Lev Aronian and Hou Yifan Win World Mind Games Blindfold

Lev Aronian and Hou Yifan Win World Mind Games Blindfold

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Lev Aronian and Hou Yifan won the blindfold sections of the 2012 SportAccord Mind Games.

Lev Aronian took the gold medal with a score of 5½/7 points, with Hikaru Nakamura picking up a third silver medal to go with his rapid and blitz silvers! Shakhriyar Mamedyarov just edged out Gata Kamsky for the bronze with 4½/7.

In the women's competition Hou Yifan added a blindfold gold to her rapid silver, taking first place with an impressive 6/7 score. Viktorija Cmilyte finished in silver medal position with 5½ points, and Anna Zatonskih claimed the bronze with 4½/7.

The time control was 20 minutes plus a 10 second increment.

Gold to Lev Aronian (centre), silver Hikaru Nakamura (left), bronze Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

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The final standings in the Mind Games Blindfold event

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

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Gold Medallist Lev Aronian

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Hikaru Nakamura took his third silver medal of the Mind Games

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Bronze medallist Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

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Gold to Hou Yifan (centre), silver Viktorija Cmilyte (left), bronze Anna Zatonskih

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

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

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Hou Yifan won the women's blindfold gold medal

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Viktorija Cmilyte took the silver medal

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Bronze medallist Anna Zatonskih

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

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