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...
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).
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.
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.