Fressinet and Lahno Win the World Mind Games Rapids

Fressinet and Lahno Win the World Mind Games Rapids

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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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