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Mamedyarov and Tan Zhongyi took the gold medal
In IMSA Elite Mind Games Chess Rapid game Day-2, two champions have been crowned. In women’s section, Tan Zhongyi continued her hot-streak and beat German player Paehtz in round 5 and scored astonishing five victories in a row. Even though she lost to Lagno in the round 6 playing black, Tan Zhongyi still held a solid half-point advantage.As a veteran player, she quickly adjusted her mood, and conquered former world champion, Ukrainian player Anna Ushenina in final round, won the trophy with 6/7 overall score.  When all games finished, Tan Zhongyi expressed her excitement, claiming that’s literally the first time for her to participate in the IMSA elite mind games and very excited to take the first gold medal. Bela Khotenashvili took the second place, while Ju Wenjun took the bronze medal with similar 4.5/7 points.

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In men’s group, the battle had been more fierce. After a tense battle of another three rounds today, Mamedyarov and Ponomariov both scored 5/7 which a tie-break is inevitable. A sudden-death match had to be played. The chief arbiter made a draw-lot for those two players, Mamedyarov won and decided to take the white with 5 minutes on clock against his opponent’s 4 minutes, but in such a Armageddon game, a draw game would counted as black won. A relentless fight between two elite players and a breath-taking game was played. As a result, Mamedyarov won the game to become champion, Ponomariov took the second place, while Dominguez Perez took the bronze medal with 4.5/7.

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The final rankings:


By:Gu Xiaobing

Tan Zhongyi takes lead with 4/4
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2016 IMSA Elite Mind Game has just kicked off today at Huai’an, Jiangsu Province, China. For the rapid 20 min +10 sec/move chess competition, four rounds have been accomplished for the first day, and the men's group battled fiercely. Dominguez, Ponomariov and Wang Hao all scored 3 points out of 4 without losing one single game, climbing to the top of the leader-board. Meanwhile, Ding Liren, Mamedyarov, Wojtaszek all scored 2.5 points out of 4 to stay behind.

For Women's group, famous Chinese player Tan Zhongyi had super hot-streak and a spectacular performance helped her scored full marks, perfect triumph beating Huang Qian and Gunina playing white, as well as conquering Khotenashvil and Dzagnidze playing black. In those four game, Tan Zhongyi showed excellent skill and played undoubtedly her A-game, dominating the position from start to the end and gave her opponents absolutely no chance. The German player Paehtz scored 3.0/4 to stay at the second position, meanwhile Khotenashvili, Dzagnidze, Lagno all scored 2.5 /4.

By:Gu Xiaobing
2016 IMSA Elite Mind Games starts!
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On Feb.25th, the 2016 IMSA Elite Mind Games has given its opening ceremony in Huai’an Great Hall of People, Jiangsu Province, China.
The distinguished guests include:
 IMSA president Kirsan Iyumzhinov,IMSA creator Mr.Jose Damiani,WBF president Gianarrigo Rona,Vice president of IGF Thomas Hsiang,
Tournament Director of FMJD Jacek Pawlicki, FIDE chief executive Jeffery Borg,Vice Minister of General Administration of Sport of China Feng Jianzhong,Vice-governor of People’s government of Jiangsu Province Cao Weixing,Secretary of CPC Committee of Board and Card Games Yang Jun’an,President of Chinese GO Association Wang Ru’nan,Deputy Director General of Board and Card Games Administrative Center of General Administration of Sport of China Chen Zelan,Secretary of the CPC Huai’an Municipal Committee Yao Xiaodong,Mayor of Huai’an Municipal People’s government Hui Jianlin.
And all athletes, team coaches and arbiters all participated in the opening ceremony.  
As the opening ceremony host, Hui Jianlin said we will strive to creating good environment, and offer first-class service to guarantee the success of this prestigious event. He also mentioned ‘we sincerely hope that the long history and tasty food of Huai’an, as well as our hospitable Huai’an citizen, could grant every participate happiness and gorgeous memory in China.’
On the following parts, Mr.Feng Jianzhong, Mr.Kisan Ilyumzhinov both gave a speech, athlete representative Wang Lin’na, as well as arbiter representative Dmitry Ballas both gave an oath.  Then Mr.Ilyumzhinov, Mr.Feng Jianzhong, Mr. Cao Weixing, Mr.Xiang Huaicheng, Mr. Yao Xiaodong staged into the field and jointly open the light of wisdom for 2016 IMSA Elites Minds Games.
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The opening ceremony ended after an spectacular performance of Chinese Opera, Monkey Show, Acrobatics, Drama and Traditional Chinese Instruments, which all earned tons of applauses. The following board game competition would then start at 2:00 PM on Feb.26, please stay tuned for the latest news. 

By:Gu Xiaobing
IMSA Elite Mind Games 2016

From February 25th to March 3th, The IMSA Elite Mind Games will be held in China, Huai-an, which is the city with great long history and significant cultural influence.

This event is hosted by IMSA organization and the Sports management center of Chinese Sports General Administration, orgnized by Jiangsu Sports Bureau and Huai'an government. Jiang Su Sports Industry Group Co., Ltd., cooperate with Sports management center of Jiangsu Province Sports Bureau, Huai'an Sports Bureau.Jiangsu Sports Co., Ltd. are working hard for the promotion operation.

By then, there will be 143 players and 77 technical officers from 43 countries, participate in varieties of board games including Bridge, GO, Chess, Chinese Chess and Draughts.

Totally, there would be 23 individual events which divided into five categories.

Furthermore, there would be another well-expected solitaire game called "Guan dan", originated from Huai'an province as history records, open to international game media for the first time for exhibit purpose.

Like the saying goes, "Wisdom of the world, Gathering in Huai'an", we are ready for 2016 IMSA Elite Mind Games, are looking forward to see a marvelous opening-ceremony and spectacular game competition of all world-class elite players out here!
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