 1990
3  Lahno, Kateryna  GM  UKR 2549 1998
4  Ju, Wenjun  wgm  CHN 2543 1991
5  Stefanova, Antoaneta  GM  BUL 2531 1979
6  Dzagnidze, Nana  GM  GEO 2516 1997
7  Harika, Dronavalli  IM  IND 2513 1991
8  Zatonskih, Anna  IM  USA 2506 1978
9  Cmilyte, Viktorija  GM  LTU 2503 1983
10  Danielian, Elina  GM  ARM 2497 1978
11  Cramling, Pia  GM  SWE 2495 1963
12 Socko, Monika  GM  POL 2479 1978
13  Dembo, Yelena  IM  GRE 2468 1983
14  Skripchenko, Almira  IM  FRA 2468 1976
15  Paehtz, Elisabeth  IM  GER 2457 1985
16  Kosteniuk, Alexandra  GM  RUS 2439 1984

 

World Mind Sports Games starts 9th – 11th December, 8 men and 8 women will compete for medals in rapid. December 12-13 will be a blitz tournament, round robin format – separately, again, for men and women. Then 13th-16th of December the players will compete in the ultimate Mind Games, blindfold chess games.

Schedule

Friday, December 9th                14:00-19:00         Rapid Event: 3 rounds (men), 2 rounds (women)

Saturday, December 10th          15:00-19:00         Rapid Event: 2 rounds (men), 3 rounds (women)

Sunday, December 11th            15:00-19:00         Rapid Event: 2 rounds (men), 2 rounds (women)

Monday, December 12th            15:00-19:00         Blitz Event: 8 rounds (men), 8 rounds (women)

Tuesday, December 13th           15:00-19:00         Blitz Event: 7 rounds (men), 7 rounds (women)

Wednesday, Dec. 14th              15:00-19:00         Blindfold: 3 rounds (men), 2 rounds (women)

Thursday, December 15th          15:00-19:00         Blindfold: 2 rounds (men), 3 rounds (women)

Friday, December 16th               12:00-16:00        Blindfold: 2 rounds (men), 2 rounds women
& closing ceremony

 

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