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China tops medal table

SPA - Sportaccord

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.

2013-12-18

Bridge: Talented Individuals

SPA - Sportaccord

The final day of the 2013 SportAccord World Mind Games saw exciting finishes in both of the Individual Championships.  

2013-12-18

Chess: China makes a statement

SPA - Sportaccord

Although the competition remained close all throughout, the Chinese women dominated the event and claimed all three medals in the Basque's event.

2013-12-18

Xiangqi: Celebrates the close of a successful 7 day tournament

SPA - Sportaccord

The World Xiangqi Federation (WXF) held the final rounds of the Xiangqi tournament at the SportAccord World Mind Games this morning. 

2013-12-18

Draughts - Schwarzman knocks out Valneris in super blitz final

FMJD - Fédération Mondiale du Jeu de Dames

Alexander Schwarzman from Russia has won the super blitz draughts event of the SportAccord World Mind Games 2013.

2013-12-18

Go: More Medals for China, Chinese Taipei, and Korea

IGF - International Go Federation

After yesterday’s high drama, the contests for the pair go medals ended comparatively quietly.

2013-12-18

Day 7 marks the close of the 3rd Edition of the Beijing SportAccord World Mind Games.

SPA - Sportaccord

9 Medal sets will be awarded this evening in all disciplines: Bridge, Chess, Go, Draughts & Xiangqi.

2013-12-18

Xiangqi: Wang Tangyi playing it safe

SPA - Sportaccord

On match day 6 the excitement about the match up between the two Chinese stars Wang Tangyi and Sun Yongzheng was big.

2013-12-17

Chess: Basque system chess a definite Mind Game

SPA - Sportaccord

Two players, twenty minutes and two chess boards is how the 2013 World Mind Games introduces the Basque system.

2013-12-17

Go: China and Chinese Taipei Rule Pair Go

SPA - Sportaccord

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.

2013-12-17

Bridge: Individually Speaking

SPA - Sportaccord

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.

2013-12-17

Super-Blitz: The Draughts Armageddon has begun

SPA - Sportaccord

Day 1 of 2 started today in the Super-Blitz Draughts competition. An all new event hosted by the 2013 SportAccord World Mind Games.

2013-12-17

Cultural Programme: A final visit to learn and share enthusiasm for the game of Go

IGF - International Go Federation

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.

2013-12-17

Day 6 features a new World Mind Games event in Draughts

SPA - Sportaccord

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. 

2013-12-17

Bridge finals feature fantastic finishes

SPA - Sportaccord

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.  

2013-12-16

Go: Medals for Korea, China, and Chinese Taipei

SPA - Sportaccord

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.

2013-12-16

Draughts - School Visit

FMJD - Fédération Mondiale du Jeu de Dames

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...

2013-12-16

Golden Moments

WBF - World Bridge Federation

Fulvio Fantoni takes his second Gold Medal at the SportAccord World Mind Games

2013-12-16

Day 5: Awards for Bridge, Chess and Go are waiting for winners

SPA - Sportaccord

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. 

2013-12-16

The Red-Faced King: An Interview with Chou Chun-Hsun

IGF - International Go Federation

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 ...

2013-12-15

They know their place

WBF - World Bridge Federation

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.

2013-12-15

School Visit to the VuGraph Presentation

WBF - World Bridge Federation

A class of some 25 students visitied the Bridge VuGraph yesterday afternoon

2013-12-15

Draughts - Chizhov takes pole position

FMJD - Fédération Mondiale du Jeu de Dames

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.

2013-12-15

Day 4: Belarus goes for a first gold medal

SPA - Sportaccord

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).

2013-12-15

World No. 1 Fulvio Fantoni: «We managed to beat Manchester United of bridge»

SPA - Sportaccord

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.

2013-12-14

Bridge Ambassadors reap a Golden Reward

WBF - World Bridge Federation

Excitement was the order of the day today, as the Finals of the SportAccord World Mind Games Bridge Teams were played

2013-12-14

Draughts - Sensational performance Atse

FMJD - Fédération Mondiale du Jeu de Dames

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

2013-12-14

Bridge puzzle competition!

WBF - World Bridge Federation

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.

