2016 IMSA Elite mindgames (2/2)

by Priyadarshan Banjan
3/9/2016 – Following the Rapid tournaments won by Tan Zhongyi and Mamedyarov respectively, it was time for the Blitz events, which were 30-game marathons, followed by the Basque competitions in which the players play two games at the same time, one with white and one with black. All the modalities and time controls were chosen with public appeal in mind, and they certainly were fun to watch.

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Continued from part one

Blitz Games

Photos by Gu Xiaobing at the official site

The Blitz games were 30-round-marathons in both sections spread across three days. The time control used was 3min+2sec/move and there was not much of note in terms of quality in the games.

On Day One, GM Valentina Gunina (2598) set the Women’s section ablaze with a perfect 10/10, but she could not keep her momentum, and at the end of Day Two she was barely holding on to her lead with 15.5/20.

The leader’s upheaval was completed on Day Three when GM Kateryna Lagno (2594), who had been at Gunina’s heels all along, surpassed her ‘compatriot’ to win the Gold with 21.5/30, half a point ahead of Gunina who had to be content with silver.

Former Women’s World Champion GM Antoaneta Stefenova (2518) took bronze

Final Women's Blitz standings

Rk
SNo.
Name
Rtg
FED
Pts
1
7
GM
Lagno Kateryna
2594
RUS
21½
2
13
GM
Gunina Valentina
2598
RUS
20
3
1
GM
Stefanova Antoaneta
2518
BUL
19½
4
4
GM
Kosteniuk Alexandra
2485
RUS
19
5
16
GM
Ju Wenjun
2535
CHN
17½
6
8
WGM
Tan Zhongyi
2524
CHN
17½
7
5
GM
Zhao Xue
2552
CHN
15½
8
10
GM
Ushenina Anna
2472
UKR
14½
9
14
GM
Dzagnidze Nana
2581
GEO
14½
10
3
GM
Krush Irina
2400
USA
14
11
12
GM
Harika Dronavalli
2554
IND
13½
12
6
IM
Paehtz Elisabeth
2483
GER
12½
13
2
GM
Socko Monika
2375
POL
12
14
15
GM
Khotenashvili Bela
2430
GEO
10
15
9
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit
2405
ARM
16
11
WGM
Huang Qian
2455
CHN
9

Just as in the Rapids, things were much hotter in the Men’s section of the Blitz games. Chinese No. 1 Ding Liren and India No. 2 Pentala Harikrishna were the early leaders on the first day with 7.5/10.

Ding Liren (2688) was in fine form in the Blitz segment…

…and so was Harikrishna (2661) as both stars were in the lead with 7.5/10.

Things were moving along nicely on Day Two as well with Ding Liren comfortably perched atop the leaderboard on 14.5/20 with Hari half a point behind. Behind them in third was Rauf Mamedov (2810).

Rauf Mamedov (2810) was running strong with 12.0/20

Things began to go haywire on Day Three as Hari was only able to score 4.0/10, barely hanging on to the bronze on tiebreak.

Meanwhile, Mamedov won a crucial final round game against Ding, who scored only 3.0/10
on the last day, thus losing his place on the podium

Thus, Mamedov took Gold with 19.5/30, while Tomashevsky took Silver with 18.5/30 and
Harikrishna was bronze on tiebreak with 18/30.

Final Men's Blitz standings

Rk
SNo.
Name
Rtg
FED
Pts
1
11
GM
Mamedov Rauf
2810
AZE
19½
2
8
GM
Tomashevsky Evgeny
2733
RUS
18½
3
15
GM
Harikrishna P.
2661
IND
18
4
7
GM
Dominguez Perez Leinier
2743
CUB
18
5
2
GM
Wang Hao
2744
CHN
18
6
5
GM
Ding Liren
2688
CHN
17½
7
4
GM
Navara David
2739
CZE
16½
8
10
GM
Ivanchuk Vassily
2811
UKR
16
9
6
GM
Mamedyarov Shakhriyar
2748
AZE
14½
10
9
GM
Wang Yue
2694
CHN
13
11
12
GM
Ponomariov Ruslan
2730
UKR
12½
12
3
GM
Sargissian Gabriel
2743
ARM
12½
13
14
GM
Wojtaszek Radoslaw
2674
POL
12½
14
13
GM
Movsesian Sergei
2662
ARM
11½
15
16
GM
Li Chao b
2651
CHN
11
16
1
GM
Fressinet Laurent
2713
FRA
10½

Basque Games

The IMSA Mind Games entered its final phase with Basque games. In this format two players compete on two boards at the same time against each other playing white on one board, and black on the other.

In other words, the players were playing two games at the same time in a five-round tournament!

Former Women’s World Champion GM Alexandra Kostenuik won the gold with a half-point
lead after scoring 7.0/10…

…while GM Nana Dzagnidze took home the silver with 6.5/9.

Things could have become slightly trickier had Kosteniuk not been able to salvage a vital half point by miraculously saving a game against Zhao Xue in which she was down a whole piece!

Final Women's standings

Rk
SNo.
Name
Rtg
FED
Pts
Perf
1
7
GM
Kosteniuk Alexandra
2543
RUS
7
2644
2
12
GM
Dzagnidze Nana
2560
GEO
2588
3
4
GM
Gunina Valentina
2464
RUS
6
2550
4
1
WGM
Huang Qian
2443
CHN
2542
5
15
IM
Mkrtchian Lilit
2459
ARM
2539
6
10
GM
Lagno Kateryna
2593
RUS
2504
7
13
GM
Stefanova Antoaneta
2563
BUL
2500
8
8
GM
Zhao Xue
2506
CHN
5
2520
9
6
GM
Khotenashvili Bela
2444
GEO
5
2499
10
14
GM
Ju Wenjun
2532
CHN
5
2498
11
11
GM
Harika Dronavalli
2478
IND
5
2486
12
9
WGM
Tan Zhongyi
2450
CHN
5
2474
13
5
GM
Krush Irina
2444
USA
2502
14
3
IM
Paehtz Elisabeth
2482
GER
2399
15
16
GM
Ushenina Anna
2502
UKR
2391
16
2
GM
Socko Monika
2441
POL
2
2247

In the Men’s section, Ding was in no mood to leave things to chance as he sealed gold with 7.0/10

Ivanchuk-Ding Liren

Ivanchuk has just offered Ding a queen trade with 28.d4. How should Black respond?

[Event "Basque Mind Games Men"] [Site "HuaiAn"] [Date "2016.03.02"] [Round "1.3"] [White "Ivanchuk Vassily (UKR)"] [Black "Ding Liren (CHN)"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C77"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "3r2k1/5p2/1pn3pp/1q6/rp1P1N2/2P3P1/1PK1Q2P/R4R2 b - - 0 28"] [PlyCount "7"] [EventDate "2016.??.??"] [WhiteClock "0:00:37"] [BlackClock "0:13:33"] 28... Nxd4+ $1 29. cxd4 b3+ 30. Kd2 Rdxd4+ 31. Nd3 Qa5+ 0-1

Although he didn’t quite dazzle us with his usual tricks, our beloved Chucky is always welcome!

And so is GM David Navara, who took home the Silver with 6.0/10

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Priyadarshan Banjan is a 23-year-old club player from India. He works as an editor for ChessBase News and ChessBase India. He is a chess fanatic and an avid fan of Vishy Anand. He also maintains a blog on a variety of topics.
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