Reminder: SportAccord World Mind Games qualifier on Saturday

10/28/2011 – As previously reported – from December 8-16 a special Mind Games event is being staged in the capital of China, with the disciplines bridge, chess, draughts, go and xiangqi. In the chess section there are players like Karjakin, Ivanchuk, Ponomariov, Grischuk and Kamsky. Would you like to attend? You can, by taking part in a special Playchess qualifier on Saturday, October 29.

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Press release

SportAccord World Mind Games Online Chess Tournament

Lausanne, 8 October 2011 – SportAccord is pleased to announce that the online chess tournament, part of SportAccord World Mind Games, will take place on October 29, 2011. The one-day event will be open to everyone.
The hosting platform PlayChess is the most popular chess server in the world with over 5000 players online every night and 200,000 games per day.

SportAccord World Mind Games Online Tournament is organised for each of the mind sports participating in SportAccord World Mind Games; Bridge, Chess, Draughts, Go and Xiangqi. The tournament will use the biggest existing online platforms. The winner for each sport will receive an invitation to the first SportAccord World Mind Games (return transportation ticket to the venue in Beijing, China, entry ticket to the Games, accommodation, a commemorative medal and certificate).

The first edition of SportAccord World Mind Games will take place from 8-16 December 2011 in Beijing. This unique multi-sport event highlights the great value of mind sports. The world's best players will deliver top-level performances and create new valuable experiences based on intelligence, strategy and exercise of mind.

SportAccord is the umbrella organisation for 105 international sports federations and organisations. Its mission is to support and to protect the common interests of the sports movement. Activities include the online video portal The Sports Hub, the organisation of multi-sports games, doping-free sport, as well as sports’ social responsibility and sports’ integrity. Sport Accord can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact:
SportAccord Marketing and Communication Department – Iwona Lapinska
Tel + 41 (0)21 612 30 78 Fax + 41 (0)21 612 30 71 or Iwona.Lapinska@sportaccord.com


Participants

No.
Name
Title
Nat.
Rtng
born
1
 Karjakin, Sergey
GM
 RUS
2772
1990
2
 Ivanchuk, Vassily
GM
 UKR
2765
1969
3
 Ponomariov, Ruslan
GM
 UKR
2758
1983
4
 Grischuk, Alexander
GM
 RUS
2757
1983
6
 Gashimov, Vugar
GM
 AZE
2756
1986
5
 Kamsky, Gata
GM
 USA
2756
1974
7
 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
GM
 AZE
2746
1985
8
 Wang, Hao
GM
 CHN
2733
1989
9
 Giri, Anish
GM
 NED
2722
1994
10
 Le, Quang Liem
GM
 VIE
2717
1991
11
 Vallejo Pons, Francisco
GM
 ESP
2716
1982
12
 Wang, Yue
GM
 CHN
2716
1987
13
 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime
GM
 FRA
2715
1990
14
 Almasi, Zoltan
GM
 HUN
2710
1976
15
 Dominguez Perez, Leinier
GM
 CUB
2710
1983
16
 Navara, David
GM
 CZE
2705
1985

Women's section

No.
Name
Title
Nat.
Rtng
born
1
Hou, Yifan
GM
CHN
2578
1994
2
Lahno, Kateryna
GM
UKR
2554
1989
3
Muzychuk, Anna
IM
SLO
2545
1990
4
Ju, Wenjun
WGM
CHN
2536
1991
6
Stefanova, Antoaneta
GM
BUL
2528
1979
5
Dzagnidze, Nana
GM
GEO
2525
1987
7
Cmilyte, Viktorija
GM
LTU
2525
1983
8
Danielian, Elina
GM
ARM
2517
1978
9
Zatonskih, Anna
IM
USA
2508
1978
10
Harika, Dronavalli
IM
IND
2505
1991
11
Socko, Monika
GM
POL
2490
1978
12
Cramling, Pia
GM
SWE
2489
1963
13
Dembo, Yelena
IM
GRE
2471
1983
14
Skripchenko, Almira
IM
FRA
2470
1976
15
Kosteniuk, Alexandra
GM
RUS
2469
1984
16
Paehtz, Elisabeth
IM
GER
2461
1985

The average rating of the 2011 male participants is 2735, of the females 2510.

Schedule

Thurday, December 8 Opening ceremony
Friday, December 9 15:00-19:00  
Rapid Event: 3 rounds
Saturday, December 10 15:00-19:00 Rapid Event: 2 rounds
Sunday, December 11 15:00-19:00 Rapid Event 2 rounds
Monday, December 12 15:00-19:00 Blitz Event: 8 rounds
Tuesday, December 13 15:00-19:00 Blitz Event: 7 rounds
Wednesday, Dec. 14 15:00-19:00 Blindfold, Pair Rapid: 3 rounds
Thursday, December 15   15:00–19:00 Pair Rapid, Blindfold: 2 rounds
Friday, December 16 12:00–16:00 Pair Rapid, Blindfold: 2 rounds, closing
Saturday, December 17 Departure  

Full schedule of all games (in PDF). We will provide futher details on the event in due course.


The organisers of the SportAccord World Mind Games are offering free trips to the event for winners of special tournaments that will be held world-wide. For instance twenty thousand bridge players are already competing on one of four hosting platforms. For the chess section Playchess will stage a tournament to determine who gets a ticket to Beijing.

The Qualifier will be a one-day tournament. We will play a preliminary 15 round Swiss, with thinking time of 3+2 (three minutes + two seconds increment per move). The top twelve players from this event will qualify for the final, which will be a twelve-player round-robin, with the same rate of play. The qualifier will be open for everyone. It will last approximately four hours and will start at 14.00 CEST (server-time). After a break of 60 minutes we will start the round robin final, which will last approximately three hours.

All players in the final have to reveal their real names in order to participate. All prizes will be given only to the players who won them, i.e. they cannot be transferred to any other person.

The top prize will be an expenses paid trip (flight plus accommodation) to the SportAccord World Mind Games. The winner is not entitled to actrually play in the Mind Games, but will be a guest at the event and assist in some social and cultural events promoting chess in China. Playchess.com and ChessBase GmbH will provide extra prizes (software packages) for all players in the final, and some lucky players in the preliminary.

The Qualifier will be held on the 29th of October 2011. Further information will be provided before then, but you can keep the Saturday free on your calendar.


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