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World Mind Games: Karjakin & Hou Win the Blitz

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 16.12.13 22:09.

Sergey Karjakin of Russia won the blitz tournament of the World Mind Games in Beijing, China. He finished with the same score (19.5 out of 30 games) as Levon Aronian of Armenia, but won their individual match 1.5-0.5. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France came third as he edged out Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan on the same tiebreak: individual encounter. World Champion Hou Yifan won the women's section ahead of Valentina Gunina and Anna Muzychuk.

After the rapid tournament, won by Wang Yue and Valentina Gunina, the same players took on a faster time control. From Saturday till Monday blitz was played in in the Chinese capital, with a time control of 3 minutes plus 2 seconds per move. The tournament was a double round robin consisting of 30 double rounds; the players were meeting each opponent twice, with both colors.

After the first day Levon Aronian and Valentina Gunina were leading. Aronian won eight games, drew one and lost one while Gunina won eight and lost two. Here are some nice games from Saturday:

Do you see the win for Black in the next one?

The following game would turn out the be very important for the overall outcome of the tournament.


A good start for Levon Aronian

On Saturday Aronian suffered an early loss to Nepomniachtchi:

Later on the world's #2 in classical play won an instructive ending against Wang Hao:

But at the end of the day Aronian collapsed, and lost two games in a row. In the first he was outplayed by Ivanchuk:

It was Mamedyarov who finished the second day as the leader. He won a nice game against Karjakin, who probably thought he had trapped the black rook. Do you see what Mamedyarov had in mind?

Sergey Karjakin

Le Quang Liem is also known as a strong blitz player, and he was in second place after day 2. Do you see how he decided his game with Mamedyarov?

Karjakin was 1.5 points behind Mamedyarov on Sunday night, but an excellent 7.0/10 on Sunday was enough to win the tournament. The Russian GM finished shared first with Aronian, but received the first prize as he had won the mini-match 1.5-0.5. The following game was one of Karjakin's best:

 

World Mind Games 2013 | Blitz | Final Standings

Rank Title Name Rtg Federation Pts Res. vict SB
1 GM Karjakin Sergey 2837 Russia 19.5 1.5 15 290.50
2 GM Aronian Levon 2817 Armenia 19.5 0.5 16 275.00
3 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2825 France 18.0 1.5 13 255.00
4 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2721 Azerbaijan 18.0 0.5 15 256.00
5 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2830 Russia 17.0 2.0 13 246.25
6 GM Le Quang Liem 2841 Vietnam 17.0 0.0 13 240.75
7 GM Grischuk Alexander 2798 Russia 16.5 0.0 13 242.25
8 GM Ponomariov Ruslan 2774 Ukraine 14.5 1.5 11 201.25
9 GM Giri Anish 2747 Netherlands 14.5 0.5 9 211.50
10 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2750 Ukraine 14.0 0.0 11 209.25
11 GM Kamsky Gata 2671 USA 13.5 1.0 9 185.25
12 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2769 Cuba 13.5 1.0 8 193.25
13 GM Radjabov Teimour 2755 Azerbaijan 12.0 0.0 6 179.25
14 GM Wang Yue 2723 China 11.0 1.5 4 165.25
15 GM Leko Peter 2722 Hungary 11.0 0.5 5 161.25
16 GM Wang Hao 2698 China 10.5 0.0 5 152.00

World Champion Hou Yifan won the women's section ahead of Valentina Gunina and Anna Muzychuk. In the last round, Gunina needed to win to finish on the same number of points, but lost instead:

Elisabeth Paehtz won a standard attacking game for the Nimzowitsch/Larsen Opening:

World Mind Games 2013 | Blitz (Women) | Final Standings

Rank Title Name Rtg Federation Pts Res. vict SB
1 GM Hou Yifan 2559 China 21.5 0.0 19 302.50
2 GM Gunina Valentina 2527 Russia 19.5 0.0 18 271.50
3 GM Muzychuk Anna 2639 Slovenia 18.5 0.0 17 274.75
4 GM Ushenina Anna 2489 Ukraine 17.5 0.0 15 242.50
5 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2508 Bulgaria 17.0 0.0 13 244.25
6 GM Lagno Kateryna 2532 Ukraine 16.0 0.0 12 225.50
7 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2612 Russia 15.0 0.0 10 220.75
8 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2579 Georgia 14.5 2.5 13 203.25
9 GM Zhao Xue 2471 China 14.5 2.5 11 195.50
10 GM Koneru Humpy 2558 India 14.5 1.0 12 211.75
11 GM Sebag Marie 2501 France 14.0 1.5 12 206.50
12 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2480 Russia 14.0 0.5 13 209.75
13 WGM Ju Wenjun 2454 China 13.5 0.0 11 198.75
14 GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2532 Lithuania 10.5 0.0 7 152.75
15 GM Cramling Pia 2430 Sweden 10.0 0.0 7 144.75
16 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2574 Germany 9.5 0.0 7 128.75

The sixth edition of the World Mind Games, the third organized by SportAccord, takes place 12-20 December, 2013 in Beijing, China. This multi-sport event includes five mind sports: bridge, chess, draughts, go and xiangqi (Chinese chess). 

After the rapid and blitz tournaments, on Tuesday and Wednesday a new event will be held that replaces the blindfold event: the "Basque system". Just like at the tournament in San Sebastian of two years ago, the players will be facing each other with two boards at the same time - one with white and one with black. Each player will have 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move.

More info at the tournament website.

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  • vor 7 Monate

    kcsmith169

    Is move 23 Rg3+ (and mate would follow in a few moves) in Paehtz, Elisabeth (2452) vs. Kosintseva, Tatiana (2496) a typo or is there some other error in the list of moves? Otherwise 23 Qh7# is clearly the simplest (and glaringly obvious) move on the board, no matter what speed you are playing. Perhaps she was expecting 22 ... Rf6 and touched her Rook before realizing Tatiana was playing 22 ... Bf6. Or was 22 ... Rf6 actually the move played, in which case 23 Rg3+ makes perfect sense.

  • vor 7 Monate

    stupid_chess

    congratulation karjakin and hou! well done

  • vor 7 Monate

    wjcsz

  • vor 7 Monate

    P_G_M

    Karjakin should play classical chess as he plays rapid and blitz chess.

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