SportAccord World Mind Games

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/17/11, 12:53 PM.

world_mind_games_logo-2011.jpgThe 2011 SportAccord World Mind Games were held in Beijing from 9-16 December.

SportAccord is an umbrella organisation for all sports which aims to promote the visibility of less high-profile sports by organising multi-sports games on a worldwide stage.

The World 'Mind Games' in Beijing were Chess, Draughts, Go, Xiangqi and Bridge. 

There were three separate chess competitions at rapid, blitz and blindfold chess, with separate men's and women's events. A total of 16 players took part in both the men's and women's events and the standard was very strong indeed.

Male competitors:

 Name  Nat Elo
1  Ivanchuk, Vassily     UKR  2775
2  Karjakin, Sergey    RUS 2763
3  Gashimov, Vugar    AZE  2757
4  Grischuk, Alexander    RUS  2752
5  Wang, Hao    CHN  2736
6  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar    AZE  2733
7  Kamsky, Gata    USA  2732
8  Vallejo Pons, Francisco    ESP  2724
9  Ponomariov, Ruslan    UKR  2723
10  Le, Quang Liem    VIE  2714
11  Giri, Anish    NED  2714
12  Dominguez Perez, Leinier    CUB  2712
13  Almasi, Zoltan    HUN  2707
14  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime    FRA  2705
15  Wang, Yue    CHN  2697
16  Peter Heine Nielsen    DEN  2693


Female competitors:

 Name  Nat Elo
1  Hou, Yifan    CHN
2  Muzychuk, Anna    SLO  2562
3  Lahno, Kateryna    UKR  2549
4  Ju, Wenjun    CHN  2543
5  Stefanova, Antoaneta    BUL  2531
6  Dzagnidze, Nana    GEO  2516
7  Harika, Dronavalli    IND  2513
8  Zatonskih, Anna    USA  2506
9  Cmilyte, Viktorija    LTU  2503
10  Danielian, Elina    ARM  2497
11  Cramling, Pia    SWE  2495
12  Socko, Monika    POL  2479
13  Dembo, Yelena    GRE  2468
14  Skripchenko, Almira    FRA  2468
15  Paehtz, Elisabeth    GER  2457
16  Kosteniuk, Alexandra    RUS  2439


The men's medals awarded were:

Rapid Blitz  Blindfold
Gold Wang Hao (CHN) Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA)  Zoltan Almasi (HUN)
Silver Vugar Gashimov (AZE)    Alexander Grischuk (RUS)  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA)
Bronze Gata Kamsky (USA) Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE)  Vugar Gashimov (AZE)


The women's medals awarded were:

Rapid Blitz Blindfold
Gold Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS)
Hou Yifan (CHN)
Hou Yifan (CHN)
Silver Kateryna Lahno UKR)
Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL)
Viktorija Cmilyte (LTU)
Bronze Nana Dzagnidze GEO)
Anna Muzychuk (SLO)
Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS)


Wang Hao won the Rapid Gold Medal




Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won Blitz Gold and Blindfold Silver




Zoltan Almasi won Blindfold Gold and Anna Muzychuk took a Blitz Bronze





Alexandra Kosteniuk won the Rapid Gold




Hou Yifan won Blitz and Blindfold Gold medals




All the games and lots more photos of all the chess events at the 2011 World Mind Games can be found here, and about the mind games in their entirety here.

8618 reads 14 comments
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  • 5 years ago


    As beautiful as dangerous! I like Alexandra Kosteniouk

  • 5 years ago


    Interesting that Grischuk did not do better. Congrats to all, especially to Almasi.

  • 5 years ago


    Funny that my win rate as black jumped up dramatically once I adopted the "pathetic" french defense.

  • 5 years ago



  • 5 years ago


    Sergey Karjakin vs. Wang Hao

    Classic Good Game of chess.

  • 5 years ago


    Entertaining games!
  • 5 years ago


    Bravo Maxime, belle partie...

  • 5 years ago


    27.Ba6 more easy i think for hou yifan (above game)

  • 5 years ago


    @eatherquake:  Her opponent was more skilled in French Defense. 

    Too bad no one cares to comment about the World Mind Games.  Most people would rather criticize 'bad boy' Nakamura than praise Wang Hao for winning gold. 

  • 5 years ago


    @skewer2000 : Just say that her opponent was more skilled, not that the french defense is "pathetic".

  • 5 years ago


    Look at how easy Hou Yifan dispatched A. Zatonskih.  pathetic French Defense

  • 5 years ago


    I wonder what the times were near the end of the Karjakin game.  Some of the moves seem a little odd before white lost his queen.  Only a cursory glance but there seemed to be time pressure moves in there.

  • 5 years ago


    That game with Sergey Karjakin is absurd.  Look at all the promoted pawns.  I only flipped through the moves, but it seemed entertaining.

  • 5 years ago

    NM flashboy2222

    gj hou

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