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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]
Yue Wang5.5/10(+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 4 of 4; games 76-80 of 80  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
76. Radjabov vs Grischuk  0-1682013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
77. Grischuk vs Radjabov  ½-½532013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
78. Aronian vs Ponomariov ½-½602013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)A80 Dutch
79. Ponomariov vs Aronian  ½-½652013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)C67 Ruy Lopez
80. Karjakin vs Le Quang Liem 1-0632013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
 page 4 of 4; games 76-80 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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