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IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid) Tournament

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov5/7(+3 -0 =4)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez4.5/7(+2 -0 =5)[games]
Wang Hao4.5/7(+3 -1 =3)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Li Chao4/7(+3 -2 =2)[games]
Ding Liren4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek3.5/7(+2 -2 =3)[games]
Rauf Mamedov3.5/7(+1 -1 =5)[games]
Gabriel Sargissian3.5/7(+0 -0 =7)[games]
David Navara3/7(+3 -4 =0)[games]
Wang Yue3/7(+2 -3 =2)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky3/7(+2 -3 =2)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk2/7(+2 -5 =0)[games]
Laurent Fressinet2/7(+1 -4 =2)[games]
Sergei Movsesian1.5/7(+1 -5 =1)[games]
* Chess Event Description
IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid) (2016)

Official site: Crosstable: Mamedyarov won after defeating Ponomariov in an Armageddon playoff game: Mamedyarov vs Ponomariov, 2016 1-0.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Wang Yue vs Ivanchuk 1-0472016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
2. Wang Hao vs Ding Liren  ½-½852016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Li Chao vs R Wojtaszek  0-1502016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
4. Wang Yue vs Mamedyarov  0-1452016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Tomashevsky vs R Mamedov  ½-½342016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
6. Movsesian vs G Sargissian  ½-½222016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)D14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
7. Navara vs Harikrishna 0-1292016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)D58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
8. Ivanchuk vs Fressinet  1-0342016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)E20 Nimzo-Indian
9. Wang Hao vs Movsesian  1-0652016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
10. L Dominguez vs Navara  1-0362016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Li Chao vs R Mamedov  ½-½972016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
12. Ding Liren vs G Sargissian  ½-½392016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Ponomariov vs R Wojtaszek  1-0502016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Tomashevsky vs Mamedyarov  1-0402016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)C42 Petrov Defense
15. Fressinet vs Harikrishna  ½-½652016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)D76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
16. Ponomariov vs L Dominguez  ½-½382016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)C42 Petrov Defense
17. R Wojtaszek vs Ivanchuk 1-0262016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
18. Harikrishna vs Wang Hao  0-1562016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)C01 French, Exchange
19. G Sargissian vs Li Chao  ½-½572016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)A05 Reti Opening
20. Movsesian vs Tomashevsky 1-0472016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)C50 Giuoco Piano
21. Navara vs Fressinet  1-0332016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
22. R Wojtaszek vs Ding Liren  ½-½382016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. Ivanchuk vs L Dominguez  0-1702016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)C53 Giuoco Piano
24. Mamedyarov vs Ponomariov ½-½212016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. R Mamedov vs Wang Yue  1-0532016IMSA Elite Mind Games (Rapid)C26 Vienna
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Just shows how the game has change and how old I've gotten, but what exactly is a Basque format?
Feb-26-16  cbpatzer: Dominguez, Hao Wang, Navara, Mamedov and Movsesian win round 1
Feb-26-16  paavoh: @An Englishman: From a geezer to another, Basque format is supposed to be a pair of timed games played simultaneously (see Wikipedia Glossary of chess) but based on Chessdom Round 1 & 2 results, it does not seem to be so. Help needed?!
Feb-26-16  ndg2: Don't know where to put it elsewhere, but whete is WCC Muzychuk - Hou?
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  sonia91: <ndg2> try with's forum
Feb-26-16  botvinnik64: Basque Chess? Two opponents, each playing two games with both colors at the same time against each other, clocks on each game (25 minutes, I think). The key seems to be the action of those really cool swivel chairs. Rounds 4-7 of Rapid start at about 3-4AM EST.
Feb-26-16  StupidQuestion: Good synopsis of Basque system:

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Thanks for the information, everyone. Basque Chess--egads. Doesn't classical chess provide enough suffering and self-inflicted torture?
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  hoodrobin: <An Englishman> Good morning. I think it's something like this:

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  sonia91: Mamedyarov took gold after an armageddon playoff with Ponomariov, who took silver. Dominguez took bronze:

Feb-28-16  capafischer1: What exactly is the point of having this tournament??? I mean none of the games are rated. Playing faster chess increases the chances of blunders. Flying halfway around the world to play meaningless games. The players must be compensated by the Chinese chess federation to entice them to play.
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  alexmagnus: The games are rated for the Rapid rating.
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  sonia91: <capafischer1> And what is the point of having all other rapid/blitz tournaments? <Flying halfway around the world to play meaningless games.> What if this event was held in the US instead of China?

