Hari wins Bronze at the 2016 IMSA Mind Games Blitz
The IMSA Mindgames, is a bit of an in-between for FIDE, as far as chess is concerned, and the Olympics (the normal one, not the chess specific one). Each year it organizes a series of chess events, with a number of top players, offering medals as well as prizes. In this year's event were rapid, blitz and basque chess and India was represented by our two leading lights -- Harika and Harikrishna. We bring you an illustrated report depicting the Indian performance.
2016 IMSA Elite Mind Games
Photos by Gu Xiaobing at the official site
Over the years, chess has been making desperate attempts to find a place in the Olympics. Often, the sport’s attempt is met with a polite expression of bewilderment, but no concrete results. At best, chess was an exhibition sport during the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
This resulted in the creation of a unique association between the sporting bodies, each of whom identifies the game they represent as a ‘mind sport’ – International Mind Sports Association (IMSA). The aim of the association is to engage in a dialogue with the International Olympic Committee and initiate these mind sports into the Olympics.
The IMSA in association with FIDE organized the IMSA Elite Mind Games 2016 from 25 February to 3rd March 2016 at Huai’an, China. The event consisted of a rapid tournament, a blitz tournament and a basque tournament for men and women with a handful of top stars competing for the medals.
Harikrishna's Bronze in Blitz
Things were hot in the Men’s section of the Blitz games. Chinese No. 1 Ding Liren and India No. 2 Pentala Harikrishna were the early leaders on the first day with 7.5/10.
Things were moving along nicely on Day Two as well with Ding Liren comfortably perched atop the leaderboard on 14.5/20 with Hari half a point behind. Behind them in third was Rauf Mamedov (2810).
Things began to go haywire on Day Three as Hari was only able to score 4.0/10, barely hanging on to the bronze on the tiebreak.
- You may read the full report of the tournament with games and interesting positions here and here.
- Official tournament site
- All Rapid men games in PGN
- All Rapid men TB games in PGN
- All Rapid women games in PGN
- All Blitz men games in PGN
- All Blitz women games in PGN
- All Basque men games in PGN
- All Basque women games in PGN