The Chinese city Beijing is currently hosting the SportAccord Mind Games. During the opening stage, the rapid chess tournament of men and women took place in which Yifan Hou and Sergey Karjakin were able to prevail.
Winners in rapid chess at the Mind Games are final after 30 rounds
The rapid chess tournaments in both men and women’s category of the Mind games 2013 took 3 entire days. Within this time frame, each of the 16 male and female players played the 30 rounds in everybody-against-everybody mode. The final decisions were made on the last day; in the men’s category, Sergey Karjakin, who already became rapid chess master last year, was able to prevail in his area of comfort. The women’s category is led by Yifan Hou who is the current world champion and seems undefeatable.
Youngest chess grandmaster of all time wins men’s tournament
Sergey Karjakin is not only rapid chess master and number 12 in worldwide rankings; he is also the youngest grandmaster the world of chess has ever seen. Particularly in the final stage of the tournament, Karjakin was able to score. Earlier, it seemed that Shakriyar Mamedyarov would be the great winner, but on the final day several changes in overall standings were made and therefore the Russian grandmaster secured the victory. Sergey Karjakin prevailed over Levon Aronian who had equally scored 19.5 points. In a previous direct duel, he had defeated the world’s runner-up Aronian at 1.5:0.5 points which put him in a favorable position. The Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave follows in 3rd place at 18.0 points.
The final rankings of the rapid chess tournament of the Mind Games 2013:
|6||GM||Le Quang Liem||2841||Vietnam||17.0||0.0||13||240.75||15|
|11||GM||Kamsky Gata||2671||United States of America||13.5||1.0||9||185.25||15|
|12||GM||Dominguez Perez Leinier||2769||Cuba||13.5||1.0||8||193.25||15|
Women’s category: Yifan Hou solid, Elisabeth Paehtz in bottom position
The final decision about the tournament victory in the women’s division was also made on the 3rd and last day. In the end, the Chinese world champion Yifan Hou was clearly ahead. In the final rankings of the Mind Games 2013 in Beijing she was in 1st place at 21.5 points, two points ahead off Valentina Gunina. The Russian, however, was one point superior to Anna Muzychuk from Slovenia and two points superior to Anna Ushenina from the Ukraine. At the very bottom of the rankings is the German representative Elisabeth Paethz who scored 9.5 points.
The complete rankings in the women’s category of the Mind Games 2013:
Pictures: wikipedia/ Stefan64 & Clément Bucco-Lechat
written by Michael, translated by Birthe