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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Chess players and their alter egos: Karjakin wouldn't mind being Hou Yifan, Ivanchuk's alter ego could be a donkey, Chess Queen Kosteniuk loves Marion Kotiyar ...

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Hello everyone,

As you know the SportAccord World Mind Games 2011 are on in Beijing. We have a very interesting photo feature about alter egos from the official website.

Here is the first part of what some of the best chess players of the planet said about their alter ego. MUST READ. This is - Part 1.

as official ambassador of the SportAccord World Mind Games 2011

Hou Yifan  —— Hillary Clinton
 hiyf.jpg ms_clinton_houyifan.jpg

Alexander Grischuk —— Chief of the pride lion

 sgrischuk.jpg lion1.jpg

Alexandra Kostenuik —— Marion Kotiyar 

 kosss.jpg marion_kotiyar_kostenuik.jpg

Ivanchuk —— A Donkey 

 jermuk-ivanchuk-15179.jpg donkey.jpg

Yelena Dembo —— Terminator 

 dembo.jpg terminator_for_dembo.jpg

Shahriyan Mamedyarov —— soccer arbiter Kollina

 world-cup-mamedyarov-16201.jpg kollina_for_mamedyarov.jpg

Almira Skripchenko —— Charlie Chaplin

 almria.jpg skripchenkocharlie_chaplin.jpg

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave —— An invisible man
 maxime.jpg invisible_man_for_maxime_lagrave.jpg

Kateryna Lahno —— A businessman
katerynalahno.jpg donald_trump.jpg 

Quang Liem Le —— The President of Vietnam
 le_.jpg le_quangliem.jpg

Viktorija Cmilyte —— Mishel Fuko
 victorija.jpg mishel_fuko_for_cmilyte.jpg

Peter Heine Nielsen —— Peter the great
 heine.jpg peter_great_photo.jpg

Pia Cramling —— A painter
 pia1.jpg painter.jpg

Leinier Dominguez —— Gandalf
 dominguez.jpg dominguez_gendalf-5133.jpg

Ju Wenjun —— Vivien Leigh
 juu.jpg vivien_leigh_for_ju.jpg

Sergey Karjakin —— Hou Yifan
 karjakin04.jpg houuuu.jpg

Gu Xiaobing —— A photographer
 me.jpg pho.jpg

Geoffrey Borg —— Vladimir Ilyich Lenin 
 borg01.jpg lenin.jpg
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  • At December 14, 2011 at 10:34 AM , Anonymous Keith Schmidt, Berlin said...

    wow this is fantastic. Chess Queen looks awesome (as usual) but I cannot understand Ivanchuk's alter ego.

  • At December 14, 2011 at 10:37 AM , Anonymous Keith Schmidt, Berlin said...

    What's up with Sergey Karjakin wanting to be Hou Yifan that is soooooooo funny. So cute also.

  • At December 15, 2011 at 2:36 AM , Anonymous amrit puri, knights chess club, new delhi said...


  • At December 15, 2011 at 3:26 AM , Anonymous saira fernandes, madrid said...

    nice juxtaposing of players and photos except i just dont get a clue about ivanchuk and the donkey ha ha ha that is crazy ivanchuk what a quip. thanks for sharing lot of fun here. take care chess queen hasta la vista

  • At December 15, 2011 at 3:33 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    How come there is so much resemblance between the two photos for the player and their alter ego... amazing

  • At December 15, 2011 at 4:47 AM , Anonymous jane bentley, london said...

    i admire ivanchuk wow he is really humble to say that but no bias the most apt alter ego is chess queen and kotiyar. i am not sure if hou is going to like sergey taking over her identity. you made my day

  • At December 15, 2011 at 8:10 AM , Anonymous anastasia said...

    Please take the Ivanchuk and donkey one out please please please


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