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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SportAccord World Mind Games Chess 2014: Russia #1 Alexander Grischuk wins Double Gold

Hello chess blog friends, as you know the chess section of the SportAccord World Mind Games is on in Beijing. Two sections have been completed and the Russians have ruled particularly Alexander Grischuk who has won gold in both the blitz and rapid section of the men's events. 

GM Alexander Grischuk

Playing some fantastic and focused chess this past week, Russia's top-rated Alexander Grischuk picked up the double gold with east. In the blitz list, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France picked up the silver and Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan earned the bronze. In the women's section, reigning women's world chess champion Hou Yifan of China earned the gold, silver going to Valentina Gunina of Russia and Anna Muzychuk of Ukrained got the bronze. 

The Russian flag was flying high in the rapid section as well. Grischuk Alexander (RUS) became the winner of the tournament, Vachier-Lagrave Maxime (FRA) finished in the second place and Bronze medal went to Wang Hao (CHN). In the women's section of the rapid, the gold went to Gunina Valentina (RUS), silver to Hou Yifan (CHN) and bronze to Ushenina Anna (UKR). 

The Basque chess event is now being played in Beijing that has the opponents play two games in each round - one with white and one with black against the same opponent. You can follow all the action live at the official website.


SportAccord World Mind Games is a multi-sport event centred on the gymnasium of the mind and highlighting the great value of the mind sports. The 2014 edition will take place from 11-17 December. As well as the first, second and third editions in 2011, 2012, and 2013 the event includes five mind sports of great popularity and influence worldwide - Bridge, Chess, Draughts, Go and Xiangqi (Chinese Chess). The event is a showcase of some top-level mind games performances with the world's best players. The Cultural and Social Programme is an integral part of the event and through a series of activities, it aims at increasing and improving mind sports' influence and practice in schools. 

In addition, an online tournament extends the event's reach to the worldwide audience. Mind Games are spread and known throughout the world since ancient times and their educational values are widely recognised. They combine the fun of playing games and the enhancement of concentration, logic, memory, mathematics, literacy, learning skills, decision making and socialising skills, etc. Ever more countries and regions integrate the mind sports as an important part of their education programmes. Mind sports suit well a wide range of people not only in terms of age; these sports can be equally played by people with certain physical disability. 

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