The quick thinking, fast-paced Russian grandmaster, Ian Nepomniachtchi strikes back. After a quiet start in rapid and blitz, the dual board basque system seems more suited to his style this time around.
Taking the opportunity of the World Mind Games organised by SportAccord and held in Beijing on the eve of the end of year celebrations, on December 15 and 16, a delegation of SportAccord and international federation representatives were invited to visit and discover the Taishan Sports Industry Group, located in the city of Laoling in the Shandong Province, 350 km from Beijing, China.
My adrenaline was going through the roof” shared Ndjofang from Cameroon, as he couldn’t hold his excitement any longer after winning the World Mind Games super blitz event. The draughts legend played his heart out and fought until the very end.
Jiang Chuan of China takes men’s crown; Vietnam triumphs over China in Xiangqi women’s individual competition in World Mind Games 2014
From 64 squares to 100, with a love for gymnastics and figure skating, young Motrichko has come a long way. Viktoriia grew up in a draughts-oriented world. Her mother loved the game and her brother was always playing it. At the age of 6, Viktoriia recalls, “I wanted to be a dancer, I never thought about mind sports”. Today however, “it’s part of my life, it’s my passion” she smiled.
Ilan Herbst stands chance of winning 3rd straight gold in bridge competition; China aim to make clean sweep in Go competition, Russia aim for the first place in the medal tally.
Rolling chairs, 20 minutes per clock, two boards and one opponent. If you thought blitz mode was not enough, welcome to Basque chess! An interesting, challenging and dynamic event showcased today at the SportAccord 2014 World Mind Games.
A day to be remembered as the draughts super blitz competition at the SportAccord World Mind Games is well under way. Never seen or been done before, 18 rounds were played to settle the score between Georgiev and Ivanov.
Even as China and South Korea win both matches in pairs event to challenge for Go gold in the World Mind Games 2014, one competitor will get to watch the next ‘The Hobbit’ movie before many of us.
China makes a clean sweep of the earliest medals on offer in the Go competition at the SportAccord 2014 World Mind Games; wins in the men’s team and women’s individual event.
Rare tie in bridge pairs event as Helgemo-Helness and Herbst brothers win gold in men’s event at World Mind Games 2014; Michielsen and Wortel win gold in women’s event.
Today, the SportAccord 2014 World Mind Games welcomed over 100 children to the Beijing International Convention Centre. Director General, Vlad Marinescu and Multi-Sports Games Director, David Nivelle had the pleasure of giving them a personalized tour of the venue. A look into all competition areas and a guided visit of what happens behind the scenes.
In draughts, the super blitz competitions opened today. At the SportAccord 2014 World Mind Games, this event starts the clock with 5 minutes of play, adding 2 seconds for each move played. Excitingly, no draws can be made; players must continue playing more matches with the remaining time on the clock until a winner is declared.
South Korea’s Kim-Chae Young lands place in final for a stab at the gold medal in the women’s World Mind Games 2014 Go competition.
At the SportAccord World Mind Games 2014, blitz chess requires an extremely fast-paced end game. When the time clock approaches the 0 second mark, a player must react to avoid losing the game on time. Today, Ivanchuk forgot that.
“Hungry, tired but extremely happy”, shared Daria as she finished her last round of blitz draughts earlier today, winning her the top spot. Today’s action was extremely exciting in the women’s competitions, as they all fought hard through to the final rounds of the World Mind Games 2014.
Catch all the action from the second day at the 2014 World Mind Games from Beijing, China! Today saw players competing in Xiangqi, Chess & Draughts!
On the first day of the blitz draughts event at the World Mind Games 2014, Ndjofang, Shvartsman and Anikeev emerged as leaders of the men’s blitz table.
As we put a close to the rapid format yesterday evening, today’s chess competitions at the World Mind Games 2014 reset the clocks to 3 minutes and counting. With 30 seconds left before the start of the games, Aronian and Grischuk came running in, blitz action was ready to start.
Israel wins gold in the World Mind Games 2014 open team event in the bridge competition while England emerges victorious after some final drama.
Roel Boomstra (NED), 21 years old, is becoming the young man to look out for. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Roel has been working on his draughts skills since the age of 7.
The journey of Xiangqi continued on the second day of the world mind games. And it was all the more intense than the first day.
The European story continues in the Go competition at the World Mind Games. Svetlana Shikshina of Russia stays in contention for a medal at the event.
An epic contest took place at the chess tables this afternoon, a pure treat for spectators and viewers across the world. A young lady from Russia brought her A-game to Beijing. Valentina Gunina (RUS), 25 years old, showed us how talented she really is, winning all her games of the second day of competition.
Valentina Gunina (RUS) and Nana Dzagnidze (GEO) took to the board to face off for the first place spot. Black prevailed and Dzagnidze came out on top. However, let us not forget that local talent, Hou Yifan trails closely behind by half a point.
