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Report of the Day 2 of Rapid
IMG 7823 Laurent Fressinet and Kateryna Lahno became the winners of the rapid tournament SportAccord Mind Games in Beijing.
In the fifth round of the second day of the rapid French GM Laurent Fressinet defeated the sole leader Hikaru Nakamura to replace his opponent on the top of the table. At the same time Chinese player Liren Ding outplayed Peter Leko and shared the lead with Fressinet. In the sixth round the battle between two leaders finished in a draw but Hikaru Nakamura managed to win against Alexander Grishuk to join Chinese and French players on the top of the table. In the last decisive round Hikaru Nakamura and Laurent Fressinet defeated two Russian GMs Alexander Morozevich and Sergey Karjakin respectively while Liren Ding lost against Alexander Grischuk.

The tournament was won by French GM Laurent Fressinet on tie-break points over American Hikaru Nakamura, who finished on the second place.  Russian player Alexander Grischuk got the bronze medal, ahead on tie-break points of Chinese Liren Ding.
In women section the leader of the first day Hou Yifan made a draw in the fifth round but lost in the sixth round against German player Elisabeth Paehtz. Elisabeth became the sole leader before the last round with 4, 5 points out of 6. Humpy Koneru, Anna Muzychuk, Katerina Lahno, Hou Yifan and Antoaneta Stefanova were just half a point behind. Seven out of 8 games of seventh round were decisive and surprisingly the victories of Black outnumbered White’s success with 6 to 1. In the seventh round Elisabeth Paehtz was paired with Humpy Koneru. German player made a decisive mistake 28.Rf4, lost the game and eventually finished on the fifth place. Antoanetta Stefanova had good chances to win playing white against Katerina Lahno but in the end blundered the long move of Black’s queen 51.Qa1-h8 with following checkmate 52.Qh8-h1 and had to resign immediately. As a result, Ukrainian GM Kateryna Lahno became the winner of the rapid. Hou Yifan got silver medal and Humpy Koneru got bronze. Anna Muzychuk, who shared the first place, left without a medal because of tie-break points.
Day 2 rapid pictures.
Awarding ceremony pictures.
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