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The International Mind Sports Association World Masters Championship is taking place in Hengshui, China from 13th till 18th of May. It includes 5 sports - bridge, chess, draughts, go, and xiangqi - with 17 disciplines in total, and gathers 170 players from 36 countries.
Chess part of IMSA Masters 2019 consists of rapid and blitz tournaments in open and women sections and gathered a solid line-up. Rating favorites are Wang Hao in rapid, Andreikin in blitz and Lei Tingjie in both women tournaments. Rapid championships will be held from 14th till 16th while Blitz tournaments are scheduled for 17-18 of May. The prize fund in open tournaments is 150,000 EUR and 100,000 EUR is the prize fund in women events.
Gata Kamsky (USA) and Jovanka Houska (ENG) will be the commentators of the Championships.
Technology Partner RAPID EVENT STANDINGS after ROUND 4 Rank Num. Name Fed. Pts. 15Dominguez Perez LeinierUSA30,57,52876 29Fedoseev VladimirRUS30,56,52926 315Cheparinov IvanGEO2,5072852 44Korobov AntonUKR2,5072804 510Le Quang LiemVIE2,5062835 63Andreikin DmitryRUS2,5062792 712Ponomariov RuslanUKR2,505,52832 88Gelfand BorisISR2082710 914Vidit Santosh GujrathiIND2072749 102Yu YangyiCHN1,507,52615 117Bu XiangzhiCHN1,5072615 1213Mamedov RaufAZE1,5072608 136Rapport RichardHUN1,5072595 1411Leko PeterHUN1,5062634 151Wang HaoCHN1072500 1616Jones Gawain C BENG1052514 RankNum.NameFed.Pts. 12Muzychuk MariyaUKR3082681 24Gunina ValentinaRUS3082673 37Dzagnidze NanaGEO307,52652 45Abdumalik ZhansayaKAZ306,52667 59Stefanova AntoanetaBUL2,5072577 68Koneru
Promo video of the event on Youtube.
For all rapid chess competitions each player will have 15 minutes plus 10 seconds per move, starting from move one (G15’+10”), for the whole game. OPEN SECTION NAME FED RAPID RATING Wang, Hao CHN 2795 Yu, Yangyi CHN 2784 Andreikin, Dmitry RUS 2759 Korobov, Anton UKR 2756 Dominguez Perez, Leinier USA 2752 Rapport, Richard HUN 2739 Bu, Xiangzhi CHN 2722 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2719 Fedoseev, Vladimir RUS 2718 Le, Quang Liem VIE 2706 Leko, Peter HUN 2702 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2682 Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2667 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi IND 2664 Cheparinov, Ivan GEO 2629 Jones, Gawain C
For all blitz chess competitions each player will have 3 minutes plus 2 seconds per move, starting from move one (G 3’+2”), for the whole game. OPEN SECTION NAME FED BLITZ RATING Andreikin, Dmitry RUS 2793 Dominguez Perez, Leinier USA 2743 Korobov, Anton UKR 2738 Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2730 Yu, Yangyi CHN 2724 Leko, Peter HUN 2721 Vidit, Santosh Gujrathi IND 2715 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2706 Le, Quang Liem VIE 2699 Cheparinov, Ivan GEO 2695 Wang, Hao CHN 2688 Jones, Gawain C B ENG 2687 Fedoseev, Vladimir RUS 2684 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2681 Rapport,
Message from the International Chess Federation (FIDE):
Dear participants and guests of the 1st IMSA World Masters Championship! Dear ladies and gentlemen!
On behalf of the leadership of the International Chess Federation, we would like to express our sincere greetings to the participants and guests of this great event. It is a pleasure to witness the significant developments that IMSA has achieved over the past years. We are grateful to the organizers, Five Forces and Board and Card Games Administrative Center of General Administration of Sport of China. We would also like to thank the Municipality of Hengshui, Hebei province, for their commitment and generosity in supporting global Mind sports. The participation of thirty-two top chess athletes in a variety of fast-moving chess activities in the beautiful city of Hengshui, will enable them to serve as ambassadors to promote our sport. We hope all participants will produce tremendous games and will contribute a great deal in making the 1st IMSA World Masters Championship an unforgettable event! Wishing all players and guests an enjoyable stay in Hengshui!