The first day of Xiangqi starts with 4 men’s and 2 women’s individual rounds. Chinese player Chuan Jiang first took on Xiangqi mastermind Hongming Zhuang, and took 2 points with an ingenious gain of pieces during the middle game.
As the early afternoon competitions began, an iconic match between Joel Atse (CIV) and Alexander Georgiev (RUS) rang the opening bell in the draughts competition hall. Both were ready to start strong and make a mark, yet after an intense matchup, the result ended square.
Natalia Kovaleva of Russia manages rare win for Europe in the women’s individual Go matches as South Korea come back from the brink to beat Japan in 1st round match in Go competition at WMG 2014.
The 4th edition of the World Mind Games opens with the big one- last year’s draughts sensation at the World Mind Games, N’Cho Joel Atse of Ivory Coast taking on reigning world champion, Aleksandr Georgiev from Russia in the opening game of the draughts rapid first round. Georgiev comes in to the competition with a big reputation of being calm and composed, and even the presence of the giant-slayer...
Blanket coverage of the World Mind Games 2014 is guaranteed as 22 channels across the world are set to broadcast the event in their respective regions, including 11 channels that will broadcast the event live across Asia and Europe. The total reach extending to over 61 million homes and 44 territories is the largest ever for any edition of the SportAccord World Mind Games. Combined with the news f...
What to make of the revised World Anti-Doping Code for 2015? SportAccord mind sports members and players are taken through the paces
On the eve of the implementation of the revised 2015 World Anti-Doping Code, to be effective on 1 January, a workshop was held today at the Beijing International Convention Centre (BICC), to present a brief overview of the main changes in the Code and provide an opportunity for an open discussion on how they will or may affect Mind Sports.
With the promise of the best mind sports action on offer, the SportAccord World Mind Games 2014 opened in Beijing today. The 4th edition of the annual event features 150 players from 37 countries, who will be competing in 5 sports, namely Bridge, Chess, Draughts, Go and Xiangqi. This year’s edition witnesses the introduction of American Checkers, which takes the total number of sub-disciplines to ...
Follow the Opening Press Conference of the World Mind Games 2014 live on Twitter from 9 am CET (16:00 GMT+8) December 10.
The SportAccord World Mind Games Online Tournament for bridge, run in partnership with bridgebase.com has come to an end and here’s a look at the winners.
The SportAccord World Mind Games Online Tournament for chess, run in partnership with chess.com has come to an end and here’s a look at the winners.
“You'll never convince me there is a hopeless situation or there is any finality in any success or any failure.” – Renault-Nissan CEO and Chairman Carlos Ghosn
In the words of the Joker, what happens when an 'unstoppable force meets an immovable object'? You get the story of Rui Naiwei and Fujisawa Rana, whose paths may collide at the World Mind Games in Beijing in December 2014.
Go, long considered a sport where the human mind has complete supremacy over computer programming, faces a crucial match that could define its future.
Mind games enthusiasts, rejoice! The 4th edition of the SportAccord World Mind Games returns in December this year, bigger and better than ever!
Between the two of them, Ju Wenjun and Hou Yifan led China’s charge in the overall chess event at the 2013 World Mind Games, clearing out 5 of the 7 medals that the Chinese men and women won in the different chess events. Almost a year later, they are back for the 2014 World Mind Games, promising to blow the opposition out of the water on home ground again.
The wait is almost over for online gaming enthusiasts! SportAccord begins the countdown to the launch of the 4th edition of the World Mind Games Online Tournament on the 15th of September. The tournament, featuring Bridge, Chess and Go, is being organized by SportAccord in partnership with RSportz, the community-based global sports network and online platforms BridgeBase Online, Chess.com and Pand...
Today, SportAccord releases the World Combat Games Special Review, an online magazine which consolidates extensive media content from the 2013 edition in St. Petersburg, Russia (18-26 October).
With 9 gold medals, the Chinese team takes 1st place in the 2013 SportAccord World Mind Games medals table standing, while Russian players take home 6 gold and the Monaco team 2 gold.
Although the competition remained close all throughout, the Chinese women dominated the event and claimed all three medals in the Basque's event.
The World Xiangqi Federation (WXF) held the final rounds of the Xiangqi tournament at the SportAccord World Mind Games this morning.
Alexander Schwarzman from Russia has won the super blitz draughts event of the SportAccord World Mind Games 2013.
9 Medal sets will be awarded this evening in all disciplines: Bridge, Chess, Go, Draughts & Xiangqi.
Pair go is a version of the game played by teams 2x2 on a single board. These competitions at the 2013 World Mind Games began with the teams from the Far East beating the opposition from Europe and North America in the morning, and then they tackled each other in the afternoon.