2013-12-14

School Children visit the Games

WBF - World Bridge Federation

A group of children who are learning to play bridge were invited to come and watch the end of the teams finals on Vu-Graph

2013-12-14

Day 3: Great events ahead of us!

WBF - World Bridge Federation

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.

2013-12-14

Draughts - Feng Yao wins University Thriller

FMJD - Fédération Mondiale du Jeu de Dames

Feng Yao of Beijing Union University is the winner of the SportAccord Draughts Championship for Students. 

2013-12-14

Draughts: Georgiev wins after exciting tiebreak

FMJD - Fédération Mondiale du Jeu de Dames

World champion Alexander Georgiev on the second and last day won the rapid tournament after a thrilling tiebreak with runner up Roel Boomstra. 

2013-12-14

Go: Complete victories for China, Korea, and Europe

SPA - Sportaccord

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. 

2013-12-14

Bridge versus Chess!

WBF - World Bridge Federation

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 ...

2013-12-14

Bridge: From One Generation to the Next

WBF - World Bridge Federation

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.

2013-12-13

Cultural Programme: Elementary and Middle school youngsters challenge masters

SPA - Sportaccord

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.

2013-12-13

Xiangqi: Battle of the best

SPA - Sportaccord

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. 

2013-12-13

Chess: Russia leading after the 5th round was played

SPA - Sportaccord

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.

2013-12-13

Draughts: 5 steps to become a better draughts player

SPA - Sportaccord

A beginner’s guide from Frank Teer, President of the Technical Committee FMJD, International Master.

2013-12-13

Day 2: First medals in draughts and chess to be awarded

SPA - Sportaccord

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.

2013-12-13

Go: History does not repeat itself

SPA - Sportaccord

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.

2013-12-12

Xiangqi: World Class Start

WXF - World XiangQi Federation

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.

2013-12-12

Georgiev takes lead by 'Dutch Campaign'

SPA - Sportaccord

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...

2013-12-12

SportAccord and Grandmasters visit Fangcaodi Teaching and Tutoring Center

SPA - Sportaccord

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.

2013-12-12

Two clear leaders after the first day of Men’s and Women’s Chess events

SPA - Sportaccord

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.

2013-12-12

Online Winner Mbongo Arrived

FMJD - Fédération Mondiale du Jeu de Dames

Winner of the SportAccord Online Draughts Cup Thomy Mbongo from Cameroon arrived in Beijing.

2013-12-12

2013 World Mind Games Broadcasting to reach 600 million

SPA - Sportaccord

This year the 2013 SportAccord World Mind Games will reach 600 million viewers worldwide through 5 simultaneous HD productions. 

2013-12-12

A beautiful and cultural Opening Ceremony

SPA - Sportaccord

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.

2013-12-11

Renault-Nissan Alliance to Support Beijing 2013 SportAccord World Mind Games

SPA - Sportaccord

SportAccord announes a new partnership with the world famous alliance Renault Nissan.

2013-12-11

Ju Wenjun visits Rado for a photo shoot and interview with Vogue Magazine

SPA - Sportaccord

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.

2013-12-11

$1.4 million prize money will be shared among the best World Mind Games 2013 players

SPA - Sportaccord

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.

2013-12-11

Beijing Bridge News

WBF - World Bridge Federation

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). 

2013-12-11

FIDE publishes list of players who have been selected to participate in the SportAccord World Mind Games 2013

FIDE - Fédération Internationale des Échecs

FIDE publishes the list of players who have been selected to participate in the SportAccord Mind Games 2013.

2013-12-05

SportAccord World Mind Games announces schedule

SPA - Sportaccord

The competition schedule for Bridge, Chess, Draughts, Go and Xiangqi has been released.

2013-12-05

Alexandra Kosteniuk appointed as the Chess Ambassador of 2013 World Mind Games

FIDE - Fédération Internationale des Échecs

Alexandra Kosteniuk, the 12th Women’s World Chess Champion is the Ambassador of 2013 SportAccord World Mind Games.

2013-12-05

Online tournament in Go and Draughts kicks off today

SPA - Sportaccord

The fans of the World Mind Games can participate in the third edition of the online tournament.

2013-12-05

Online Tournament Winners

SPA - Sportaccord

The Online Tournament Winners revealed!

2013-12-05

World Bridge Federation announces list of players

WBF - World Bridge Federation

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.

2013-12-05