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Fressinet and Lahno Win the World Mind Games Rapids

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/15/12, 8:10 AM.

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Laurent Fressinet and Kateryna Lahno won the rapid sections of the SportAccord Mind Games.

French GM Laurent Fressinet took the gold medal with 5½ points on superior tie-breaks from Hikaru Nakamura, who finished with a silver.  Alexander Grischuk got the bronze on tie-breaks from Ding Liren.  The rapid time control was 20 minutes plus a 10 second increment.

FIDE President Kirsan Illyumzhinov making the ceremonial first move

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The final standings in the Mind Games Rapid event

# Name Fed Elo*
Pts
1 Fressinet Laurent FRA 2700
2 Nakamura Hikaru USA 2760
3 Grischuk Alexander RUS 2771
4 Ding Liren CHN 2669
5 Morozevich Alexander RUS 2725 4
6 Radjabov Teimour AZE 2755 4
7 Kamsky Gata USA 2762
8 Leko Peter HUN 2732
9 Jobava Baadur GEO 2711
10 Wang Hao CHN 2691
11 Giri Anish NED 2720 3
12 Karjakin Sergey RUS 2830 3
13 Aronian Levon ARM 2815
14 Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2744 2
15 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2760 2
16 Bologan Viktor MDA 2693

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Sergey Karjakin made a poor start, losing to Peter Leko in the first round

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Vassily Ivanchuk also started badly and couldn't recover

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The 3rd round showdown between Hikaru Nakamura and Gata Kamsky ended in victory for Naka

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Hikaru Nakamura's loss to Laurent Fressinet proved crucial

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Laurent Fressinet sealed victory by beating Sergey Karjakin in the final round

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The women's rapid competition was even closer, with four players finishing on 5/7 points.  The Ukrainian GM Kateryna Lahno won the gold medal on superior tie-breaks, with Hou Yifan in silver medal position and Humpy Koneru taking bronze.  Anna Muychuk was the unlucky 4th placed player, missing out on a medal.

The final standings in the Women's Mind Games Rapid event

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Lahno Kateryna UKR 2592 5
2 Yifan Hou CHN 2606 5
3 Koneru Humpy IND 2606 5
4 Muzychuk Anna SLO 2577 5
5 Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2478
6 Kosteniuk Alexandra RUS 2572 4
7 Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2580 4
8 Danielian Elina ARM 2450
9 Socko Monika POL 2440
10 Zhao Xue CHN 2511 3
11 Cramling Pia SWE 2546 3
12 Cmilyte Viktorija LTU 2462
13 Zhu Chen QAT 2489
14 Zatonskih Anna USA 2504
15 Harika Dronavalli IND 2529 2
16 Khotenashvili Bela GEO 2405 1

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Kateryna Lahno took advantage of Antoaneta Stefanova's blunder in the last round to claim Gold

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Hou Yifan took the silver medal

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Bronze medallist Konery Humpy

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CHESS SCHEDULE
Wednesday 12th December 2012 OPENING CEREMONY
Thursday 13th December 2012 Rest Day
Friday 14th December 2012 15:00 - Rounds 1-3 Rapid Chess
Saturday 15th December 2012 15:00 - Rounds 4-7 Rapid Chess
Sunday 16th December 2012 15:00 - Rounds 1-15 Blitz Chess
Monday 17th December 2012 15:00 - Rounds 16-30 Blitz Chess
Tuesday 18th December 2012 15:00 - Rounds 1-4 Blindfold Chess
Wednesday 19th December 2012 15:00 - Rounds 5-7 Blindfold Chess
Thursday 20th December 2012 DEPARTURE

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Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich for the official website. Games via TWIC and the official website.

* Rapid ratings used where available.
 

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Comments


  • 22 months ago

    zenious

    This is the problem with round robin tournaments and it happened in the past at least one time, in Curasao 1962.

    All the other sports, either by team either by individual, have in our days knock out sessions to reach the top. Also there is no need for a plot. In the last rounds the players who have no remaining hopes to win the tournament is very normal to play without much care, especially against their friends from the same country who are still in the race

  • 22 months ago

    P_G_M

    @uhavebeenserved

    Money makes the monkey dance Laughing

    Besides the Russian Chess Federation should be very interested in having Kramnik becoming World Champion again. They could easily pay Grischuk and Svidler to lose their games against Kramnik without Kramnik being aware of such dirty plot, and therefore Kramnik will be innocent and free of guilt of that corrupted maneuver. Kramnik can not control what other people do.

  • 22 months ago

    P_G_M

    @FilipinoChess

    I believe that the process to select the eight candidates is good but the final process to select the challenger for the WCC should be six classical chess games matches during the first two phases and then a 12 classical games final candidates match. And the WCC should be a 24 games match.   

  • 22 months ago

    FilipinoChess

    @ptrckmackay what you said about possible collusion in chess to affect the result in the standings is sad but true. If this happens it would be hard to get sponsors willing to put up million dollar purse for top echelon tournaments.

  • 23 months ago

    pt1992

    They aren't standard ratings, marklimpin.

  • 23 months ago

    marklimpin

    Sergey Karjakin FIDE rating is 2830?

  • 23 months ago

    P_G_M

    The only problem with the double round robin candidates tournament is that the winner basically is winning at least one million dollars because this is the minimum amount the loser of the World Chess Championship wins, and this can be a source of corruption by some players that might get together, for example the three Rusians: Kramnik, Grischuk and Svidler, and decide to let Kramnik win both his games against Grischuk and Svidler and this could easily decide the first place and new challenger for the WCC, and they can decide to split the one million dollars, How? Easily, Grischuk and Svidler will be in Kramnik's team that helps him during the WCC, and Kramnik will pay them $300,000 each for their help and this will be perfectly legal.

  • 23 months ago

    _valentin_

    It's good to see new faces as the winners in both competitions!  Fressinet and Lahno have been near the top of such events before, but never quite on top.

    I noticed also that in the Stefanova-Lahno game, white blundered in almost exactly the same way that Anand blundered against Adams at the recent London Chess Classic -- allowing a back-rank invasion by the heavy opponent pieces in an otherwise drawn endgame.  I wonder if they saw the similarity, too...

  • 23 months ago

    averell_dalton

    Jobova scoring 3/4 with 1.b3 was impressive

  • 23 months ago

    SonofPearl

    There are video highlights of all the games at the Mind Games on their YouTube Channel.  Well worth a look! Cool

  • 23 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    Naka is in fine form. 

  • 23 months ago

    TheMagicianPaul

    What's going on with Lev lately??

  • 23 months ago

    sunandthreestars

    Not a fan of Naka, but frassinet doesn't deserve his victory against him, he is chasing a draw, Naka forcing a result and unfortunately he got caught.

  • 23 months ago

    dokter_nee

    Hope Levon gets back on track, He's been world blitz and rapid champion before. 2,5 out of 7 is really poor for him.

  • 23 months ago

    nyLsel

    wow. Amazing games from Fressinet.

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