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Day 2 - Women Rapid event
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Grandmaster Valentina Gunina of Russia, the current Women World Blitz Champion, won the gold medal in the Women's rapid chess event. Having a perfect score with 4/4 she was leading the World Classical Champion, Hou Yifan by a full point, before their encounter in todays fifth round.

Another eventful game ended in a draw, but only after a fierce struggle, where the World "Classical" Champion put the leader under some serious pressure, but some very accurate defensive moves saved the draw, and kept Gunina in the sole lead with 2 rounds to go. After defeating Tatiana Kosintseva from Russia, the Chinese WGM Ju Wenjun was fortunate in the tie-break, and took 3rd place and the bronze medal.
Day1 report
At the end of day 1 of the rapid chess competitions, we have two clear leaders in the Men and Women events.

In the men's event, GM Peter Leko from Hungary has got 3.5 out of 4 after winning against Vachier-Lagrave from France, Le Quang Liem from Vietnam and Sergey Karjakin from Russia in round 4. This last game is quite decisive for today's final standing, and even when making a few blunders in the middle game Karjakin was defending very well, but after almost 100 moves he eventually had to resign. Thanks to his wins in first three rounds, nevertheless, former Rapid World Champion, Karjakin is now in second place. In round 3 he won one of the most interesting games of today:

Wang Yue - Karjakin, round 3

After choosing a sharp line in the opening white had some problems with a misplaced queen:


17... Ng6! 18.Qh5 Bxd4! 19.Rd4 Qc3 - that's the point, white can't protect both rooks.
20.Rc4 Qxa1 21.Qxg4 Kf8 22.Rc2 h5 23.Qd7 h4 24.Bb2 h3+ 25.Kf3
Ju Wenjun visits Rado for a photo shoot and interview with Vogue Magazine
Ju Wenjun, China's young chess ambassador visited Rado's flagship shop in Beijing and sat down with Vogue magazine to discuss her busy lifestyle.

On a cold and windy Tuesday afternoon, young chess ambassador, Ju Wenjun visits RADO's flagship store located in the heart of the shopping district in Beijing. A beautiful store, an exquisite watch and one photo-shoot later, Ms. Ju Wenjun sits down with Vogue to share how she manages a competitive chess career, full-time college studies and a love for fashion.

" I think time is quite precious for me, since I am both a chess competitor and a full-time college student. I want to put every minute and second to good use. In my daily life, I focus a lot on chess but want to continue studying. I spend a significant amount of time participating in different competitions and training for the national team." - Ms.Wenjun

When asked about the upcoming competition, Ms. Wenjun told us she was feeling the stress as the event approaches but she anticipates that it will be a great opportunity for her to practice and enhance her chess skills.

A keen interest for fashion, she loves "European and American styles". A lovely young woman with a great smile and a love for chess. Good luck to her as she starts her competition on the 12th of December.
Press Conference
"The world's greatest players will attend the third edition of the World Mind Games, featuring five sports of great influence and popularity - Bridge, Chess, Draughts, Go and Xiangqi", said Mr. Marinescu. "We have 150 competitors from 37 countries and regions with $1.4 mil in prize money".


Taking the speech at the press conference, SportAccord President Marius Vizer discussed the future of the organisation's multi-sport events.

"World Mind Games are very important for us. This is the multi-sport competition we love to improve each time it is hosted", he said. "We hope that the Olympic and non-Olympic multi-sport competitions will continue to develop on the global scale and inspire and entertain sports communities, media, international federations and fans".

Executive President of LOC Mr. Wu Jingmi underlined the social importance of the event.

"We really enjoy the face to face communication between the Ambassadors of the World Mind Games and our younger generations from schools and universities. The new feature of the 2013 edition will also bring online tournaments winners to compete with our offline players. We hope the fans of the mind sports will enjoy great games that are going to happen during the event", he stated.

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After Press Conference, Ambassadors from amm the sports took photos together. Chess was represented by GM Alexandra Kosteniuk and WGM Ju Wnjun.

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.
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