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SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid) Tournament

Wang Yue5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Peter Leko5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Alexander Grischuk4.5/7(+3 -1 =3)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez4.5/7(+3 -1 =3)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov4/7(+4 -3 =0)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi4/7(+3 -2 =2)[games]
Wang Hao4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Sergey Karjakin3.5/7(+3 -3 =1)[games]
Teimour Radjabov3.5/7(+2 -2 =3)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov3/7(+2 -3 =2)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave3/7(+2 -3 =2)[games]
Gata Kamsky3/7(+2 -3 =2)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk3/7(+1 -2 =4)[games]
Levon Aronian2.5/7(+1 -3 =3)[games]
Le Quang Liem2/7(+1 -4 =2)[games]
Anish Giri1.5/7(+1 -5 =1)[games]
* Chess Event Description
SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid) (2013)

Played in Beijing, China 12-13 December 2013. Official site: TWIC: Crosstable: Photo of winners:

The 3rd SportAccord event also included SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Rapid) (2013) (12-13 December), SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Blitz) (2013) and SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Blitz) (2013) (14-16 December), and SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque) (2013) and SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Basque) (2013) (17-18 December).

 page 1 of 1; 19 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Aronian vs Wang Hao 0-1592013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid)A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
2. Ponomariov vs Le Quang Liem 0-1142013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid)C67 Ruy Lopez
3. A Giri vs L Dominguez  0-1502013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. M Vachier-Lagrave vs Mamedyarov 0-1412013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid)A07 King's Indian Attack
5. Radjabov vs Wang Yue 0-1612013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid)D35 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. I Nepomniachtchi vs Wang Hao  0-1582013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid)C11 French
7. Karjakin vs Leko 0-1962013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
8. Wang Yue vs Karjakin 0-1252013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid)A15 English
9. Mamedyarov vs A Giri  0-1492013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid)D90 Grunfeld
10. Le Quang Liem vs Leko  0-1392013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid)A15 English
11. L Dominguez vs Karjakin  0-1422013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid)C78 Ruy Lopez
12. A Giri vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-1472013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid)D85 Grunfeld
13. Leko vs Wang Yue 0-1642013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid)B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
14. Aronian vs L Dominguez  0-1682013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. A Giri vs Ponomariov  0-1532013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid)A07 King's Indian Attack
16. Le Quang Liem vs Radjabov 0-1392013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid)E99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
17. Ivanchuk vs M Vachier-Lagrave  0-1362013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid)A20 English
18. Wang Hao vs Leko  0-1382013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid)E12 Queen's Indian
19. Kamsky vs Ponomariov  0-1492013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid)A43 Old Benoni
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Big Pawn: Aronian stumbling badly here. I wonder if he's going to give nakamura second place on a platter?
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  Big Pawn: Oh, it's only rapid chess.
Dec-13-13  Edmontonchessclub: Yes, it's only rapid chess, and also playing two rapid games simultaneously, one with white and one with black. This doesn't count for anything, so I doubt Aronian cares too much.

I miss regular chess, at regular time controls. It won't be long, though.

Dec-13-13  dumbgai: I don't think they played two games simultaneously (since there are 7 rounds, an odd number).
Dec-13-13  hellopolgar: <I don't think they played two games simultaneously (since there are 7 rounds, an odd number)> lol, good observation.
Dec-14-13  fisayo123: Panda officially back among the world elite with his performances in the last 2 years.
Dec-14-13  fisayo123: Some of these games are listed as "Classical". I hope the error is corrected.
Dec-14-13  ex0duz: Congrats to Wang Yue.. who is now China's highest rated player again(live ratings). I thought he was down and out basically, but seems like he's slowly worked his way back up to the top.

I guess his style is also good for faster time controls, since he plays solid and has good endgame skills. I hope he can keep it up, and he also gets more opportunities to play in supertourneys again.

Wang Hao also did better than i thought, since i thought he sucked at rapid/blitz(compared to classical).

And is Giri that @#$% at rapid/blitz, or did he just have a really bad tourney? Same questions for Le Quang Liem, anyone know how his rapid/blitz skills are?

Dec-14-13  ex0duz: <fisayo123: Panda officially back among the world elite with his performances in the last 2 years.>

Anyone know where he picked up all his points from, since i don't remember him winning any supertourneys or having really awesome tourney performances recently apart from the recent world team championships..

And i think he's also China's strongest player atm, overtaking Wang Hao(or equal to him). Again, where/when/how did this happen?

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  HeMateMe: yue has the nick Panda? That's a cute name.
Dec-14-13  fisayo123: Quang Liem is going to college in the US now, so he is probably a bit rusty. Giri is usually decent in rapid, but he certainly is no blitzer. Slightly surprised by MVL though.... and Karjakin, but everyday isn't Christmas unless you're Carlsen.
Dec-14-13  nok: <is Giri that @#$%> Yes.
Dec-14-13  fisayo123: Mamedyarov vs Karjakin, 2013

Pretty remarkable game from Shak. Probably the best one I've seen so far in the rapid section of this tournament.

Dec-14-13  Kain3: Leko did well for a change. He's usually strong in rapid from what I remember.
Dec-14-13  KingchecksQueen: People, our worst nightmare: chinese invasion is inevitable and imminent.
Dec-14-13  QueentakesKing: My prospects to be world champion contenders Aronian and Karjakin are a big disappointment!
Dec-14-13  QueentakesKing: If you can't be good or consistent at rapid or blitz you can't be a world chess champion these days.
Dec-14-13  dumbgai: <If you can't be good or consistent at rapid or blitz you can't be a world chess champion these days.>

It does put you at a disadvantage in the world cup qualifier, as well as in the tiebreak stage of the match itself. Topalov was so wary of Anand's superiority in rapid play that he tried to create complications in a solid position in the final classical game, and lost.

Dec-15-13  Marmot PFL: The Chinese play very well in China, not quite so well abroad (yet).

Lucky for Aronian that these games aren't rated.

Dec-16-13  paavoh: An uncharacteristically feeble start by Ponomariov with three losses in a row?! How he has been doing lately in other events?
Dec-16-13  RedShield: It's worth mentioning that this event is entirely unrelated to the Mind Sports Olympiad, associated with Keene and Buzan:

Dec-17-13  chessmoron: <Marmot PFL> As I recall, Wang Hao won the 2012 Biel Chess Festival.
Dec-17-13  MountainMatt: I appreciate these super-GMs treating us patzers to some "mere mortal" performances. Some of these games look just like the 15/10 games I play against fellow 1400s. It's very encouraging!
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  Domdaniel: Giri seems to be going through a bad patch, after all the promise he showed a couple of years ago. And Leko resurgent is a surprise.
Dec-17-13  Everett: All these players are fantastic. They can't all go +7.
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