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World Minds Sports Games, blitz chess men

Mark Paragua is first, GM Wang Yue far behind

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The men chess event at the World Mind Sports Games was hit harder by the financial crisis. From the initially announced 60 players, 32 have shown up. The three top seeded are the Chinese members of the 2700+ club Wang Yue, Bu Xiangzhi, and Ni Hua. However, the dramatic games in the blitz event left them far behind in the standings. Ni Hua is 12th with 6,0/11, Bu Xiangzhi 15th with 5,5/11 points, and most surprisingly Wang Yue is 23rd with 4,5/11 points. Yue lost round 8-11 games in a row from GM Drozdovskij, GM Akobian, GM Wang Hao, and GM Dmitri Reinderman.

First in the standings before tomorrow’s semi final is GM Mark Paragua with 8,5/11. Here are the standings of the top players and all the results. Photo report by GM Grivas can be seen in the women blitz report, where you can find the results and standings as well.

Standings

1 GM Paragua Mark 8,5

2 GM Banikas Hristos 8,0

3 IM Kravtsiv Martyn 8,0

4 GM Drozdovskij Yuri 8,0

5 GM Gurevich Mikhail 7,5

6 GM Korobov Anton 7,0

7 GM Akobian Varuzhan 6,5

8 GM Le Quang Liem 6,5

9 GM Wang Hao 6,5

10 GM Balogh Csaba 6,5

Results

Round 1 / Round 2 / Round 3 / Round 4 / Round 5 / Round 6 / Round 7 / Round 8 / Round 9 / Round 10 / Round 11

Participants

1 GM Wang Yue CHN 2736

2 GM Bu Xiangzhi CHN 2714

3 GM Ni Hua CHN 2710

4 GM Wang Hao CHN 2696

5 GM Zhang Zhong SIN 2649

6 GM Gurevich Mikhail TUR 2634

7 GM Socko Bartosz POL 2631

8 GM Kryvoruchko Yuriy UKR 2627

9 GM Balogh Csaba HUN 2616

10 GM Zhou Jianchao CHN 2612

11 GM Akobian Varuzhan USA 2606

12 GM Korobov Anton UKR 2605

13 GM Bartel Mateusz POL 2602

14 GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan IRI 2599

15 GM Drozdovskij Yuri UKR 2587

16 GM Shabalov Alexander USA 2585

17 GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2583

18 GM Fier Alexandr BRA 2581

19 GM Sandipan Chanda IND 2579

20 GM Banikas Hristos GRE 2572

21 GM Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2567

22 GM Markos Jan SVK 2557

23 GM Adianto Utut INA 2554

24 IM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2549

25 GM Aveskulov Valeriy UKR 2544

26 GM Reinderman Dimitri NED 2543

27 GM Leon Hoyos Manuel MEX 2535

28 GM Paragua Mark PHI 2526

29 GM Kraai Jesse USA 2502

30 IM Friedel Joshua E USA 2498

31 Nolte Rolando PHI 2489

32 IM Livshits Gaby ISR 2427

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