The last of the Bridge Championships to be decided at the 2013 SportAccord World Mind Games is perhaps the most challenging as the players must adopt a standard system and partner in turn all the other players.
Day 1 of 2 started today in the Super-Blitz Draughts competition. An all new event hosted by the 2013 SportAccord World Mind Games.
Today’s Go school visit brought an end to the 2013 SportAccord World Mind Games Cultural Programme. The International Go Federation, BODA and SportAccord representatives accompanied 15 Go players to the Fangzhou Campus of the Beijing Huajiadi Experimental Primary School. Upon arrival, 32 students were waiting for them, eager to test their skills.
Super-blitz, referred to as the Armageddon or sudden death of Draughts is a new 2 day event to be included on the 2013 World Mind Games competition programme. Today the first round begins.
There was no shortage of excitement as the Men's and Women's Pairs Championships concluded at the 2013 SportAccord World Mind Games Day 5.
Today’s competitions were held in men’s team and women’s individual. The men's team competition came to a dramatic finish as China battled Korea for the gold medal.
Today, international draughts ambassador and four-fold world champion Darya Tkachenko from Ukraine and national draughts ambassador and world youth champion Hanqing Zhao together with IMSA vice president and FMJD president Harry Otten and SportAccord director Vlad Marinescu visited Beijing No. 4 High School, where draughts is a popular class and Beijing school champion Yuzhuo Bai is among the tale...
The fifth day of the World Mind Games 2013 will be host to three award ceremonies for Pairs Bridge, Chess Blitz and Team’s Men & Women’s Individual Go.
Chou Chun-Hsun 9p is a player that Chinese Taipei deserve to be proud of. Chou not only won the LG Cup in 2007, but is also one of their finest homegrown players in history. While many top players such as Chou U move to Japan or China to study, Chou Chun-Hsun is still at home and is now training the next generation of young hopefuls. Known as the ‘Red-Faced King’, Chou was inspired to aim for the ...
Midway through the last session of the Men's Team final Monaco's Pierre Zimmermann stopped by to watch a few boards in the VuGraph theatre.
Alexey Chizhov from Russia has taken the pole position in the blitz event by beating his fellow front runner N'Cho Joel Atse from Ivory Coast in the first blitz game of today.
The Beijing 2013 SportAccord World Mind Games are half way through. The Main event today focuses around the Draughts Blitz Finals for Men’s and Women’s categories. Joel N’Cho Atse (Ivory Coast) will challenge Andrei Tolchyau (Belarus), while Victoriya Motrichko (Ukraine) goes head to head with Olga Fedarovich (Belarus).
Blitz Chess started today with the first 10 rounds played. This category has a different format, whereby players will face-off two times and only have 3 minutes (+2 seconds added after every move) for an entire game.
After 7 hours and 3 th16 board segments the Monaco team managed to beat its opposition from Poland in a match that World No. 1 Fulvio Fantoni described as a battle against Manchester United in football in a flash interview.
Noone had heard of him when N'Cho Joel Atse from Ivory Coast out of the blue qualified himself for the World Championship Finals in Russia this summer. And now he is in Beijing and again stuns everyone with his performance. The African talent after the first day of the blitz tournament has taken the lead together with tenfold World Champion Alexei Chizhov from Russia
A puzzle for our bridge fans. The one who gives the most precise answer will get a beautiful t-shirt exclusively signed by World No. 1 Fulvio Fantoni.
Today, medals will be won in Bridge. The World Mind Games hosts the Bridge Team Finals for Men: Monaco faces Poland, while in the Women’s Team Finals, England challenges China.
Feng Yao of Beijing Union University is the winner of the SportAccord Draughts Championship for Students.
World champion Alexander Georgiev on the second and last day won the rapid tournament after a thrilling tiebreak with runner up Roel Boomstra.
In the second day of men's team competition, the teams from China, Korea, and Europe crushed their opponents from Chinese Taipei, Japan, and North America. The score was 3-0 in every match.
As you know, one of the other sports contested here in Beijing is Chess. Last year some of the bridge players chatted with the chess players about the format and were told that the chess comprised various competitions, including classical, blitz and blindfold chess. Later that evening one of the bridge players commented ' I don't understand how they play blindfold - don't they keep ...
The SportAccord World Mind Games have proved very exciting for two young English players – both Junior Internationals playing in their first International Championship at senior level, Sarah O’Connor and Sinéad Bird. Sarah is a Cambridge graduate now teaching Chemistry while Sinéad graduated in Economics and works for a wholesale perfumery company in London.
Today's cultural programme began early, as 20 children arrived from the Beijing elementary and middle school to visit the World Mind Games venue and compete with Xiangqi champions.
The second day of the Beijing SportAccord World Mind Games marked the clash of the two best Xiangqi nations: China vs Vietnam. We have seen many intense match-ups of athletes of these two dominating nations at previous World Mind Games and World Championships. Media interest for this match was extremely high, with Beijing TV and CCTV both broadcasting live.
