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SportAccord World Mind Games - General information
SportAccord Mind Games will be held in Beijing, China between the 12th of December and 20th December 2012.

The World Mind Games was held for the first time in 2008 and consisted of 5 disciplines: chess, bridge, draughts (checkers), go, and xiangqi (Chinese chess).
Since the last year the World Mind Games organized and held by a famous and respectable organization called SportAccord. SportAccord is the umbrella organization for both Olympic and non-Olympic sports as well as a major organizers of conferences and sporting events.

The elite selection of invited participants and solid prizes are important features of the event.

This year the top seeds in the men section are Levon Aronian (former World Blitz Champion and World  no.2) , Teimour Radjabov, Sergey Karyakin (World Rapid Champion 2012), former World Champion Veselin Topalov, Alexander grischuk (World Blitz Champion 2012) and other GMs with a rating over 2700 ELO.

The strongest Chinese player Wang Hao, who also became the winner in a rapid tournament of the Mind games 2011, will alybody is wo take part in the tournament this year.

The strongest women chess players in the World will play in the Women’s event - among them former World Champions Hou Yifan, Antoaneta Stefanova, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Zhu Chen, as well as other top-players. It is also worth mentioning, that Alexandra Kosteniuk and Antoaneta Stefanova were the winners of the 1-st Mind Games  – in blitz and rapid  respectively. Alexandra also got another gold in rapid in 2011.

Hou Yifan became the strongest in blitz and blindfold in 2011.

Everybody is welcome to follow the live transmission, news and pictures on our website.

SCHEDULE (Beijing Time)

Wednesday 12th December 2012 OPENING CEREMONY
Thursday 13th December 2012 Rest Day
Friday 14th December 2012 14:00 - Rounds 1-3 Rapid Chess
Saturday 15th December 2012 14:00 - Rounds 4-7 Rapid Chess
Sunday 16th December 2012 14:00 - Rounds 1-15 Blitz Chess
Monday 17th December 2012 14:00 - Rounds 16-30 Blitz Chess
Tuesday 18th December 2012 14:00 - Rounds 1-4 Blindfold Chess
Wednesday 19th December 2012 14:00 - Rounds 5-7 Blindfold Chess
Thursday 20th December 2012 DEPARTURE

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