SportAccord Mind Games started today in Beijing, China.
Day 1 of Rapid
At the end of day 1 of the rapid chess competitions, we have two clear leaders in the Men and Women events.
In men section, Peter Leko from Hungary has got 3.5 out of 4 by winning Vachier-Lagrave from France, Le Quang Liem from Vitnam and Sergey Karjakin from Russia in round 4. This game is quite decisive for today's final standing, after making few blunders in the middle game Karjakin was defending very well, but after almost 100 moves he eventually had to resign. Thanks to wins in first three rounds Karjakin is now on the second place.
With 100% score we find GM Valentina Gunina (current Women World Blitz Champion) from Russia who has managed to dispose of two former World Champions, Alexandra Kosteniuk also from Russia and Antoaneta Stefanova from Bulgaria. The latter is also the current Women World Rapid Champion. The field is tremendously strong and tomorrow we will see a power house match between the current Women World Champion and prodigy Hou Yifan.
Results after Round 4 MEN
Results after Round 4 WOMEN
December 12th 14:00-19:00 Rapid Event: 1-4 rounds (men), 1-4 rounds (women) December 13th 14:00-19:00 Rapid Event: 5-7 rounds (men), 5-7 rounds (women) December 14th 14:00-19:00 Blitz Event: 1-10 rounds (men), 1-10 rounds (women) December 15th 14:00-19:00 Blitz Event: 11-20 rounds (men), 11-20 rounds (women) December 16th 14:00-19:00 Blitz Event: 21-30 rounds (men), 21-30 rounds (women) December 17th 14:00-19:00 Basque System: 1-3 rounds (men), 1-3 rounds (women) December 18th 11:00-16:00 Basque System: 4-5 rounds (men), 4-5 rounds (women) & Closing Ceremony December 19th Departure
MEN WOMEN Karjakin, Sergey RUS Koneru, Humpy IND Grischuk, Alexander RUS Hou, Yifan CHN Aronian, Levon ARM Muzychuk, Anna SLO Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE Dzagnidze, Nana GEO Dominguez Perez, Leinier CUB Lagno, Kateryna UKR Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR Kosteniuk, Alexandra RUS Radjabov, Teimour AZE Gunina, Valentina RUS Le, Quang Liem VIE Stefanova, Antoaneta BUL Wang, Hao CHN Ju, Wenjun CHN Wang, Yue CHN Sebag, Marie FRA Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS Zhao, Xue CHN Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA Kosintseva, Tatiana RUS Kamsky, Gata USA Cramling, Pia SWE Leko, Peter HUN Ushenina, Anna UKR Ivanchuk, Vassily UKR Paehtz, Elisabeth GER Giri, Anish NED Cmilyte, Viktorija LTU