The World Chess Association FIDE has now released the list of nominees for the 3rd SportAccord World Mind Games in China. The chess tournament is scheduled to take place from December 12th to 18th in Beijing.
Participants in men’s division
Overall, each 16 men and women qualified for the tournament and will compete in three disciplines: Rapid chess, blitz chess, and blindfold chess. Each category will be evaluated separately. Rapid and blindfold chess duels will be carried out in seven (rapids) or five rounds. Blitz chess matches will be performed in double rounds in which everyone competes against everyone. As in previous editions of the event, there is a strong pool of competitors this year, as the following line-up indicates. Nominated in the men’s division are:
Karjakin, Sergey (Russia) – Grischuk, Alexander (Russia) – Aronian, Levon (Armenia) – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar (Azerbaijan) – Dominguez Perez, Leinier (Cuba) – Ponomariov, Ruslan (Ukraine) – Radjabov, Teimour (Azerbaijan) – Le, Quang Liem (Vietnam) – Wang, Hao (China) – Wang, Yue (China) – Nepomniachtchi, Ian (Russia) – Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime (France) – Kamsky, Gata (USA) – Leko, Peter (Hungary) – Ivanchuk, Vassily (Ukraine) – Giri, Anish (Netherlands).
Participants in women’s division
The women’s division is cast particularly strong this year, as almost all leading female chess players of the world will compete. Only, the world’s number 1 ranked woman – Judith Polgar from Hungary – is not among the participants. But as is known, she competes in men’s tournaments preferably. Pleasing for Germany is the nomination of Elisabeth Paethz. The nominated women for the 3rd World Mind Games in Beijing are:
Koneru, Humpy (India) – Hou , Yifan (China) – Muzychuk, Anna (Slovenia) – Dzagnidze, Nana (Georgia) – Lagno, Kateryna (Ukraine) – Kosteniuk, Alexandra (Russia) – Gunina, Valentina (Russia) – Stefanova, Antoaneta (Bulgaria) – Ju, Wenjun (China) – Sebag, Marie (France) – Zhao, Xue (China) – Kosintseva, Tatiana (Russia) – Cramling, Pia (Sweden) – Ushenina, Anna (Ukraine) – Paehtz, Elisabeth (Germany) – Cmilyte, Viktorija (Lithuania).
Several title-defenders from previous year
Glancing at the list of participants, one quickly realizes the presence of many title-holders from the previous edition of the World Mind Games who will defend their honors in Beijing this December. Regarding the women’s category, Kateryna Lagno (Rapid), Yifan Hou (Blind), and Alexandra Kosteniuk (Blitz) are among the competitors. In the men’s division this concerns the nominees Sergey Karjakin (Blitz), and Levon Aronian (Blind).
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written by Michael, translated by Birthe