World Mind Sports Games, women blitz

results, standings, and photo report by GM Grivas

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The World Mind Sports Games has started with the first games in the Women Blitz section. There were multiple problems with a Russian sponsor right before the start of the games, however, very strong participants turned up at the competition thanks to a fast FIDE reaction and free tickets from Air China.

The first 11 rounds of the Women Blitz chess competition were played on the 4th of October. The event started in a bombastic way with only 2 draws round 1, Nisha Mohota – Elizabeth Paehtz and Atousa Pourkashiyan – Qian Huang. The biggest intrigue, however, came in round 6 where the World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk and the WWCC finalist Yifan Hou has to meet each other at the board. In a very tense game Yifan Hou managed to take the victory and showed her aim for the top world competitions has just started with the Nalchik final. This victory practically decided the outcome of the competition, as Yifan Hou had full score at the start of round 7, and the major competitors were more than a point behind. Without too much pressure Yifan Hou grabbed the first place, exactly 1 point ahead of Alexandra Kosteniuk. Here are the standings and round by round results before tomorrows semi final.

Standings after 11 rounds

1. Yifan Hou 9,5/11

2. Alexandra Kosteniuk 8,5/11

3-5. Antoaneta stefanova, Zhao Xue, Huang Qian 7,5/11

6-11. Harika Dronavalli, Joanna Dworakowska, Jovanka Houska, Tania Sachdev, Li Ruofan, Xu Yuhua 7,0/11


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

Full participants list

Top seeded as expected is Yifan Hou, one of the stars of Spartak Vidnoe for the upcoming European Club Chess Championship. She has a strong competition at the World Mind Sports games as here is her rival from Nalchik, the World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk, and the ex world champion Antoaneta Stefanova, the Hungarian Olympic team leader Hoang Thanh Trang, the World Junior Chess Champion Harika Dronavalli, Yelena Dembo, Irina Krush, etc.

1 WGM Hou Yifan CHN 2578

2 GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2548

3 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra RUS 2525

4 GM Zhao Xue CHN 2518

5 GM Hoang Thanh Trang HUN 2483

6 GM Xu Yuhua CHN 2477

7 WGM Pogonina Natalija RUS 2474

8 IM Gaponenko Inna UKR 2473

9 IM Paehtz Elisabeth GER 2471

10 IM Harika Dronavalli IND 2461

11 GM Peng Zhaoqin NED 2455

12 IM Krush Irina USA 2452

13 WGM Shen Yang CHN 2450

14 IM Dembo Yelena GRE 2446

15 WGM Muzychuk Mariya UKR 2436

16 IM Socko Monika POL 2434

17 WGM Huang Qian CHN 2430

18 WGM Li Ruofan SIN 2426

19 IM Tania Sachdev IND 2425

20 WGM Zdebskaja Natalia UKR 2419

21 IM Houska Jovanka ENG 2399

22 WGM Kovanova Baira RUS 2379

23 WGM Zawadzka Jolanta POL 2378

24 IM Vasilevich Tatjana UKR 2368

25 IM Dworakowska Joanna POL 2363

26 IM Vasilevich Irina RUS 2354

27 WIM Dolzhikova Kateryna UKR 2351

28 FM Schuurman Petra NED 2324

29 WGM Shahade Jennifer USA 2322

30 WGM Swathi Ghate IND 2320

31 WGM Mohota Nisha IND 2311

32 WFM Pham Le Thao Nguyen VIE 2304

33 WIM Sukandar Irine Kharisma INA 2303

34 WIM Gomes Mary Ann IND 2298

35 WIM Le Kieu Thien Kim VIE 2291

36 WGM Golubenko Valentina CRO 2273

37 WFM Ozturk Kubra TUR 2254

38 WGM Hoang Thi Bao Tram VIE 2250

39 WIM Pourkashiyan Atousa IRI 2241

40 CM Zenyuk Iryna USA 2237

41 WFM Borosova Zuzana SVK 2234

42 WIM Hernandez Guerrero Yadira MEX 2228

43 WIM Yildiz Betul Cemre TUR 2219

44 WFM Marshall Abby USA 2194

45 WFM Tagnon Nicole FRA 1956

46 Ju Wenjun CHN 2397

GM Efstratios Grivas, Federal Trainer of the Turkish Chess Federation, sent us a couple of photos from Beijing:

WMSG Opening Ceremony 1

Opening ceremony inside the Beijing Convention Center

WMSG Opening Ceremony 2

WMSG Opening Ceremony 4

WMSG Opening Ceremony 6

WMSG Ouside the Playing Hall - Bird's Nest

The famous Bird’s Nest is across the playing hall

WMSG Playing Hall - Blitz

Inside the playing hall (blitz event)

WMSG The Playing Hall - Beijing Convention Center

Beijing Convention Center entrance

WMSG The Turkish Delegation

The Turkish Delegation: GM Efstratios Grivas, WIM Betul Cemre Yildiz, FM Ozgur Solakoglu, WFM Kubra Ozturk, GM Mikhail Gurevich

See also WGM Jennifer Shahade’s blog on Arrival in China

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