Fressinet wins Men's Rapid at SportAccord World Mind Games

by ChessBase
12/17/2012 – This event in Beijing, which features bridge, chess, draughts, Go and Xiangqi, there are three chess competitions, rapid, blitz and blindfold, in separate sections for men and women. In the category 20 men's section French Champion Laurent Fressinet won ahead of Hikaru Nakamura. Find out who was victorious in the other sections and watch the excellent video reports from Beijing.

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SportAccord World Mind Games

These games are a multi-sport event that highlight the value of the mind sports. The current (second) edition is taking place in Beijing, China, from December 12 to 19, with the following games: bridge, chess, draughts, Go and Xiangqi (Chinese chess). There are three western chess events, each staged on two days, featuring a number of very strong players. In the men's section fifteen of the sixteen participants are ranked higher than 2700, with the average rating at 2745 (= category 20). In the women's section the average rating is 2521, with most of the world's top ranked players participating.

In the Men's Rapid Laurent Fressinet and Hikaru Nakamura tied for first with 5.5/7 points each, with the French Champion, who is the second lowest seed in this event, beating the top US grandmaster (live ratings), who is the fourth highest, on tiebreak points.

Hikaru Nakamura, Laurent Fressinet and Alexander Grischuk at the prizegiving

In the Women's Rapid four players tied for first with 5.0/7 points: Kateryna Lahno, Hou Yifan, Humpy Koneru and Anna Muzychuk, with Ukrainian GM Lahno winning on tie-break points.

The winners: Hou Yifan (China), Kateryna Lahno (Ukraine) and Humpy Koneru (India)

In the Men's Blitz former Ukrainian child prodigy Sergey Karjakin, currently ranked number six in the world, finished with a one-point lead over his nearest rival Hikaru Nakamura.

In the Women's Blitz former Women's World Champion GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, ranked number 17 in the women's world ratings, ahead of Slovenian GM Anna Muzychuk, who is number three.

The Blindfold Events are being held on Tuesday and Wednesday (Dec. 18 + 19).

Videos from the 2012 SportAccord Mind Games

You will find more well-prepared and commented video reports,
especially on bridge, Go and Xiangqi on this special Youtube page


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SportAccord Mind Games with all-star field to play rapid, blindfold and blitz
13.12.2012 – SportAccord Mind Games will be held in Beijing, China between the 12th of December and 20th December 2012. The World Mind Games consists of 5 disciplines: chess, bridge, draughts (checkers), go, and xiangqi (Chinese chess). This year brings an all-star field of men and women to play rapid, blindfold and blitz. It all started with a breathtaking opening ceremony.
Final online qualifier for World Mind Games
20.10.2012 – Tonight, Saturday, October 20th, at 16:00h = 4:00 p.m. CEST (click for world-wide timings), the final round of the World Mind Games qualifier will be held on the Playchess server. It is your last chance to win an all-paid trip to Bejing to attend the 2012 Games. Today the 15 places in the candidates tournament will be fixed – GMs with a 2550+ rating can come in at this phase. Don't miss this opportunity.

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