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Sport Accord World Mind Games

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Thursday, 20 December 2012

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The World Mind Sport Games have been taking place since 2008 in five disciplines - chess, checkers, go, bridge and Chinese chess. This year's edition was held in Bejing, China. Many of the world's top players decided to take part in rapid, blitz and blindfold chess competitions. Here are the tournament results:

Rapid chess, men
The results of the rapid competition were sensational indeed - very few people expected Laurent Fressinet to win, while the reigning World Rapid Chess Champion Sergey Karjakin and such elite GMs as Levon Aronian and Vassily Ivanchuk finished close to the end of the tournament standings.

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Rapid chess, women
The rapid women's event was hard-fought and went to Kateryna Lahno, who had a better tie-break score than Hou Yifan, Koneru Humpy and Anna Muzychuk. The World Women's Rapid Chess Champion Antoaneta Stefanova finished 7th.

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Blitz chess, men
Sergey Karjakin won the blitz section convincingly with a 1.5 point lead over Hikaru Nakamura, who, in his own turn, managed to score 2 points more than the players who shared 3-5 places. World Blitz Chess Champion Alexander Grischuk was placed 7th.

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Blitz chess, women
Ex-Women's World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk is known for her remarkable blitz skills. She won the competition ahead of Anna Muzychuk (who had the same number of points and a worse tie-break score).

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Blinfold chess, men
Levon Aronian finally broke his string of upsetting performances and won the blindfold division. The main disappointment was Alexander Morozevich's result. After all, he is known as one of the best blindfold chess players in history.

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Blindfold chess, women
The youngest Women's World Chess Champion (and already a former one) Hou Yifan achieved a great result in blindfold chess - 6/7. Her only loss came to Viktoria Cmilyte, who got silver. Anna Zatonskih finished at clear third.

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