Great Success of the 2011 SportAccord World Mind Games

21st Dec, 2011

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Lausanne, 21.12.2011 – The first edition of the SportAccord World Mind Games in Beijing has been a great success. SportAccord would like to express gratitude to the Beijing authorities, the Beijing Sports Bureau (BSB), the Beijing Olympic Development Authority (BODA), the International Mind Sports Association (IMSA), the five participating federations of Chess, Bridge, Draughts, Go and Xiangqi, and the official partners Rado and Samsung.
The three main objectives of the Games have been achieved: the…

First day of finals full of drama

14th Dec, 2011

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Strong nerves were needed to survive the first final round in draughts. Four men were left for the tournament title. Valneris reached a winning position in the normal game but after the game he could pull the hairs out of his head, had he left any because totally unexpected the game ended in a draw. It took the blitz game to get justice. In the other game Georgiev reached an advantageous position which…

Final games in the qualifying round.

14th Dec, 2011

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After the final games in the qualifying round we know who will fight for the title. In the morning session Georgiev gave Dul Erdenebileg from Mongolia no chance with a combination: 12-0. With this result he is the big favorite to win this tournament. All other games proceeded to the rapid games. Misans beat Dutch hope Pim Meurs 9-3 and in a heavily contested game African champion Ndjofang managed to beat former world champion…

Only decisions in tie-break in third round of draughts tournament

11th Dec, 2011

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The morning session in the draughts tournament saw all games end in a draw. This did not mean that many games were not heavily contested. World Champion Georgiev came close to Chinese talent Zhou Wei. Therefore we had a full house when the tie-breaks started at 5PM. What Georgiev could not achieve in the morning session he accomplished in the rapid game. He managed to get a very complicated position on the board and…

Second round in draughts heavily contested

10th Dec, 2011

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Whereas 6 of the 8 women in the second round of draughts were ready
after some 4 hours, all men needed to come back to play tie breaks.

In the women tournament former world champion Zoja Golubeva won for
the second time and now leads the pack. The young Chinese player
Alatenghua saw her position become more difficult every move and was
without a chance. That Tkachenko won against Nogovitcyna may be seen
as a surprise. Tkachenko is a former…

Opening Ceremony of SportAccord World Mind Games

10th Dec, 2011

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Beijing,China 09.12.2011 – The opening ceremony of 2011 SportAccord World Mind Games took place today and the Games are now officially open. The event took place in the Beijing International Convention Center.
SportAccord President Hein Verbruggen expressed his gratitude for the warm reception of SportAccord in China’s Capital. He continued by acknowledging the General Sport Administration of China and Beijing Municipal Government for their support for SportAccord World Mind Games, the Local Organising Committee and…

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