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2017 IMSA Elite Mind Games starts!

The IMSA Elite Mind Games will be held in December 9 through 16 in Huai’an City, Jiangsu Province, China.The opening ceremony was held in the afternoon and was a grandoise event. There was a wonderful performance of music and art, showing the historical features and customs of the ancient city of Huai’an.

This will be a top event in Huai’an involving not just chess. The championships in the mind sports will be extremely fierce, and compettibvie just as all other sports. Everyone can feel the tension in the battle of wits. The IMSA Elite Mind Games include five disciplines: Chess, Xiangqi, Draughts, Go, and Bridge. Moreover, the card game—Huai’an Guandan will be appeared as an exhibition game again.

Nearly 400 participants including athletes, arbiters and officials from 44 countries and regions will be involved in this event. Players in each category are all amongst the top 50 athletes in the word.

The selection for the final list of 12 participants in each category (Men and Women)of chess was based on the average for last 12 months of the player’s three ratings for classical, blitz and rapid.

The organisers of the event are the Board and Card Games Administrative Center of the General Administration of Sport, Beijing, China together with the Municipality of Huai’an in Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China.

After the Opening Ceremony, a technical meeting was held with all 24 players and the pariings for all events was carried out.

For the first round we will see the following games :

Name FED Name FED
GM Ju Wenjun CHN - IM Paehtz Elisabeth GER
GM Muzychuk Anna UKR - GM Kosteniuk Alexandra RUS
GM Lagno Kateryna RUS - GM Zhao Xue CHN
GM Stefanova Antoaneta FID - GM Muzychuk Mariya UKR
GM Harika Dronavalli IND - GM Tan Zhongyi CHN
GM Ushenina Anna UKR - GM Dzagnidze Nana GEO

From the women's event we see an early clash between current rapid women world champion Anna Muzychuk and former world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk ! But with such a strong field all ghames are extremely tense and will detremine who may be the ultimate winner.


The men's pairings were equally interesting. The youngest player, GM Artemiev takes on one of the top seeds in an all Russian clash. Worth keeping an eye on this game as both players are extremely combative. Also two giants cross swords once again and number one seed GM Mamedyarov takes on current Rapid World Champion, Vassily Ivanchuk from Ukraine.

Name FED Name FED
GM Artemiev Vladislav RUS - GM Grischuk Alexander RUS
GM Andreikin Dmitry RUS - GM Le Quang Liem VIE
GM Yu Yangyi CHN - GM Mamedov Rauf AZE
GM Korobov Anton UKR - GM Ding Liren CHN
GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE - GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR
GM Harikrishna P. IND - GM Wang Hao CHN


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