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
The final standings in the Mind Games Rapid event
Sergey Karjakin made a poor start, losing to Peter Leko in the first round
Vassily Ivanchuk also started badly and couldn't recover
The 3rd round showdown between Hikaru Nakamura and Gata Kamsky ended in victory for Naka
Hikaru Nakamura's loss to Laurent Fressinet proved crucial
Laurent Fressinet sealed victory by beating Sergey Karjakin in the final round
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
Kateryna Lahno took advantage of Antoaneta Stefanova's blunder in the last round to claim Gold
Hou Yifan took the silver medal
Bronze medallist Konery Humpy
|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|
* Rapid ratings used where available.