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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Anand, Cmilyte win Botvinnik Memorial Rapid Chess; Anand-Humpy win mixed doubles chess too!

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Hi everyone,

There was great fun happening at the Botvinnik Chess Memorial 2011. World Chess Champion won two chess tournaments on the same day! First, he won the Botvinnik Memorial Rapid Chess in Moscow and then, at the same festival, won a unique doubles chess event with Koneru Humpy!

Meanwhile, Viktorija Cmilyte won the Botvinnik Chess Rapid in the women's section.

Anand finished on 4.5/6, one and half a points ahead of Vladimir Kramnik and Levon Aronian. Magnus Carlsen, who lost all three games on the second day, finished last. The duo Anand/Koneru won the mixed blitz event ahead of Aronian/Danielian. 

The Botvinnik Memorial rapid tournament takes place September 1-4 at the Center for New Technologies Digital October, the former Red October chocolate factory in Moscow, Russia. The main event is a 6-round double round robin with 25 minutes and 10 seconds increment on the clock. There’s a men’s section with the current world’s top 4 (Magnus Carlsen, Vishy Anand, Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik) and a women’s section with Humpy Koneru, Tatiana Kosintseva, Viktorija Cmilyte and Elina Danielian. The revolutionary aspect of this event is that during the round the clocks are stopped several times, and one of the players gets a microphone to explain what’s going on. His opponent wears ear-phones so that he won’t learn about his opponent’s plans.

After the rapid event on Saturday the players played three more games, in doubles, with a time control of 5 minutes plus 5 seconds increment. The pairs were:

Anand/Koneru (‘India’ – average Elo 2709)
Cmilyte/Carlsen (‘Europe’ – average Elo 2674)
Kosintzeva/Kramnik (‘Russia’ – average Elo 2664)
Danielian/Aronian (‘Armenia’ – average Elo 2662)

For each duo the lady had to make the first move, then the man, then the lady again, and so on. The duo Anand/Koneru won the mixed blitz event ahead of Aronian/Danielian, and so World Champion Vishy Anand managed to win two tournaments in one day.

You can access the official website in Russian at this link and read a nice report in English at
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