The last day of the Super Blitz brought a neck and neck race both in the open and in the women event. In the open event, Alexey Chizhov maintained his lead from the previous day. But he was joined by Alexander Shvartsman (Russia) and Joel N’Cho Atse (Ivory Coast) when in the second to last round, Baliakin (Netherlands) defeated Chizhov and Atse beat Anikeev (Ukraine). The result was – again – a photo finish between […]
With 25 World Titles between them, Zoja Golubeva from Latvia (15 titles) and Alexei Chizhov from Russia (10t titles) are living legends. Chizhov with both the rapid (same number of points as medallists) and blitz (gold medal) events already showed to be ‘in the flow’. With the super blitz he just continues in the same way and is leading with 28 points out of 15 games, two points ahead of the trio Anikeev, Baliakin and Shvartsman. Golubeva […]
The super blitz event kicked off with the first eight of a total of 23 rounds. Super blitz draughts is blitz draughts to the extreme. Each player receives 5 minutes of thinking time plus 2 seconds per move made. This ensures that, at least theoretically, it’s not possible to force each other into time default. The battle must therefore be won on the draughts board and not on the clock. The tricky thing of super blitz draughts is, that […]
Photo: the medallists together with dignitaries. FMJD Tournament Director Jacek Pawlicki (Poland) on the left. She strides through the playing venue as a queen, and that’s how she ruled the Women Blitz event with her powerful decision making skills. Darya Tkachenko (Russia) limited the excitement in the women blitz event to the battle for second place. Because with 32 points out of 19 games – six points ahead of silver medallist Aygul Idrisova (Russia) – […]
Round 12: Georgiev – Loko 0-2. Nobody in the draughts world knew who Freddy Loko from RD Congo is. Until 2014 when he for the first time participated in the Championship of Africa and decisively won the title. As a result, he last year made his debut in the World Championship. Loko seems to have learned quite some things from this single World Championship participation. Because today, he was the king of the blitz event by […]
Russia showed its supremacy in mind sports once again by claiming the gold medals both in the Open and in the Women Rapid Event. Both medallists though had to fight a fierce and close battle. It was only after applying the tiebreak criteria that their result produced a photo finish gold medal. In the Open category, World Champion Alexander Georgiev with ten points only just managed to stay ahead of Alexander Shvartsman who acquired the […]
Today, the first four rounds of the Open and Women rapid events were played. In the Open category, World Champion Alexander Georgiev from Russia has taken the lead together with fellow country men and former World Champions Alexey Chizhov and Alexander Shvartsman and grandmaster Murodullo Amrillaev. Six players, amongst whom Vice World Champion Jean Marc Ndjofang from Cameroon are following with one point less. In the Women category, Natalia Sadowska from Poland has taken the […]
The opening ceremony of the first IMSA Elite Mind Games in Huai’an, Jiangsu Province, China was a spectacle, witnessed by a crowd of mindsports athletes, officials and guests from all over the world. Strong performances in music and dance accompanied by matching video presentations made for an unforgettable experience. Today at 13:00 local time, the first round of the rapid event kicks off.
The inaugural IMSA Elite Mind Games (IEMG) will be held February 25 to March 3, 2016, in Huai’an City, Jiangsu Province, China. All five members of IMSA will be featured: Bridge, Chess, Draughts, Go, and Xiangqi.