A battle of champions was at stake as Valentina Gunina from Russia showed fine play in the Women's Rapid Games as she led the ranking table with 1 point after 5 rounds.
The first medalists’ names in chess and draughts for SportAccord 2013 World Mind Games will be announced at 19:00 (GMT+8) in the Beijing International Convention Center.
Similar to the first SportAccord World Mind Games in 2011, the Korean men's team was hard set by the spirited team from Chinese Taipei. However, they rescued victory from the jaws of defeat when Kim Jiseok came from behind to defeat Wang Yuan-jyun by a fraction of a stone.
The Xiangqi competition of the Beijing 2013 SportAccord World Mind Games started today and will run until Dec. 18. The top eight male and top four female players of the 13th Xiangqi World Championships, which were held in Huizhou this November, have been invited to battle for the gold medals in the Men’s individual and Women’s individual events.
Draughts - World Champion Alexander Georgiev from Russia on the first day of the rapid event took the lead after a successful 'Dutch campaign'. In the first round, he defeated Alexander Baliakin (Netherlands) after which he smashed Pim Meurs (Netherlands). In the third round, he also put pressure on the third Dutch top player Roel Boomstra but this time around did not obtain winning advant...
Chess Grandmasters, Peter Heine Nielsen and Bartek Heberla participated in the local school visit to the Fangcaodi Teaching and Tutoring Center in Beijing. This is the third time that both Grandmasters took part in a social activity associated to the World Mind Games Cultural Programme.
GrandMaster Peter Leko from Hungary earned 3.5 out of 4 after winning against Vachier-Lagrave from France in round 4. As expected former Rapid World Champion Karjakin has managed to position himself as one of the favourites after taking three wins in the first day.
This year the 2013 SportAccord World Mind Games will reach 600 million viewers worldwide through 5 simultaneous HD productions.
The great cooperation between the Local Organising Committee, SportAccord and all of the International Sports Federations was celebrated tonight as all united in the Beijing International Convention Center to kick-off the third consecutive edition of the event.
Ju Wenjun, China's young chess ambassador visited Rado's flagship shop in Beijing and sat down with Vogue magazine to discuss her busy lifestyle.
More than 150 participants of the 2013 World Mind Games will compete for $1,4 mio prize money, said SportAccord General Director Vlad Marinescu at the event’s Opening Press Conference.
At the end of November PD Times won the 2013 China Class A Bridge Club League. In the finals – played in Taicang, Jiangsu – the Pan China Group team was defeated in straight sets (4-0).
FIDE publishes list of players who have been selected to participate in the SportAccord World Mind Games 2013
FIDE publishes the list of players who have been selected to participate in the SportAccord Mind Games 2013.
Alexandra Kosteniuk, the 12th Women’s World Chess Champion is the Ambassador of 2013 SportAccord World Mind Games.
The World Bridge Federation nominated Fulvio Fantoni as the Ambassador of the sport at the 2013 World Mind Games.
Some of the very best Bridge players will be present at the SportAccord World Mind Games 2013: Fulvio Fantoni (rank #1), Claudio Nunes (Rank #2) and Geir Helgemo (Rank #7) will be amongst those playing at the event.
Players from around the world will reunite in Beijing to face off at the Beijing International Convention Centre. Some of the world's reknown players including: Aleksandr Georgiev (current World Champion & 3-time European Champion), as well as Zoja Golubeva (13-time World Champion)will be among those ready for the challenge.
On the closing day of the World Combat Games, Emese Szasz (HUN) dominated the women’s epee event while Richard Kruse (GBR) succeed in men’s foil.
Mrs Olesya Kovalenko, the SportAccord World Combat Games ambassador for sumo, is “visiting as many competitions as possible” these days in Saint Petersburg. The Russian sumo star confesses her passion: “This is the greatest event of the year and I want to enjoy my time as much as possible.”
Mr Vicent Parisi, the SportAccord World Combat Games ambassador for ju-jitsu, is a natural born winner. After his successful career as a ju-jitsu fighter, he faces a next great challenge in his life. “My battle is to get ju-jitsu into the Olympic Games,” he declares.
Saturday, October 26: the final day of the SportAccord World Combat Games will resound with the clinking of epees and foils.
Wushu action thrilled the crowds today at the Spartak Arena as Men’s changquan forms kicked off the competition with jumps, flips and style. China’s Yu Lei showed razor precision in his movements and high jumps that brought cheers from the audience and won him first place. For silver, Hong Kong’s Man Chung Leung narrowly edged out Russian favorite Semen Udelov whose power and style captivated the ...
Nine finals took place on the second day of the Ju-Jitsu competitions in the World Combat Games. Sportsmen form 6 different countries won gold medals.
