From December 11 to 17 Beijing was stage to this year’s SportAccord World Mind Games.
Participants competed in tournament style in the disciplines Bridge, Chess, and Checkers, as well as the Asian strategy games Go and Xiangqi, which have not yet gained popularity in the western world.
32 players from 15 countries competed in our favorite discipline chess – 16 men and 16 women. Amongst them were several Chinese prodigies, one of them current World Champion of Women Yifan Hou. Others were Asian Women’s Championship runner-up Ju Wenjin, Grand Master Wang Hao and WGM & GM Zhao Xue (who impressed with an ELO performance of 2828 points at the 2011 edition of the Grand Prix).
France, India, Poland, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Hungary, Cuba, Sweden, Bulgaria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Israel, and Germany sent further top-class players, such as Etienne Bacrot, Hari Krishna Pentala, Radoslav Voitaszek, Alexander Grishchuk, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Levon Aronian, Boris Gelfand, and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, which added the little bit of extra spice to the event.
Overview of Laureates
|Men’s Rapid Event||FRI 12/12||GOLD||GRISHCHUK Alexander||RUS|
|Women’s Rapid Event||FRI 12/12||GOLD||GUNINA Valentina||RUS|
|Men’s Blitz Event||MON 12/15||GOLD||GRISHCHUK Alexander||RUS|
|Women’s Blitz Event||MON 12/15||GOLD||HOU Yifan||CHN|
|Men’s Basque Event|| WED
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|Women’s Basque Event||WED 12/17||GOLD||HOU Yifan||CHN|
Russia took home six medals – more than any other participating nation. China lies closely behind with five medals, while France ranks third with three medals.
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written by Sarah, translated by Birthe