Grischuk Also Wins Blitz At World Mind Games

Grischuk Also Wins Blitz At World Mind Games

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Dec 16, 2014, 12:05 PM |
9 | Chess Event Coverage

After winning the rapid, GM Alexander Grischuk also finished clear first at the World Mind Games blitz tournament.

GM Hou Yifan won the women's section.

The World Mind Games takes place December 11-17 in Beijing, China. It is a multi-sport event that includes five mind sports: bridge, chess, draughts, go and xiangqi (Chinese chess).

Photos © Gu Xiaobing courtesy of FIDE.

The blitz part of the Mind Games started a day after the rapid had finished. For both the men's and women's sections it was a double round robin, and so the players had to play no less than 30 games!

However, to make things rather comfortable, it was held on Saturday, Sunday and Monday with 10 rounds on each day. Besides, the time control was 3 minutes plus 2 seconds increment so the games didn't last very long.

Fast chess, with an arbiter at each board. Photo Gu Xiaobing.

As your reporter was facing a file with 480 games in total for this report (as always, easily downloadable at Mark Crowther's TWIC), hopefully you won't blame me for limiting myself to a few fragments.

First the men's tournament. Immediately we start with what was the move of the first round, and perhaps the move of the tournament:

Mamedyarov's 17.d4!? reminds of Anand's 23...b5 in the last match game in Sochi and curiously, in the December issue of The Master's Bulletin (just out!) IM Arthur van de Oudeweetering wrote an article with lots of examples of such pawn moves!

Then, a combination by Levon Aronian — not too difficult but still nice:

45-year-old Vassily Ivanchuk did well on the first day with a score of 7.0/10. Here's his win against Aronian:

Lots of spectators for Wang Yue and Nepomniachtchi. Photo Gu Xiaobing.

Crazy things can happen when both players are down to their last seconds:

Aronian won very quickly against Nepomniachtchi — especially his last three moves were very powerful:

Many local visitors enjoying the show! Photo Gu Xiaobing.

The second day saw a remarkable opening blunder. Normal is 12.h3 Ne5 and then 13.Nf5 or 13.f3, but Leko accidentally changed the move order:


Tournament winner Grischuk had a bit of luck against Aronian:

 Another first prize in Beijing for Grischuk. | Photo Alina l'Ami.

This must have been one of runner-up Maxime Vachier-Lagrave's best games:

“MVL,” again second behind Grischuk. | Photo Alina l'Ami.

Teimour Radjabov finished last in the rapid tournament but did much better at the fast time control. He scored 1.5-0.5 against the winner:

2014 World Mind Games | Blitz, Final Standings

Rank SNo. Title Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict SB BL
1 2 GM Grischuk Alexander 2819 RUS 19½ 0 14 278.75 15
2 12 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2776 FRA 18½ 0 13 263.75 15
3 10 GM Radjabov Teimour 2715 AZE 18 0 13 262.50 15
4 15 GM Aronian Levon 2850 ARM 17½ 0 13 256.00 15
5 8 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2720 UKR 17 13 240.50 15
6 4 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2866 AZE 17 14 239.75 15
7 9 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2788 RUS 17 1 15 250.50 15
8 7 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2758 UKR 15 0 12 213.50 15
9 14 GM Leko Peter 2694 HUN 14½ 7 220.75 15
10 1 GM Gelfand Boris 2757 ISR 14½ ½ 10 214.75 15
11 3 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2728 CUB 13 1 9 180.50 15
12 6 GM Wang Hao 2693 CHN 13 1 8 185.00 15
13 11 GM Wang Yue 2680 CHN 12½ 0 8 181.00 15
14 16 GM Harikrishna P. 2728 IND 11½ 2 7 166.50 15
15 13 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2743 POL 11½ 0 7 176.50 15
16 5 GM Bacrot Etienne 2739 FRA 10 0 6 145.75 15

Three happy men: Vachier-Lagrave (2nd), Grischuk (1st), Radjabov (3rd). | Photo Alina l'Ami.

In the women's section Hou Yifan was in a class of her own.

After 30 rounds she topped the standings with 22.5 points, a full three points more than Valentina Gunina who had won the rapid tournament. Their first mutual encounter ended with a huge blunder:

Anna Ushenina should have drawn her black game, but things went wrong in the end:



2014 World Mind Games | Blitz (Women), Final Standings

Rank SNo. Title Name Rtg FED Pts Res. Vict SB BL
1 16 GM Hou Yifan 2662 CHN 22½ 0 20 319.25 15
2 13 GM Gunina Valentina 2582 RUS 19½ 1 17 278.00 15
3 10 GM Muzychuk Anna 2665 UKR 19½ 1 17 275.00 15
4 12 GM Harika Dronavalli 2533 IND 17 2 11 229.50 15
5 9 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2591 GEO 17 0 12 229.75 15
6 8 GM Zhao Xue 2576 CHN 16½ 14 232.75 15
7 4 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2479 RUS 16½ ½ 12 233.75 15
8 15 GM Koneru Humpy 2521 IND 16 0 10 215.50 15
9 14 GM Ju Wenjun 2469 CHN 15½ 0 13 208.50 15
10 11 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2578 RUS 14 1 11 193.00 15
11 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2569 BUL 14 1 8 201.25 15
12 3 GM Ushenina Anna 2467 UKR 13 0 8 188.00 15
13 2 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2522 GER 12½ 0 9 169.25 15
14 5 GM Khotenashvili Bela 2457 GEO 10½ 5 148.25 15
15 7 IM Muzychuk Mariya 2439 UKR 10½ ½ 6 144.75 15
16 6 GM Cramling Pia 2433 SWE 0 2 80.00 15


Gunina (2nd), Hou (1st), Muzychuk (3rd). | Photo Alina l'Ami.

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