The Wrestling tournament is completed. Today there were three sets of medals in different weight categories and not a single match for gold was completed before time.
The Kickboxing competition ended with medal rounds in the disciplines of low kick, full contact and point fighting on October 25, 2013 at the Yubileiny Sports Complex in St. Petersburg, Russia as part of the 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games.
In an all Korean final, Kim Jiyeon (KOR) took the gold medal in women’s sabre and Nikolai Novosjolov (EST) won the men’s epee event.
Wednesday was departure day for the aikido participants of the World Combat Games in St. Petersburg. We asked a few of them how they experience had been – the ups as well as the downs.
Mr Panagiotis Theodoropoulos, president of the Ju-Jitsu International Federation, faces ju-jitsu’s challenges with optimism: “We are currently present in 72 countries and we expect to increase this number to 77 next year,” he says during the second day of ju-jitsu competitions at the 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games.
The SportAccord World Combat Games competition finals will be held today at the Yubileiny Sports Complex. There are twelve divisions in the Point Fighting, Low Kick and Full Contact disciplines. The competition starts at 4 pm.
Wushu’s former “Sanda King” Muslim Salikhov is Russia’s top sanda fighter, and set to fight against Egypt in the semi-finals tonight. His odyssey from beautiful Dagestan to China, Thailand and ultimately the MMA, has helped make him a top ambassador of sanda.
On Friday, the second competition day of ju-jitsu will be held. Nine more medal sets will be wrapped up at the Yubileiny Sports Compex.
On Friday, October 25, there will be VIPs not only in the audience, but also among the fencers.
Nine out of eighteen finals took place on the first day of the Ju-Jitsu competitions in the SportAccord World Combat Games and brought some smiles to the faces of athletes, their coaches and supporters.
Three winners of the women's boxing tournament at the Games spoke about their emotions after becoming champions.
At the Taekwondo tournament, the Iran men's National team and the Chinese women's National team took the gold medals. The Russian teams became the bronze medallists.
First to come were 71 kg athletes. At first Macej Polok from Poland beat Shamil Magomedov from Russia in the match for bronze.
AIBA Women’s World Championships bronze medallist US boxer Queen Underwood crowned at the women’s lightweight (60 kg) class in the last competition day of the boxing tournament. England’s Savannah Marshall (75 kg) and Russia’s Olesya Gladkova (51 kg) won the other weight classes in the Yubileiny Sports Complex.
Mrs Karina Aznavourian, the golden ambassador of fencing: “I keep my first Olympic medal in my heart”
Foil fencer Caroline Elizabeth Golubitsky from Germany beat Korean Hee Cook Zheon quite confidently - 14:9, and Russian Veniamin Reshetnikov lost to Aron Szilagyi from Hungary with a score of 13:15. Russian fencer led 12:8 during the fight, but lost this advantage by giving the opponent four points in a row.
On the opening day of Ju-Jitsu competition Pavel Korzhavykh (Russia) met Francisco Garcia Fernandez (Spain) in a -62 kg Fighting final. The Russian athlete won his bout comfortably and that set a tone for the rest of the day. That was the first out of four victories for hosts that night with Alexandra Ivanova (-70 kg women's Fighting), Ilia Borok (-77 men's Fighting) and Ilia Charkin (-94 ...
Today the St.Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex witnessed belt wrestling – an ancient style of wrestling, with images depicting it on cave paintings.
The Russian national male boxing team won eight gold medals at the SportAccord World Combat Games at the Yubileiny Sports Compex in St. Petersburg while Brazil and Uzbekistan also made it on the podium.
The first titles in fencing at the World Combat Games went to Korea and Italy. GU Bongil (KOR) succeeded in men’s sabre while Carolina Erba (ITA) took the gold medal in women’s foil.
Despite some frosty weather, wushu is heating up for tomorrow’s competition at the Spartak Arena. With dazzling taolu forms and powerful sanda full-contact fighting, spectators will be treated to flashing swords and spears, lethal kicks and punches. 21 teams have traveled to beautiful St. Petersburg for this competition.
WTF President Calls for Launch of Sport Peace Corps at SportAccord International Forum in St. Petersburg
World Taekwondo Federation President Chungwon Choue has urged international sports leaders attending the 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games to join his envisioned "Sport Peace Corps" project.
The final Greco-Roman match between the Russian team and the World team gathered many honoured wrestlers. Nine times champion Alexander Karelin, the SportAccord World Combat Games ambassador for wrestling told us about his experience at the Games so far.
Fencing started in the Saint-Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex. The best masters of sabres and foils will fight today for the SportAccord World Combat Games' medals.
Seven days in one of the most beautiful and historic cities of Russia, Saint-Petersburg, came to an end and IFMA would like to thank everyone for organising such a fantastic event.
