Grischuk & Zhao Xue win Basque IMSA Elite Mind Games
The tournament using the Basque system in the 2017 IMSA Elite Mind Games was completed on 15th of December 2017.
In the Open group five players were leading before the crucial last round. Yu Yangyi and Pentala Harikrishna drew their match, while Anton Korobov climbed to the top as the result of Ding Liren’s unexpected lost. Alexander Grischuk struggled hard against Wang Hao and won the match with 1.5-0.5 score to finish the tournament with 6.5 points. Alexander Grischuk, thanks to his superior tie-break, became the winner of the event, whilst Anton Korobov took the silver medal. Pentala Harikrishna, Yu Yangyi and Dmitry Andreikin shared 3 place with 6 points. Pentala Harikrishna won the bronze medal on tie-break. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Wang Hao shared 6th place with 5.5 points.
In the Women's group competition, Chinese player Zhao Xue, who was leading after the first day, continued her winning streak. In the first round of the second day, she defeated Mariya Muzychuk with a 2-0 score. In the last round, Zhao Xue outplayed Harika Dronavalli with a 1,5:0,5 score. With 7.5 points out of 10 Zhao Xue won the championship, while Anna Muzychuk came second with 6.5 points, Katerina Lagno and Harika Dronavalli shared the third place but Lagno took the bronze medal thanks to better tie-break.
2017 IMSA Elite Mind Games have now finished.