IMSA is the International Mind Sports Association:, not the Chinese Chess Federation. In the same way, Chess Olympiad is a FIDE event and last time was hosted by Norway, but the Norwegian Chess Federation did not "entice them to play".

Feb-28-16  capafischer1: Sonia91, I'm just saying for me personally rapid and blitz games because of the time factor decrease the quality of play therefore have a lot less instructional value. I did not ask for you or anyone to agree with me just stating my opinion
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  Sokrates: This is an old subject for debate, <capafischer1>, as I am sure you are well aware of. Botvinnik opposed any form of quicker chess than the standard tournament rules, because of your arguments plus he thought it would decrease the strength of the players. No doubt there are players who excel in rapid/blitz relatively to their normal time performance, but I can't see the problem in that.

True, the game quality has to be lower in rapid games and much lower in blitzes, but there are also benefits, which I experienced myself when I played actively. While blitzes are primarily pure fun and entertainment (and what's wrong with that?), rapid games offer you the opportunity to test some lesser solid opening ideas and they often nudge you to be more bold, more daring in your play. I think many elite players use rapids to test (opening) ideas they wouldn't risk in normal tournaments, where much more is at stake.

As a spectator I love to see games from great masters in all three time formats, knowing very well to make relative valuations on the quality and rate of errors. It's fun to see Carlsen lose a blitz to a much lower rated player, realising he wouldn't stand a chance in a normal game. I am quite sure that Carlsen and his colleagues know they can't build their strength on rapids and blitzes, but they use the genres to temper and sharpen their weapons. - Also just my personal opinion! :-)

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  alexmagnus: Saying blitz is bad because of lower quality of games is like saying long-distance running is bad because of lower average speed. It's not bad, just different. With a different, but not fully disjoint, set of skills required.
Feb-29-16  capafischer1: Sokrates, you make great points but as far as only instructional value of these games go, take a look out of 56 games played only 4 have been commented on by the members which tells you that these games cannot possibly be taken too seriously for chess fans trying to improve their own game.
Feb-29-16  latvalatvian: Flying across the world to play a few blitz game is okay. It's better than boredom. Only problem I can see is environmental. Yet if you took a canoe, you might be too tired or drowned for blitz.
Feb-29-16  dumbgai: Blitz rating points gained:

Harikrishna +116.4
Ding +104.6

Ivanchuk -60

Perhaps they should use a slightly smaller k-factor for blitz ratings.

Feb-29-16  Everett: One can learn from any chess game of any time limit. One never knows what surprising idea comes out of a position.
Feb-29-16  Clemens Scheitz: <Sokrates>,<alexmagnus>,<Everett>,true,true,true. Well put. Case closed
Mar-01-16  latvalatvian: If all grandmasters took canoes across the ocean to play blitz, you might see another revolution in chess understanding. Perhaps everything we know now, is not complete. We say rooks can't control diagonals but this might be a prejudice based on a certain perception of space and time.
Mar-01-16  Clemens Scheitz: <latvalatvian>,probably not. Stephen Hawking knows as much as anybody about space and time and he still lost the game of quantum chess against Paul Rudd, remember?
Apr-05-16  posoo: WAY TO GO ALEXMUGNUS.

i am SO SIK of da fooles who say dat blitz is nt CHESE. OVIOUSLY they leed pondarousn plodding lives.

On the other hand, posoo does like the occasional large woman!

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