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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

SportAccord World Mind Games (Chess): World's Top GMs play Rapid, Blitz in Bejing Dec 12-18

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013

Hello everyone,

The opening ceremony of the Mind Sports Games Chess 2013 is going to take place today in Beijing. The games begin on Wednesday. In the chess section, the event is going to be the one of the strongest rapid and blitz events of the year with the participation of some of the world’s top Grandmasters.

The men's section includes Sergey Karjakin, Levon Aronian, Alexander Grischuk, Vassily Ivanchuk, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Le Quang Liem, Ruslan Ponomariov, Teimour Radjabov, Hao Wang, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Wang Yue, Gata Kamsky, Peter Leko, and Anish Giri.
The women's section includes Yifan Hou, Humpy Koneru, Anna Muzychuk, Nana Dzagnidze, Kateryna Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Antoaneta Stefanova, Valentina Gunina, Ju Wenjun, Marie Sebag, Zhao Xue, Tatiana Kosintseva, Pia Cramling, Anna Ushenina, Elizabeth Paehtz, and Viktorija Cmilyte.

Wednesday, December 11th Opening ceremony
Thursday, December 12th 14:00-19:00 Rapid Event: 1-4 rounds (men), 1-4 rounds (women)
Friday, December 13th 14:00-19:00 Rapid Event: 5-7 rounds (men), 5-7 rounds (women)
Saturday, December 14th 14:00-19:00 Blitz Event: 1-10 rounds (men), 1-10 rounds (women)
Sunday, December 15th 14:00-19:00 Blitz Event: 11-20 rounds (men), 11-20 rounds (women)
Monday, December 16th 14:00-19:00 Blitz Event: 21-30 rounds (men), 21-30 rounds (women)
Tuesday, December 17th 14:00-19:00 Basque System: 1-3 rounds (men), 1-3 rounds (women)
Wednesday, December 18th 11:00-16:00 Basque System: 4-5 rounds (men), 4-5 rounds (women) &
Closing Ceremony
Thursday, December 19th Departure

SportAccord which is the umbrella organization for both Olympic and non-Olympic sports as well as a major organizers of conferences and sporting events. The World Mind Games was held for the first time in 2008 and consisted of 5 disciplines: chess, bridge, draughts (checkers), go, and xiangqi (Chinese chess). Here is the World Mind Games video trailer.

Also, don't forget Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk is the official chess ambassador of the SportAccord World Mind Games. Did you read about it on the page?

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