Boxing finals in 10 men's and 3 women's categories will be held in at the Yubileiny Sports Complex on Thursday at 2 pm.
Thirteen finals will be held on the last competition day of the boxing tournament at the SportAccord World Combat Games in St. Petersburg. Three gold medal contests to be scheduled between Russia and the Unites States of America.
On Thursday, the ju-jitsu competition starts at the Yubileiny Sports Complex. Athletes will compete for nine sets of medals.
Sakchye Tapsuwan: International Federation is doing it's best to promote Muaythai as an Olympic-level sport
The President of International Federation of Muaythai Amateur, Sakchye Tapsuwan, and President of the Russian Muaythai Federation, Dmitry Putilin, at the press conference about Maythai competitions at the SportAccord World Combat Games discussed the results, Olympic perspectives for Muaythai and professionals participating at amateur competitions.
The Yubileiny arena was electrifying thanks to an enthusiastic crowd while the VIP section was brimming with VIPs. Along with live coverage on national TV and Eurosport, it was the perfect ending to the 3 days of competition.
Vlad Marinescu, SportAccord Director General speaks about the SportAccord World Combat Games 2013 worldwide broadcasting.
On the final day of men's Muaythai competition at the SportAccord World Combat Games, there weren't one but two final bouts between athletes from Thailand and Russia
On Wednesday, women competed for three medal sets in Muaythai. Gold medals went to Norway, Thailand and Peru.
Final battles between men and women in grappling have finished. Today Russian piggy-bank was enriched by three gold and one silver medal.
– According to the official statistics, today it is practiced by approximately 170 people in the world. This wrestling is especially popular in three states: Russia, Japan, USA and Poland. FILA technical delegate, the Russian Wrestling Federation vice-president Ziyautdin Isaev told us today where grappling came from.
“Our power is our unity.” Mr Marius Vizer, SportAccord President and the Head of the International Judo Federation, started by emphasising the strength of sport’s family in order “to build a better world together.” Mr Vizer invited the audience of the 'International Forum: Martial Arts and Combat Sports in Society’ to reflect on the question: “Do we live from sport or do we live for sport?”
The kickboxing semi-finals was the second round of fighting for the WAKO kickboxing disciplines of point fighting, low kick and full contact. Two winners in each division moved on to the final medal round to determine who will be declared the 2013 World Combat Games champion!
On Wednesday, 23 October, the Saint-Petersburg Sport and Concert Complex hosts grappling and Greco-Roman wrestling.
There are no less than twelve categories in the SportAccord World Combat Games kickboxing competitions and the names of the finalists for each will be determined today at the Yubileiny Sports Complex.
The Arena (Spartak) welcomes participants of the SportAccord World Combat Games after a day off. The Gyeorugi taekwondo team competition is taking place in Saint-Petersburg, from October 23-24.
Muaythai fighters will compete for eleven medal sets on the final day of their SportAccord World Combat Games competitions. The finals starts at 4 pm.
On Wednesday, kickboxing held semi-finals in all disciplines and the names of the finalists were determined.
Four Irish fighters advanced through the first round in the kickboxing discipline of point fighting. Robbie McMenamey boasts a World Combat Games title from 2010 in Bejing. Learn more about him in this interview by journalist Emily Cooper of SportMartialArts.com.
On Tuesday, a press conference with Savate officials was held following the last medal ceremony.
K. Furukawa and K. Tani from Japan fight off Korean rivals to meet in the final of the Men’s Special Invitational Individual kendo compeition for high ranked players (8th Dan). Furukawa takes the crown after a hard fought match of sublime kendo.
The two-day kendo tournament is completed. Competitions in kendo saw the highest number of dan participants, confirming once again the power of Japanese kendokas.
Six finals in men's Savate Combat were held today. Four gold medals were won by French fighters. In Women's Assault, 2 more gold medals went to France.
Tuesday was the second and last day of aikido demonstrations at the World Combat Games in St. Petersburg. In an escalating level of complexity, it ended with demonstrations of the three Shihan teachers Ulf Evenås, Christian Tissier and Tsuruzo Miyamoto.
Today at the St-Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex, the masters of spiritual energy are demonstrating aikido techniques using weapons – swords and daggers.
After the semi-finals in men's boxing, coach of the USA national team Daniel Soto shared his impressions about the performance of the American team. Out of 6 boxers representing USA, only 1 reached the final.
In the 60 kg weight category, boxer Cresencio Ramos from the USA national team has qualified for the final.
The best ladies fought for the final places in the evening session of the boxing competition where the semi-finals have been held at the Yubileiny Sports Complex. After the high quality of boxing in the quarter-finals the best women athletes could raise the level of the boxing tournament where England’s top favourite Savannah Marshall advanced to the gold medal contest.
