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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 1 of 1; 23 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Vachier-Lagrave vs Ponomariov 0-1342013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
2. Vachier-Lagrave vs Ivanchuk 0-1232013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
3. Giri vs Kamsky  0-1652013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)E15 Queen's Indian
4. Mamedyarov vs Nepomniachtchi  0-1502013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)D90 Grunfeld
5. Nepomniachtchi vs Mamedyarov  0-1772013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)C72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
6. Vachier-Lagrave vs Wang Yue 0-1652013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)C42 Petrov Defense
7. Ivanchuk vs Le Quang Liem  0-1402013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)D83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
8. Kamsky vs Ponomariov  0-1602013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Leko vs Karjakin  0-1592013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)A37 English, Symmetrical
10. Giri vs Aronian  0-1382013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)E10 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Grischuk vs Dominguez Perez 0-1422013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)A07 King's Indian Attack
12. Wang Hao vs Grischuk 0-1262013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Giri vs Vachier-Lagrave  0-1692013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)A10 English
14. Vachier-Lagrave vs Giri  0-1532013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)A04 Reti Opening
15. Radjabov vs Kamsky  0-1452013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)A15 English
16. Aronian vs Mamedyarov 0-1262013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)D52 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Ponomariov vs Ivanchuk  0-1392013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)A07 King's Indian Attack
18. Ivanchuk vs Ponomariov  0-1322013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)A22 English
19. Grischuk vs Karjakin 0-1362013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)A07 King's Indian Attack
20. Wang Hao vs Giri  0-1322013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)D85 Grunfeld
21. Giri vs Wang Hao  0-1452013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)E63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
22. Radjabov vs Grischuk  0-1682013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
23. Le Quang Liem vs Karjakin 0-1532013SportAccord World Mind Games (Men, Basque)E46 Nimzo-Indian
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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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