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SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque) Tournament

Sergey Karjakin8.5/10(+7 -0 =3)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov6/10(+4 -2 =4)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk5.5/10(+4 -3 =3)[games]
Gata Kamsky5.5/10(+4 -3 =3)[games]
Alexander Grischuk5.5/10(+3 -2 =5)[games]
Wang Yue5.5/10(+3 -2 =5)[games]
Le Quang Liem5/10(+4 -4 =2)[games]
Wang Hao4.5/10(+4 -5 =1)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi4.5/10(+3 -4 =3)[games]
Levon Aronian4.5/10(+2 -3 =5)[games]
Leinier Dominguez Perez4.5/10(+1 -2 =7)[games]
Anish Giri4/10(+3 -5 =2)[games]
Teimour Radjabov3.5/10(+1 -4 =5)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave3.5/10(+1 -4 =5)[games]
Peter Leko3/10(+0 -4 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque) (2013)

Played in Beijing, China 17-18 December 2013. Basque: the players played two games one with each color simultaneously against the same opponent (5 opponents). Official site: TWIC: Pairings and results: Crosstable: Photo of winners:

The 3rd SportAccord event moreover included SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Rapid) (2013) and SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Rapid) (2013) (12-13 December), SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Blitz) (2013) and SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Blitz) (2013) (14-16 December), and SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Basque) (2013) (17-18 December).

 page 2 of 4; games 26-50 of 80  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. Dominguez Perez vs Grischuk  ½-½482013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)C67 Ruy Lopez
27. Nepomniachtchi vs Ivanchuk 1-0202013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)C45 Scotch Game
28. Ponomariov vs Vachier-Lagrave  ½-½532013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
29. Vachier-Lagrave vs Ponomariov 0-1342013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
30. Ivanchuk vs Nepomniachtchi  1-0662013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)A34 English, Symmetrical
31. Mamedyarov vs Le Quang Liem  1-0452013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
32. Le Quang Liem vs Mamedyarov  1-0372013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
33. Giri vs Aronian  0-1382013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)E10 Queen's Pawn Game
34. Aronian vs Giri 1-0402013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)A48 King's Indian
35. Wang Hao vs Radjabov  1-0382013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)E90 King's Indian
36. Radjabov vs Wang Hao  1-0342013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)E10 Queen's Pawn Game
37. Karjakin vs Leko  1-0672013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
38. Radjabov vs Mamedyarov ½-½292013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
39. Le Quang Liem vs Ivanchuk  ½-½552013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
40. Nepomniachtchi vs Dominguez Perez  ½-½532013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)C42 Petrov Defense
41. Dominguez Perez vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½392013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
42. Kamsky vs Ponomariov  0-1602013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
43. Karjakin vs Aronian 1-0562013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)C78 Ruy Lopez
44. Leko vs Karjakin  0-1592013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)A37 English, Symmetrical
45. Wang Yue vs Kamsky  ½-½462013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)D80 Grunfeld
46. Aronian vs Karjakin  ½-½582013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)E20 Nimzo-Indian
47. Ponomariov vs Kamsky  1-0452013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
48. Kamsky vs Wang Yue 1-0322013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)A22 English
49. Grischuk vs Karjakin 0-1362013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)A07 King's Indian Attack
50. Karjakin vs Grischuk  ½-½392013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
 page 2 of 4; games 26-50 of 80  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-18-13  notyetagm: SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque) (2013)

Karjakin kicked ass in this format: a 2-point lead(!!) over second place!

Dec-18-13  notyetagm: And by the way, first!
Dec-18-13  Mr. President: <first>
Dec-21-13  Sihlous: That really is an incredible performance...Especially over this field...Always happy to see Karjakin do well.
Dec-21-13  RedShield: I associate basques with Barcelona and Madonna. What have they to do with chess?
Dec-21-13  Valmy: <redshield> If you associate Basques with Barcelona, then you should review your geography.
Dec-21-13  RedShield: Oh wait a minute, they're Catalans, aren't they? Make that Athletic Bilbao.
Dec-21-13  RedShield: <On Tuesday and Wednesday, the last two days of the World Mind Games' chess events, the players entered a new discipline at this event: the “Basque System”, named after a tournament held in San Sebastian two year ago. It's like playing rapid chess but with the opponents playing two games simultaneously. According to the official website, this remarkable system created a lot of tense an interesting situations, “especially when both players where in timetrouble, on both boards”.


On Facebook GM Emil Sutovsky started a discussion about this.

“I can not recall a single high-quality game played in either London / Beijing - in fact, the vast majority of them were decided by the inexplicable blunders. The winners are, as always, deserving. But I am talking purely about chess content and chess value. And I also feel that the public was not following the events as closely, as it would be with a classical format. But maybe these are just my feelings? What do you think? Did you like it fast? Was there a real SHOW, which compensated for a real CHESS? Your feedback is important, please cast your opinion.”>

Dec-25-13  offramp: <Valmy: <redshield> If you associate Basques with Barcelona, then you should review your geography.>

And anyone who associates basques with anything other that underwear should give up chess.

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