On Tuesday, October 22 at 9 pm a press-conference on the results of the World Combate Games Savate competitions will be held in the press centre of Yubileiny Sports Complex.
Demonstration performances of aikido masters will begin at 2:00pm. The main difference will be the appearance of weapons in the hands of aikidokas. Head coach of team Russia Alexander Kachan :
Incredible nine Russian athletes advanced to the finals of the men’s boxing competition at the SportAccord World Combat Games in St. Petersburg.
The semi-finals of the IFMA muaythai competition attracted many VIPs from all different sports participating in the SportAccord World Combat Games 2013.
Yulibeiny Arena saw an exciting evening of muaythai with many VIPs including SportAccord President Mr. Marius Vizer on hand to witness excellent performances by the elite athletes of muaythai.
On the final day of the SportAccord World Combat Games, savate athletes will compete for eight medal sets — two of them will be in the women's Assaut discipline and the other six in the men's Combat discipline.
Taekwondo Competition at the 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games to Kick Off on Oct. 23 in St. Petersburg, Russia
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (October 22, 2013) --- The taekwondo competition of the 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games will kick off on October 23, 2013 for a two-day run in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Boxing semi-finals will be held in the Main arena at Yubileiny Sports Complex today. The first of the bouts starts at 2.30pm.
On Monday, semi-finals in all weight categories of Muaythai were held. 6 Russian and 5 Thai sportsmen will compete for gold medals of the SportAccord World Combat Games.
Day 1 of the kickboxing saw some interesting match ups in the point fighting style, first up was current Irish Open Grand champion Shauna Bannon against one of the best fighters in the -60kg division Adrienn Kadas. It was a close fight throughout and in the end was won by just a single point at 13-12 in favour of the Irsih girl. Also in the same category was the much anticipated bout between curre...
Karate competitions ended at the Arena. A total of six medal sets were up for grabs on Monday in three weight classes in men’s and women’s competitions.
World Combat Games kickboxing competitions have began on Monday. And it turned out to be a glorious day for some athletes while others were left shattered.
Anna Poskrebysheva (Russia) won her women's Low Kick quarter-final bout against Lizzie Largilliere (France) in category of 52 kg and will meet Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung from Vietnam. And Farinaz Lari (Iran) made it to the semi-final without a fight. Her next opponent is Zehra Gulgen from Turkey. Tonje Sorle from Norway will meet Lamyae Sdassi (Morocco) in women's Full Contact semi-final in ...
Mr Yoshimitsu Takeyasu, the president of the International Kendo Federation, is a legendary kendōka who will never give up promoting the Japanese martial art all over the world. He will always keep kendo in his heart. "I still practice it once a week," he admits.
A Japan-less final for the Men's Individual Kendo Competition. Dubi from Hungary and Lee from Korea fight it out for the gold medal.
Sakuma of Japan defeats dark horse Fadai from Germany to assert Japanese supremacy in the women's individual kendo event.
The first leg in a kendo tournament has finished . Became known the quarter-finalists in female and male adult competitions , as well as semi-finalists in junior matches.
M. Matsumoto from Japan fends off all challenges and takes home the gold medal in the Women’s Youth Individual Kendo Competition.
Six females and eighteen males semi-finals will be held at the Sportaccord World Combat Games in St. Petersburg at the Yubileiny Sports Complex on October 22. Some of the fights will be not only battles between the boxers but world class level to be expected including the most anticipated one which will be held between England’s Savannah Marshall and Russia’s Iaroslava Iakushina.
Monday was the first of the two days of aikido demonstrations at the World Combat Games in St. Petersburg. Eighty aikidoka from 32 countries around the world showed a multitude of aikido techniques and training forms for a total of four hours. Tuesday will have even more.
Muaythai semi-finals will be held in the Main arena at Yubileiny Sports Complex today. The first of the bouts starts at 6pm.
During the evening of 20 October, 2013 at the SportAccord World Combat Games, kickboxing completed draws to set the match-ups for the semi-final eliminations to be held on the first day of competition. Over 32 countries are represented in three categories of competition at this event being held in Saint-Peterburg, Russia from October 18-26, 2013. Over the next five days, new kickboxing champions w...
The National team of Thailand, the motherland of Muaythai, knows very well that the World Combat Games is the most prestigious combat sports event.
The aikido participation in the World Combat Games held in St. Petersburg also included a one-day international seminar, where the three shihan teachers of the event and Waka Sensei Mitsuteru Ueshiba were teaching one class each. The seminar took place on Sunday in the Volleyball Academy Platonov, with around 200 participants – the 80 aikidoka who are to have their own demonstrations on Monday and...
A wonderful mix of technique, rapidity and, above all, elegance. These three elements compose the definition of the women's Kata great final. Sandy Brigitte Scordo, representing France, overcame the brilliant Spanish karateka Yaiza Martín with a world-class exhibition. The score (5:0) reflects the fantastic performance by Scordo. Martín, bronze medal at the World Championship in Paris 2012, wi...
The women’s boxing competition at the SportAccord World Combat Games has started with a high quality of boxing in Saint-Petersburg, Russia where England’s two Olympian stars shined on Day 1 of the boxing competitions. The winners of the first session are guaranteed medallists in the Games.
An international Aikido seminar organised by the International Aikido Federation and the National Aikido Council of Russia took place at the Platonov Volleyball Academy on Sunday
"Savate is a matter of ethics, respect and fair play." That is why Julie Gabriel, the president of the Fédération Internationale de Savate, fell in love with this French combat sport when she discovered it many years ago. She underlines the main reason of her passion: "I love savate because of its values."
The boxing competition at the SportAccord World Combat Games has started with its quarter-finals in the Yubileiny Sports Palace in Russia’s second largest metropolis in Saint-Petersburg. The Brazilians proved their dominance in the opening day of the competition winning both of their male contests on day 1, which guarantees them at least a bronze in the Games.
Saturday morning, several of the World Combat Games Ambassadors visited the Republican Clinical Hospital in St. Petersburg, where orphan children with HIV are treated. So did Aikido Ambassador Mitsuteru Ueshiba.
The Boxing competition is starting on Sunday. According to the tournament regulations medals are guaranteed to some of the participants even before their first fight.
"I am really impressed by the superb facility and the competition itself. As far as the Savate competition is concerned, things couldn't really have gone much better."
Three full medal sets will be at stake in the Savate competitions at the Yubileiny Sports Complex on Sunday. The names of the bronze medallists in other categories will also be revealed later today.
The Karate competitions began at the Arena as part of the programme of the SportAccord World Combat Games 2013
Finalists of the Karate Kata and also in two weight classes in men’s and women’s Kumite competition have been chosen on Sunday morning. The tournament began with a group stage, followed by semifinals. Martin Abello Yaiza (ESP) will face Scordo Sandy Brigitte (FRA) in the Kata women’s competition final. Kiyuna Ryo of Japan will face Diaz Fernandez Antonio Jose (VEN) in the Kata men’s competition fi...
Mr Hidetoshi Tanaka, president of the International Sumo Federation, is “enjoying a lot” the competition at the 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games that is taking place in Saint-Petersburg . When the first day of matches was about to finish, Mr. Tanaka was ready to declare: “The level of the tournament is good.”
SportAccord and IJF President Mr. Marius Vizer led a SportAccord delegation as they visited Republican Clinic Hospital Orphanage as part of the World Combat Games' rich cultural programme on Saturday morning.
The second day of 2013 World Combat Games continued with competitions in Judo, Muaythai, Sambo, Savate and Sumo. Three of the sports; Judo, Sambo and Sumo ended with medallists as following:
Ali Kurzhev (Russia) won the competitions, Dmitro Babiichuk (Ukraine) took the silver medal, Alejandro Clara from Argentina and Kakha Mamulashvili from Georgia became the bronze medallists.
The Sumo tournament at the SportAccord 2013 World Combat Games finished positively for Saint-Petersburg, with Russian athletes taking the top places in both the men's and women's open division.
The whole Sports and Concert Complex is looking at the judo mat where judo team contest takes place on Sunday.
The 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games will reach fans worldwide thanks to extensive TV coverage that will include live broadcast from 18 channels in Latin America, Canada, USA, China, Russia, Malaysia, Romania and the Pan-Middle East.
Before the preliminary fights, demonstrations will be held. Wrestlers will demonstrate the most effective methods of Sambo.
On Saturday, October 19, Sambo wrestlers finish the competitive program. The medals will have their owners in one women discipline - category 56 kg and two men disciplines - categories 74 and over 100 kg.
The aikido demonstrations at the World Combat Games in St. Petersburg will take place in the Peterburgsky arena on Gagarina Avenue. It's a very impressive building, bigger than any dojo you ever came across.
Eighty-five athletes from 39 countries representing five continents will compete in six weight categories for medals in the Sambo tournament at this prestigious multi-sport event. The Sambo wrestlers have two days for this at the Arena sports complex. Today we shall tell you about developments on the morning of the first day of competition, when we found out who will be wrestling at 14:00 for meda...
The first day of 2013 World Combat Games was a great start to the 9 days of competitions. Sumo and Sambo had its first events today with finals in the afternoon.
Valentina Shevchenko (Peru), seven-time Muaythai world champion and gold medal winner at the last SportAccord World Combat Games, won her first fight versus Zuunast Altansukh (Mongolia) by a knockout. Valentina said that she is pleased with the organisation of the tournament and shared her goal for the Games.
Marina Mokhnatkina, the winner of the World Combat Games in Sambo, up to 68kg weight category, talked about her impressions of the competitions.